Article: FACTS AND FIGURES OR FLIGHTS OF FANCY?
By Lucy Pringle, ©1996

Whereas the sceptical may with a certain amount of justification, dismiss out of hand the results of the Human Effects reports as coming from people with overactive imaginations, it is more difficult to dismiss the evidence of rigorously conducted scientific tests. To be fair, I cannot dismiss the 434 reports I have received from people who have taken the trouble to fill in and return the questionnaires.

I believe the majority are sober minded, level headed people. I realise it can be a time consuming and lengthy procedure filling in forms but they are of the utmost importance and are written with such amazing descriptive clarity and vividness, it as though the contributors have painted a picture with words. There can be absolutely no doubt that these experiences are real. Indeed I know from my own personal experience that there are many varied `energies` in the circles that can affect people individually. Once you have had an personal experience there is absolutely no doubt in your mind that something out of the ordinary has happened to you for which you can find no other logical explanation no matter how hard you try. What are these `energies`? It would seem likely from the work conducted by American biophysicist Dr Levengood and others that we are dealing with microwave radiation; the degree of MR activity will clearly depend on the exposure time, power density and frequency.(1) We know that MR affects the central nervous system which consists of the spinal cord, the lower brain and the cortex (try and imagine the central nervous system as being a giant electrical circuit constantly reacting to external conditions), but as yet little is understood about the function and interaction of MR with living organisms.

We know that some of the signs of MR exposure are as follows:

You will note that there are contradictions in the above list which would indicate that a certain level of MR could have beneficial effects on certain individuals.

Much has been written about microwave activity but clearly much more research is needed, especially in trying to appreciate and assess the degree of disruption caused to the central nervous system by microwave activity.

E.E.G and E.S.R TESTS

With this in mind together with the mountain of reports describing altered states of mind and other effects listed above, I once more sought the help and wisdom of Peter Staples and Isobel Maxwell-Cade (Max Cade was a pioneer in the biofeedback technique and wrote (2) ("The Awakened Mind") who have for 4 consecutive years lent their time, expertise and equipment to this research.(3,4,5)

Normally I inspect the formation that we have the farmer's permission to use, before tests are conducted. At the beginning of the year I had pondered on what might happen if we did our tests in an `unfriendly` formation. I immediately dismissed this idea on the grounds that was unacceptable to subject anyone knowingly to possible ill effects, certainly not Margaret Randall who for years has been our most important subject. She is a guinea pig, with a London Teaching hospital, her condition being constantly monitored.(6) However this summer was more chaotic than ever and I did not have time to carry out my usual reconnaissance. The search was on for an appropriate formation where we had the farmers' permission, that was reasonably new and that was not too far from London. I got word that a formation at East Oakley (The Mayan Symbol) met these criteria. The week-end was planned long in advance, Chad and Gwen Deetken, Chad's sister Gisela Calabria, nephew Andre and Jim Lyons were staying for the week-end, were to take part in these tests. Christopher Weeks and Margaret Randall were also going to participate. Two days before the tests, Margaret telephoned to say she had inadvertently double booked and would not be available. I was dismayed as she was our most important participant having been part of the tests since the inception, but nothing I could say could get her to change her mind.

The day dawned hot and sunny. Peter and Isabel arrived and set up control tests on the patio outside my house; after these were completed we had lunch at a delightful pub, The Plough at East Stratton. Our only complaints was a mass invasion of harvest flies (Trips) that descended upon us as we ate our lunch beside the cricket pitch.

The formation was located in an obscure location and after acting as unsuccessful orienteer, I gratefully handed over the task to Christopher Weeks who, looking at the map the right way up, skilfully directed us to our destination.

We unloaded all the equipment and each carrying our share, entered the formation that lay in the apex of the field situated between the road and the railway line.

We all individually started examining the lay of the crop; after a very short time I felt extremely sick and lay down in one of the spurs jutting out from the main circle to try and recover. Isabel approached me requesting me to dowse as I normally do for the most auspicious place to conduct the tests. I rallied with difficulty and found one spot, just west of the entrance from the shaft to the circle. I then managed to bury my bottles, but was feeling so unwell, I had no great hopes of finding them again at a later date. As I was returning to the circle I noticed Gwen was missing; "She is feeling so sick she has gone to lie down in the car", said Chad. I looked around for Christopher and found him sitting in a huddle, pea green to the gills.

