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|For those who think crop circles are manmade, here's an off beat refutation: a ghost image in 2002 crop of one of the beautiful 2001 formations something mighty strange happens to the soil to have this occur...||
Yesterday I read about Crop Circles: Quest For Truth. As I read the piece [by director, William Gazecki], I began to feel something of the wonder, discovery and elation you describe in experiencing the actual phenomena...
Although the circles themselves are truly remarkable and inexplicable within the limits of our currently prevailing concept of reality; the human reaction to them is in some ways even more remarkable...There is nothing to indicate the circles are manmade nor even any conceivable way one might make them overnight, repeatedly, in various places all over the world, undetected and without trace...Inexplicable happenings that make people feel good is no story. A hoax accompanied by a bit of conflict and aggression is more what they are prone to report.
What really counts is the phenomena itself and especially its effect on and clear linkage with our own consciousness...it clearly has profound implications for our understanding of the real nature of our own being.
...they may be saying we are almost there; if we clean up our act, stop acting like juvenile brats and become worth knowing we may be invited to join the club. The reason SETI isn't finding a cacophony of intelligent transmissions and the solar system isn't overrun with vastly old and unimaginably advanced civilizations must be because vastly older and unimaginably more advanced civilizations than our own must not behave anything like we do.
Conquering, occupying, dominating, and controlling are only imperatives for the fearful. Discovering, fostering, and sharing are much more enjoyable.
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Dear Suzanne –
Your presentation on Sunday, March 11, 2001, to the Institute’s “Salon on the Spiritually Creative Life” was immensely thrilling. I am so grateful that, through Vanya Foster Rohner, you have become part of our lives and that you would share your understanding and accomplishments and on-the-edge research with those gathered at our home. Starting off by having you and Kim McDonald and Gail Bates walk in with your glorious array of images and technical support system was the icing on the cake! Both Richard and I thank you for bringing your outstanding ability to communicate on such a meaningful and delightfully well-planned level to our salon attendees and to us.
Filled with insights and amazingly beautiful images, your presentation was totally exhilarating! Furthermore, your kind handling of the attendees’ questions reflected your own tremendously admirable qualities – generating a warmth felt throughout the room. Truly magical!
As you were speaking and sharing your exceptional knowledge of the Crop Circles before those gathered around your inviting presence, I kept thinking how much Carlos Castaneda’s words apply to you:
“When aiming for the perfect form, ‘pretty good’ isn’t good enough Because the outward form of anything we do Is really as expression of our inner state.”
Thank you again, Suzanne, for letting us share in your high pursuits on Sunday in our home. The Salon has been most definitely graced by your enlightening, inspiring and motivational example.
Carol Soucek King, M.F.A., Ph.D.
"The results of biological research undertaken on crop circles informs us that something other than hoaxing/diddling/planking is going on in some formations. If the plankers of this world stood back, we would get a clearer picture. But that is precisely the point. They are not doing this for any artistic reasons or for any ‘paranormal jolly’ (which they could aspire to in an authentic circle). They are doing it to confuse and to slow down our ability to understand what is going on here, and they are attempting to create division and stress within the local communities in which these authentic events occur and to which they gravitate for their plank. Those farmers who do have an authentic event on their land have enough to cope with; they do not need irresponsible plankers adding to their workload."
June 24, 2002
This is an excellent researcher from Finland, Martin Keitel. On his website, he documents the kind of info researchers work with as he examines one of the new crop circles. I love being able to take you into the mind of the croppies here: Camera malfunction in German Crop Circle Riesenstein, near Kassel, May 20,2002.
photo copyright 2002 Steve Alexander, Temporary Temples
|This spectacular new crop circle came July 4 the second largest formation to have ever appeared in the UK, measuring over 750 feet in diameter! All around it are tumuli ancient burial sites.|
Crop circles often are in some juxtaposition to ancient sites. The fact that southern England is dotted with such things could be one reason for the circlemakers to have selected that place as a canvas for their greatest artistry.
Elihu Edelson wrote:
An immediate flash from looking at this latest crop circle picture. Hitherto none of the circles I'd seen looked like familiar symbols. This one, however, has clear repetitions of the Hebrew letter Yod , which is also God's initial (YHVH). For what it's worth, the design is also based on sixes, the number of points on the star of David. Yod also has the numerical value 10. Has anyone else picked up on this?
