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The Call of Sedona: Journey of the Heart

The Call of Sedona: Journey of the Heart

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by Ilchi Lee

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The Call of Sedona speaks to anyone seeking greater fulfillment and deeper meaning in their lives. With practical advice on meditation and profound insights on the healing power of the earth, this book gives you the guidance you need to embark on your own journey of the heart.

If you haven’t been to Sedona, this book will urge you to travel to


The Call of Sedona speaks to anyone seeking greater fulfillment and deeper meaning in their lives. With practical advice on meditation and profound insights on the healing power of the earth, this book gives you the guidance you need to embark on your own journey of the heart.

If you haven’t been to Sedona, this book will urge you to travel to this blessed place. If you have been to Sedona—or even if you live there now— this book will deepen the love you hold for the wonders of the land. Wherever you are, let this book show you how to experience the spirit of Sedona and make a true connection with your heart.

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"The Call of Sedona is not nearly so much about a place as it is about a place of Being; not only about a location on the map of the world, but a location on the map of the mind. Recognizing that this unique city in America holds both a Message and a Metaphor for those in search of greater meaning and purpose in life, Ilchi Lee has produced a book filled with remarkable wisdom inspired in a remarkable setting. Not to be missed."
—- Neale Donald Walsch, Author of Conversations with God

“I have been to Sedona only once. I was so struck by the power and magic of this land—and I remember thinking, ‘This place is a cathedral in which to worship.’ Let The Call of Sedona bring this holy earth energy right into your heart.”

—Christiane Northrup, M.D., ob/gyn physician and author of the New York Times bestsellers Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom and The Wisdom of Menopause

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I RARELY STAY IN ONE PLACE for more than a few months. That’s because traveling the world and meeting and speaking with people is my life’s work. Nonetheless, Sedona is the land I love the most on this earth. Whatever place I’m coming from, when I head back to Sedona and start to see its red rocks in the distance, my heart and breath open up and my mind becomes calm as though I’ve come home.

Sedona is a flower blooming in the Arizona desert. The land here is a deep red, the sky an endless blue. Between that red earth and blue sky, there flows a sacred atmosphere. Not only are there red rocks, green juniper trees, cacti, and a burning sun, but there are also ravines and steep gorges where clear water flows and wooded forests are soaked with the golden hues of autumn. This arid land that pours out such a primordial power has a unique ability to awaken within us the greatest of spirits.


I first came to Sedona in January 1996. At the time, I was yet another tourist among many, drawn by its beauty and mystery. Now, fifteen 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 always awakens me anew.

I have received many messages while in Sedona, such as 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; and 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; 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 ridiculous things 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, which were 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 others were drawn to participate in them, too.

Sedona gave me a dream. It gave me constant inspiration and strength so that my dream would not die, no matter the hardships I found myself facing. To me, everything in the United States used to be so foreign, including the language and the culture. Through Sedona, I gained the strength to truly settle here. I gained a new inspiration that enabled me to share my enlightenment and training methods with the whole world, and it is here that I met so many friends and supporters. Though I was well past middle age, I also opened myself to a new creativity and artistic capacity that was rising inside of me. This is the place where I developed the Earth Citizen spirit as a philosophy, and where I heard the message of Mago, which means Mother Earth.

In order to repay the blessings I received from Sedona, I worked hard to share with other people what I felt and discovered through this place. That’s why I love Sedona as much as I love my life. With every step I take upon this red and sacred earth, I am filled with deep gratitude and affection.

Sedona is truly a sacred and blessed land. When I stand on a hill of red rock and look into the distance where heaven and earth meet at the horizon, or when an immense, round moon rises so close that it feels like I could just reach and touch it with my hand, what arises within me is a lucid awareness that I’m living on a star called Earth, and I find myself deeply and vividly moved. The heart of the earth opens my heart and enters, becoming one with me. And concern for people and the world arises from the deepest part of my being, along with a powerful desire to take care of them. The messages of Sedona, this land graced with beauty and wonder from time immemorial, always make my heart vibrate with strength and love as intense as the very redness of its earth.


