CROP CIRCLE EMPOWERMENT—
THE COST OF DECEPTION

 
 
Synthia Andrews
There is an incredible story to be told about the crop circles of England, and it is not the one on which most people are focused. It is a story of the spiritual potential of humans: the potential we have to interact with the living force of nature through intuition and geometry to create energetically significant, consciousness-shifting tools. Surprisingly, the majority of crop circle enthusiasts overlook this truth in the belief that only a “mysterious force” or “alien intelligence” can be the creator of this phenomenon. It may be that a mysterious force or alien intelligence is indeed involved, but certainly people are as well. It is interesting that the circles are perceived as valuable only if they are made by a non-human source. It is as if we are afraid to be powerful, co-creative, spiritual beings.

Background

In July 1999 my husband, Colin Andrews, announced to BBC News the results of his two-year study into human hoaxing of crop circles. His research indicated that during the two years of his study at least 80 percent of the crop circles he researched were man-made. This announcement stunned the crop circle community, largely because Colin was one of the original crop circle researchers and has been the subject’s primary proponent for the last two decades. He started the first research organization, Circles Phenomenon Research (CPR), and has amassed the largest database in the world on the subject. He was in a unique position to evaluate the presently occurring formations against the earlier phenomenon.

The announcement resulted in immediate warfare within the established crop circle research community. Prominent alternative magazines that purported to deal in truth refused to print his statement. Fellow researchers refuted his report with character assassination rather than with facts. Interestingly, only a handful of people (all scientists) paid attention to the rest of his statement—that approximately 20 percent of the circles studied showed no evidence of being man-made, and that many of these demonstrated a unique magnetic signature. While Colin continues to work with scientists on the magnetic results, as an intuitive energy healer, I find an equally compelling mystery lies with the man-made formations.

To review the historical and experiential record on crop circles:

    The first published report of a mysterious circle appearing in a wheat field occurred in 1678. Orange balls of light were witnessed in the sky at the time the circle appeared (‘Witchcraft in Hertfordshire by Lewis Evans and ‘Hertfordshire Folk Lore’ by W.B. Gerish ).

The CPR database contains firsthand reports from farmers of crop circles occurring as early as the 1920s, in many of the same fields in which they appear today (CPR Database Ref. # 22-001).

Originally the formations were simple circles that evolved into ringed circles and circles with satellites.
The simple formations further evolved during the 1990s into complex patterns.

The majority of circles have occurred around ancient sacred sites such as Stonehenge, Avebury, and various other megalithic complexes. The folklore about these sites includes the same types of experiences reported in relation to crop circles.

People entering crop circles experience a sense of spiritual awe. The phenomenon occurs worldwide.
Many formations display complex geometries and/or diatonic (musical) ratios between component parts.

There is an association of crop circles with underground water systems; sometimes the formations align with watersheds, sometimes with underground waterways or even cattle troughs. The underground water features are detectable from the air but not from ground level.

 Magnetic distortions have occurred inside formations, affecting compasses and electrical equipment. Current research is focusing on magnetometer surveys.A high-pitched, two-toned, electromagnetic sound has been heard by multiple witnesses on different occasions and has been recorded on two occasions. A BBC television crew made one recording, and the effect of the sound damaged their electronic equipment. A later broadcast of the sound also damaged broadcasting equipment (CPR Database Ref. # 89-045).

 Some people visiting the circles experience physiological effects including heightened awareness, feeling subtle energies, headaches, and a profound sense of peace. CPR research conducted with scientist Masahiro Kahata into brain wave patterns indicates that brain waves are affected by proximity to crop circles (CPR Database Ref. # 93-029, 073, 079, 080).

Spontaneous healings have allegedly occurred inside crop circles. The use of crop circle photographs as healing tools is practiced at the Institute for Resonance Therapy in Germany and with individual Radionics and energy practitioners, myself included.

Researchers have found cellular changes in plants associated with crop circles.
Unidentified balls of light have been seen and filmed in and around the formations, as well as in and around megalithic sacred sites.

The patterns are hauntingly familiar and resemble symbols from indigenous cultures. Seeing the patterns for the first time often has an emotional effect on the viewer.

 The formations contain dowsable energy, and energy-sensitive individuals, such as Chi Gung master Nan Lu, apparently can locate the formations by feeling for the energy with their hand (American Taoist Healing Center, New York).

The formations usually occur in relation to established lines of earth energy known as ley lines.
The phenomenon is interactive. Patterns have appeared in the fields after people have visualized or requested them to appear. Researchers have often noticed that after they consistently observed a feature and then formulated a hypothesis around it, the next formation would break the rule they had just established.

When Pat Delgado and Colin Andrews made the phenomenon public in 1989 with the publication of Circular Evidence (Bloomsbury Press), more and more people were drawn to the fields, some to visit the mysterious markings and others to take up the challenge of making them.

 Most amazingly, as people have consciously begun to make more of the formations, the anomalies and energy effects surrounding the formations continue to occur, even with known hoaxes, seemingly regardless of the source of the formation.