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...crop circles are part of the decades-long campaign by most obviously to me benevolent beings from other worlds and/or dimensions as they gradually assert for us all to see their presence on this planet, presumably to gently prepare us psychologically for global first contact and our gradual catching up-to-speed with the rest of the universe. Of course, the puppets of the "Opposition" still in power here on Earth do not want to lose control over their perceived dominion over us all, which is why a strict news media black out has been enforced and a sustained disinformation campaign and denial policy implemented in a futile attempt to keep the lid on this nevertheless unstoppable emerging reality. Please understand that I'm not one who believes the ET's are coming to relieve us from our responsibility to clean the mess we have created for ourselves as part of our learning process and evolutionary awakening. They will certainly be forthcoming in providing help, but not until we are willing to ask for it and accept to set aside our selfcentredness, open up to our true spiritual lineage and act accordingly.See this report he passed along from Linda Moulton Howe: Mysterious Lights Seen Above Field Where Nautilus Formation Emerged on a beautiful new nautilus-like formation. "On July 17, a Danish girl visited the Silent Circle Cafe and said she had watched strange lights moving around erratically in the sky over the hills for about ten minutes the night before."
It's really good to read your stuff as often as it comes. This material, especially Walter Starck's contribution, is immensely encouraging to the crop-circle community here.
Where do those of us on our side of the credibility divide really now stand?
First of all there is the whole issue of the increasing complexity of the formations, both texturally and mathematically. As has been pointed out, at least some of those who make the most vociferous claims of authorship are not, when it comes down to it, all that intelligent, precisely on the levels which would be needed to cope with the increasing mathematical intricacy of at least some of the later formations.
Then there is the sheer engineering skill required to manipulate growing corn, sometimes on three levels of overlay, and interwoven sometimes with the intricacy of corn-dolly weaving. All this has to be done without breaking stalks and moreover contriving to bend them at the nodes as if you were simulating biological tropisms like photo- and geotropism, the forces which cause plants to follow light and gravity in their growth. In simpler language, you literally have to GROW them into the necessary complexity of form.
These are not achievements that can be met with the simple tools people currently suppose they claim to be using planks and string and garden rollers.
Interesting to see someone free-style theorising about crop formations. Croppies are so nervous about being criticised and caught out that they fail to do such things. I wish croppies would come to understand the enormous price they incur on themselves and the croppie movement as a whole by being dictated to by sceptics. But there we go. Thanks for pointing me to this link.
WATCH THE FIRST CROP CIRCLE SHOW EVER TO GET IT RIGHT this Saturday, 8/10, 3:00 p.m., The Learning Channel:I hope CROP CIRCLES: Quest for Truth, the William Gazecki documentary feature (he got an Oscar nomination for WACO: The Rules of Engagement), which opens in Los Angeles on August 23, is as good. It couldn't be better timing, with Signs being so popular I do radio shows about the circles almost every day. I put the film together and organized the main shoot in England last summer, which got me the title Executive Producer, but William has had it under wraps since then, and I'm part of the public for the big show. I can't wait. See the Website, www.cropcirclesthemovie.com, for when it plays where you are and have a look at the exciting trailer.
Crop Circles: In Search of a Sign, is an hour program on the Learning Channel. It's first rate the first crop circle piece ever to get it right. It includes some speculation by Andy Thomas, English author of Vital Signs and publisher of Swirled News, that is stated much like I would say it:
"It could well be some kind of extraterrestrial force or mind, aliens, call it what you will, trying to reach out to mankind in such a way as to not create panic...They're here almost to poke mankind with a stick. They're here to give us questions, not answers. The crop circles don't give us answers. They're stimulating us to try to find answers within ourselves and maybe that's all they're here to do."
We watched the Learning Channel film and it was quite good. Great to see Andy Thomas there, and everyone else sounded very reasonable, it made me very excited. I just want people to portray it as hopeful and exciting.