This book contains stories about the messages that I received from Sedona. It also has stories about my life, which I have 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 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.

It is always our dreams that lend meaning and value to our daily life. If you need a dream—or if you need to rediscover a dream you’ve lost—come here to Sedona.

Ilchi Lee

Sedona, April 2011


IN EARLY 1996, I was reading a newspaper in Los Angeles when I saw a photo that immediately grabbed my attention. “Hey, where is this place?” I asked. The red rocks were so real they felt like they might jump out of the paper at me. I read the caption beneath the photo and learned it was a place called Sedona, in the state of Arizona.

I couldn’t get there fast enough; I wanted to see those red rocks, so I asked an acquaintance to come with me. It was a long drive, of nearly eight hours. We cruised along from Los Angeles to Flagstaff until we came to Sedona. It was the middle of the night, so we settled into a motel that hugged Oak Creek Canyon.

It was a dark night, so there was little chance to see the scenery aside from the sparkling stars that filled the night sky with their refreshing twinkling. I wondered what Sedona would look like when I opened my eyes in the morning. As I filled my lungs with its clean, crisp air, I went to sleep with excitement and anticipation in my heart.

As soon as I opened my eyes the next morning, I threw back the curtains. The view was of a mountain of blended red and white rocks, standing tall above the verdant juniper trees. At the top of the mountain were large and small rocks shaped like various animals. Then I saw one that caught my attention. At a flat part on the top, there was a modest rock whose form resembled a person meditating while seated in the lotus position.

I thought, “Wow, even the rocks in Sedona meditate!”

I couldn’t tell whether that was true or whether those were the only rocks my eyes could see, no matter where I looked, but my initial feeling was very good.

After a simple breakfast, I wandered about Sedona, here and there, wherever I felt like going. It seemed like the entire city was embraced by arms of red rock. The green of the junipers and cacti that dotted the red turf proffered a dramatic contrast of color. The sky of Sedona, wrapped around the red burnt earth, seemed clearer and bluer than any sky I’d seen. There was a sanctity circulating in the air between earth and heaven. Though it was winter, warm sunlight was shining down through the clear air. As I looked at the dazzling beauty of Sedona’s earth and sky awash with the morning sun, my heart skipped a beat, and it occurred to me that this just might be the place for which I had been searching for so long.

I came to the United States from Korea in 1993 to share the traditional Korean mind-body training methods known as Dahnhak (which became Dahn Yoga in the United States). At the time, the Dahn Centers that I had established in Korea had increased to around fifty and I was sharing a modernized and systematized form of Dahnhak with many people.

I handed over the management of the Korean Dahn Centers to my students and started anew in the United States with a pioneering spirit. The place where I first settled with my students was New Jersey. It was not easy, however, to put our roots down in a land where the culture and even the language were so unfamiliar. Our first attempts were ones of trial and error.

During that time, I would sometimes walk on the banks of a lake near Bear Mountain, New York. One day, as I gazed out across the surface of the lake reflecting the light of the setting sun, I asked myself, “What should I do?” What occurred to me then was that I should get to know the United States inside and out. I felt that I really needed to experience the United States for myself, with my own two eyes and feet.

I decided to get a car and travel across the country from east to west. Our itinerary would take us from New York to California, along the western coast up to Vancouver, through Toronto, and then back to New York. For several months, I wandered among the beautiful mountains and valleys of the United States. I went inside the busy metropolitan areas as well, and felt the confusion of their people’s hearts. It was a good opportunity for me to feel the energy of this massive land with my own body, mind, and senses.

As I crossed the country, there was one thing I was looking for: a new land where I could put down my roots and thrive. The moment I saw Sedona, I felt a strong intuition that this would be that very place. However, although I stayed in Sedona for three days, I was still unable to make a final decision.

One of the reasons I hesitated was that Sedona was a desert. According to the Eastern practice of feng shui, a harmony of the five energies—wood, fire, earth, metal, and water—is essential.

