-Suzanne Taylor-

If we had definitive evidence of "contact" with another intelligence, we would have to rethink everything. What a blessing that could be, at a time in human history when humanity is so oppositional and endangered.

Given the need, it behooves us to go from skepticism to curiosity about such matters. If things are bogus, nothing is lost. But, if we come out of the dark closet in which we can't see anything, there's a chance we could bring to light something invaluable.

With "Signs," the movie that's brought crop circles to the fore, virtually all media coverage comes from a presumption that boys from the pub make them. This denial is especially perverse because of what the boys couldn't do, which is to make awesomely beautiful and complex designs, indicating something majestic and benign is signaling to us. Since 1989, when simple circles suddenly became parts of larger patterns, some artistic auspice has been developing a startling portfolio. It is ever evolving, ever building upon itself, ever adding design features, ever increasing in complexity. Any otherness capable of such an extraordinary body of artwork would have to be deeply soulful rather than ominous, and contact only could be of help to us.

The first way it could help would be to get our attention off each other, onto a wider world. Everyone would have to reconsider reality to make new sense of what is going on.

Then, who knows what other assistance might come if we are receptive? Any power great enough to deliver the astonishing formations could have much to offer us, but we need to be in a mode that will receive.

But maybe the realization is all we need. Us learning to see further, and not getting a hand-out from a great power, could perhaps serve us best. As the circlemakers tantalize us to stretch to perceive them, they could have this in mind.

This is what the great classical scholar and geometer, John Michell, has said:

"A great power has arisen, directing thoughts and perception in a certain direction, towards a more complete and satisfactory view of reality than the modern conventions of materialism have previously allowed. Gently, subtly, with no disturbance or panic, we are being guided across a watershed, from one world view to another. And this is in no way arbitrary, but a purposeful process, in accordance with the interests of eternal nature and the necessities of the present."

Let's talk turkey now about what's making crop circles.

If anyone could explain how any complex formation was created by human hand, we all would listen. However, hoaxers and debunkers NEVER do that -- the circles we know they make are inferior, and no evidence EVER has been offered that they've made any good formations.

As to indications good circle-making can't be done by people, there are many:

The parallel lay of the stalks (sometimes inches off the ground).

The stalks that have been bent (not broken), as if under the influence of high heat.

The woven features, like nests, tents, basket-weave and half-tones.

The adjustments for hilly terrain so that patterns appear symmetrical from the air.

The laboratory analyses showing molecular changes to the crop.

The absence of mud in formations made in the rain.

The failure of electronic and mechanical equipment inside and above circles.

The geometric intricacy that would take the best surveyors days to lay out.

The size and complexity of formations created during short English nights.

The creation of formations in broad daylight near major highways and tourist sites like Stonehenge.

The downed crop in lines too narrow for people to pass.

The circles in the middle of fields with no access and no human tracks.

The list goes on. The signs point to something that reasons and designs and imprints our reality. Without a category for what that could be, the mind denies what it sees to explain the phenomenon away. Also, we have government disinformation, which discredits what could be threatening to us so people don't get scared.

A feature documentary, "CROP CIRCLES: Quest for Truth," by documentary filmmaker William Gazecki, is opening in Los Angeles on August 23. With "WACO: The Rules of Engagement," for which he got an Oscar nomination, he opened people's eyes to what really happened there. His new film will show that you can't explain the crop circle phenomenon based on human endeavor. The hope is that it's time for humanity to this find out.

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