Sunday, June 12, 2011

Sedona Magic: How I Found My Next Giveaway

Last week I had the pleasure of visiting Sedona, Arizona with my husband.  Sedona is a high desert area in the southwestern United States that is characterized by massive red rock formations and extreme natural beauty.  The weather is temperate and the area has a rich native american history.  But the reason I begged my husband to take me there was not for blue skies and red rock.  It was because I had heard that Sedona was a supposed seat of creative energy.

Sedona is the location of a natural phenomena called energy vortexes that visitors claim drive artistic expression.  Interestingly enough, the Juniper trees grow in a spiral pattern near these vortexes.   I thought maybe I'd have some sort of psychological experience from the visit, a feeling of peace or that my writing would be exceptionally vital. I was surprised the vortexes had an undeniable physical effect. After visiting, I felt like I'd ingested a large cup of coffee.

Anyway, the city of Sedona is peppered with mystics, psychics, and shops that sell things like crystals and Tarot cards.  I recognized Christian,Wiccan, Hindu, Taoist, Buddhist and Native American influences.  You might think those things don't belong together but in Sedona it works. There's a new age/universalist mentality that's pervasive there, they say drawn by the energy of the place.

Now if you've read The Soulkeepers you know that a red stone plays an important role in the story.  What you may not know is the same stone makes an appearance in Weaving Destiny and Return To Eden.  I decided to look for a red stone that was reminiscent of the one in my story.  I visited half a dozen shops with no luck.  There was plenty of turquoise and one shop had stones in every color of the rainbow except red. Oh I found a ruby necklace that was several thousand dollars but that wasn't what I was looking for.  The stone Jacob gets was pulled from the earth by a peruvian medicine woman.  I needed a stone that had character, that looked like it could alter the course of someone's life.

Past the fudge shops and the Dirt Shirts (T-shirts purposefully stained with local red dirt), I saw a little shop called Spiritstone.  It was weirdly empty.  The other shops had been brimming with people.  I walked to the back and there it was sitting on top of a pile of stones, the only red one in the bunch, and round like the one in my book.  The price was reasonable so I brought it to the counter to make my purchase.

A tall man with an amethyst amulet as big as my fist offered me a card to explain what I was buying.  "Sure," I said. "Why not?"

Here's what it said:

Red Jasper -Stone of Counselors and Healers
Used for grounding and strength both emotional and physical. Can assist in providing rescue in situations of danger. Helps facilitate the interpretation of dreams to allow the dreamer to remember aspects which could be consequential in ones life. Helps one learn to progress and to eliminate digression.

I couldn't believe it.  It was the Medicine Woman's stone!  Even more interesting, when I got home I looked up Red Jasper and guess what?  Red Jasper is repeatedly mentioned in the Bible for having these qualities.   And since The Soulkeepers is based on Christian mythology, it gave me a chill to think of the similarities between what I had written and the real thing.


I ended up finding a second stone of the same type in another store with a slightly different cut.  I plan to give away one as part of a promotion in the near future and keep one for myself.  Here's my daughter Hannah modeling them both for your perusal.

10 comments:

  1. That would give me chills, too! Awesome find. Ah, I wonder which one you'll give away. :)

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  2. DONALD WELLS said... (For some reason Blogger will only let me post comments anonymously.)

    That's a great find and was obviously meant for you to have. My own writing space is littered with items found in my books, including a heart-shaped clock like the one I described in The Fix-It Man. Keep that stone near you at all times, it will be a great inspiration.

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  3. Sounds like that was a very productive trip. That's a pretty amazing find, with the stone and its meaning.

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  4. Very awesome necklaces. Sounds like your trip was well worth it.

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  5. I love Sedona.

    And, btw, enjoying the heck out of Soulkeepers. Not my usual genre, but so far, so great! My son's going to read when I'm done (only one kindle!). Peace...

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  6. How cool! Lovely stones. I'll be watching for the giveaway.

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  7. You and I have so much in common! I went out to Sedona in March (about the same time I was reading Soulkeepers, actually) for the same reasons... The energy out there is so much fun. I definitely would have had the same chills as you having picked out that stone! Congrats on the synchronicity! I'm excited for the next books!

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  8. Oh, WOW, that gave me chills... I'd love to make a trip to Sedona and it sounds like yours was wonderful. Thanks for sharing your story!!

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  9. That is SUCH a cool story! Both are gorgeous... almost as gorgeous as Hannah... You need to keep the one you found first, though. Anything that gave you chills like that belongs to you and you alone.

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