Friday, March 11, 2011

Bell Rock + The Hummingbird story

The trail leading to Bell Rock
People that know me well would be surprised that I am fascinated by the claims that such a thing as a Vortex can be identified and it's energy leveraged to enhance all sorts of spiritual navel gazing, meditation and conversations with the voices in one's head. Vortexes have been staked out in the red rock beauty of Sedona, Arizona. No surprise, the awe inspiring scenery opens the door for all sorts of speculation concerning energy concentration, crystal power centers and rumors of tee shirts dyed with red dirt from a local jeep's knobby tires. Allegedly some Vortexes are male, some female and some described as balanced. Several times in the last 4 years, I've hiked to the top of the popular "airport mesa vortex" right in the town of Sedona. Fantastic views, plus its always busy with tourists clamoring all over the rock formation and goofy locals reading palms and offering guided tours of the afterlife, courtesy of the energy concentration. I've never felt anything but annoyed!


Last Monday I was visiting friends in nearby Cornville. Yes, I was still feeling a little blue and knew there was some piece of business that wasn't finished. Then I remembered Bell Rock. A fickled Vortex according to the locals, but that's OK, I needed to vent. It was a very stormy morning and thank god, it kept the tourists away. I had Bell Rock all to myself, sitting about half way up on the west side, watching the storm clouds roll by. It was the perfect time to scream, praise, curse and have a damn good cry; proclaiming my undying love and final goodbyes to My Girl Lady. No questions were answered that morning (though many were asked), but on the hike back I felt completely cleansed and refreshed, ready to start another chapter of my life. I thought a lot about my Hummingbird encounter that had occurred just 3 days earlier (I really needed to make sense of it).....


Friday morning, March 4, 2011 - 3 days after Lady went to the bridge.

The weather has finally turned here in Phoenix. Mid morning I had the MDX parked, windows and back open, loading a few things for that day. I completed my task, got in the driver’s seat and reached for the key to start the ignition and head out on an errand. It was very quiet that day and then I heard it: a dull tight buzz coming from behind me. “Hmmm, my car doesn’t make that sound”. Then I heard it again. I turned my head to the right to peer into the back and there she was. A Eugenes Fulgens, yes a Magnificent Hummingbird (their actual name) perched on top of the passenger side rear seat. I learned it was a female when I looked up the species on the Internet. The seat back was now up in the “up” human position, but has spent the last three years in the Lady position (down). Miss Hummingbird didn’t panic or fly away; she just sat there looking around the inside of the MDX. I slowly got out, walked to the back, her little head following my path. I opened the rear hatch, then after about 5 seconds (which seem like an eternity) she flew out, never in a panic, no banging or touching anything inside the car. My Dad saw her perched for a second as I opened the hatch and of course, saw her fly out.
Wow, I just couldn’t make up a story like this. I’m not that clever.

On the hike down from Bell Rock, I allowed myself to believe the obvious - a messenger arrived to confirm that Lady has made it to the Rainbow Bridge and is running free with Mully, The Luke, Max, Cowboy, Devo, Cosmo, Sunny and so many more (it’s a very long list). Bless them all. We’ll see you soon.

I’m not sure why I am privileged to receive this communiqué, I've never had one before. The difference is (I guess) - I wasn't looking for it! Maybe its as simple as that.

Bell Rock's imposing neighbor "Courthouse Butte"

9 comments:

Khyra And Sometimes Her Mom said...

We believe in messengers and messages -

And I also believe in the powers of The Big Cry -

Thanks for sharing this chapter in The Book of Lady -

I expect she'll have a few more chapters to paw -

When the glass is raised tonight, I'll look to the Blast Furnace - I mean the SW and flap my wings ;-)

The pics are a nice image to carry me through my day -

Hugz&Khysses,
Phyll and a khurled in her chair Khyra too

Sam said...

Beautiful. Lady was letting you know she is okay.

Sam

Amber-Mae said...

Simply beautiful!

Samantha said...

Extraordinary story - you tell it so well that I have the leaks again - someday, we'll have to visit Sedona (for the beauty we've heard about!) Not sure about vortexes, but your majestic tale sends gooseflesh.
xo
Sammie, Avalon, Oz and Mom

Ms. ~K said...

Thank you for sharing this...WHat a beautiful setting for reflection and healing.
I have always believed hummers are one of the most special creatures in the world...I will now always remember Lady when I see one!

Hubby has been in Santa Barbara this week...he said he got lots of photos of male and female Anna's hummer...we don't see them in GA very often.

Take care,
~K

Do I see a Jackrabbit in the foreground of the first photo?

Jerry said...

KT... I so understand what you are feeling and experiencing.

I believe.

And I know that my The Luke will serve as an honorable escort for The Lady. As a Dad, you will always have your concerns... but I know my the Luke. And he is thoughtful and devoted.

I would like to think that Luke and the Lady are happy, carefree and totally relaxed together tonight...

with love from The Mom, The Bleu and also The Luke Who Art In Heaven

Aksharaa said...

I don't quite know whether to believe in an after life or not. But I do believe that experiences like the one you had are special...they are there for only those few who chose to see and feel them and when you do, they do help...
Lady was a much loved girl and will liveon in your heart. And the love you both shared is what is coming across from beyond death to help u heal.
Thank u for sharing this beautiful episode of your life:)

Mimi and CC Cabana said...

My first time here, and I'm so sorry to have missed sweet Lady. Adopting senior dogs is a wonderful way to give of yourself. I enjoyed your hummingbird story and believe that comfort and peace can be found in millions of places, if we choose to find them. I'll be following your blog, with the hopes that you'll start another golden chapter in time, when you are ready.

Ruby's Mum said...

Thanks for pointing me here. I'm heartened by your story. Yes, I believe you're right that it happened because you weren't looking for it. Completions are good and it sounds like this was yours. I don't think Bell Rock calls to us (I've actually only been there a couple of times, in all my 16 years here), but we do have several other places that feel powerful to us, and were favorites with Ruby, too.

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