If you are of a certain age, you remember seeing Close Encounters of the Third Kind. Richard Dreyfuss compulsively sculpts his mashed potatoes in a shape that he knows means something but has no clue why. Finally he and other similarly driven people end up in Wyoming at the Devils Tower national monument! The aliens have landed there and their vibe has attracted these travelers.
Well, I’m here to tell you that this physical structure of nature has an energy flow. It rises from the flat landscape like a monolith, surrounded by a ring of trees. Apparently the Governor of Wyoming back in the late 1800s had the foresight to declare the area a logging-free zone. Later, the feds recognized the area and took over stewardship. When I drove within two miles, I could feel vibration. When I got into the park, it was palpable. I stood in awe and wonder of this amazing volcanic remnant. How it came to be is the subject of debate between geologists, but it is volcanic. I prefer the native american legend (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Devils_Tower#Native_American_culture) that connects the Pleiades constellation to children escaping a bear and bear claws making the striate marking on the Tower.
I hiked the walkway that goes full circle around the base. I got to see the Tower from every angle. I also saw crazy people rock climbing the face to the top. I cheered them on from the safety of the numerous benches located on the path. At 6800 feet of elevation I was a bit slow in my circumnavigation of the monolith. I stopped frequently. Age + altitude = take it slow. I did complete the 1.3 mile walk. Accomplished! Taking the tour slowly allowed me to contemplate the Tower and take in all the natural beauty of the Ponderosa Pines, the boulders and rock pieces that fall off the Tower, and the prayer flags hung by native americans to honor ancestors.
As I walked, I realize I am so far out of my comfort zone, I can’t see where comfort exists. I’m walking around a rock tower high above the meadow below and I am not moving as fast as everyone else. I remembered my possibility that brought me here – fun and adventure! So I used each stopping point to contemplate the adventure and remind myself that I actually was having fun! I took the time to contemplate the energy of the place. There’s a reason they chose this icon for the movie. Think about that!