Each day we would be surrounded by either Yin or Yang energy, flowing through the vortexs and places we visted. On the third day it was decided we would spend time in the most precious element of the desert. Surrounded by water!
We were lucky enough to be able to go to a place that was secluded and private. With a slight hike in you would think I wouldn’t be challenged after the day before but as we hiked down into a small canyon where water flowed in plenty I saw one of my childhood foes, jumping from rock to rock across the stream. Again everyone ahead did it with easy and grace.
When it came my turn I mentally struggled. Why was I having trouble? I love the water, it wasn’t a rushing river, it wasn’t deep but the fear was real. As I took off my shoes my confidence grew as I trusted my feet but not my shoes. With help over the water I happily jumped from rock to rock navigating like it was natural for me to be roaming barefoot on the desert stones. Dodging tree limbs and moving through the terrain the freedom came back as did the trust in my feet. I never put my shoes back on.
Once we cleared the rough parts it opened up to a beautiful spot!! My eyes we amazed by the Oasis in the desert that was spread out before us. As I looked around my eyes caught that the stones that surrounded us were mostly volcanic. I already was amazed by the fact that Sedona was once a Ocean and now I am looking at signs of Volcanic activity from possible hundreds to million of years. The energy flowing through the water, trees and rocks where taking me back in time while keeping me grounded to the Natural beauty of Mother Earth.
As I placed my feet in the water and let it flow over me I looked up and saw the mountains looking down at me in a Majestic way through the trees. It’s a feeling I still can’t put into words.
This would be a simple day of learning a communication technique, having lunch and then ending our time together with a sacred pipe ceremony.
After a short time of enjoying our surroundings we went right into learning what was called the Bubble technique. I will not go into details about it now but give you a overview.
It’s a practice of connecting with the divine in each other while working toward understanding each other’s concerns and feeling at a deeper level. It uses eye gazing, gratitude and appreciation, acknowledging of fears, making desires and intentions, ending with a contribution and commitment to what was discussed.
It was one of the best practices I have ever learned. In working with my partner I felt heard, understood and even saw changes right a way in the connection we shared. I saw how beneficial it was going to be in my life. I might not of climbed a mountain but my heart felt like I had conquered another fear.
After lunch we gathered in circle for the sacred pipe ceremony. We found a place under the trees surround by large volcanic stones in a dryed creek bed that as I sat down I noticed I was in a groove craved out by water that had or still does make it’s way through where we choose to sit. The energy of this space was magnified as the flute played and the pipe was brought out. You could not only feel the Ancestor watching but also the stone and tree people. The red dragonflies mated around us and the ravens called in the background as we lifted our prayers.
I could not help cry as I thought of my best friend and how he would of loved Sedona, this moment and this place. How through my spirit I was sharing this moment with him. Bring the past into the now to be felt and recognized. I can not express what gratitude I had in my heart and how in that moment I felt everything around me hugging my heart and restoring my soul.
As we made our way out and I watched everyone else put back on their shoes, I kept mine off. I can honestly say I could of stayed there all day. We reached the point where originally I had trouble jumping across the creek. Once again everyone jumped with ease, before I knew it I jumped across and landed seeing my wet foot print on the rock!! Everyone was amazed how I leaped not even from the front of the rock but the furthest point. Like a child I was so proud of myself and it was all over my face.
That day was spouse to be relaxing and it was but it also was one of the most empowering days I had in a while. I knew my time for the retreat was coming to an end but the lessons and healing I received was going to change my life forever.