A deep vorticial analysis by friend and fellow interplanetary denizen
Dr. Reh Sifle ah Cim
There is a long overlooked fact about Sedona that provides a more complete meaning for its renowned vortices of tremendous positive spiritual energy. It is not that the natural beauty of the place is among the most stunning and awe-inspiring in the world, thus leading many to believe that it is nature’s magnificence that creates a natural fount for positive energies, although those who believe so are not entirely wrong. Neither are they entirely right. They simply do not have the comprehensive story. They are like those who perceive Plato’s shadows from the fire inside the cave while those outside the cave see the light, or like those who live in Flatland and see only two dimensions, while those of us in four dimensions know the true meaning of long-term three-dimensionality. There are additional dimensions that constitute a further palindromic reality to which those of us in lower coordinates have not yet ascended, but which we will eventually see with both foresight and hindsight.
The expanded understanding of the positive vortices of the Sedona area begins simply with the name itself: Sedona. Contemplate first that “Sedona” is “Anodes” spelled backwards. For those who may not know, an anode is the positive pole in a vacuum tube. Anodes may be thought of as the collectors in a complex of electronic components whose sum provided us with the first forms of radio and television, that is, the first forms of electromagnetic energy carrying meaning through space. It is neither accidental nor coincidental that the mere spelling of Sedona has this connotation. It has everything to do with the place and its relationship to human beings, taken as a whole. The key essentials in the whole are human perception of beauty and godliness, the psychic energy that such perceptions engender and magnify, the resultant expressions of that psychic energy that reflect and reinforce those perceptions of the divine, and the innate natural beauty of an environment that acts as a catalyst for the sacred dynamic. Among the most important of the human expressions of beauty is language, wherein we catch a glimpse of the human response to the creation of the soaring beauty that is Sedona, and see that the eternal has expressed itself through the communal subconscious.
Beauty is at once a subjective and an objective thing. It is impossible to speak of beauty without discussing it both within and without the human being. Its roots are in both, and to discuss it outside of that context results in the childhood riddle of whether there is sound in a forest when a tree falls if no hearing being is there to hear it. The vibrations in the air are present, but sound depends also for its existence upon eardrums and a brain to process the vibrations as sound. The beauty of Sedona is much the same way, but is more complex. The reason is that beauty is much more complex and divine than mere sound. Nonetheless, it is still a truth that to speak of the beauty that is Sedona without discussing the human perception of that beauty is largely an academic idyll, and the present discussion is anything but academic.
The amazement and wonder that I and my wife felt the first time we saw Sedona translated itself into something like, “Oh wow!” repeated over and over, with intermittent periods of open-mouthed silence and goose bumps. That’s right, it was a mantra. I cannot conceive of any human being reacting in a significantly different manner, with the singular possibility of one who has lost his footing while hiking up the precipitous cliffs of Oak Creek Canyon, beautiful as the downward plummet would surely be. It is no wonder that people should require spiritual vortices in such a place. They require them in the same way that one might require six faces to a cube. That is, that which we name a cube must have six sides. Sedona requires spiritual vortices because it is an ontological must. Likewise, as a necessity of the condition of being, humankind finds ways of expression that are themselves necessities of the specific conditions of encountered being. Such is the name “Sedona.” The miracle of Sedona is not that it is a Native American name passed to us from the god of fertility, Kokopelli, for it is not. It is a name that the founder of Sedona, Theodore Schnebly, chose at a suggestion from his brother. Sedona was the name of Schnebly’s wife. What then was the origin of her name? It was simply a concoction, for those who see only Plato’s shadows. For those who see more of the comprehensive whole, the story is upheld up by the finger of the almighty. In fact, when Amanda Miller, mother of Theodore Schnebly’s wife, gave birth to a daughter on Feb. 24, 1877, she “just thought up” the name Sedona for the child because she thought it sounded pretty. She “just thought up” the name because it sounded pretty. It is no simple coincidence then that Sedona should be the name of one of the prettiest places on earth. It is likewise no simple coincidence that Sedona is Anodes spelled backwards.
