by Cathy Anderson Corn
An article in the Summer 2007 "Point of Light" magazine sparked my husband's and my interest. "In Search of Healing Places in Somerset County" told of energy vortexes along the Casselman River Trail. The two vortexes discussed in the article can be accessed on the bike trail that connects Pittsburgh via Confluence, Pa., with Washington, D.C. via Cumberland, Md.
Alan and I waited until the hot, humid days had passed so we could enjoy the experience, and then drove out from Pittsburgh to the Markelton trail head. Last Sunday was a gorgeous, bright day, and we made the most of it as we pedalled along the trail, over a former railroad bridge, and then located the path down to the Casselman River.
Massive rocks faced the river, and we tripped out onto them to savor the first vortex. (A vortex is a place of high energy on the earth, a place of natural beauty, and a special healing spot where one feels more alive.) I don't know about you, but I can always use a jump start, so this sounded great to me.
We weren't disappointed, and both of us felt an energizing effect, especially as the river cascaded through many rocks, before it wound by more sedately past our rock perches. We meditated separately, when I noted a hawk circling not too high above Alan, then it wheeled off, calling "kree." Best of all, we ate lunch on the rocks; no vortex is complete without a sandwich or two.
We didn't visit the Fort Hill vortex, as it was a ride downhill from the trail and we were vortexed out by then. But we stopped on the second bridge and gazed way down below at the river, rocks, and trees. Such a panoramic view, with no houses, cars, or billboards. We also saw only a handful of other bikers. Right before our bridge stop, I spooked our second hawk that flew up from beside the trail and perched in a nearby tree watching us. (I'm big on hawks--always makes my day.)
For the next day or two, I felt especially good and excited about our day trip. So of course when we booked a short vacation this week, I remarked on the recurring theme of vortexes. We'll visit Sedona, Arizone, in a few weeks where the grandmas and grandaddies of all vortexes lie waiting to energize the fortunate. My daughter and I visited there four years ago and the experience was awesome, also fodder for another blog.
So what does all this have to do with writing? These spiritual experiences fuel my writing and send my mind where it needs to go. Writers need life experiences and direction. Plus my day job as healer/massage therapist figures in here, for the healer needs to be healed, too.
I'm sure you all have experienced vortexes, too. Where are the places in nature you find powerful? Where do you feel more alive? Have you recently visited Pittsburgh's vortex or heard where it is?