Certainly, wood energy was coming from the forests of juniper trees and shrubs; there was obviously plenty of fire energy since it was a desert where the sun beat down strongly; judging by the power pouring from the ground of Sedona, nothing needed to be said about earth energy; and since it was iron that gave to the earth its deep red color, it was also full of metal energy. However, since it was a desert terrain where water was scarce, the thought that water energy might be insufficient kept bothering me.

I went back to Los Angeles and returned to Sedona after a few days. It was then I saw something that blew away all my concerns—Oak Creek Canyon, where the creek flowed right alongside the highway going up from Sedona to Flagstaff. During my first visit I couldn’t see it closely, but there was clear water flowing abundantly through the canyon. I realized then that Sedona had the necessary amount of water energy, too. With this in mind, I found a desire to make a new start in Sedona, where, although it was desert terrain, the energy of the five elements were harmonized so well. And I started to feel certain that, in a place like this, I could establish the meditation center of which I had dreamed.

It took me a few more days to look around the Native American reservations and nearby famous locations in Arizona, Utah, and Nevada. I also visited Lake Powell, Rainbow Bridge, the Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon, and the canyons of Zion National Park. All of them were places that not only had been regarded as sacred by Native Americans but also displayed the beauty and dignity of nature without restraint. I was also pleased with the fact that Sedona was not too far from many of these places. Having resolved upon my second visit to move there, I rented a modest place that I could use as a home and office.

As I drove back to Los Angeles to prepare for my move, I had a premonition that something good was going to happen, and I felt a nervous excitement. I kept repeating the name of the land, Sedona, over and over in my mind. Se-do-na. Se-do-na. Se . . . do . . . na. Then, all of a sudden, a thought came to me: Se-do-na, a place where a new Tao or enlightenment would emerge. Viewing these syllables in Korean, Se sounds like sae and means “new”; do means “Tao” or “enlightenment”; and na means “is coming out.” If you put the three parts together, then Sedona means “the land where a new enlightenment will emerge.”

From that point onward, every time I pronounced Sedona’s name, every time I told other people about Sedona, and every time I practiced meditation in Sedona, I started to believe that a new enlightenment would arise from this place. That was my belief and it was also my profound hope. And this is how my Sedona story began.

Meet the Author

Ilchi Lee is a respected educator, mentor, author, and trailblazer devoted to developing the awakened brain and teaching energy principles. For the past thirty years, Lee has dedicated his life to helping people become the authors of their lives by harnessing the creative power of the human brain. He has developed many mind-body training methods, including Dahn Yoga and Brain Education. Since his first visit to Sedona in the 1990s, Lee has shared the messages and spirit he has received from this special land. He is the founder of Sedona Mago Retreat, a place for spiritual awakening and holistic learning, located in the wilderness of Arizona’s red rock country. For more information, visit Ilchi.com.

