Earth Treasure Vase for Avebury, Wiltshire County, England

Introduction to Avebury

The whole landscape of Wiltshire County is completely enchanting — from the stone circles to the countless sacred places; the ancient white horses carved into the chalk that composes the layered earth; the vast fields of green rippling in the wind; the powerful leylines dotted with ancient trees, forests, pure springs and waterways; and, of course, the “temporary temples” of the crop circles that appear in a greater concentration here than anywhere in the world.

– Cynthia Jurs

Avebury is located in the heart of Wiltshire County and is one of the principal ceremonial sites of Neolithic Britain that can still be visited today. It is said to be the largest stone circle in the world, containing three ancient stone circles dating back to a period between 3000 and 2400 BC.

The various monuments may have been built as public ‘theaters’ for rites and ceremonies that gave physical expression to the community’s ideas of their place in the greater scheme of life, in the relationship between people, their gods and with the Earth herself.

Some regard the area as the umbilicus of Mother Earth. It is said that key leylines, or planetary meridians, run through the landscape connecting Avebury to the cosmos and to sacred sites all over the planet.

It is relevant to know that from excavation and soil resistivity studies, it is known that the rings originally contained at least 154 stones of which only 36 remain standing today. The study shows that in the 14th century and perhaps earlier, the local Christian authorities removed many stones in their continuing effort to eradicate ‘pagan’ religious practices. In the 17th and 18th centuries, more of the remaining stones were removed so that crops could be planted. The stones were broken into smaller pieces to be used for the construction of houses and other buildings.

Fortunately, the circles are still relatively intact and the site continues to attract people to connect with Earth and Cosmos through pilgrimage, rites and ceremonies. This special ancient and sacred ceremonial site is the 29th node in the Earth Treasure Vase Mandala.

Pilgrimage & Burial Ceremony

As I write, it has been a little over 3 weeks since I returned from England, and still I wake every morning having dreamt of the crop circles and the sacred geometry of those “temporary temples.” These mysterious creations cannot easily be explained and have entered my psyche, affecting me deeply. Like the palaces of deities in Tibetan Buddhism — carefully constructed of sand only to be destroyed and offered up in the realization of the impermanent nature of all that is — these present day sacred places are also palaces that remind us of a wondrous world beyond ordinary reality. The Great Mystery is alive and well in 2012! – Cynthia Jurs

Crop formation at the bottom first appeared on the afternoon of the burial of the Earth Treasure Vase. The circular formation at top was added on to the original a week later.

Cynthia was met in Avebury by fellow New Mexico Sangha members: Burke Denman, who knows the region well, and Felicity Broennan, who has spent much time in the British Isles.

Burke Denman, Cynthia Jurs, Margita Kobler and Felicity Broennan

Burke had a strong sense of stewardship for this Earth Treasure Vase and a clear sense of where it might like to go. He introduced Cynthia and the little vessel to a number of sites and took them into the crop circles that appeared in the landscape at that time.

Felicity cooked delicious meals to nurture the search and warm the pilgrims when the rain began to fall. The group continuously asked for guidance and invited the local deities to bless and accept the vase as an offering for the Earth. They felt it was wonderfully received. The devas of that land were listening closely every step of the way…supported by the many people who had been there for the solstice just a day before the group arrived to make offerings and pray.

The students of Wisdom University (many of whom were studying for their Masters or PhD’s) converged and were joined by several fellow pilgrims from our sangha: Rachel Bliven, Susan Buchholz and Margita Kobler. Sharing the Earth Treasure Vase practice and meditating daily in and around Avebury, they explored, intuited and absorbed the energies of this sacred landscape and scouted locations for the vase.

After sharing the Earth Treasure Vase in ceremony with local crop circle expert, Karen Alexander, and her husband Steve Alexander (crop circle photographer), Karen confirmed a location that Burke had suggested and Cynthia intuitively felt was “right.”

Gratitude was felt for Karen’s certainty in directing the stewards and the vase to such a beautiful spot. The Alexanders quickly became friends and allies, the local stewards of the Earth Treasure Vase. They will fly over the location often as they photograph the land from above.
After a week of meditating in and around Avebury, numerous ceremonies, and visiting the crop circles, the Earth Treasure Vase was fully charged with prayers and offerings and ready for us to bring her home. The vase was buried on June 29th with great perfection every step of the way, on one of those days in the history of the world those present will never forget.

Cynthia writes about the actual burial ceremony:

With a cloak of invisibility firmly surrounding us and the Earth Treasure Vase, we made our way. First, to offer our final prayers, then to seal the vase, and finally to bury it in such a way that no one will know it is there — never to be disturbed. All of our intentions, prayers and offerings the holy vessel contained will certainly radiate out in every direction, bringing healing, protection, revitalization, and renewal to the land and all beings.

We felt as if the vase was indeed fully received and that the global Earth Treasure Vase mandala quickened significantly by the energies of this location connecting in with the Indra’s net we have been weaving all these years. There was much magic afoot that day as all the little details fell into place and synchronicities seemed to arise in every direction.

Gratitude from Cynthia

A special thank you to Burke, Felicity, Margita and Rachel who all participated in the actual burial, each one holding the spirit of the vase with high intention and concentrated focus. We all felt very grateful for this unique opportunity to make such a potent offering to the Earth in such a long-held sacred place.

Thank you also to Wisdom University for inviting me (Cynthia) to join their Avebury pilgrimage and bring the Earth Treasure Vase practice to that land and their students. And to all the participants in Wisdom’s Avebury Experience Pilgrimage, including the youthful, refreshing and hopeful spirits of James, Maya, Rachel and Kai. Your prayers and offerings, your interest in this practice of sacred activism, and your heartfelt presence in our meditations was such a beautiful gift.

Thank you to local ecologist Iain Donald, who pointed us in the direction of various locations we would never have known about and took some of us on a wonderful scouting expedition to explore the area with the ETV, explaining much about the history of the area and offering a local perspective to what we were learning from Wisdom’s faculty.

A very big thank you to Karen and Steve Alexander. Knowing these local caretakers have formed a connection to the vase and will be continuing to keep our prayers alive (as well as receiving the blessings that are radiating from it) is truly a wonderful thing! Karen and Steve’s work to bring the images of the magnificent crop formations and their stories to the world needs to be supported. Please join me in visiting their website to see years worth of mind-blowing images and posts throughout the current season. Please help support their beautiful vision.

Thanks to all of you who supported the accomplishment of yet another Earth Treasure Vase with all of your prayers, offerings and heartfelt intentions. Your involvement from near and far in guiding this practice of sacred activism to its completion has been beyond my wildest dreams.

Together we can transform our world and awaken our hearts and minds for the benefit of all! I know that something special has just happened in that enchanted English countryside that will assist in this process. May it be so.


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