Gisela reported intermittent nausea; Andre giggled continuously for half an hour whilst being tested and reported feeling extra well before returning to normal; Jim Lyons reported feeling slightly nauseous at the head of the circle, despite experiencing a major breakthrough in reconciling his torroidal theory with linear effects; Chad reported "physical fatigue, mentally fuzzy whilst inside formation and for an hour or so after leaving". I observed Chad's biofeedback test in the formation; he was asked to think of his favourite place; instantly there was activity in the Beta, Alpha areas and to a lesser degree in the Theta, but almost as quickly this activity stopped and the light emitting diodes collapsed against the central stem as though there was no existing thought process activity. Chad found he was quite unable to sustain any coherent thought.

So what was happening to us? Peter and Isabel on analysing the results suggest that the following results should be viewed as demonstrative rather than "proof" in strict scientific terms that the crop circles can be an agent in bringing about changes in states of consciousness".

Measurement and what they can show.

" In summary, the measurements of changes and responses in the body are used to appraise the corresponding changes in mental\emotional state. The basis for this correspondence is empirical - derived from many many hours of monitoring people and relating their subjective accounts and the observable responses with these taken objectively from the instruments. We attempt to interpret such changes in psycho-physical terminology e.g. " shift from lethargic towards relaxed-and-alert" because these are more accessible than the physical readings from the meter scales. This obviously reflects a model of the psycho-physical responses with an objective consistency, and this was an important part of the work undertaken by Max Cade in the development of biomonitoring method and implicit in these studies.

"Watching the display of the Mind Mirror EEG for even a short period shows how rapidly and frequently the spectrum of brain wave activity can- and often does change. The account given below is therefore a brief appraisal of the overall shift (or absence of such shifts) in the patterns of the subjects listed.

" Our interpretation of the EEG patterns reflects a "hierarchy " of states of consciousness i.e.: where each state has a greater level of awareness and responsiveness than the one below. Whilst there are appropriate situations for all these states, we are looking for an increase in the level of awareness and in the balancing of the activity of the two sides of the brain. This way of interpreting EEG patterns is described in the book "The Awakened Mind" by C. Maxwell Cade and Nona Coxhead.

Location.

The location arranged by Lucy, which was at East Oakley in Hampshire. The crop formation is known as the Mayan Symbol. At this time, the crop was still green rather than brown. Our reference measurements were made at Lucy's house in Sheet, some miles away. This time the reference measurements were made in the garden rather than indoors.

It was a warm day. The temperature outside in the sun in mid afternoon was about 29 degrees C.

Our subjects were Christopher Weeks, Jim Lyons and two Canadians, Gwen Shrimpton and Ande Powell. Only Chris had been measured on previous occasions. All had prior experiences in crop formations except Andre, who was somewhat apprehensive of both the crop circles and the biomonitoring procedures.

Findings

The ESR and temperature are summarised as follows (higher ESR means lower autonomic nervous system activity):

Subject ESR(left hand) ESR(right hand) finger temp(L hand)
at Lucy's in circle at Lucy's in circle. at Lucy's in circle

Chris 250K 400K 280K 350K 33.5 degs 34.5 degs

Jim 300K 600K 250K 450K 33 degs 43 degs

Gwen 180K 400K 250K 400K 34 degs 35 degs

Andre 250K 170K 250K 200K 34 degs 34 degs

Chris, Jim and Gwen showed a marked change in the ESR, with an increase of between 60% and 120%. This reflects less stimulation but a dissociation of the mental and physical activities - quite the opposite of the measurements of the previous year and perhaps an indication of a different "feel" to this formation. Andre, however came more "alive" and energetic and his ESR decreased by around 25%.

Chris's EEG patterns were more balanced at Lucy's house than on previous measurements. In the crop circle, the right brain showed less activity - more "cut off" in the higher frequencies associated with expression of feelings - but with more left brain beta activity e.g. in intellectualising.

Jim's characteristic EEG patterns were unusual both at Lucy's and in the crop circle. He often showed delta and beta activity with very little activity but with the changes in the two types of activity synchronised - e.g. as soon as a stimulus appeared in the delta at the bottom of the spectrum, the beta at the top would also increase (both hemispheres). Isabel interpreted this as "simultaneous knowledge" or perhaps akin to an almost mediumistic state i.e.: within the crop circle, and this pattern reflects a strong dowsing ability. This scenario was much more prominent in the crop circle.