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GiJeuk More than 1 year ago
I couldn't put this book down after getting it! Ilchi Lee's language is easy to read and connects with my heart and soul. I feel so moved by his words and experiences. This book really will change how we view life and will motivate us to make a change for ourselves, our families and friends, and the whole of humanity. This book is a MUST read for everyone who cares for the Earth and Humanity.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
To be honest, I'm not one to read books about inspiration and how to live your life better, etc. However, I was handed this book by a friend recently and it was all I had on a 4 hour plane ride. Long story short, it really is a must read. I honestly haven't been to Sedona myself, but I felt entranced in meditation as if I was actually there. It's almost like a meditation tour guide book. The author actually guides you through different meditation practices, which I didn't do on the plane, but when I got home & office. It's really helped a lot in my stress management with co-workers & family. It gave me the opportunity to create "me-time" and now I feel like I actually know how take care of myself. I highly recommend this book to anyone who's stressed out from the rituals of daily life. It really will help you have a different perspective on life. I'm really inspired to pass this book onto others.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book describes each vortex through your heart. The author's feelings are very much conveyed in this book. It is not only a guide but a mediation book. Each place that is described makes you feel that you are actually there feeling and seeing all the wonderful places in Sedona. It is a must have book because it is written for all ages. It is book that I will keep for the rest of my life.
earthson More than 1 year ago
If you've ever heard of Sedona or been there yourself, or if you feel that traveling is a way to discover not only the outside world but something deeper inside yourself, this new book by Ilchi Lee should strike you as worthwhile. First of all it was an easy read with poignant and richly described vignettes. The stories flow simply from one to the next, relying more on the underlying sense of mission and respect for the earth than literary techniques. The photos of many well and lesser-known red rock formations enhance the sense of Sedona's natural beauty. But I was most impressed that this book seems to be written with the basic idea that peace, harmony, social responsibility and personal growth are all things that can be motivated by a simple love and appreciation for the planet we live on. And the landscapes of Sedona become all the more beautiful when they stir the human heart to positive action!
AwakenParadise More than 1 year ago
This was an amazing book. It helps to open your heart & mind to your true essence. It gives you a clear understanding of our energy connection to the Earth and the beauty and potential that lies within our brain. I hope everyone can experience this ~
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What amazing meditative techniques. I was able go feel as though I was truly at Oak Creek Canyon with the water rushing over me, purifying. The beauty and healing energy of Sedona is vividly described by Ilchi Lee. His vision for the world and our responsibility for the Earth are laid out for all to see. And his meditation techniques help us to connect to the energy of Earth and appreciate all its beauty.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just finished this book. I loved it! I know I will reread it often and practice the meditations at the end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read many of this authors previous books and this one is by far the one that touched my heart and soul the most. In simple language Ilchi Lee creates a desire to visit many spiritual places in Sedona to feel the earth as he describes it and recognize the oneness within. This work is a masterful mix of travelogue and spirit. The places he describes come to life thru a different viewpoint and the meditations that conclude the book are very powerful for connecting to the earth energy. The book leaves a strong desire to visit Sedona with a new eye.
jdlove More than 1 year ago
When you read The Call of Sedona, you can feel a deep connection with the mystery and wonder of the Earth and with your own life inside of you. The book is written very simply and the message is deep and will likely penetrate your own heart as well. I recommend this book to anyone who loves the Earth and is also interested in viewing the landscape of their inner self at the same time. The first time I read it, I finished the book within two days. Highly Recommended, and also filled with beautiful nature photography from Sedona and the surrounding areas.
Happy-Face More than 1 year ago
I recently finished reading ¿ The Call of Sedona Journey of The Heart¿ by Ilchi Lee. I was profoundly moved and impacted by the simplicity and meaningful words of wisdom of the author. The message that author is sending out to the humanity is so encouraging and inspirational. I was fascinated by author¿s description of all those spiritual and natural beauty of Sedona. I was inspired by his personal stories, experiences, and visions. This is a book that should help us to cultivate, to open up our eyes and hearts to reach out for those who are unreachable. This book is a reminder to human beings to pause for a moment and thinking about future of humanity, and not to forget the purpose of being on earth and going through this precious journey which is called ¿LIFE¿. I¿m so glad being able to take this short journey with the author¿s mind by reading this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What I love the most about this book is the message that is included in every page. Along with beautiful descriptions of places in Sedona, the positive message will make your heart sing and wake you up. The book is also an amazing story of Ilchi Lee's life and challenges he overcame. If you feel there is something missing in your life or need new direction for your life, read this book and become inspired and hopeful. Take a deep look inside you and go for your dream to find the true purpose of your life.
