Kudos to Chet Snow and his team! They successfully pulled off the first North American conference to focus exclusively on the crop circle phenomenon.
Over 280 registrants gathered at the excellent Embassy Suites in sunny Tempe, Arizona on the weekend of November 22 to 24 for “Signs of Destiny: Crop Circles and Sacred Geometry”. Conference organizer, Chet Snow (www.chetsnow.com), brought together a stellar speaker list of renowned “croppie” names from around the world, as well as a few new faces.
Friday evening began with the inspirational melodies of harpist Ani Williams followed by Drunvalo Melchizadek’s presentation: a gripping account of his search for the meaning behind the crop circles. It was one that several years earlier had compelled him to journey to Stonehenge where he had a personal experience with Merlin.
The conference continued early the next morning with Colin Andrews discussing the early days of the crop circle phenomenon. Far from rehashing old news, Andrews captivatingly relayed his own personal experiences of what he called the ‘uncontaminated’ period of the 70’s, 80’s and early 90’s. Andrews spoke of ‘Operation Blackbird’ and stressed that, to this day, he would still like to find out to the video tape that mysteriously disappeared from the ‘yellow camera’ (curiously, Andrews said that the military has recently contacted him again about crop circles). He feels that interaction is undoubtedly affiliated with this phenomenon. Could it perhaps be an experiment in human consciousness and, if so, who or what is doing it? Andrews said we should each ask ourselves,”Who am I and where is this taking me?”, while passionately reminding us of the current ‘critical year of D and D’. That’s not ‘D and D’ as in ‘Doug and Dave’ but rather ‘denial and deception’. In closing, Andrews said, “The future of our planet is what we are thinking.”
In contrast, Linda Moulton Howe’s presentation detailed unexplained lights and crop circles using information gathered from her recent visit with engineer Erling Strand in Hesstalen, Norway. Mysterious lights had been reported in the area for years and Strand’s research, the focus of a future Discovery Channel documentary, included constant video surveillance to capture these flashing balls of light (BOL’s) that appear anywhere from a fraction of a second to up to two hours. At the beginning of the experiment, researchers were almost convinced that these were ‘thermal plasmas of unknown origin’ but the data proved otherwise. The BOL’s were found to actually be spheres clustered around a common centre, constantly changing shape and often ‘ejecting’ smaller balls of light. It’s still unknown why the BOL’s eject spheres but whatever the cause (perhaps linked to the minerals of the geographic area?), a central force of unknown origin is created. These BOL’s seem to be self-heating (potential source of new energy for mankind?), are sometimes seen on radar but not with the naked eye (as well as vice-versa!). They have also been know to interact with humans. Interestingly, BOL’s associated with crop circles act similarly and it is thought that magnetic distortions and the electrostatic field of formations may cause the ‘translucent sphere’ type of BOL. Howe recounted the Teton crop circle (www.alanmeyer.com) where countless orbs appeared on the video and camera film but not to the naked eye, although one teenager indicated that she experienced seeing ‘flashes’ of light.
Paul Anderson of the Canadian Crop Circle Research Network then gave a fascinating presentation of the Canadian crop circle scene with formations eerily reminiscent of the UK’s ‘early days’. Keep an eye on his website, www.cccrn.ca, to see if these interesting crop circles evolve in seasons to come.
After a break, whereby the audience could browse the fascinating foyer exhibition area, we were treated to the Crop Circle Connector’s beautiful video of the latest UK formations. The video, “Out in the Fields 2002” is available through Stuart Dike and Mark Fussell’s wonderful website www.cropcircleconnector.com and is a must-buy for any croppie.
The next speaker, Nancy Talbott of BLT Research Inc., then walked us through the latest scientific observations. One fact often overlooked by many croppies, is that lodging, or randomly-downed crops with a very chaotic lay exhibit many of the same plant changes found in complex glyphs. Talbott’s talk elaborated on much of the new evidence from her excellent website (www.bltresearch.com) and her account of actually witnessing a crop circle being made held the audience spellbound.
Native American Rod Bearcloud then took the conference in a different direction and spoke of the ancient Native symbols found in many crop circles. The idea of a ‘Star Nation’ is common to many indigenous peoples and, as Bearcloud said, they may now be helping us to become more open to their wisdom.
The final speaker of the evening was John Anthony West who gave a engaging and very interesting presentation, “The Great Sphinx and the Quest to Rewrite History”, based on his world-famous research into the Sphinx and ancient Egyptian symbolism.
On Sunday, Steve Purkaple, a croppie from Illinois (and one who creates interesting 3-D representations of many crop circles), spoke of his experiments with growing crop circle seeds. Purkaple said that by 2012 we will have more people on earth than wheat to feed them and that the ‘super seeds’ of crop circles may be an obvious solution.
Francine Blake of the Wiltshire Crop Circle Study Group then spoke on her area’s recent summer of amazing glyphs, followed by Andreas Mueller’s description of the ‘free-hand’, organic style of the German formations. One of the highlights of the conference was a brief but electrifying debate of the controversial Crabwood Alien formation spurred on by Blake and Mueller’s respectful but diverging opinions.
Barbara Lamb then spoke of the spiritual aspect of this phenomenon as detailed in her new book, Crop Circles Revealed: Language and Light Symbols. Co-authored with channel Judith Moore, the book looks at crop circles (even the man-made ones) as part of a formula to help heal and evolve our world as well as humanity as a whole.
Sunday also included another must-buy video, William Gazecki’s documentary “Crop Circles: Quest for Truth”. The movie was shown in its entirety to conference members and again later that evening to interested members of the community – a great idea and one that demonstrates how important it is to bring the whole phenomenon to the general public.
All in all, if Chet Snow’s first North American Crop Circle Conference is any indication, start saving your travel money. The next one (possibly in California during the winter of 2003 / 2004) will definitely be worth the trip!