In every culture across the world there are destinations that are considered power centers and places of healing, sacred places where people go to find healing or restore their faith. These can be anywhere from Stonehenge to Macchu Picchu, there are thousands of place that are considered sacred for one reason or another. The leads us to explore why people come to sacred sites and what they expect to get from the experience. Let’s look at some of them and why people travel there.
When it comes to healing places there are three in particular that jump out where people to flock to every year to get healed. The first is El Santuario de Chimayo just outside of Santa Fe where pilgrims come here for healing. Cornwall in England is another place where there are holy wells and the water is meant to heal the sick. Perhaps the most famous is Lourdes, located in France where a number of miracles have been reported throughout history. Here is a look at Lourdes.
Seeking a Vision
Vision quests are common in Native North American traditions as well as Pagan traditions in Western Europe. To go on a vision quest you bring yourself to an isolated area, preferably somewhere in nature in order to receive guidance about your life. In Native American tradition you can have a vision quest almost anywhere that is up to the individual. However in Western Europe there are a couple of sites where Pagans go to visit, one is in Iona, Scotland to a holy called Tobar na h’oige. The other is the burial ground of the ancient Scottish Kings. This place was important to pre-Christian Celts and Druids.
Places of Energy
There are places throughout the world where people flock to because they are considered “energy vortexes” the most famous being Macchu Picchu but there are others. One of the most popular is Sedona in Arizona, it is considered an energy vortex because of the four energy vortexes that can be found here. Considered to be the center of the New Age movement in the US the city started out as an artist’s colony and was home to Kahlil Gibran and Max Ernst. To this day it still has a vibrant arts community.
People travel from all over the world to come to these sites and dozens of others while on a spiritual journey. If you want to experience these places for yourself then come with an open mind and see what you can get from them.