New Age Travel to Spiritual Places
Over the millennia people have made pilgrimages to places that held some spiritual significance for them. And today, new age travelers follow in their footsteps seeking out these special sites that are imbued with spiritual energy. Boutique travel agencies and mainstream travel companies are catering to those who seek spiritual growth and personal transformation by offering vacation packages to the worlds most revered sacred places. Many of the ancient spiritual sites are built on energy vortexes, subtle energy centers that are believed to enhance spiritual and psychic powers, facilitating meditation, prayer and healing. For those who wish to embark on a spiritual journey, here are some destinations to consider.
Spiritual Places to Visit
- The Sedona Vortexes in Arizona
The awe inspiring red rock formations and canyons of the Sedona region were carved out of the landscape by erosion. It was home to Native American cliff dwellers fourteen hundred years ago until they suddenly disappeared. The area has several vortexes that attract new agers from around the world, including the famous Cathedral Rock, the Airport Mesa and Boynton Canyon.
- Newgrange in Ireland
This ancient tribal burial chamber is older than the great pyramids of Egypt, dating back to 3200 BC. The mysterious round tomb with its elaborate stone carvings was built in precise astronomical alignment to allow for a spectacular display on the winter solstice. On the shortest day of the year, a shaft of sunlight enters at sunrise, illuminating a series of spiral carvings at the end of a long passageway.
- Pyramids of Giza in Egypt
The Great Pyramid of Giza is the only one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World still in existence. The other six were destroyed by earthquakes, fire and flood. The Great Pyramid is one of three pyramids at Giza that are built on an energy vortex. Shrouded in mystery, they have enthralled visitors over the centuries, who are awed by their sheer grandeur and harmonic mathematics.
- The Heiaus of Hawaii
Scattered throughout the Hawaiian Islands are the sacred places of the ancient Hawaiian culture, called Heiaus. These sites are venerated by Hawaiians and continue to be used to this day for ceremonial purposes. It is a custom to bring a gift for the spirits when you visit Heiaus, some fruit, nuts or flowers. The most famous of these sites is the Pi’ilanihale Heiau, located on the island of Maui, the largest ancient temple in Polynesia, built on huge lava rock terraces in the 13th century.
- Stonehenge in England
The mysterious circle of huge upright stones is yet another prehistoric site believed to be built on an energy vortex. The stones that remain in place today date back to 2000 BC, but the site was in use as a sacred site a millennium earlier. The stones are aligned to capture the sunrise on the summer solstice.
- The Megalithic Stones of Carnac in Brittany
Over three thousand standing stones, the largest collection in the world, are located in and around the French town of Carnac. The area is considered by many to be the most powerful and magnetic site in Europe.
A visit to any of these spiritual places is an experience you won’t soon forget. Even skeptics often come away with the eerie sensation that something profound has touched their soul.