There is something so mythical about this ancient soft red dirt. It magnetizes my curiosity and every time I visit this particular site, I desire to explore deeper and further into it’s indescribable landscape. It is no wonder Georgia O’Keeffe fell head over heels in love with this area and vowed to call it home.
Echo Amphitheater, northeast of Abiquiu New Mexico, is remarkable in it’s ability to create a vortex where time seems to dissipate. Did you ever see Picnic at Hanging Rock? It’s a Peter Weir film from 1979, where in the early 1900s, Miranda (Anne Lambert) attends a girls boarding school in Australia. One Valentine’s Day, the school’s typically strict headmistress (Rachel Roberts) treats the girls to a picnic field trip to an unusual but scenic volcanic formation called Hanging Rock. Despite rules against it, Miranda and several other girls venture off. It’s not until the end of the day that the faculty realizes the girls and one of the teachers (Vivean Gray) have disappeared mysteriously.
This is how I feel at Echo. It is easy to get disoriented walking along looking up, spell bound. Crows caw overhead, circling and riding the subtle changes in the changing air currents funneling through the rock formations. Soft breezes whisper prompts of encouragement to venture around yet another corner. It all looks the same, but different and endlessly enchanting. My spirit always finds peace here , among the dry sandstone river bed. This land is so ancient , yet somehow familiar. There is a sense of knowing deep in my bones, my cells. It is older than anything I’ve ever known.
The land here, she always invites me to sit and listen. She always has something to say. She asks that I be still and vulnerable.
It is a journey drifting through these panoramic views. A journey of myself, by myself. A reflection of myself. And I find Home. Home in my spiritual self!
It is so SIMPLE ! Get outside!
Dare to adventure further! Dare to get mysteriously lost in exploring the landscape of your spirit with Earth as your companion!
Seek to know yourself in all the cracks of the Earth. In all the cracks of time!