I hated Signs one of the worst movies I've ever seen they couldn't keep their minds on the crop circles, and strayed to an aliens = us vs. them concept which is just so old. Barricaded in a house, Gibson and Phoenix walking around like sluggards, tugging our heartstrings from that small but unintelligible girl who mumbled things, and the confusion of the baseball star and using his bat to hit/kill the alien why? For no good reason except fear maybe it's that the foreign director got caught in the comic book sci/fi thing and thought that was oh so American. But it had a brutality (cutting off the fingers of the alien) that was truly mean-spirited and the opposite of Spielberg, who has always had a sense of wonder. Yuck.
Anyway, your work is wonderful and positive. It took real guts to drop everything and go over to England for that great long time in the midst of mad cow disease. But it's a great, wonderful work you are at the center of what may be one of the most important events of our time. I'm glad some big deal scientists are getting associated with it I remember how frustrated I was that the SETI work gets millions and this gets so little and I vowed to work on that, but I've had other fish to fry. I find the crop circles beautiful, mysterious, and very exciting.
The Learning Channel documentary also treated the hoaxers pretty well enough to take note, but get rid of the idea that any humans could be doing this everywhere, on this scale.
What an astounding, unforgettable day, Suzanne; I just stumbled onto your website. I have not been so overwhelmed since August, 1990, when I walked in a crop circle at Alton Barnes. After I was able to get away from the skeptics and fun-seekers I wandered to the very top of the circle where I was knockedalmost literallysideways by two realizations: 1) We are all One; 2) Time is a circle. (The first is self-evident, but I'm still working on the second...)
Thank you for being. And leading.
From: Steve Alexander & Karen Douglas [firstname.lastname@example.org]
Subject: New Crop Circles appear as fields are cut!
The season is now drawing to a close, with many fields here in the UK being harvested at a phenomenal rate. Here are two season finales!
Pictures © Steve Alexander 2002
The star shaped formation appeared close to Silbury Hill, Wilts on the 25th of August - approx. 200ft in diameter The second formation appeared just North of Hungerford, Wilts on the 27th of August. The elaborate pattern around the central standing circle contains over 500 individual standing squares and is a DNA strand worked into a six-fold geometrical shape. The formation is 250-300ft in diameter.
Both these formations will be featured in our forthcoming Crop Circle Year Book 2002. They will also be featured in a new set of colour prints from 2002 - shortly to be launched on our website on September the 4th - you can make an advanced order for the new Year Book at the address below.
Best Wishes, Steve Alexander & Karen Douglas
The Sparsholt Face
A day or two ago I visited a new crop formation which came down near Sparsholt, just a few miles east of Winchester England. In all my years of croppying, this has been one of the most fundamental and deeply stirring of experiences, a privilege for which I feel deeply grateful. So I thought I'd send you a report of my subjective experience of the formation - or more correctly, of the 'space' within it. I went with Sheila, my partner, Tulki, my 6 year-old son, and Steve Alexander and Karen and Kayleigh Douglas.
To see the formation, go here: www.temporarytemples.co.uk/2002-face.html
The picture the formation makes is impossible to distinguish on the ground. Unlike most formations it is not swirled and flowing, but definitely right-angular in the lay of the wheat. The face part is made up of parallel lines of varying thickness, using a 'rasterising' effect to create a subtly shaded image, as seen from above. Though Steve told me that, while hovering over it in a helicopter, it was very difficult to perceive exactly what the picture was, so he photographed it from as many angles as possible, and only saw the full picture when the film was developed.
The formation was very energy-dense. When we approached it I was in quite a balanced and calm state. Stepping into the first bit of the formation (its 'frame') I suddenly felt shocked, as if falling suddenly into the deep end, out of my depth. The magnitude of the experience was quick to be felt - a heart-fluttering thing. I felt almost forcibly 'pulled within' and found that, although there were several old friends there, my social skills were zeroed out immediately. It wasn't unpleasant, and I think everyone there was experiencing roughly similar things. As with some other formations, I felt as if I could be seen inside by X-ray eyes above me, read off and monitored. It's as if our normal relativistic universe dissolves, leaving us in empty, wide-open space - though, in another sense, as if we've come home - a bit like landing in a foreign country and feeling instantly familiar with it, even if you don't speak the language.
