I spent the day at Bell Rock Trail / Vortex site in Sedona, Arizona, USA. I did not get to experience the energy of the Vortex here, but see plenty of medicine wheels, but I did do something I would have normally never done, nor does any sane person ever do!
I wake up at 8am, and Patty plans to drop me off at Bell Rock Trailhead at 915am, since she has work at 10am. So I get up, get dressed and ready. Last night, my friend Stephanie sends me a text message that I might want to catch up with college buddy, Lawrence, who now lives in Phoenix, AZ, and working for the State of AZ, as their database and web guy for their Economic Planning department. So at 830am, I decided to call Lawrence, at his last known cell number, as it has been nearly 11 years since I last talked to him and used this number. He answers on his headset, while heading to work, and I give him a quick reason I am calling and ask if he wants to meet in Phoenix. He agrees. And I am to let him know when, since he gets off work at 5pm. I then ride out with Patty towards Bell Rock, and while she drives, I go online with my phone and reserve a shuttle from Arizona Shuttle a trip from Sedona to Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport. I get my reservations $47 dollars later. Patty points out a small chapel that overlooks the view, and advises me to go there if I want a quiet moment to sit. I noted this and we continue on. She shows me the whole town so I get to know the lay of the land, and note that it was redeveloped with all sidewalks and roundabouts. She goes to end of town, and uses the roundabout to turn about, and return to the trailhead parking lots. Se go to the South one, and it is an absolute maze. We then go to North one, and she drops me off. So, I walk up the trail towards Bell Rock, and take the north side, thinking to take the easy trails first to warm up. It leads up to Bell Rock, and not knowing all the trails, I start the gentle ascent. At this point, I go up a ways, following the cairns, and stray off the path a few times,
finding that I needed to turn the other direction a few times. I am at this for the first two hours, and end up near the top on the North side. I find that i can progress no further, and back down. On way down a bit, I get a call from a client on an urgent issue, and needed help installing latest version of Java on behest of Tier 1 technical support on updating a piece of software. Spent a few minutes on phone, and I get perched up on the rocks so I can talk to him. Advised him I am desecendinrocks and cant stay long. So I walk him through a bit, and get tap on shoulder. Older couple dressed in blue need me out of the way and I scuttle over to the side, where it is a bit more precarious, and continue to walk client though, who is nervous wreck. I eventually get off phone, and continue down. Back to my midway point, I decided to go West a bit, and circle around - seeing an easier trail that can get me to South Side, where I wanted to go. I get into a routine, and get into meditative state. I vaguely recall an older gentleman telling me how to go on, as trail isnt obvious, and that I just need confidence, and it is really worth it. Ascents are easy, Descents are hard as I have no depth perception. I descent parts on all fours with rear end facing the ground. I keep going, not paying attention, in meditative state. At some point, I come out of this to see that I cornered myself. Only way forward or onward was straight up with climbing equipment, and only way back, was far down, somehow I managed to ascent some really steep rocks without knowing. Only way down were some 10 to 35 ft series of drops, and the landing spots are near cacti. I look at my watch and its about 1pm. I am rather scared now that I am stranded, and not in mood to be rescued as I did not have $2000 USD to pay for this service. I look around and see my only way down, and see my landing areas that would be away from the cacti. On all fours, I inch towards all edges, and start making the first jump. I hesitate as I am unsure. at some point, I just let go and made the first jump. Landed on my feet and then rear end. No scratches so far. Got to second jump, slightly less distance, jumped same fashion, no injuries yet. Left leg throbbing a bit from two impacts in short order. Rest a bit and scout out third jump. Next jump is down a slope with some drop offs, and total distance down is much longer - probably the 35 foot one. Observed the passerbys down in easy trail below, and they dont see me as they never look up. I sit for half an hour, just working up the courage. I inch towards on all fours, and perch myself on the first drop off. I see there is a small outcropping below, and I think about getting to it, then rest, then jump again. the outcropping is about third of the way down.
I decide against it as if i land on it and it snaps, it might injure my pelvic bone, so I sidle to the left where it looks much more dangerous, but no outcroppings. I inch towards it, and having second thoughts, i go too far and the momentum starts as I slide.. and drop. I thought "No turning back now God, oh my goodness - GO GO GO GO!" and for a few seconds, am in freefall with legs below me. I land with a loud thud on feet, then butt again, and after a few minutes, get up and look around. in middle of lots of plants and cacti, but I see a long path downwards with less lengthy drops - drops are now just human height..