Gwen's patterns in the crop circle were primarily in the lower part of the spectrum - delta and theta. These are characteristics of dissociated state(rather like sleeping) but which we interpreted as being less than comfortable - as if putting out feelers to try and make sense of things. There was some balances alpha activity, but most of this activity would have been below conscious observations. She seemed unable to access this mental fluency in the crop circle ad she said she was on the edge of a migraine headache.

Andre had seemed to be less than wholly comfortable at Lucy's house. The left brain often showed alpha blocking e.g. with delta and theta present but a "fifth state" beta/alpha/theta pattern on the right. We interpreted this as though being "in part OK" but also wondering - "is this a good idea?". There was also high levels of beta - interpreted as over-excited or unsure. In the crop circle Andre's patterns were more balanced ad generally improved with eyes open or closed.

Conclusions

The subjects responded in different ways in this crop circle. Chris, Jim and Gwen all showed a reduction in activity in the autonomic nervous system whilst still keeping the peripheral temperature up - which is normally interpreted as more relaxed. The brain patterns seemed to show more dissociation e.g. less "struggling to maintain balance". With Chris this was more apparent in the beta activity. With Jim - in the direct link between the delta and beta and with Gwen in the increased delta and theta activity. We suspect our subjects this year were innately healthy and used to "getting on with the job" under adverse conditions. In other people, I would expect a fall in peripheral temperature - "a withdrawal of energy" from the situation by the immune system. These states would prove draining if maintained for too long.

Andre, however seemed rejuvenated and was revelling in the experience of the circle.

This circle had a rather different and less clear effect than our experiences in the previous three summers. Whether by choice or fortune, Lucy had picked a formation which did not have the "friendly" reputation of the formations of earlier measurements and this seemed to be born out by our observations with these four subjects. We noticed that the subjects were uncomfortable in some parts of the formation and avoided these areas for the site of our measurements.

Perhaps the influence of the formation was powerful but discordant - but for Andre this was the stimulus for a shift to "fifth state" awareness which encourages creative inspirations and personal knowledge."

It is interesting to note that the tests revealed the discomfort and disorientation felt by everyone apart from Andre, Peter and Isabel.

Two weeks later I returned to the formation with psychologist Dr Marianne Krill and researchers Shelley Keel and Pam. None of us suffered any ill effects and all the bottles were retrieved.

MINERALS AND VITAMINS.

I have been researching this phenomenon intensely for 7 years during which time I have entered at least 300 formations. It therefore occurred to me that it might be possible to monitor any physical changes occurring during the crop circle season. Ann Smithies of Biotech Health and Nutrition Centre, Petersfield, gallantly came to my aid. Using a well tried and tested Listen system she is able to scan the body for food sensitivities and mineral and vitamin imbalances.

On 24 April 1996, Ann tested me for mineral and vitamin levels and found that I was low in Hydrochloric Acid, Magnesium, Vitamin B5 (Pantothenic Acid) and Chromium. Apart from that I was pretty much Mrs Average walking in off the street, slightly stressed. (So what's new!)

On the 18 September 5 weeks since I had last been into a formation, I was tested again. This time the test showed a substantial drop in both my vitamin and mineral levels which led Ann to suggest that I was badly undernourished "as it is unusual for these levels to drop this low so quickly unless you are on a very poor diet". I am very careful about eating well, using fresh vegetables and fruit at all times; in summer we have an abundance of these; my diet therefore if anything had improved due to fresh food availability.

So what is the answer? I have unsuccessfully tried to find any mental, physical or emotional explanation. Yes I have been feeling tired but then I am told I regularly pack more into 24 hours than most people do into a week; that is normal for me and the way I am made.

Could this substantial drop in mineral and vitamin levels be due to visiting so many circles or is it as a result of the long hours I spend in them conducting my research? Could it be that just one formation be held responsible? I can recall two formations that I found particularly draining this summer.

Ann is kindly going to monitor me this winter.

Once more these results can not be regarded as proof in the strict scientific sense, but I believe they are indicative that the effects of formations could be seen as interacting agents and again I would stress that if you do not feel well whilst visiting a formation, come out and if you are pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant, do not go in.

Michael Newark who also spends much time in the circles tells me he has been feeling exhausted and drained and that any bursts of energy are short lived.

I do not wish to be alarmist, but would suggest that if you are a frequent visitor to the formations, spending long hours in them, you should get yourself checked regularly.