The 'energy-signature' of the formation was different from others I've been in. In the 'main series' formations over the years, I get quite an intimate feeling of a presence or of energy-fields, but these presences distinctly don't want to tell who they are or what they are saying or doing. It's a bit like being a child watching an adult, without understanding why adults do what they do though nevertheless knowing that there must be some reason and sense to it which is beyond us. It seems that the main point of these is to present us with unanswerable questions which have a deeply transformative effect on consciousness and our sense of reality. An opportunity for communion, a chance to step into 'their' world while remaining on or in 'ours'. It seems clear to many croppies that these beings are not ETs as such, but interdimensional beings of a non-physical yet non-earthly nature. We don't know who they are, but somehow we know them well, and the experience is recognisable, tweaking deep memory, even if unique and entirely new. Then, of course, there are those who are desperate to assert that crop formations are man-made, but, sad to say, that's their problem, and their cosmic constipation will no doubt one day be relieved!
This formation felt like a personal message from a specific being, with a distinct identity 'he' was revealing to us. Sheila said she felt it was a rather shy being, tentatively offering itself to us, to see how we would respond. Clearly, the face in the aerial photos is an ET face - unlike the Face at Chilbolton (six miles from this one) last year, which was humanoid. The picture, when first seen, brings up mixed reactions, but the atmosphere in the formation is undoubtedly friendly and benign.
The Face of 2001 looked straight at us. To me it said 'We are watching/eyeballing you - and we are you watching yourselves'. The 2002 face looks over our left shoulder - and the feeling I got was that it was looking and communicating with our soul, which stands, as it were, just behind us (perhaps because we omit fully to incorporate our core and heart into our worldly lives).
I looked and felt my way around the face part of the formation for a while, but was drawn into the disk - and everyone else was there too, mostly lying on their backs and 'far away'. (It was a bit like a who's who of currently active croppies, actually!). The disk reminds me of psychic experiences I've had, of being given a 'rote ball', a hologram-bundle of multidimensional information which, once given, unfolds itself gradually over time (rather like being given a CD of information to look through, as you find ways of opening the files in it). Settling down close to the centre of the disk, I went inside and felt as if an energy-information download had started to take place. At one point Tulki, my son, spoke to me, and I surfaced, only to feel that the download was half-way through, so I went inside again to complete the download, and a point came where I felt it was complete. A few others verified this experience too. God knows what happens next, with that experience, and today (Sunday), the day following, I'm left wondering what to do with it or, more specifically, what this ET wants of me. It feels totally okay, and a great blessing - and I guess I'll find out!
I opened my eyes at one stage and saw Tulki alone in another part of the formation, just standing there for some minutes, silent and utterly still, staring into space. There was a crackling, crisp aura around him, and he was just being. Later, he came charging toward us waving a few stalks of wheat, as if carrying a sparking antenna or a magic wand, and waving them around. Something in him probably knows more about all this than we so-called adults do.
The 'disk' is made up of a fine spiral, with 'blips' on it which are spaced and sized in such a way as clearly to represent a coded and decodable message - my croppy friend Michael Glickman, earlier in the day, had said "Well, that's given me a winter's-worth of work to do!". Someone will hopefully decode it in due course by linearising the 'track' of the spiral and analysing the patterns and spacing of the 'blips'. Virtually all previous formations (except the Chilbolton 'Face' and 'Code' of 2001) distinctly represent clear patterning, mathematical principles and geometry, while the specific 'message' cannot be interpreted, at least in the language and concepts we currently possess. Yet this seems to be something we can decode, a specific message from a specific source. Some people threaded the spiral of the disk but, frankly, my capacity for physical movement was strongly reduced (until I left the formation, when it returned), so I didn't do that. My body felt like stiffened rubber, stable and grounded, but in another way my motion-connectors weren't wired up and motion was thus reluctant. Subjectively, I felt that each blip on the disk's spiral was not just a piece of information, but a kind of 'file name' to a whole bundle of information in its own right - it felt as if a whole library, not just a statement, was being given. I presume that a series or sequence of insights or life-experiences might follow from here.
