Working On My Bucket List – Stonehenge

I was in fourth grade when I first read about Stonehenge, and I immediately put it on my bucket list even though I didn’t even know what a bucket list was back then. Living in a rural Minnesota town, I found it awkward trying to explain Stonehenge and my enthusiasm for visiting it. My teacher listened to my earnest commentary with a smile pasted on her face – the one that someone puts on when they think whatever you’re saying is crazy.

That was forty-five years ago.

As of last week, visiting Stonehenge has been officially crossed off my bucket list. Twice.

The first day I went to Stonehenge I went on the hop-on/hop-off bus. It leaves you at the Stonehenge Visitor Centre which houses displays (plus a cafe and bathrooms) that explain the site’s history, give a sample of the unearthed treasure and other objects, and show life-sized reconstruction of period living spaces. Then you join several hundred other tourists and get on a free shuttle that takes you one a half miles away to the actual megalith itself.

But I wanted something more.

Don’t get me wrong – even in the company of a couple hundred strangers and being restricted to a footpath that only gets you to about within 35 feet of the stones, Stonehenge is impressive. For me, however, it just wasn’t enough.

So the next day I visited again. This time I had made reservations with English Heritage and paid £45 for a crack-of-dawn Stone Circle Access tour at 5:30 a.m. Each Stone Circle Access group is limited to a maximum of 30 individuals who are allowed to wander among the stones (no touching!) for an hour.

It was magnificent.

I posted an article on stone megaliths, including Stonehenge, three years ago, and everything I wrote then still holds; I have no new information or insight to offer. Visiting Stonehenge wasn’t about gaining knowledge, it was all about being and experiencing.

Because that’s what a bucket list is – things that you want to do or to achieve or to experience for yourself, rather than just learn about. Actually, maybe doing, achieving and experiencing are a different type of learning – a much deeper learning than can be gotten from reading a book or watching a video. It’s a type of visceral learning, one that stays with you.

Do you have a bucket list? What’s on it? And why is it important for you to experience it for yourself rather than just watch a video on it? What makes the items on our bucket lists different than other interesting or exciting life experiences?

Today I have a lot of questions, but not many answers.

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  1. Hi Nancy, that is your name – right? You still don’t tell us, even on your About page! ( Hint: please sign your name at least to your about page)

    As intuitive, In your visit to the rocks, didn’t you pick up any energy, thoughts, voices, and/or knowledge? That’s the part I’m excited to hear!

    Dying to hear-
    Kym

    • Hi Kym. With Stonehenge, not so much. I was amazed, overwhelmed and …deeply honored to be able to have the experience, but I didn’t really get any insight. Keep in mind that Stonehenge has been rather thoroughly reconstructed, with many of the stones having large metal rods inserted in them in order to stabilize/keep them upright – it’s enough to mess with anyone’s vibrations. If you haven’t already, I’d recommend reading “Seed of Knowledge, Stone of Plenty” by John Burke (the original hardcover is super-expensive, but you can get the kindle version for about $7.00 from Amazon), in which the author travels to various megalithic structures – stone circles, henges, pyramids, etc – and conducts experiments on electrical charge, etc. He concluded that these ancient stone structures emit a small electrical charge that enhances agricultural production in the area (for a while he operated a company that treated seeds with electrical charges, but chemical fertilizers were too cheap to compete against.)

      That said, back in September 2018 when I first set out traveling I visited a group of standing stone circles – the Clava Cairns – about half an hour’s drive from Inverness in Scotland. Built about 4,000 years ago, the cairns were used for burials, while the the standing stones were used for …? The site is not big with tourists (at least not at the time I visited). When my friend and I arrived, there were only about a dozen people there; within half an hour we had the place to ourselves. It’s not roped off – we could touch, we could hug, we could scramble over, we could sit up against. And while sinking into meditation I did receive insight/an impression. I received the image of the standing stones as a sort of power charger/adapter that could bring earth energies from inside the planet for use on the surface. It was really quite …beautiful. It is also in line with the conclusions reached in John Burke’s book, and would help explain why so many of these megaliths (very labor intensive!) were constructed at a time when the civilizations which built them were in danger of failing, but which then went on to thrive.

      Re my name – Sheesh, the things one overlooks when you think you’ve proofed everything.

      cheers, Nancy

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