Since starting to write this report, I have recently returned to Ann Smithies, who on the 14 January 1997 kindly conducted a follow-up test. As soon as I entered her rooms she remarked how much better I looked and indeed this was confirmed by the tests. I AM NOW BACK TO NORMAL.

The big question for 1997 is..do I try and repeat the tests this summer and risk possible exhaustion and debilitation due maybe to certain crop circle energies, and try to continue carrying out a hectic research, lecture, aerial photography and writing schedule, or do I take massive vitamin supplements from the start of the season onwards to prevent this lowered condition? Clearly for any tests to have scientific validity, they must be repeatable, but it is worth risking one's health to such an extent? If I were a teenager with a rapid recovery ability, I would have no worries or hesitations.

We are all on a tremendous learning curve, investigating areas not previously studied. This can only be regarded as enormously exciting not only in scientific terms but in making us aware that there is an ocean of knowledge and wisdom still eluding us. This knowledge is inherent in nature and it to nature at its most profound and spiritual level, that we must look for the answers.

WATER RESULTS

Nothing has happened to change my belief that certain formations may have homeopathic qualities and to that end, my final area of research continues; burying 20 ml bottles of water, (all taken from the same source) inside formations and control samples outside the formations, to see if when analysed, there is any change in the structure of the water. Many of you will be familiar with the results from experiments conducted by Dr Cyril Smith and Dr Levengood, both of whom found significant changes respectively in resonance's and bacteria levels. But as happens oft-times with science the wheels move slowly and one has to return to the drawing board to re-think and restructure techniques and procedures. At times I almost get the impression that the `force` does not wish to be pinned down by scientific analysis and is trying to avoid all our concerted efforts.

Last September I devised an experiment in which Dr Jacques Benveniste was to analyse bottles that he would send on to Professor Joan Davis in Switzerland, who in turn, after analysing them using her technique, would send them to Dr Cyril Smith. If they all revealed substantial changes between the samples buried inside and the samples buried outside a formation, it would have been a major step forward. However the best laid plans of mice and men do not always materialise; the bottles arrived with Jacques, he was busy over the winter and in the spring moved laboratories; "The bottles are not lost, I wrapped them up myself, but I cannot find them".

However he most generously agreed to test samples from 1996 and then send them to Dr Cyril Smith for analysis. Unfortunately Professor Joan Davis is unwell so cannot be part of this experiment.

The results from Jacques Benveniste have just arrived and are as follows.

RESULTS OF JACQUES BENVENISTE'S TESTS.

Four samples of water from the crop fields were tested. The water was contained in 20 ml bottles, two of which came from inside formations and two were control samples. The formations tested were the Mayan Symbol at East Oakley and the Triple Spiral below Windmill Hill.

These tests were carried out blind, using the well known classical Langendorff method using Kerbs-Henseleit buffer. Jim Lyons has kindly helped analyse these results and suggests "that this method is to test the effects of potentised water on living tissue, the target in this case being the hearts of suitably immunised guinea pigs. This is a method of identifying directly the effects of the presence of subtle energies on living tissue. Heart rate is usually an indicator of the level of energy present. This technique appears to measure percentage variation between a control sample of water flow and a potentised one".

In these tests there is a 10% variation. Most controls are below 6%, so between 6 & 10%, Dr Benveniste suggests "that something may be happening and we repeat the measures."

Bottle No 018 was the control sample buried in the same field but furthest from the Mayan Symbol formation.

Bottle 022 was buried in a shaft jutting off from the Mayan Symbol.

Bottle No 030 was the control sample buried in the same field but furthest from the Triple Spiral.

Bottle No 034 was buried in the centre of the centre circle of the Triple Spiral.

The results were as follows:

Bottle 018 022 030 034

4.1 2.7 17.1 11.3

26.7

So taking 6% as the threshold percentage, you will now see that whereas both samples from inside and outside the Mayan Symbol were below 6%, both samples from inside and outside the Triple Spiral were above 6%. The sample inside the centre circle showing increases of 51.3% and 136% over the control sample.

According to Jacques "sample 034 is clearly positive and sample 030 very positive."

Jim Lyons comments that "Although these represent a very small experimental sample, the fact that there is very good compatibility between results based on well proven experimental protocols is very comforting. This has been shown for the soil tests which were also an attempt to find a measurable effect in subtle energy affected by living matter and aura dowsing tests which are based entirely on potentised matter due to subtle energies. In all cases the matter, be it water, seed head or soil act as stirrers of this energy. Together with Cyril Smith's stored frequency results (7) shows that we have a technique which can be further developed to provide full energy spectrum results for the crop or soil."

