In my interview with Dan Cummings of WSYR TV (Syracuse, NY) for his Newsmakers show (click on, see below) this past weekend I explained why upstate NY, and the Northeast overall, can become a leading destination for spiritual tourists and New Age Pilgrims, which will help power our local economies. I compared Upstate NY to Sedona, Arizona that attracts 3 million tourists annually (Spiritual Sedona, A Town Bursting with Positive Vibes.)
As the Guardian article on Sedona (Spiritual Sedona, A Town Bursting with Positive Vibes) explains tourists have helped fuel a booming economy. Not only have traditional New Age practitioners (healers, masseuses, metaphysical stores...) hotels and restaurants benefitted, but new businesses, some very high end, have been created.
People go to Sedona to experience their healing and consciousness raising vortexes. I know something about vortexes: I have written a book (Vortices and Spirals), articles (American Society of Dowsers, Wisdom), lectured and taught on vortexes, and energy vortexes in particular.
What we have in upstate NY and America's northeast (North Star Country) are Fields of Consciousness (FOC), which are much more powerful than energy vortexes. Many from our area that lived in close proximity to FOC achieved great heights in social reform and spirituality; Harriet Tubman, Susan B. Anthony, Fredrick Douglass, Gerrit Smith, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Matilda Joslyn Gage....
They are a testament to the transformative power of the land in North Star Country.
My book Sacred Sites in North Star Country: Places in Greater New York State (PA,OH,NJ,CT,MA,VT,ONT) That Changed the World tells where FOC are found and the story of the area's rich history--it has been called "America's Psychic highway", "the Burned-over District"
FOC are where Ley Lines, or Spirit Lines, originate from. Ley Lines are the holy grail of the Earth Energy Crowd and to many in the New Age World. Millions flock to places in England such as Stonehenge, and others around the world, to experience them.
Marriage of the New Age with HistoryUpstate NY has many historical homes and places; Women's Hall of Fame, Abolitionist Hall of Fame, Harriet Tubman Home, Susan B. Anthony Home, Michigan Street Baptist Church, Myers residence and many more--The NYS Tourism Equal Rights in NY Website has some of them. They can provide a vital resource to supplement the experience of visiting spiritual pilgrims. They are also a testament to the power of place.
We continue to well up leaders, the Berrigan Brothers in sixties and Chris Hedges today. Strident voices for social change. The fastest growing spiritual trends in the world today, the New Age Movement, and the belief that one is spiritual and not religious, trace their roots back to upstate NY and Spiritualism and Theosophy. In fact, Colin Dicky notes this in his book Ghostland and even mentions me.
North Star Country was once a bright beacon and a source of inspiration and guidance to the rest of the world--birthplace of the American Democracy, the Women's movement, America's first and Second Great Awakenings, religions......It can be so again.
Having pilgrims pray, meditate, do ceremony and ritual in a Field of Consciousness will help re-invigorate them and in the process help raise the consciousness of visiting pilgrims and fortify Ley Lines, which then carry that consciousness to distant corners of the world.
I ask your help in telling others of what is possible for upstate NY and what it could mean for the greater world.
PS. Please contribute on this blog to our effort to buy Gossamer Wood in Canandaigua, NY and turn it into a sacred preserve for all to enjoy.
Directions to the Peacemakers Sanctuary mentioned in the interview