Spirituality and Sedona

Twenty-two years ago I was regular guy; worked in the New York sewers with Ed Norton. Ralph Kramden, a friend from the old neighborhood, drove a city bus crosstown and used to let me ride for free. Of course these guys were from the TV show, ‘The Honeymooners’ which I marveled at. Script writing was timeless and the sets were basically costless. Here I am thinking about that show which was in endless summer re-runs on WPIX; my streams of consciousness are surreal; sometimes I know not from where they come. But it just hit me. The night before I was going to Phoenix (Scottsdale), Arizona, 22 years ago, for the very first time, I was watching the episode when Ralph finds a suitcase of money on his bus. I thought, “Wouldn’t it be nice if I could find something like that?” Then I randomly picked up a magazine, flipped through pages of recipes and abs workouts, found an article on the magical, spiritual, and surreal qualities of Sedona, Arizona and its red mountains and haunting vortexes of new age realizations. I was heading to Scottsdale the following morning which was 75 minutes away from Sedona. So there it was. A life changing moment; I was curious about spirituality and vortexes and decided that on the free day during my Arizona national sales meeting, I’d take wife and young son and go exploring Sedona to see for myself.   I’ve never been the same since. You’re even reading words of a post side-effect metamorphosis.

I rented a white Cadillac (my first time in a Cadillac) for the journey up Route 17 from Scottsdale to Sedona. We went with friends and their young son and stopped at Montezuma’s Castle near Sedona. Cave dwellers lived there four hundred years ago but mysteriously disappeared. Mountain tops over caves seemed to blend into the bluest sky without clouds I’ve ever seen. Silence was profound but strangely loud. Back in the car, I talked about magic vortexes and spirit nearby. Landscape was boring, with dry grass and gentle hills; no signs of majestic red mountains and scenes from John Wayne cowboy movies. Then like a George Lucas special effect, craggy, towering, bright red mountains jumped across the two lane highway. A sign on the roadside welcomed us to Sedona elevation and population. A few feet beyond the sign was a five foot pile of red soil on the roadside.  I veered the car off the road, jammed on the brakes and jumped out. My passengers thought I hit a moving life form and were worried. “I’ll be back.” I deep voiced (sound familiar?). I don’t know what possessed me. Perhaps the red soil beckoned. If there was magic in the soil and spirituality to be found, I wanted absorption.  I jumped into the dirt, scooped it up and rubbed it all over my exposed arms and legs to a horrified Cadillac audience. If my skin was porous enough, I was determined to go back to New Jersey enlightened and spirited. Later in an outdoor shopping venue, something (one of my favorite spiritual words) made me stop by a weathered old Native-American woman selling CD’s of local music. I bought Coyote Oldman’s ‘Tear of the Moon’ (flute and Incan pan pipes) which has continually lured me back to Sedona; exceptionally haunting music.

How do I know something happened with Sedona’s soil?  Back in Jersey a few days later, I bought a Pick Six lottery ticket and won the bonus number; 1 in 100,00 odds($500 prize). I never win anything and sensed something (that word again) and theorized the rubbing red soil facilitated an intrinsic element of spirit. So I lamented, that if only I had stripped nude and rubbed the soil over a larger surface area (all the cracks and crevices), I would’ve absorbed enough to win $ 1 million. Of course tongue and cheek but also heavy duty, industrial strength spirituality. Twelve times since, I’ve been back and climbed my favorite vortex red mountain barefoot (absorption through soles).  Over the years, spirit has directed me to write a novel, discover the universe and other realms of conscience. Here I am now, two hours after the NY Giants whipped the Green Bay Packers, thinking I could write more of the spirit even though I was going to save it for a memoir of 444 pages ( a special number, by the way).  Edith Bunker from ‘All in the Family’ on TV used to say, “Ain’t that something, Archie?”  And spirituality is.

Celebrating Birthdays for Hospitalized Kids

** Another of OGTV's "GOOD STORIES" about a couple of friends who are making sure that a hospitalized child's birthday gets all the bells and whistles they deserve! **

Kids rarely get to celebrate when they are in the hospital and having a birthday there is not the ideal situation. After seeing her godson spend some time in the hospital, surrounded by kids who were having their birthdays without the laughter and joy that comes with their special day, Stefanie Grimm had an idea. Even if you are hospitalized, there is no reason that you shouldn't have a birthday party! This generous thought was the seed that grew into The Confetti Foundation.