WATER SAMPLE RESULTS FROM Dr CYRIL SMITH

I have jut received the keenly awaited results of the water samples first analysed by Dr Jacques Benveniste and subsequently sent on to Dr Cyril Smith for his analysis using his well tried and tested Resonance technique (8).

The frequency results are as follows.

Tube 022 +1.15kHz only

Tube 018 +10.5kHz, -1.1MHz, +15.4MHz

Tube 034 +8.5Hz, -14 Hz, +10.5kHz

Tube 030 +8.5Hz, -14 Hz, +10.5kHz

You will note that the frequencies from tubes 034 and 030 are identical, thereby supporting the theory that 030 (the control sample buried after the sample buried inside the formation), had

taken on and retained the frequencies present inside the formation

Also tube 018 buried inside the Mayan where we all felt ill, has taken on certain frequencies..

Dr Cyril Smith tells us that "of significance is the frequency 10.5 Hz common to three samples. This could possibly be a network navigational frequency or a frequency for communicating with submarines while submerged. The frequencies 8.5 Hz might be residues of marathon or enduring. The frequencies 14 Hz might be residues of PCB's (polychlorinated biphenyl). The frequency of 1.1 MHz covers many local radio stations on medium wave band. The frequency of 15.4 MHz is in the 19 metre short wave band.

After receiving Dr Smith's results I wrote describing the placing of the bottles and the locations of the formations. I enclosed photographs of the formations involved, to which I received a most intriguing response.

"I wonder whether what you are looking at is a much magnified representation of a virus present in the crop, soil or pests. I note that both the fields had been crop sprayed according to the wheel marks left in the crops, I suspected this in my results for the Triple Spiral.

"Most plant viruses are rods (straight or curved), rings or faceted spherical shapes. The enclosed copy of a bacteriophage is quite like your Mayan symbol. If the whole field was infected and crops or parasites became hypersensitised into coherent activity by these neurotic chemicals, it seems to me a possibility hat there could be a sort of holographic reproduction of a uniformly distributed virus magnified in the ratio of the velocity of light (300 Mm/s) to the velocity of coherent waves in air (0.05 m/s) that is 6 x 10* times. Viruses are between 30-300 N.M. in size, this magnification would give a reproduction sized 180-1800 metres, consistent with your 1000 ft. If the coherence waves were propagating in limestone (the nearest thing I have measured), their velocity would be about 0.8 m/s and the ratio would be 3.7 x 10* resulting in an image size between 11-110 metres. Water would give something nearer to 3-30 metres.

"I shall be interested to learn what your pundits think of this possibility".

I am greatly indebted to Dr Jacques Benveniste, as I am also to Drs Cyril Smith and `Lefty` Levengood. It is hugely cheering that the water tests undertaken by Drs Smith and Levengood also showed significant anomalies using different well tried methods. Clearly there is need for further research in this area which may give us additional understanding of the manner in which electromagnetic fields effect all living matter.

Coats of Arms in the Landscape

After a cold start to 1997, the weather changed in April to almost summer like conditions; the sun shone with newly polished brilliance lightening our hearts and awakening us to the reality of the new life thrusting itself to the surface in a joyous acclimation of continuity and immortality.

The first arrival was the Scalloped Crescent formation, adorning the landscape like a coat of arms emblazoned in the startlingly rich yellow oil-seed rape.

It was clearly visible from the ancient iron age hill fort of Barbury Castle, towering majestically above and appeared on the night of 19/20 April. This is the earliest recorded formation to appear in oil-seed rape.

I visited it within 48 hours of its arrival to bury my bottles of water and despite hordes people having entered during that period, found many unbroken stems still `popping` when trodden on.

The mathematical precision throughout was immense, the apex of the crescents tapering to a single standing plant in every case.

Oil-seed rape is a hollow stemmed and fragile crop, normally snapping if bent at more than 40 degrees. While visiting this formation I managed to take close up pictures of one of the many curved, unbroken stems bent at 90 degrees. This evidence always fills my heart with joy.

It is extremely hard if not impossible, to bend this crop in a tightly curved manner without resulting damage. You will see from the aerial photograph that this formation is entirely curved.

