Wednesday, December 11, 2013
UNTOLD STORIES---PART 1 THE VALLEY WHERE BELIEVING KILLED TWO BELIEVERS
IT'S JUST DOWN THE ROAD A MILE----from my campsite---I'll go get the story for you.
A lovely little valley perhaps 10 miles as the crow flies from Sedona, Az.
Through this entrance, down a steep drive
Till the road ends here.
Into a private drive across this bridge
I park and walk around
looking for headquarters and permission to walk around---which I received
A giant labyrinth (a confusing network of paths or passages)
Don't know what this is---Assume it's used in rituals of some sort.
Or this---but it's lovely
Those fabric covered sheds may not be related to the deaths I mentioned. Probably not----suspect it was destroyed. Anyway it was a temporary building covered like these to make a sweat lodge that the deaths occurred. Are you beginning to remember the story? It made national news. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/10/09/angel-valley-resort-sweat_n_316137.html
Here is where a "guru"--charging thousands for the "experience" persuaded a large number of people to endure a super heated enclosure for the spiritual growth it promoted. Two went beyond their limit and died. The guru is now in Jail.
RANDY PHILOSOPHIZES: I'm not proud of this story---am reluctant to share it with you because it is too easy a target---maybe even a "cheap shot". Nor does this "accident" fairly represent spiritual seekers. People suspecting there is more to life than the obvious----go questing on every continent for that something more: American Indians in their spirit quest----Australian Aboriginals in their walk-abouts. Sedona and its environs is the American mecca for such quest. People herebouts believe incredible things----take the new-age philosophy to wild extremes. I've met several just camping in this spot.
People I respect and love are believers---and the new-age religions are less toxic than the old age religions (fundamentalist) so that I don't know exactly where to draw the line between harmless and harmful believing. I think I need help from my readers.