During the last quarter of the twentieth century, Sedona, Arizona,
a small city south of Flagstaff, emerged as a center of the
New Age Movement, and in the 1990s, as the New Age waned,
it has become a major center of the successive focus upon ascension
and human transformation. Sedona has been touted as
a remnant of the ancient mythical continent of Lemuria, and
contemporary psychics have claimed that it is the center of various
energy vortexes that make it a place especially accommodating
to psychicspiritual awakening and channeling work.
Sedona’s present role as a metaphysical center can be traced
to the late 1950s when Mary Lou Keller moved to the area and
opened the Sedona Church of Light. The church became a center
for disseminating metaphysical teachings both by Weller
and the many outside speakers who came to Sedona. She was
joined in the early 1960s by Evangeline and Carmen Van Pollen,
two teachers who led the Ruby Focus of Magnificent Consummation,
an independent ‘‘I AM’’ group. The Van Pollens
operated as messengers of the ascended masters, much as had
Guy W. Ballard in the 1930s, and their work continues under
the name Rainbow Focus.
As the New Age Movement began to identify different significant
locations as power spots, places where the Earth’s configuration
creates a spiritual energy vortex, Sedona was touted
as such a location. As the image of Sedona developed, New Age
writerpublisher Dick Sutphen joined the chorus of Sedona
supporters and in 1986 published a new book, Sedona Psychic
Energy Vortexes. He built his discussion both upon the ancient
designation of sacred spaces by Native Americans and the more
modern mapping of the lines of magnetic forces on the earth’s
surface. The area around Flagstaff has been noted as an area
of deviation from the expected pattern of the Earth’s magnetic
field. Sutphen argued that Sedona is a sight at which several
vortexes, peculiar places where energy is emitted on the Earth’s
surface, are located. He identified these particular locations
(while offering practical advice on visiting the more remote
spots that require hiking through the snake-infested countryside).
He also explained the power vortexes on the Earth as
similar to acupuncture points on the human body. Others tied
Sedona to UFO activity.
During the 1990s, many holistic healers and channelers settled
in Sedona, while others visit regularly. Around 1989, Emergence—a
Journal for the Golden Age began to feature the people,
organizations, and events in the larger New Age community of
Sedona. In the mid-1990s, renamed Sedona Journal of EmerSecret
Words Encyclopedia of Occultism & Parapsychology • 5th Ed.
gence, it became the voice of the new generation of channelers
across North America and around the world, and has established
Sedona as the vocal center of the post-New Age vision of
the ascended life. Light Technology Publishing also publishes
and distributes a wide range of channeled material both from
the Sedona channels and other like-minded channels around
the world.
Dannelley, Richard. Sedona Power Spot, Vortex, and Medicine
Wheel Guide. Sedona, Ariz. R. Dannelley with the Cooperation
of the Vortex Society, 1991.
———. The Sedona Guide Book of Channeled Wisdom. Sedona,
Ariz. Light Technology Publishing, 1991.
Dongo, Tom. The Alien Tide The Mysteries of Sedona II. Sedona,
Ariz. Hummingbird Press, 1990.
———. The Mysteries of Sedona. Sedona, Ariz. Color Pro
Graphics, 1988.
Sutphen, Dick. Sedona Psychic Energy Vortexes. Malibi, Calif.
Valley of the Sun Publishing, 1986.

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