I get up and notice blood on the rocks - my blood from right palm, and left elbow. look, and saw bleeding scrapes, but no other injuries, and feel whole still. Left shoulder really sore, but not seemingly dislocated. I sit for a while, and Be Gratitude for the next 10 minutes. I got off one lucky duck for the stunt I pulled. I get up after a while and walk a bit northwest, and noticed that there was a path down marked by manmade cairns. There was the super advanced unofficial path, and I noticed that path came down by sliding down a really thin crevasse with feet inside. I thought "Oh! I could have done that if only I saw the crevasse!". I then continue down the long path, and make several more human height jumps down, until I land on the easy path, halfway around Bell Rock from North Side to South Side. I walk towards the South Side determined to keep on the easy path this time, and a few minutes later, I hear a loud excited whoop. I look up and waaaay up, I see a young man waving his arms to the world from almost to the tip top of Bell Rock. I am now facing the South Side and wave to him. He sees me and waves back enthuiastically. I walk further down the path, and witness him taking really fast running leaps down the trail, all in quick succession, each being 15 foot drops - I think he makes about 9 of them, and I go ahead of him. A few minutes later I hear him approaching fast, and I stop to greet him. I remarked that he looked like he really emjoyed the sprint down, and he mentions that he walked all the from Oregon, through LA, CA, and through Grand Canyon via Navaho guide, then here. We walk down the trail together conversing while he relayed his journey through grand canyon; his encounter with the Navajo, attempted mentorship with a person of the Ancient Mystical Order Rosae Crucis (I previously stated Order of the Rose, but it was the name I gave it because I could not remember the actual name) who are descended from the Knights Templar (this information Chris gave is actually in question because my research does not verify this), and how he was shown the ways they used to move large stones and walls using vibrations, and how membership fees was pretty low. I make note of this as this is really intriguing to me. We arrive at the trailhead at the South Side, and sit down for the moment and exchange our paths of spirituality. His was conversations with self on the walk, and I tell him mine. He resonates and is familiar with most of what I speak. He mentions that he has to meet someone about 3 miles away and that he only has 20 minues to reach him. We exchange contact information, and he rushes off. I sit there for a bit and walk to the shaded area of trailhead to some stone benches. Two women there looked at me and noted that I was hurt and bleeding. They offer some "Wet Naps" with some sort of disinfecting solution, and I used them, as they highly sting, and clean myself off. I spend 20 minutes doing this and talking to them. I thank them and walk off towards the South End of town, where a restaurant called Red Rock cafe is. It is now 230pm. I get to Red Rock cafe, and friendly waiter named Dee sits me down, and I take my time to order, started with iced tea. Ordered two breakfast entrees, with several sides - as I am famished now. She gets order, comes back 20 minutes later with all the food, and I start eating. At 330pm I finish, wash up in restroom and leave. I walk back towards north end of town, and during the trek back, Cecille texts me asking if i am available to check in at 450pm, which I agree to.
Then I was looking at the views on my way back and thought of my Geophysicist friend, Karen, and call her. Turns out she was in the middle of texting me! We talk, and I mentioned my day. She was caught by surprise by move to jump off the mini-cliffs. She tells me about the geological data of Bell Rock, and fact that the rocks can tell from 2 years to 1.2 billion years, but there is 600 million years missing. We ponder this mystery. We then hang up, after she tells me she will send me a dropbox share to dump today's pictures into. Hang up and call Patty at 4pm. We agree to meet at the North Side parking lot where she dropped me off at 5pm. I continue on my path and walk back onto the easy path, but this time going all the way around. I meet several people on the trek, and one man in particular said he was looking for something, then goes on. I take pictures looking for the place where I jumped off. I reach the north side parking lot and sit on stone benches for 10 minutes before Patty shows up. We head to the Chapel at 530pm and sit. It is much noisier and crowded than usual, but I look around and snap some pictures. We then go back outside and I snap more pictures of the gorgeous views. Patty snaps a few of me so I can have some pics for memories - I take pic with awkward smile. We head back to her home, I shower, and cook a quick and small dinner - she provides me with sauteed carrots, some bean soup, some bread. I cook a chicken breast and make myself a simple salad. Eat dinner, and at 8pm went outside to stargaze. Saw 138 stars, but all the dogs were barking, and a man came out several times and shined flashlight on me. At 845am, I walk back in and wash dishes and clean up kitchen.
Hi! My name is Peter Trinh, and I started a spiritual journey in the latter half of September of 2013. I plan to travel across the United States of America, and beyond! I am chronicling this on this website, and I hope you enjoy it!
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