This felt to me like a distinct 'close encounter' - a very intimate one, perhaps closer than we can get to our own selves. Everyone stayed there for a few hours - it was difficult to leave, as if we were already 'home'. While in the formation and reflecting on the experience, I was aware of being a part of history. Perhaps the men who were with John Cabot when he 'discovered' Newfoundland in the 1400s would not have been aware of all that would unfold thereafter, and of the subsequent significance of their landfall (the whole history of USA/Canada). I felt this was similar, as if more will unfold in the centuries to come which will render this event significant in a new light. Of course, this event should be front-page news, but its true significance will hardly be noted or seen publicly. The materialists amongst us might well ask "What has this to do with Iraq, guns, cars and stock markets?" and, although the logical connections are perhaps flimsy, I'd say this event is totally relevant, by dint of its timing and also the larger light it throws on our vexatious human affairs.
'We have contact', and those of us who are open to it, whether or not you can visit the crop formation, need perhaps to send back the signal "Message received with thanks! And we await further developments". I do find myself wondering what I am to do with this gift, though I trust that answers will be revealed in due course. But one immediate conclusion is that I find myself reaffirming my commitment to the life-path I have chosen. Even though it's a ridiculously small number of people involved in croppie research, I feel blessed to be one, to suspend my intellectual neuroses, metaphysical control agendas and fear of madness and the Unknown, or of loss of reputation or friends, and to simply follow this trail.
Thanks for reading this - I hope it gives a taste of what's going on. The crop season is now ending - the combine harvesters are out as we speak - and the formation will probably be gone within days. These things are not built to be permanent. The wheat was crisp and ripe - most people were nibbling at it! However, several of us feel there is one more crop event to go this year. We shall see.
THE PROVIDENCE JOURNALLeslie Kean is an investigative reporter and producer with Pacifica Radio based in the San Francisco Bay Area. She can be reached at email@example.com
Leslie Kean: Origin of crop circles baffles scientists
SINCE THE RECENT release of the movie Signs, crop circles have been thrust into the limelight. Major publications such as Scientific American and U.S. News and World Report have echoed the common belief that all crop circles are made by stealthy humans flattening plants with boards. This assumption would be fair enough if we had no information suggesting otherwise.
However, intriguing data published in peer-reviewed scientific journals clearly establishes that some of these geometric designs, found in dozens of countries, are not made by "pranks with planks." In fact, a study about to be published by a team of scientists and funded by Laurance Rockefeller concludes "it is possible that we are observing the effects of a new or as yet undiscovered energy source."
In the early 1990s, biophysicist William C. Levengood, of the Pinelandia Biophysical Laboratory, in Michigan, examined plants and soils from 250 crop formations, randomly selected from seven countries. Samples and controls were provided by the Massachusetts-based BLT Research Team, directed by Nancy Talbott.
Levengood, who has published over 50 papers in scientific journals, documented numerous changes in the plants from the formations. Most dramatic were grossly elongated plant nodes (the "knuckles" along the stem) and "expulsion cavities" -- holes literally blown open at the nodes -- caused by the heating of internal moisture from exposure to intense bursts of radiation. The steam inside the stems escaped by either stretching the nodes or, in less elastic tissue, exploding out like a potato bursting open in a microwave oven.
Seeds taken from the plants and germinated in the lab showed significant alterations in growth, as compared with controls. Effects varied from an inability to develop seeds to a massive increase in growth rate -- depending on the species, the age of the plants when the circle was created and the intensity of the energy system involved.
These anomalies were also found in tufts of standing plants inside crop circles -- clearly not a result of mechanical flattening -- and in patches of randomly downed crops found near the geometric designs. These facts suggested some kind of natural, but unknown, force at work.
Published in Physiologia Plantarum (1994), the international journal of the European Societies of Plant Physiology, Levengood's data showed that "plants from crop circles display anatomical alterations which cannot be explained by assuming the formations are hoaxes." He defined a "genuine" formation as one "produced by external energy forces independent of human influence."
A strange brown "glaze" covering plants within a British formation was the subject of Levengood and John A. Burke's 1995 paper in the Journal of Scientific Exploration. The material was a pure iron that had been embedded in the plants while the iron was still molten. Tiny iron spheres were also found in the soil.