Keep reading... Show less

My Dog Saved My Life Thanks To The Mr. Mo Project

** To celebrate National Hug Your Day, OGTV shares this heartwarming story about Macy, a senior bull dog, who helped her owner cope with and overcome depression. **

Vicky Neville and her tender hearted bull dogs did not always have it easy. After years of heartache and enduring the loss of three bull dogs, recovering from divorce and witnessing the passing of her sister and soulmate, Vicky was admitted into inpatient care for her chronic depression.

While in recovery, she heard about the Mr. Mo Project, a non profit organization that finds loving homes for senior dogs. On Easter Sunday, Mr. Mo Project founders, Chris and Mariesa Hughes showed up at Vicky's house with Macy, a senior bull dog. Vicky and Macy connected instantly and before Vicky knew it, her life began to change.

Keep reading... Show less

What's the Origin of "Horse of a Different Color"? - Famous Phrases with Eddie Brill

How many times have you used a common, every day phrase and stepped back to wonder: where did THAT come from...and what does it really mean?

Wait no more. Host Professor Good N' Well, a.k.a. comedian Eddie Brill, has done the research has the answers! In this episode of Famous Phrases, the professor's search for the answer to this equine enigma leads him to the works of William Shakespeare. "What color art thou?" indeed!

Keep reading... Show less

How the NBA’s Cleveland Cavs Changed the Game for Their Autistic Fans

** In recognition of International ASMR (Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response) Day, OGTV is sharing a Good Business story about how the NBA's Cleveland Cavaliers learned how to be inclusive to people with autism. **

The squeak of sneakers, the pounding of the ball on the hardwood floor, flashing lights, videos and messages on the scoreboard, dancers, PA Announcements, the roar of the crowd…. A professional basketball gamer is frantic, loud, and a lot to take in all at once for anyone. But it can also be overwhelming, especially if you have the sensory issues associated with autism.

Keep reading... Show less

Mom and Daughter Start Unique Business for Dog Lovers - dogly.com

Need to hear a "Good Story"? Here's one about a Mom and Daughter who started a business driven by their love of dogs for all of those who also love dogs!

One Christmas Eve, Jane Turner wrote a story called "The Dog Who Went To Main Street" for her daughter, Cory. It was based on a true story about the family's wandering black lab, Zona, and their quest to find their dog. Because it was such a hit with their family, someone had recommended she try and publish it as a children's book! It was a hit.

Keep reading... Show less

This Farm Helps Kids and Animals Heal Each Other

** April is Prevention Of Cruelty To Animals Month and this OGTV story shows how putting together rescue animals and at-risk kids in a supportive environment can have unexpected benefits for both groups. **

Abuse leaves a scar – sometimes visible, more frequently hidden. Neglect is an unrelenting force that crushes the spirit. The Forget Me Not Farm is a place where a unique group of people and animals work together to help address both of these critical issues and demonstrate the wonders that can be accomplished by an approach based on compassion.

Keep reading... Show less

What's the Origin of "Skeleton in the Closet"? - Famous Phrases with Eddie Brill

How many times have you used a common, every day phrase and stepped back to wonder: where did THAT come from...and what does it really mean?

Wait no more. Host Professor Good N' Well, a.k.a. comedian Eddie Brill, has done the research has the answers! In this episode of Famous Phrases, the professor reaches back into the 1800's to discover a time when some people had very good reasons for keeping skeletons out of site, and out of mind.

Keep reading... Show less

71-Year-Old Man Walks Thousands Of Miles To Promote Peace

** On this World Health Day, OGTV recognizes a man who puts one foot in front of the other, typically for hundreds of miles, to stimulate support for a more healthy and peaceful world. **

Most of us want to make the world a better place. Not all of have actually done something about it—but a grandfather named Al has, many times over.

Keep reading... Show less

* PODCASTS *

* OGTV Top Videos *

Watch and Subscribe
It's a Positivity Movement
OnlyGood TV on YouTube

mailbox

Get your Only Good TV Newsletter