Stuck for holiday destinations for the rest of 2017? Here is a list of attractions you can visit to awaken your spirituality.
Mount Shasta, California
Mount Shasta, located near the Oregon border in northern California, holds the distinction of being one of the world’s preeminent sacred mountains. Native Americans have observed Mount Shasta as a sacred mountain from time immemorial; they viewed the mountain and its surroundings as holy ground; it is thought to be one of the first earthly places created by the Great Spirit. In the past, no one but medicine men or women climbed up the mountain beyond the tree line. It was thought to be too powerful for ordinary people to visit, and inhabited by hosts of potentially dangerous spirits and guardians who could harm a person who traveled up the mountain unprepared.
“Mount Shasta has the power to rejuvenate, revitalize, heal and inspire those who visit her.”-Yogi Kanna
Archaeologists classified Newgrange as a passage tomb, however Newgrange is now recognised to be much more than a passage tomb. Ancient Temple is a more fitting classification, a place of astrological, spiritual, religious and ceremonial importance, much as present day cathedrals are places of prestige and worship where dignitaries may be laid to rest.
“The oldest megalithic site in Europe, at least 1,000 years older than the Giza Pyramids, and an example of the old Celtic belief in the rebirth of their heroes. To venture inside is to have your spirit rekindled, whatever your faith.” — Phil Cousineau
Between February and July of 1858, a young girl named Bernadette saw apparitions of a white-robed lady 18 times in a small grotto called Massabiele, near the town of Lourdes. In the apparitions Bernadette was told to instruct the village priest to build a chapel in the grotto. On the day of the 16th apparition, the lady revealed herself as the Blessed Virgin Mary. During her ecstatic trance in the grotto, Bernadette began to dig in the earth until a small puddle of water appeared. Over the next few days the puddle enlarged into a pool and eventually became a sacred spring, as incidents of healing began to be reported, the spring developed an international reputation for having therapeutic powers.
Mount Haleakala, Island of Maui, Hawaii
The ‘crater’ of Haleakala is a vast place, large enough to contain all of Manhattan Island. From the rim of the crater a path lead 3000 feet down to miles of hiking trails and cabins available for overnight stays. According to Polynesian legend it was here that the demigod Maui captured the sun and forced it to slow its journey across the sky in order to give his people more daylight hours. Before then the sun had moved too rapidly and there was little time to do anything during the day. Nowadays it’s a popular place to visit to see the sunrise over the whole of the crater and the rest of the island.
Sedona, Arizona, USA
Nestled amid striking red sandstone formations at the south end of the 16-mile Oak Creek Canyon, Sedona attracts spiritual seekers, artists and healers, as well as day-trippers from Phoenix trying to escape the oppressive heat. Many New Age types believe that this area is the center of vortexes that radiate the earth’s power, and you’ll find all sorts of alternative medicines and practices on display.