I love the strange, slightly bizarre & energetically enhanced. So, when my friend Genevieve suggested we visit the Warm Mineral Springs of North Port, Florida, I was all in.
We arrived as the clouds in the sky turned black, but did not let ourselves be deterred. For we had traveled to experience the ancient healing waters, and the energy of a space that had been used by ancient humans for spiritual endeavors (Archaeological remains found at the sight are the oldest found in the state of Florida and date back 10,000 years).
It truly was a sight for the curious, as the place was filled with almost 100 people speaking Croatian, Russian and Polish. The mostly elderly guest, were traveling clockwise around the outer edge of the circle…quietly and deep in thought. When the storm came in, they were reluctant to leave the water, displaying the stubborn attitudes of people who had been around long enough to do as they like.
I personally, felt blessed to experience the energy of a storm in such a energetically charged place. Sitting and waiting; I could feel the center of the sinkhole calling to me, calming me, as it truly was a magnificent place. When the storm finally receded, we gathered our belongings and headed quickly to the water, we had waited so long to submerge ourselves in. It was not a disappointment. Spending almost 2 hours in the water, I thought on how Freddy (the Polish man) had told us that people seeking healing, often spend 8 hours a day, for 10 days in a row, to be healed by the waters.
I am still unsure why so many Eastern Europeans are drawn to the spring, but after experiencing the springs for myself, I can say they are truly spectacular. I walked away from my almost 2 hour soak, feeling pretty damn good. The interesting thing, is that in the middle of the night, I woke up and could smell the sulpherous odor of the springs in my sweat and could taste the water in my mouth. It was slight, and not really all that unpleasant, but it made me think how many minerals I must have absorbed through my skin in just a short time.
Well, I hope you enjoyed the read folks. I am off for a treasure hunting adventure at the Ft. Myers Flea Market. I do love a good treasure hunt…