Mount Shasta's Weird Vortex Forest

7 May, 2013

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Follow us: - Every year tourists from all over the world visit Mt. Shasta to experience the area’s unique energies and vortex sites.

But what exactly is a “vortex”, and how do you find one?

The answer to that question largely depends upon who you ask.

Some people seek out vortexes by dowsing for them, or using their own intuition and instincts. Others attend tours lead by local spiritual guides who bring them to a vortex located somewhere on the mountain. Others don’t believe in them at all.

Mount Shasta's weird vortex forest.

In the simplest of terms a vortex is a naturally occurring phenomenon which can be observed in nature. A whirlpool, lenticular clouds, and dust devils are all common examples of vortexes created by a spiraling, funnel-shaped motion of air or liquid spinning around a central axis of rotation.

The same phenomenon which creates the energy and flow of natural vortex systems is also believed to be part of a process that produces the generation of subtler spiritual rhythms and energies around us.

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One popular conception of a vortex is a torus, which is also a common pattern which repeats itself throughout nature.

A donut-like shape is the simplest example of a torus. The torus form can be seen in the structure of an apple or an orange.

Plants, trees, hurricanes, and the magnetic fields surrounding planets and stars, and even entire galaxies, all show different expressions of a toroidal energy system and flow which duplicates itself throughout nature.

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The human heart emits the strongest electromagnetic field in our body. This electromagnetic field envelops the entire body extending out in all directions, and it can be measured up to several feet outside of the body. The shape of our body’s own electromagnetic field is a toroidal form.

Image Credit: Institute of HeartMath Research Center.

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The earth’s own magnetic field is also a toroidal system.

Besides being a beautiful place, Mt. Shasta is also an area believed to contain unusually strong energy vortexes.

There’s a fascinating place to explore near Mt. Shasta if you’re interested in this kind of phenomenon, where it actually looks like this kind of subtle energy field has imprinted itself upon the environment, effectively shaping, bending and warping it.

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Image Credit: Dustin Naef

Image Credit: Dustin Naef

Trees growing in this area appear to respond to the vortex energy in a physical way that suggests where this energy is strongest.

The stronger the energy, the more of an axial twist the trees seem to have in their shape. Instead of growing straight up and down, the pattern of growth in some areas follows a warping helical spiral.

Whether or not some kind of energetic vortex exists in this area is as debatable as any other supernatural or paranormal phenomenon—but it certainly looks like something unusual has touched the environment here, which is remarkable in itself.

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One could always argue that these trees were shaped by heavy winds and snowfall. But there are vast areas of forest up here at the same altitudes, which receive just as much snowfall and wind gusts, where you do not find this same pattern of unusual growth duplicated.

Whether you believe in vortexes or not, this area makes for a very beautiful hike with some amazing views and unusual sights.

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To reach it take the Central Mount Shasta exit off I-5. Head west and then south on South Old Stage Road and continue south on W. A. Barr Road. After 2.6 miles, cross the dam at Lake Siskiyou and then turn left .2 mile farther. Travel the paved road 7.1 miles to the parking area bordering Castle Lake, and follow the trail up to Heart Lake.

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