I was waiting for my car to be serviced in a Scottsdale dealership when an old friend came into the waiting area. We exchanged, “How have you beens?” He had heard that my wife Roberta and I had moved back to Arizona. When he found out we were living in Sedona, he asked a question that I so often hear: “Is there really a difference in living in all that energy and living here in the Valley?”
“There’s a lot of difference in living in the energy of 10,000 people in Sedona and a million people in Scottsdale,” I said.
“I love Scottsdale, I came here as a young man and worked with the ad agencies on concepts that launched the area from a dusty little desert community into a gleaming city. And I love Sedona after doing seminars there for forty years. But at this stage of our lives, Roberta and I prefer Sedona. We live almost in the shadow of Bell Rock. It is “intense” energy and I know everybody talks about the effect of the energy on relationships. If you come to Sedona as a couple and your relationship is working well, it will get better and better as time goes on, as ours has. But if you come here as a couple and you’re not getting along, parting is highly probable.
“Or maybe it just feels natural because we’re supposed to be there. You know Roberta and I both live half in this world and half in a metaphysical reality. I’ve been told by my tribe, (a large group of Indians in Spirit} that I committed to return to the Sedona area at this time (6 years ago). That’s a long story, but I believe it. To us the energy is very protective, and it’s so easy to be psychic in the red rocks.
Roberta and one of her Master Teachers from Spirit, got in an argument before we made the actual move. He said, 'You will move here soon.'
'No, we’re living in Scottsdale.' She explained.
The Indian shook his head, 'You live in Sedona. You get a house in the mountains.'
Roberta argued with him some more.
The Indian shook his head some more, 'You don’t want to live in a motel, do you?' he asked as if that were the final word. But he was right and we found the perfect home for the two of us and our dogs just moments after we arrived. I could tell you stories all afternoon about how the tribe made everything easy for us to make the transition.
“Getting back to your original question about the energy, there’s huge difference in the energy of the two cities.”