I always enter formations with a completely open mind, looking for evidence for which I can find no logical explanation. Until I find this evidence I am not prepared to recommend it as a genuine formation.

So where does one start to look for clues? It will vary according to the crop, its age and the time it has been already flattened.

Few people walk close to the perimeter of a formation and it is here that one finds the most revealing evidence. The crop bruises easily and you will see tell-tale marks on the first row of standing crop if any mechanical instrument has been used. The use of an instrument will inevitably and unavoidably result in a `rubbing` against the first row of crop.

I found little evidence of this beyond the normal effect left as the crop fell naturally.

However what was of tremendous interest was a discolouration at the base of the standing crop some 8-10 into the standing crop from the sharp cut-off point of the fallen crop. This brown discolouration extended approximately 6-8 inches up the stem of the crop. There was no roughening and the crop was undamaged. On close inspection of the standing crop in the rest of the field outside the formation, it showed no evidence of any discolouration, the stalks being an unbroken green all the way up.

We have often thought that there could be an `over-spill` effect to the force that extended some way beyond the flattened area Maybe my photographs will provide additional evidence for which we have been seeking.

Freddy Silva a researcher from America who visits England each summer and who has been studying this phenomenon for many years confirms these findings using infra-red photography. He has found that "the energy involved tends to bring out

a.the watershed and b. renewed growth in the plants.

It appears every time I shoot genuine formations, the infra red picks up the acquired heat; this is not so with hoaxed formations."

Three weeks went by during which time I went to Germany to open a superb crop circle exhibition produced by sociologist and author Dr Marianne Krill and to give 2 lectures.

The interest in Germany is immense and the exhibition in The Women's Museum in Bonn, with over 100 pictures, photographs, and diagrams will act as template for all future ventures. It can be hired out and indeed the sensitively intellectual presentation of the subject, the scientific findings together with the myth, legend and spiritual quality of the subject, ensures it as an essentially unique and valuable contribution.

On my return I arranged to collect my bottles from the Barbury Castle formation and was accompanied by 2 women on their first outing to a crop formation. Good weather was forecast for the afternoon and we planned to fly over the formation after retrieving the bottles.

As we were leaving my house I found I could not activate my answer phone and separate fax machine, nor would my burglar alarm set itself properly. As we approached the West Meon traffic lights we observed they were out of order. My mobile telephone flatly refused to work despite being fully charged; we were unable to reach the pilot to confirm our flight.

By now I was starting to get that familiar feeling that `strange` energies were around. Both women, strangers to each other and me, had attended a lecture I had given the previous day at Harry Edwards's Healing Centre in Sherrie. Neither had been interested in crop circles previously and indeed had independently asked themselves why they were going to Shere at all!

During the lecture Lois had a curious experience As I showed a slide of the mathematical aspect of the Triple spiral in which there are a series of spiralling, rotating equilateral triangles extending outwards in perfect symmetry, she was astounded to recognise it as the three dimensional form she had witnessed in a meditation the previous day. This form had made a tremendous impact on her, it was made up of white light of such incredible intensity, it seemed beyond human vision. In the meditation she was told "This (form) is a conduit to the White Light". As the slide appeared she seemed so shocked and stunned, the stranger sitting next to her, enquired if she was feeling all right!"

Now she knew why she had been compelled to come to Shere!

I had mentioned that there was a spare seat on the plane and I anyone wanted to fly to let me know. She immediately applied.

Cindy had been so captivated by the subject and the wonderful slides, she also felt compelled to come and speak to me afterwards, also longing to experience a formation and to fly.

Both Cindy and in particular Lois were giving off a fantastic amount of energy, as if their subtle energy fields had been considerably boosted.

We reached Barbury Castle and they gasped as the looked down upon the wondrous formation. They grabbed their cameras to capture the moment but to Lois's distress, her flash jammed thereby rendering her Rioch FF9 camera inoperable. Nothing would get it to work and still my mobile telephone remained dead and useless also.

We entered the formation and did not really seem to notice the rain as it poured down upon us with increasing vigour. As we walked, pushing our way through the increasingly interwoven crop, now grown to a height extending above our heads, the plants emptied the water from the petals and leaves, showering us as we walked past. We were soaked to the skin but strangely none of us felt cold nor were we discouraged, in fact both Cindy and Lois kept laughing with the innocent joyous laughter of children with no cares in the world. "I could not stop smiling" reported Cindy five days later, "and have been smiling ever since". Nothing it seemed could distract from the enjoyment of our expedition. Eventually we succeeded in finding all the bottles bar one.

