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“People’s hearts color the heart of the earth and the earth colors the hearts of people.”
― Ilchi Lee, The Call of Sedona: Journey of the Heart

Took me long enough to start this . . .

Today’s Time Travel Tuesday features one of the most extraordinary, if not the most extraordinary trips I’ve taken my whole life.  Although I’m a ways away from claiming to be a globetrotter (the traveling kind, not the basketball kind), I can say I’ve been to a few places in Europe, Asia, and of course, North America (more on them at later dates).  But so far, no place has stayed with me physically, mentally, and spiritually more than Sedona.

Now I’ll admit, I was skeptical at first…


I heard the stories about how Sedona was this mystical, magical place, but I just wrote them off as new-age, hippie shit to trap tourists and other new-age hippies.  And I probably would have never went there, if it weren’t for my wife.

The religious beliefs of Okinawans, or Japanese in general, have elements tied to animism.  In short, it’s the belief that everything has a soul or spirit, and I mean every person, place or thing in this world everything.  They are beliefs similar to Modern Paganism which, up until today I thought was the same as New-Age.


I still don’t have a full grasp of it.  So, before I go more and more off-topic, I’ll bring this back to my Japanese wife and how she always wanted to go to Sedona, almost after she came here to the U.S. with me.

So eventually, we found time (because once you retire from the military, you find out you’ve got tons of time now) and decided to take a 3 day-2 night trip to this so-called magical place.  And I thought, I’ll save money on plane tickets by driving us the whole 12 hours down there.


On the next Time Travel Tuesday, I’ll continue the journey to Sedona with my mind-numbing but worth-it-in-the-end drive all the way from Vacaville, CA to Sedona, AZ.

Wait, I’m driving the whole way?!!