It is the anomalies that keep people faithful to the idea of either a supernatural force or aliens as the creator of the circles. The term “supernatural,” however, merely refers to a natural force that we do not yet understand. When you have stood in a field and watched balls of light move around a crop pattern, it is hard to believe that the circle was man-made. However, there are substantial reports of these same anomalies occurring in man-made circles. The apparent irreconcilability of these facts is at the foundation of the controversy. It may be time to revise our theories and expand our understanding.

A Theory of Energy

Humans have been making patterns and geometric structures to shift consciousness and move energy for thousands of years. Zuni sand paintings, Tibetan yantras, and Indian mandalas are a few examples of geometric patterns used in this way. The most extravagant examples of energy-shifting geometric tools may be Stonehenge in England and the Great Pyramid in Egypt. It is noteworthy that Old English folklore establishes Stonehenge and other stone circles as sites of spontaneous healing, observation points for strange lights, and places where lightning seems to gravitate (Paul Devereux, Secrets of Ancient and Sacred Places ,page 24, Cassell Publications, 1995).

The original discoverer of ley lines, Alfred Watkins, author of The Old Staight Track (1925, Garnstone Ptess republication1970) believed that Stonehenge and other megalithic monuments are linked together via energy pathways. The relationship of ancient sacred sites to underground waterways is also well established. Additionally, the Great Pyramid’s energy effects, particularly those on physiology, have been the focus of much study (Serge Kahili King, Earth Energies, 1992 Theosophical Publishing House, chapter 5). What all of these ancient monuments have in common is that they use sacred geometry to constrain and direct subtle energy for a specific effect.

Paul Devereux writes in his book Secret of Ancient and Sacred Places that “Sacred geometry is the geometry inherent in all nature, whether it be the energy dance of atoms and molecules, the formation of a crystal, the growth of a plant or human skeleton, the motion of weather systems or galaxies. Certain patterns and ratios are used by nature in the formation of the manifest universe: the process of becoming is governed by the implied geometry. Such geometry is used in magical invocation for the same reasons. The builders of the ancient sacred monuments observed the ways of nature closely and encoded its architecture into their structures so that the holy places would act as microcosms of the whole universe” (pg. 22). Can it be that crop circles, in utilizing sacred geometry at energy centers, activate a heretofore-unmeasured energy inherent in nature?

John Michell writes in his book The New View over Atlantis (Harper & Row, San Francisco, 1986), “From the relics of the Stone-age science practiced by the adepts of the ancient world it appears: first, that they recognized the existence of natural forces of whose potential we are now ignorant, and learnt to manipulate them; second, that they gained thereby certain insights into fundamental questions of philosophy, the nature of the universe and the relationship between life and death” (pg. 197). He continues: “The work of scientists such as Baron C. von Reichenbach and Dr. Wilhelm Reich further confirms the possibility, indicated in folklore all over the world, that some form of natural energy was known in prehistoric times and that a method was discovered, involving a fusion of the terrestrial spirit with the solar spark, by which this energy could be disposed to human benefit.” Is it possible that in making crop circles today, as in ancient times, humans are the “terrestrial spirit” fusing with the “solar spark,” thereby activating a powerful force of nature?

Essentially I am suggesting that what we think of as causes are really effects. When biologists see cellular changes in plants within formations, the popular conclusion is that a powerful force must have been engaged to create the circle. But what if it is the reverse? What if a powerful force was released as the result of creating the circle?

The evidence shows that ancient sacred sites are aligned to unseen underground waterways and ley lines. It is believed this system was part of a subtle energy matrix the sites were activating and releasing for human use. Researchers have noted the same correlations and similar effects with crop circles. It is assumed that ancient people had the sensitivity and awareness to find these waterways and forces, a practice now called dowsing. Although crop circle enthusiasts don’t want to admit that hoaxers may have dowsing abilities, the possibility must at least be considered. It is interesting to note that both crop circles and sacred sites are associated with reports of strange lights in the sky and UFO activity. Do they come because they are drawn to the earth energy being activated? Are the objects that have been filmed in crop circles making the circles, exploring them, or utilizing their energy?

We live in a unique time in history during which the arcane knowledge and mythology of the past are fusing with the science of the present. Nowhere is this more in evidence than in the field of medicine. Modern medicine is open in a way it has never been before to alternative and complementary theories based on subtle energy. Some of these healing modalities, such as Radionics and Reiki, create patterns and symbols that establish precise frequencies and induce specific healing effects. Healing frequencies are used to shift mind and/or matter. Sound waves create frequency patterns by vibrating particles into specific geometries (Cymatics, a film by Dr. Hans Jennings, 1986 MACROmedia). Some researchers have speculated that sound waves may have vibrated crops into geometric patterns, thereby creating crop circles. Isn’t it equally possible that the creation of a living geometry generates a frequency that produces the energy effects associated with crop circles?