On returning to the car, as I emptied at least a pint of water out of each boot, I felt a tremendous affinity with Mark Phillips who on falling from his horse at the water jump at Badminton one year, had lain on his back and holding his legs in the air had emptied all the water out of his riding boots! Strangely apposite as Badminton was on that week-end and in fact I had been invited but had been unable to go.

We clambered undaunted into the car dripping from every pore; I stripped off to my underclothes and just hoped I would not get stopped by a policeman for any reason and be asked to get out of the car!

As we approached the lights at West Meon, I wondered if they would be working? Yes they were.

When we arrived home, my burglar alarm system was blinking happily at me, correctly set.

My fax and answer phone were also in prefect working order.

Lois's camera flash was no longer jammed and yes my mobile telephone worked!

What strange energies affecting all electrical gadgets had been present and were they released after visiting the crop circle?

Maybe we were fortunate the bad weather had prevented us from flying!

Since visiting the formation both Cindy and Lois have reported dramatic `shifts` in their life. Could the crop formation energies have allowed them to move forward in unexpected ways?

I believe this does happen and indeed have received many such wonderful reports.

In the meantime other formations have appeared, this time in Essex, both in oil-seed rape; the

first a large cardioid visible only from the M11 and which left researcher Russell Stannard

unimpressed when he visited it.

The second one close by, was a ring containing the nuclear symbol which appeared well formed from the air. To my knowledge it has not been inspected from the ground at the time of writing.

The second formation to appear in Wiltshire(after the Essex ones) was two fields to the east of the first below Barbury Castle. It appeared on the night of 1 or 2 May and is an exact replica of the Kabbalah in every detail.

This formation measuring approximately 200 feet in length and 60 feet at its widest width has been the victim of contradictory reports. Some people have dismissed it out hand whilst others have been favourably impressed. I have not visited it myself so can offer no opinion. However seasoned researcher Francine Blake, Convenor of the Wiltshire Group, tells me that when she and colleagues entered to record the formation, such was the feeling of sanctity, they felt it improper to be calling out measurements; it reminded her of the wondrous Cathedral at Chatres and she felt overcome with awe and wonderment. I have also experienced this incredibly humbling and sacred feeling. It is as though I were treading on consecrated ground and must behave accordingly, treating the moment with reverence. It is an experience one never forgets, it is as though for one brief period of time you are a Flame within The Flame, having risen beyond the fetters of earthly constraints.

Francine also reported that the ground lay of the formation was beautifully woven; an effect difficult to produce by human means. `

The Kabbalah or Tree of Life is a sacred symbol, containing hidden doctrines, linking the mysteries of deity and cosmology, known only to the most spiritually elevated of men. The fuller meaning of the symbols may never be revealed by the written or spoken word. It must be attained by study and meditation.

In the Sepher Ha Zohar, it is written that there is a `garment`, The Written Doctrine, which every man may see. Those with understanding do not look upon the `garment` but at the body within.....the intellectual and philosophical code. The wisest of all, the servants of the heavenly king, look at nothing but the soul...the spiritual doctrine

It is said that one may not gain entrance to the secret house of wisdom unless he wear the voluminous cape of Appolonius of Tyana and carry in his hand the lamp of Hermes.

The cape signifies the qualities of self possession and self reliance which must envelop the seeker as a cloak of strength, while the ever burning lamp of the sage represents the illuminated mind and perfectly balanced intellect without which the mystery of the ages can never be solved.

I suggest we should all have impartial minds for as the Chinese advise us "Mind like parachute works best when open".

References.

1. Paralysis by Microwave. Richard M, Neal, Jr.,M.D. Mufon UFO Journal No 283 November 1991

2. The Awakened Mind. C Maxwell Cade & Nona Coxhead.

3. Psycho-Physical Changes in a Crop Circle. Lucy Pringle. The Circular Vol 4:4 March 1994.

4. E.S.R & E.E.G Report 1994. Peter Staples. The Circular Issue 22, Autumn 1995.

5. The Human Effect Report. Lucy Pringle. Sussex Circular November 1996).

6. The Crop Circle Enigma. Edited by Ralph Noyes. Gateway Books.1990.

7. Three Lines of Research. Lucy Pringle. (Circular Vol 5. Number 4)

8. Three Lines of Research. Lucy Pringle. Circular Vol 5. Number 4.