fellowsJK More than 1 year ago
What an inspirational book!! I've been to Sedona many times and this book gave me a new view and deeper meaning of Sedona. It's more than the story of Sedona. It's story about one's journey to the enlightenment and and how we can collaborate with all. I am very awakened.
mwag More than 1 year ago
I found this book to be a tremendous inspiration to my life. I know it is going to help so many people find their purpose in life too. Thank you Ilchi Lee.
Pmonty More than 1 year ago
From the introduction, I could feel a calmness come over me. There is an energy, a spirit in this book that I can feel deeper each time I read even a paragraph. Tha descriptions are so vivid that I sometimes feel as though I am experiencing the same as the author is describing! If you are feeling stressed or lonely, this book is a must read. If you are willing to open your mind, you will feel your energy, maybe for the first time. And as you feel your energy more and more, as the author states "There's a feeling of peaceful comfort and safety that is hard to describe".
ibetu2 More than 1 year ago
We are using this book in a Book Club/Meditation Circle that I'm involved in. It is very powerful. The guided meditations at the end of the book are very insightful. Ilchi Lee has a true message that is delivered in this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a very well written book that is easy to connect with. You can actually feel the author¿s heart and sincerity as he describes his experiences and the beauty of the earth. I have also tried some of the training techniques listed in the back and they have been incredibly helpful in my life. I bought this book as a Christmas present for all my friends and family. If we all just took 10 min a day to connect with ourselves and the world around us we would all live much more peaceful and happier lives. This book teaches you how you can do that. I¿ve read it 3 times now and each time I pick up something different. A definite must read for anyone looking to create more peace and happiness in their lives.
Earth_Lover More than 1 year ago
I study under Ilchi Lee, so naturally I find this book to be of great help to me. But what others may also find helpful to them is the power of hope that comes with the belief in a cause greater than themselves, the message that the Earth is the source of our being and our healing, and the message that within each of our brains lies all that we need to create our lives as we wish them to be through the power of the "mindscreen". Whether you believe in his personal spiritual experiences or not really doesn't matter, you won't see the Earth in the same way after reading this book!
StevieNV More than 1 year ago
Easy read, and loved the chapter on the different vortex locations.
Passion84 More than 1 year ago
I personally cannot inagine sitting down, let alone, reading a book. I got this from a friend of mine and she really encouraged me to read. So I did and I honestly couldn't put it down. It was really an amazing book. Please take your time to read this book.
Passion_vg More than 1 year ago
This book is a one of a kind, very deep and will awaken your senses. The journey is very beautiful and rewarding. Once you read this awesome book, you will really want to visit Sedona. To truly experience it for your self. A deep thanks to the author and much love.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Now I REALLY want go to Sedona and meditate, not just sightsee. Very touching story and easy read.
she-Dynamo More than 1 year ago
When I first picked up this book, I was immediately drawn in by its many beautiful Sedona red rock photographs strewn throughout. Interwoven between vivid imagery of the Sedona area, the book contains fascinating stories and much wisdom for everyday use. If you are new to the concept of ¿ki energy¿ and ¿vortexes¿ the author clearly and simply describes them on page 42. He also shares how to sensitize yourself to this phenomenon yet urges the reader to go deeper than the physical sensation of ki energy---to use it to really journey into your heart and create the best possible future. The book provides useful suggestions, reflections, and guidance on how to do just that by someone who¿s ¿walked the talk¿. I¿ve began several of the meditations in the appendices and am eager to explore the others!
Amy_Jacobs More than 1 year ago
This book beautifully combines a touching personal story, a simple meditation technique, and an passionate call to action for the growing number of human beings around the world who have awakened to the spiritual predicament of our species and are ready to start making a change. I have read a lot of Ilchi Lee's books and I am always touched by his conviction and his undying hope for the world, but this book is different because he shares so much of his own heart and struggles and triumphs. It also helped me to remember the importance of including regular communication with nature in my own spiritual path, and makes me really excited for my next visit to Sedona :) It is heartfelt but grounded, great for anyone interested in meditation and spiritual growth.
00muah More than 1 year ago
This book really easy to read and give me a clear understanding about. I could not understand what I am doing in my life. Now I know it. It is amazing. Every one must read and experience it. This book is for experience.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was a moving inspiration for me. Not only practical in its wisdom but inspiring and hopeful for all of us on this earth. Sedona and the many beautiful places of the earth helped remind me about my value and the value of this planet. Recommended for those on a journey to self discovery, those interested in wisdom, or even those who wish to satisfy the simple joy of journeying to a place they've never been. Please read it!