Ancient Sites For Today
Back to the Future
Our world is changing rapidly. The development of microprocessors and wireless communications has catapulted technological innovation into the fast lane of the cyber superhighway. Much of the technology we use today was unheard of five years ago, as is the equipment we will be using in five years from now.
The whole world has opened up before us through the Internet; we can even see our own house photographed from space displayed on the screen in front of us. Our future lies uncertainly in front of us. Or does it lay partly behind us?
A very interesting statistic is that more people than ever before are now visiting ancient sacred sites across the globe. Stonehenge in England, the Pyramids in Egypt and Machu Picchu in Peru, are household names. What is it that is attracting so many people to not only check out these places on their computer screens but to actually go and visit them?
There are probably many and varied reasons - no-one knows for sure who built these ancient temples or why, and we all love a good mystery; our modern impersonal world leaves many people seeking a meaning to their lives; organized religions have failed to meet the needs of many of today's spiritual seekers; and people are instinctively drawn to reconnect with the earth in a very personal way.
Our ancestors knew the Earth intimately and understood its wisdom. They lived in much closer communion with the planet than we do today and they were free from the myriad forms of environmental pollution we have to live with. Their sense of the natural forces of the Earth was a finely tuned whole body awareness - not just a mental knowing. Imagine yourself as a member of a Neolithic society living five thousand years ago. You are walking along and suddenly you feel a tingling in your hands or feet or maybe a rush of energy throughout your body; you have just walked over an energy hot spot. This is where you would choose to build a structure in which you could work with the energies present for healing or spiritual purposes.
Today this now-ancient sacred site might at first appear to be just a pile of rocks, a dead relic of a bygone age. However, stories and myths passed down through the generations tell a different story. Invariably we find gems of truth in these tales if we take the time to interpret the symbolism. For example, it is said of several stone circles that the stones go down to the water to drink at midnight or on a full moon. This folktale speaks of the connection between the stone circle, Earth energy and underground water. It is now known that there is underground water present beneath every sacred site in the world.
In fact, dowsing shows that most sites are animated by the serpentine currents of electromagnetic energy which course through the ground following the subterranean streams of water, and which vary according to the seasons, the phases of the moon and even day and night. All holy wells have stories of healings attached to them. When we realize that strong Earth energy currents have turned the waters into something akin to a homeopathic remedy, these folktales make perfect sense.
Originally all energy spots were simply in nature - a hilltop, a wooded copse, a spring. The trees were the first to teach us the consequences of enclosing natural energy. This energy can be contained and built up to create a super-charged space. The Druids performed all their ceremonies in sacred groves for this reason.
We can all feel these 'magic' places still, even if we don't feel energies; they create in us a sense of silence, of wonder, even gratitude. We are naturally brought into a place of mind, body and spirit balance within ourselves where we are ready and open to receive insight and healing. Often when I am guiding people around sacred sites I will take them to Morgan's Hill near Devizes or Knoll Down near Avebury. Upon entering these two little-known but wonderful natural places people invariably start speaking in whispers as if they were in a church.
The stone circle builders developed this theme and utilized crystal-studded granite and sandstone (granular quartz) blocks in order to have greater control over the build-up of energies. We are all aware that our wristwatches and computers operate because of the energetic properties of their silicon chips; well silicon is the same thing as quartz.
We are really doing something very similar to our ancient ancestors but for different purposes and on a vastly different scale; we work on ever smaller and smaller electronic circuit boards in pursuit of more secular goals whilst they were working with very definite spiritual objectives on a landscape scale!
The key to understanding both our present-day technology and the Neolithic structures is recognizing what is happening energetically.
Where Science and Spirituality Meet
Modern quantum physicists are now proposing radical new theories about how the universe operates and our part within it, as shown in the films What the Bleep do we know? and The Secret. Science and open-minded spirituality (in contrast to guilt and fear based religions) appear to have run full circle and finally come together to reach the same place. The crucially important point which both are now saying is that we create our reality. Whatever we give our attention to today is what we will experience as our reality tomorrow or soon after. "Your imagination is your preview of life's coming attractions. Outer changes always begin with an inner change of attitude." - Albert Einstein.
Like attracts like and the laws of the universe make it impossible for anything to happen other than what we have spent emotional and mental time focused on. We are being neither rewarded nor punished just given what we consciously or unconsciously asked for.
Our intent therefore is the key that activates the potential in each of us to create what we want and when we focus our attention on a spiritual goal magic occurs. As W H Murray says - "Once one commits - all sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision - raising in one's favour all manner of unforseen incidents and meetings and material assistance which no man could have dreamed would have come his way."
The New Stone Age
We have the ability to manifest our intentions but most of us aren't used to doing it and may lack the committed focus to hold true to the intention until it manifests. That's where visiting a sacred site can be useful. Those stone circles, chambers and structures are containers of positive electromagnetic energy at the same frequency as that of our brainwaves when we are in a relaxed or meditative state. Combining our committed intent with the super-charged atmosphere of a sacred site opens the door for extraordinary things to happen because it amplifies our manifesting powers. This is the principle behind the power of prayers conducted in sacred space. Combining 'New Age' thinking with 'Stone Age' technology gives an updated meaning to the phrase 'The New Stone Age'!
On some level we still know what our ancestors knew - that the ancient sacred sites hold power and potential. Yet, our logical thinking often tells us this can't be true. If we are prepared to quiet the sceptical mind for a while and act as if magic is possible, then magic does indeed become possible. To quote Einstein once again "There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle."
by Glenn Broughton