“If Sedona wants you, it will have you.”

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This is what I remember the striking actress saying to me during my amazing-but-confusing week in Sedona at the beginning of this month. For the record, I’ve never really even heard of Sedona, Arizona, growing up. But, when I saw pictures of those gigantic-and-stunningly beautiful red rocks, I knew instantly that I needed to travel to this place to see – and feel- it for myself. Is this what the actress meant when she said “If Sedona wants you it will have you”?

I suppose it’s fitting that the actress’ interaction with me was clouded in vagueness. For the record again, I wasn’t imagining this encounter with the actress. My friend of 15 years was standing next to me and he bore witness to the whole thing.

I will say this: it’s as if I felt I needed to learn something about myself while on this visit to see the red rocks. It’s as if their ancient, red souls placed this lady actress in my path so that I could embark upon a path of self-reflection and inquiry in Sedona. It sounds a bit crazy, right?

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The actress never told us her name. In hindsight, we never asked either. Apart from the subject line of this blog post (my first ever so please do not judge or if you do don’t judge harshly) she said she had been drawn to Sedona from Conneticut, and that she had landed herself a role in a legit movie entitled: “Sedona”. In my mind I thought, it is not every day that you meet an actual Hollywood actress. This is what I had thought, anyways, in the moment. Until I searched the movie on iTunes. Bam. There it was, with Frances Fisher in the lead protagonist role. So, the actress didn’t lead me down the garden path, which was what I had feared. But, I feel I was misled about the extent of her role in the movie (this is neither here nor there in any event as to what I say next). She was cast as an extra for a few seconds in the movie, which, on the whole, was quite well acted and the story line compelling.

I could not help ask myself: Did the actress mean for me to stumble upon Sedona, the way that Frances Fisher so randomly – but necessarily – does in the film?

In fact, I almost laughed (and cried!) when I realized the storyline paralleled my own life’s trajectory to that point. Fisher, a triple AAA type personality finds herself stranded in cool-and-chilled out Sedona where time all of a sudden comes to a giant halt. Fisher’s flashy car is randomly struck from behind by a local plane that encounters mechanical issues and must make a forced landing onto the 89A (a major thoroughfare that bisects Sedona). The plane rams right into the back of Fisher’s car. The film then launches rather successfully into an examination of Fisher’s trajectory – that is, the factors which led her to this exact moment in Sedona. She has basically all day to undertake this examination (her car is being repaired in the bodyshop) and the results of that examination touch on the metaphysical, feelings, and repressed past events in her life. The interplay of all of these factors is done quite cleverly with the backdrop of Sedona’s red rocks seen in the distance.

I could not help ask myself: Did the actress mean for me to stumble upon Sedona, the way that Frances Fisher so randomly – but necessarily – does in the film? One thing is for sure: since I’ve returned to the deep freeze in Edmonton (my hometown, but not by choice), all I can think about are these opening words from that actress on that interesting – and perhaps now necessary – day in Sedona. In fact, I’ll admit: I think I’ll need to pay another visit to Sedona to follow up with the actress as to whether my theory is correct. In the meanwhile, I’ll be studying up on the “vortex energy” that envelops Sedona. More on that matter (no pun intended) in my next post. Namaste everyone.

p.s. The picture featured in this blog was taken on a crisp January morning at the beautiful Chapel of the Holy Cross.

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