Here are a few of my favorite photos from my
favorite places on earth!
This is the sacred Amitaba Stupa in Sedona.
A Stupa represents the physical
embodiment of the Buddha's enlightened mind.
Having a Stupa in the great
West U.S.A. is very rare, and magical to visit.
Magic Feather, one of several pieces of artwork
I created while living in Sedona.
They are called The Primitive Collection,
and I photographed
Magic Feather in Sedona.
Sunrise Over the Grand Canyon 2009
The beauty of connecting your spirit with that of the Universal Source is that everyone can do it, regardless of what religion or faith you may or may not ascribe to. Atheists, or those who may be uncertain about what or whom they 'believe in,' still have a spirit within them. And when their spirit connects with this Source, they experience a warm and wonderful bond between themselves and 'something greater.'
When a person--one without a religion or a particular belief system--stands at the edge of an ocean and they see before them a spectacular sunrise, and that familiar thickness forms in their throat, and chills run down their arms, and their eyes become moist with awe, they are connecting spiritually with the earth.
A friend of mine asked me, "Why is it that I'm moved to tears each time I see a sunrise or a sunset?" I tell her, "It is because you are witnessing the Source." You could say that she is moved because she senses God, or Goddess, or Allah, or Buddha. It doesn't matter what you call it, it is the same thing; it is the connection with the Source, too large to grasp with our intellect, but innately perceived by our spirits--this is the "religion of all humanity."
If you have ever been to the Grand Canyon, you will see people--on vacation, no less--get out of bed before daybreak. Slowly they emerge from the hotels, sleepy-eyed, coffee mugs in hand, and make their way to the rim. They stand there quietly chatting in the dark.
Then in unison, as if on cue, they all turn--people of all nationalities and faiths--they face the east, and together they simply watch. A hush comes over them as together they are seduced by the sparkle of golden sunlight as it splits the horizon with the most magnificent display of color on earth. Like a spotlight from heaven, dancing streams of light with God-like fingers lovingly caress the canyon walls. Lost in a sea of contemplation, the only words you will hear are, "Oh, my God," and "Wow." When you come from a place of spirit, you have the honor of being witness to the phenomenal sense of belonging to the earth, and no matter where you stand in life, you can connect with the Universal Source.
(Text excerpted from The Spirit of Health, by Cindy Gray)