Crop circles and what they evoke in people
Jackson Hole Guide - Columnists Carol Mann
Since Aug. 10 when the Parker family of Teton, Idaho, discovered an elaborate set of 12 crop circles 309 feet long and 264 feet wide in their wheat fields, the formations have been visited by paranormal enthusiasts and the curious. Until proven otherwise, many who have been there are accepting the "authentic" verdict offered by researchers from the Utah UFO Hunters, who thoroughly examined and mapped the site.
Here are a few more of the interesting elements of the Idaho formations, which are similar to the worldwide pattern: 1) Many crop circles are located near a cemetery. These are about 300 yards from the old Teton cemetery; 2) Many crop circles are placed over underground streams and water sources. There is an underground well and water source associated with the cemetery; 3) Bright balls of light have consistently been reported and filmed at crop circle sites. In Teton, there were also reports of people witnessing bright balls of light in and to the south of the crop circles.
In addition to the effects authentic circles have on plants (see this column on Aug. 21), people who enter them are also affected. British researcher Lucy Pringle studies the physical and emotional effects of crop circles on human beings. She has found that emotional and psychological effects on people tend to be very beneficial.
She indicates that most people who visit crop circles report feeling very peaceful, happy, and full of wonderment and awe. They enjoy altered states of awareness, deep meditation, and a suspension of time in the formations. Often interviewees report a strong sense of presence, which all felt was kindly. And the lasting effect seems to be one of deep well-being and a greater focus on spirituality.
In an effort to measure these subjective reports, tests of brain wave activity in people at home and then in the crop circles have been conducted. EEG (electroencephalogram) tests reveal that people show dramatic differences in brain wave activity in a crop circle. Specifically, all subjects had heightened activity in the right hemisphere (the intuitive, non-linear side) of the brain when in the crop formations.
Several friends who have visited the local crop circles describe experiences which corroborate Pringle's studies. Judah Levy of Victor, who counts himself among the curious and claims no special knowledge of or interest in the paranormal, visited the Teton circles and shared the following with me: "I had the feeling I was standing in front of something no one can explain ... in the presence of the mystery. My mind was trying desperately to make up an explanation, and at the same time I felt there is no need for an explanation. Someone is trying to communicate something ... either one of us or one not of us. In the crop circles you feel there is something much bigger than us going on, and that feels really good. The overall feeling is absolutely positive."
Johanna Johnson of Jackson, who acknowledges a long-standing interest in the paranormal, shared the following comments after being in the circles in Teton, Idaho: "It was too perfect to be man-made. There were no other disturbances in the fields. It felt extraordinary; it felt so absolutely peaceful. I am convinced the message is a communication from a higher intelligence and has something to do with the Tetons; it is no accident the whole formation is oriented on a perfect north-south axis facing the Tetons."
When I visited crop circles in England in the late 1990s, I felt energized, totally at ease, and permeated with a wonderful sense of well-being.
Researchers note that while the emotional effects are uniformly positive, about 60 percent of people feel physically uncomfortable in the crop circles. They suffer from sensations ranging from nausea, painful headaches, anxiety and dizziness. Most researchers speculate that the powerful energy fields measured in the fresh circles can be too strong for some, and cause uncomfortable interactions with our biochemistry. When the same people who were negatively affected returned to the circles four or more days later after the energy from the formation had dissipated, their symptoms lessened significantly.
What is known about how these formations are created and what they mean? Here is a quick sampling of some of the many theories for the authentic crop formations.
The ancient tribes of England saw mysterious lights and circles in the fields and believed they were caused by "Light Elves." In current day parlance, they are referred to as anomalous lights.
In the ancient Druid tradition, lights and circles in the crops indicated to them the presence of powerful energy lines in the earth. Today we concur and refer to these as lines of energy, part of a planetary energy grid. Crop circles definitely appear most often on these lines.
In the early 1980s, people thought the crop circles were the imprints of UFO landings. Though swirls on the earth have been documented in connection with reputable UFO sightings, those have damaged and crushed plants, which is not true of the authentic circles.
Another widely held theory is that these are created by higher ultraterrestrial intelligences using superior technologies, who are attempting to communicate with us in an effort to quicken an expanded awareness of our place in the universe.
There is also the Gaia theory that because the earth is her own intelligent entity, natural earth forces are responsible for these glyphs. These representations of the sacred geometries of all life forms may be natural phenomena, which also serve to stimulate our evolution.
Related to this idea, some feel the crop circles are reflections of the human collective unconscious and/or higher mind. The patterns are co-created by us in conjunction with nature to activate more of the thus-far untapped potential of our DNA .
Where all the theories come together is that authentic circles are intelligently planned, precisely executed and represent some form of encoded communication. They certainly cause things to happen to the plants, the animals and to the people who visit them.
My recommendation is that if this phenomenon captures your interest, look at the photographs of literally hundreds of these glyphs. Forget the theories, quiet your mind, and experience what they evoke in you. Log onto cropcircleconnector.com to view photos of this year's formations as well as a complete archive of crop circles from previous years.
Carol Mann is trained as an educator, management consultant and counselor whose lifelong interest in metaphysics and talent as a clairvoyant give her a unique combination of skills. Her radio show, "Cosmic Cafe," is broadcast Monday through Friday at 1:30 p.m. on 96.9 FM. Her e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Credit: Jackson Hole Guide - Carol Mann
The Teton Cropcircle Report
The Utah UFO Hunters