In 1999, British investigator Ronald Ashby examined the glaze through optical and scanning electron microscopes. He determined that intense heat had been involved -- iron melts at about 2,700 degrees Fahrenheit -- administered in millisecond bursts. "After exhaustive inquiry, there is no mundane explanation for the glaze" he concluded.
In another paper for Physiologia Plantarum (1999), Levengood and Talbott suggested that the energy causing crop circles could be an atmospheric plasma vortex -- multiple interacting electrified air masses that emit microwaves as they spiral around the earth's magnetic-field lines.
Some formations, however, contain cubes and straight lines. Astrophysicist Bernard Haisch, of the California Institute for Physics and Astrophysics, says that such "highly organized, intelligent patterns are not something that could be created by a force of nature."
But Haisch points out that since not all formations are tested, it is unknown how many are genuine. Nor is it likely that such complex designs could evolve so quickly in nature. "Natural phenomena make mountain ranges and form continents -- they don't learn geometry in ten years," says Haisch, who is the science editor for the Astrophysical Journal.
In 1999, philanthropist Laurance Rockefeller made possible the most definitive -- and most revealing -- study to date. The BLT Research Team collected hundreds of plant and soil samples from a seven-circle barley formation in Edmonton, Canada. The plants had both elongated nodes and expulsion cavities, and the soils contained the peculiar iron spheres, indicating a genuine formation. The controls showed none of these changes.
Mineralogist Sampath Iyengar, of the Technology of Materials Laboratory, in California, examined specific heat-sensitive clay minerals in these soils, using X-ray diffraction and a scanning electron microscope. He discovered an increase in the degree of crystallinity (the ordering of atoms) in the circle minerals, which statistician Ravi Raghavan determined was statistically significant at the 95 percent level of confidence.
"I was shocked," says Iyengar, a 30-year specialist in clay mineralogy. "These changes are normally found in sediments buried for thousands and thousands of years under rocks, affected by heat and pressure, and not in surface soils."
Also astounding was the direct correlation between the node-length increases in the plants and the increased crystallization in the soil minerals -- indicating a common energy source for both effects. Yet the scientists could not explain how this would be possible. The temperature required to alter soil crystallinity would be between 1,500 and 1,800 degrees F. This would destroy the plants.
Understanding the possible ramifications of these findings, Talbott sought the expertise of an emeritus professor of geology and mineralogy at Dartmouth College, Robert C. Reynolds Jr., who is former president of the Clay Minerals Society. He is regarded by his colleagues as the "best-known expert in the world" on X-ray diffraction analysis of clay minerals.
Reynolds determined that the BLT Team's data had been "obtained by competent personnel, using current equipment."
The intense heat required for the observed changes in crystallinity "would have incinerated any plant material present," he confirms in a statement for the Rockefeller report. "In short, I believe that our present knowledge provides no explanation."
Meteorologist James W. Deardorff, professor emeritus at the College of Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences at Oregon State University, and previously a senior scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research, states in a 2001 Physiologia Plantarum commentary that the variety, complexity and artistry of crop circles "represent the work of intelligence," and not a plasma vortex. "That is why the hoax hypothesis has been popularly advocated," he says.
However, he points out, the anomalous properties in plant stems thoroughly documented by Levengood and Talbott could not possibly have been implemented by hoaxers. Deardorff describes one 1986 British formation in which upper and lower layers of crop were intricately swirled and bent perpendicular to each other, in a fashion that "defies any explanation."
"People don't want to face up to this, and scientists have to deal with the ridicule factor," he said in a recent interview.
Adding to the puzzle, professional filmmakers have documented bizarre daytime "balls of light" at crop-circle sites. Light phenomena were observed by multiple witnesses at the site of the Canadian circle so meticulously examined under the Rockefeller grant.
Eltjo Hasselhoff, a Dutch experimental physicist, has taken on the study of what he describes as "bright, fluorescent flying light objects,sized somewhere between an egg and a football."
Scientists face real and serious questions in confronting this mystery. Could this be secret laser technology beamed down from satellites? Is it a natural phenomenon? Is there a consciousness or intelligence directing an energy form yet unknown to us?
"To look at the evidence and go away unconvinced is one thing," says astrophysicist Haisch. "To not look at the evidence and be convinced against it ... is another. That is not science." It's not good journalism, either.