When I climb up Bell Rock, I don't think of it simply as climbing a rock. I think of Bell Rock as a human being who has energy and spirit, and I walk with an awareness of where on that human body I'm stepping. Just as there are pathways along which energy flows in the human body, there are channels where the energy circulates in Bell Rock, as well. Also, just as there are energy points in the human body where energy goes in and out, Bell Rock also has important energy points. Various locations on Bell Rock each emanate their own unique, characteristic energy.
If you think of the wide, flat rocky yard that marks the entrance of Bell Rock as the lower belly and the summit as the top of the head, and feel the energy pathways and points as you go up, a deep energy interaction takes place.
Not far from the entrance to Bell Rock, you come upon a wide, flat area, and this is the location of Bell Rock's dahnjon, the energy center in the middle of the lower belly, the second chakra. In the tradition of eastern mind-body training methods, making this dahnjon abundantly full of energy is viewed as the secret to health and happiness. Bell Rock's dahnjon, wide and flat like a human being's, gives you a very solid, stable feeling.
There are various ways to get to the top of Bell Rock, but in my experience, the best way is -- if you're looking from the main parking lot of Bell Rock -- the path that goes up on the right hand side. I call this path the immaek (Conception Meridian). In eastern medicine, immaek is the name of an energy pathway that flows along the central line at the front of the human body.
It's truly a marvel that a path to the top has been carved like an engraving on this bell-shaped, bumpy rock mountain. If you go up along this immaek, its steep angle makes you short of breath, but you get the feeling that you are protected by a certain energy, so that you feel like you're in your mother's arms. If you go up this path, you come across spots that correspond to Bell Rock's chest and the point where the immaek ends and the dokmaek (Governor Meridian) which flows along Bell Rock's back begins.
It takes about an hour to an hour and a half to make it all the way up to the top of Bell Rock and back. The path to the top is not too hard, but because there are a few tricky spots where you have to crawl up a steep cliff, there aren't many tourists. If you go to the top, it's wide open in all directions so you can look around and see all of the famous rocks