The theory of the anode is that it is a collector of negatively charged electrons that travel from the negatively charged cathode. But Sedona is a collector of positively charged streams. At least in the popular parlance. The fact is that where there is a Ying, there is a corresponding Yang, and not too distant, either. For the case of Sedona, the reverse spelling of Anodes means that Sedona is a collector of positively charged forces travelling from the positively charged Almighty, in whatever form you might imagine. The earth in turn is negatively charged, which no one has trouble believing if they were around on 9-11. However, Sedona, as a collector of positive life forces through its vortices, is the least negatively charged place on the face of the earth, being the funnel for all positive life forces. And this is not because it is Anodes spelled backwards. Again, Sedona is Anodes spelled backwards because it must be that way. Sedona has positive life-force vortices because it is Anodes spelled backwards, and because humans named it so, and because the beauty of the place is unparalleled, and because beauty must have humanity to be perceived as the beauty that only the human mind can take in, all at once. If this seems a difficult concept, try saying “Toy Boat” repeatedly as fast as you can, and it should clear things right up. One might smile at this little affectation. In truth, this cheesy little technique is a mantra that trains the brain to deal with a difficult challenge. This is what you have before you if you would understand this present thesis.
Now that the greater whole is glimpsed through this paper, there are those that will gnash their teeth, wondering why they, being so dedicated to the vortices of Sedona, did not know the whole. The reason is simple. They were as the cave people of Plato’s reality, travelling hundreds of subterranean yards to paint their animals upon the ceilings of inaccessible cavern walls, presaging Michelangelo, the famous painter of the upheld finger of God. These back-lit Neanderthals, Cro-Magnon, and other early shadow watchers knew Nature in ways that we can not even begin to imagine, not having the advantage that polyglots have today of expressing concepts polyglottaly such as Sid Caesar might. Yet that is actually another topic, amazingly: the nonsensical expressions of pseudo-polyglots and their search for truth. The relationships of the principal forces involved in the whole are, not surprisingly yet in a way that must amaze, expressed as the smallest regular polyhedron possible – the tetrahedron. That is, the palindromic Sedona-Anodes, the act of naming Sedona as such, the beauty of the place, and the beauty in the mind of the perceiver, are at once both the vertices and faces of the only divinely perfect regular polyhedron possible – the tetrahedron, that which has both four faces and four vertices. One might think, naturally, that Sedona of necessity would have four vortices as well, thus completing a sacred tetrahedron recapitulation a la St. Iranaeus.
St. Iranaeus was the bishop of Lyons in Gaul around the 2nd century A.D., which does not mean “After Death” as the shadow people believe in their blind following of Plato. Iranaeus has been credited with the theory of recapitulation, meaning essentially, “What goes around comes around.” Thus there should be four vortices in Sedona that correspond to the sacred tetrahedron, and guess what? There are, and I myself didn’t even know this until this moment, I swear on whatever form of the divine that makes you comfortable. They are Airport Mesa, Cathedral Rock, Boynton Canyon and Bell Rock. Now you must note also that although Lyons is not a palindrome, it is in fact the name of a completely different jungle animal. These vortices create, along with the sacred tetrahedron, a miraculous new divine trinity of face, vertex, and vortex – again, another topic. Thus, perfection relative to humanity is both four and three, which make seven, and this also is not an accident, but is in fact another topic: that of the trinity and the sacred tetrahedron, for each face of a tetrahedron is a triangle.
Having illustrated in this humble thesis the ultimate truth that is the expression of the eternal in the seemingly limited vagaries of the English language, it is fitting to note that this fits with another fitting truth, that is, things really are quite simple. Anything complex is likely to be just a figment of your imagination, like your chances with that beautiful girl on your left, for you Walter Mitty’s among the readership. This thought brings to mind the great bishop of Hippo, St. Augustine, a noted womanizer who lived in the 4th century A.D. Yet around the age of 30, Augustine forsook the life of the flesh, which he realized to be simply a figment of his imagination, as is a unicorn, a centaur, and Pegasus, the winged horse. This in turn foretold the drome of Hippo, also known as the Hippodrome, and, along with the Palindrome 2002, which by the way has four digits that add up to four, creating a final exogenous topic, completes this humble thesis. Adieu.
Note on the author: Dr. Reh Sifle ah Cim is an absorbent organism of living forces. Dr. Cim conducts metaphysical tours of the living portals of earth from dawn to dusk. He has a Ph.D. from the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics at MIT, having spent his entire career working with things that leave the ground. Dr. Cim knows that the divine has a plan that exceeds the capability of all mortals to understand, but that humankind should imbue all of their endeavors with the divine, and thus must learn to laugh. This essay is, by his own words, a meager reflection of the divine comedy that carries everyone into eternity, and which serves at times as a vehicle for expressing those truths that give humans insight into the eternal, such as the sacred tetrahedron that defines Sedona.
Dr. Cim is also known in interplanetary circles as Dr. Michael Fisher of KinetX, Inc.
Sedona photo credits: Tony Taylor