Another piece to the puzzle may be seen in the work of nature energy pioneers such as the founders of Findhorn in Scotland and Perelandra in the United States. Michelle Small Wright, founder of Perelandra, has documented in her books the process of what she calls “co-creative science.” In her work she communicates with nature and uses geometrical designs to create energy gardens. As at Findhorn, her gardens exceed the limits imposed by natural laws, as we know them.  Forty-pound cabbages grown in the barren rock of northern Scotland would be unbelievable, if not seen. Wright describes this ability to transcend natural limits as the spiritual growth of humans joining with nature to become co-creators of the world around us. In fact, we already are co-creators of the world around us, we simply do it without consciousness or intention—hence the chaos of modern times. We may be called to return to ancient ways and be co-creative as a matter of choice, not default, and with conscious intent. Perhaps crop circles are a step in this direction.

This theory is already being tested in California by Mr. Bill Witherspoon, who is making patterns in the landscape with the intention of changing the field of consciousness (http://artheals.org/artists/Witherspoon_Bill_177/). Wouldn’t it be wonderful if people in all walks of life and places on the earth began to consciously use geometry and natural energy in their gardens, landscapes, homes, offices, and communities? Is this simply a return to the Chinese practice of feng shui?
The Cost of Deception

Why some researchers and hoaxers alike want to obscure the truth of the man-made formations is interesting. Despite the hate mail and raging controversy over Colin’s disclosure, most crop circle researchers have already known that humans are constructing circles. It was five years ago, in 1997, that Colin first began his in-depth investigation into man-made formations. He hired a detective to track hoaxers and create a profile of man-made circles. At this time farmers were losing patience with the hoards of people trampling on their fields whenever a formation appeared. To elicit their cooperation in his study, Colin agreed to provide the farmers with details of any known circle making activity that occurred on their land. We expected support from the crop circle research community in our efforts to reduce man-made activity, but much to our surprise this generated an angry furor.

In August of 1998, Colin and I attended a gathering of several researchers at a seaside restaurant in Southsea, Portsmouth. Photographer Steve Alexander and Karen Douglas were present. During the discussion Karen and Steve began to explain why they believed it was a poor decision on Colin’s part to expose the hoaxers. Karen explained her thoughts on the value of hoaxing by describing the experience she had had while constructing a circle with Steve for research purposes several years earlier (T363, 26-27 June, 1995, in West Stowell, Wiltshire). Karen’s description included how beautiful it was to be out in the quiet of the night, joining nature, and in harmony with the sacred landscape as they created a magical formation. She went on to suggest that exposing people for their role in creating these sacred formations was misguided. I actually agree with Karen’s assessment of the value of man-made circles. But why keep the method of creation a secret? If hoaxed formations are a valuable asset, why not show everyone how creating sacred geometry in nature can create sacred space and be a tool of empowerment?

Other circle makers describe experiences similar to Karen’s. In October of 1996, Colin and I were in Finland at a UFO convention at which Colin was speaking. Present in the audience was Robert Irving, a well-known circle maker. At some point during the proceedings, Irving introduced himself and asked to have a meeting. We agreed to meet in the conference cafeteria. The conversation was so interesting we continued it the next day in downtown Helsinki. My guess is that we spoke for 10 hours. At the time, Colin was still resisting his growing alarm at the possibility that many formations were man-made, and I was personally quite hostile during parts of the conversation. I must say I ended up with a great deal of respect and genuine liking for Robert Irving.

Irving had been involved in circle making since the early 1990s and was corroborative in much of his detail, confirming site information that Colin thought was known only to himself and a few fellow researchers. More interesting, Irving discussed some personal experiences while making the circles and personal motivations as well. Many of the circle makers claim unusual experiences in the fields while making the circles. They speak of lights appearing in the fields while they are working; about designing a pattern, going into the field to make the pattern, and creating an entirely different design—one with symbolic impact, or one that had been previously meditated on by individuals or groups.  John McNish, in his book Crop Circle Apocalypse (Circlevision, 1993), writes that the first avowed circle makers, Doug and Dave, felt compelled “by an unknown source” to go out into the fields at night and create patterns.

Irving related an event during which he entered a pattern the morning after he and several others had made it. A number of people were in the formation and Irving was enjoying hearing their comments and impressions. He reported witnessing a woman’s swollen ankle significantly reduce in size while she was in the formation. When I asked him directly why circle makers didn’t acknowledge the artwork they created, he said that for him, if people knew they were man-made, the magic results would stop happening. It seemed his opinion was that the energy effects were induced by the person’s belief in the mysterious source of the circles. I disagree. I think the effects are real, palpable, and part of ancient knowledge.

We live in a time when we need to become conscious, where we need, in Colin’s words, “to recognize our place in the natural world” and find the tools of empowerment necessary to change the direction in which we are heading. If crop circles are a part of that, it is time to stop hiding from the truth and pretending people are not a part of the magic and mystery. Aliens, or a mysterious force, may have originated them and may still make some or inspire the making of others. Maybe we are in training. The importance is that we can use geometries and natural forces to change our consciousness and in so doing, the world in which we live.

The cost of deception, of ignoring the human component, is the loss of the opportunity for spiritual growth. We have the choice to either give our power to an outside source, or to embrace our own abilities. Let us accept our spiritual evolution and consciously begin our training in co-creative living.