The new book I’d been working on for the past two years, The Call of Sedona: Journey of the Heart, will be published in mid-August. This book is very meaningful to me. This book carries the dream that I’ve cherished in Sedona for the past 15 years, my personal story and experiences in Sedona, and the Sedona spirit that I wish to share with every person who visits Sedona. This book is my dedication of love and gratitude as well as an invitation to Sedona.
Below is an excerpt from the author’s introduction of The Call of Sedona:
I first came to Sedona in January 1996. At the time, I was just another tourist among many, drawn by its beauty and mystery. Now, 15 years later, I can’t imagine my life without Sedona. To me, Sedona is the most comfortable home as well as a most divine and sacred land. It’s the friend with whom I feel the closest of connections, the “seuseung,” or spiritual guide, who awakens me anew.
I have received many messages while in Sedona: when I sat atop Bell Rock, looking down at the river embraced by red stone; when I walked along the banks of Oak Creek and quietly watched the full moon reflected in its water; when I stood on Schnebly Hill and was mesmerized by the flames of the sunset in the western sky… Sedona has spoken to me.
The messages I received from Sedona were, at first, almost like fantasies, for Sedona always told me to dream dreams that seemed impossible, and at times it even caused in me agonizing dilemmas that were difficult to bear.
But I had to listen to those messages. When the messages of Sedona reverberated in the deepest parts of my heart, even if they seemed “a ridiculous thing to do” from a rational perspective, I just focused on them unconditionally. Whenever I was having a hard time, I would turn to the rocks and trees that had lived so much longer than human beings; I borrowed a lot of strength from the moon and the stars of Sedona awake in the dead of night, when the world was fast asleep. This is how the things that seemed at first like fantasies became realities, one by one. And many other people were drawn to participate in them, too.
This book contains the stories about the messages that I received from Sedona. It also has stories about my life, which I lived by following those messages. And this book can also become your story.
The essence of the message that Sedona has conveyed to me is that inside each one of us there is a much greater and more beautiful truth and dream than the ordinary ones we know. And that we already have everything we need to achieve them. I hope that through this book you realize that you have always been great and that you will gain a fresh inspiration and a dream that will infuse vitality into your life. Finally, I hope that you can take part in the beautiful dream that Sedona gives through its profound connection with the earth.
What lends meaning and value to our daily life is always our dreams. If you need a dream—or if you need to rediscover a dream you’ve lost—come here to Sedona.