The power and the passion: Lucy Pringle’s great crop circle crusade

‘There is often an extraordinary feeling of sanctity within the circles … I find this experience incredibly humbling, as though I have been touched by the Hand of God…’ Lucy Pringle, 2019

Lucy Pringle ready to take to the air

I got to know crop circle investigators Lucy Pringle and James Lyons while working as a journalist in the west of England when, from 2005–2012, I reported frequently on the long-standing mystery and, one summer’s day, I joined Lucy’s research team in Wiltshire.

That morning, in July 2011, it was decided to go to the latest crop formation which had been reported, below the Barbury Castle hill camp, near Wroughton, only the day before.

Now described in a new bookThe Energies of Crop Circles: The science and power of a mysterious intelligence by Lucy with James (Destiny Books, UK £19.99 / US $18.99, May 2019) — the most striking outcome of the day concerned David Greenwood, then a Parkinson’s Disease sufferer of six years, who said afterwards there was no doubt that, while walking in the crop circle, his Parkinson’s symptoms disappeared, to return only on his way home.

New tests by Lucy in 2010 using special equipment to monitor brain waves showed that crop circles emphasised those at the very high frequency gamma level associated with increased levels of brain functioning, intelligence and heightened perception.

Lucy discovered that, in some people, this gamma-wave activity was increased, producing extra dopamine, an important neurotransmitter. Dopa is used to treat Parkinson’s Disease, which is thought to be related to low levels of dopamine. It was found that increased gamma level activity stopped the bodily shaking of Parkinson’s sufferers.

‘At long last the years of struggling to find a solution might be starting bear fruit,’ Lucy writes.

The Energies of Crop Circles is thus an engaging account of how Lucy, always an indefatigable and pragmatic researcher, has dedicated a remarkable three decades of her life to photographing and studying crop circles and their effect on people and the environment. Her archive of crop circle data is one of the largest in the world.

As such, this semi-autobiographical work is a treasure trove for anyone interested in Lucy’s unique and sometimes perplexing story, here augmented by the theoretical perspective of aeronautical engineer James, a subscriber to the electrical universe hypothesis, on how ‘genuine’ formations are created — genuine crop circles being those adjudged not to be hoaxes.

Dramatic encounters

The book is packed with Lucy’s impressive full colour aerial and ground-level photographs, people’s accounts of dramatic encounters with crop circles, and details of Lucy’s unique and painstaking research into their physiological impact. It adds up to a veritable crusade over the years to establish a serious understanding of the phenomenon and an acceptance of its largely anomalous nature, a commitment which has made her one of the world’s leading authorities and researchers ‘in the field’.

Both Lucy and James are accomplished dowsers and this informs a great deal of their work with crop circles, enabling them to identify and decipher energy fields and geometric and healing effects. One must say, however, that their fascinating findings need to be presented in peer-reviewed scientific papers, rather than in anecdotal form, if scepticism is to be countered fully.

Lucy believes there are natural forces behind crop circle formation and, although the operation of these cryptic forces remains a mystery, she is convinced of the power and importance of the phenomenon. Her research is her passion, and even after nearly 30 years her excitement about it has not abated.

She writes: ‘There is often an extraordinary feeling of sanctity within the circles; it reminds one of the wondrous cathedral at Chartres, and one feels overwhelmed with awe and wonderment. I find this experience incredibly humbling, as though I have been touched by the Hand of God…’

James’s theory, if I understand it correctly, is that a combination of telluric currents (earth energies) and underground water, which is electrically charged, can create ‘toroidal waveforms’ which, like bubbles, rise to the surface and into the crop, sucking it down and flattening it, creating patterns similar to the cymatic (modal vibrational) ones of sand which appear on a vibrating drumskin.

This leaves vortices of various frequencies within crop circles which cause good or bad responses in people and animals, dependent upon their condition of health.

How the process accounts for the great geometrical complexity and precision of some formations — not to mention demonstration of abstruse mathematical formulae — is not readily apparent, although it’s hinted that human consciousness and ‘intention’ is somehow involved.

Universal consciousness

Lucy writes: ‘I believe that we are all part of the Universal Consciousness which is multidimensional and multi-interactional. This being so, we have to take on board the awesome fact that in this we are indeed all part of each other.’ And later in the book, she says: ‘There is a consciousness present in everything around us … and in genuine formations, due to their very size and complexity, there is evidence of an additional intelligence, intent and focusing.’

At one of our meetings, Lucy told me about the strange healing effects of crop circles, particularly in the area of pain relief, which she had noted as long ago as 1990 — herself having been relieved of a shoulder injury while visiting a formation — and how her research had begun, despite ridicule, by burying bottles of water inside and (as control samples) outside formations, and seeing what happened to them over time; tests showed that the level of nitrates in the water left in crop circles was significantly increased.

Other tests she supervised revealed that crop circles created consistent anomalies in the human endocrinal and hormonal systems, including an increase in leptin which regulates the body’s energy, depleted thyroid levels, increases in melatonin which is found in the pineal gland, and activation of the hypothalamus in the brain which links the nervous system to the endocrine system through the pituitary gland.

In her book, Lucy does consider the ‘placebo effect’: that people visiting crop circles presume there will be beneficial effects, and so they receive them. But Lucy points out that, for many people, the opposite happens: ‘Considering I have a database of 800 reports, it seems unlikely that so many people could all be suffering from delusion or overactive imaginations when sometimes they have experienced really quite intense disagreeable effects, as well as beneficial ones on other occasions.’

In fact, Lucy says she has received more negative than positive reports because people are surprised when they feel unwell — sometimes perhaps as a result of use of pesticides. It is not until there is a markedly noticeable feeling of well-being that the experience is described as out of the ordinary.

Effects reported include peacefulness, love, some sort of presence, and a feeling of oneness with the universe — but also a metallic taste, tooth and leg pain, weak knees, unusual thirst, hunger pangs, headaches, distorted vision, hallucinations, disembodied voices, music, ticking or buzzing sounds, nausea, dizziness, short-term memory loss, panic and even terror.

Now, I must say that, having visited many crop circles in those years, only once did I experience anything unusual. This took the form of an optical anomaly in the centre of a formation Lucy was investigating below Furze Knoll, Wiltshire, in August 2011.

Suddenly, just above the pole of the swirl, I noticed crossed lines of pink and blue light, translucent and shimmering like the colours of a rainbow. This was not in my peripheral vision; I was looking straight at the spot. In disbelief, I looked away and, looking back, the bands of light were still there. I blinked, and then they had gone.

Concentrated awareness

After this disconcerting experience, and equally oddly, I felt light-headed and elated for a couple of hours, and in a state of concentrated awareness in which my mind seemed to be raised to a higher level of perception. I have no explanation for what happened in those moments, but I do know I was not imagining things.

Now, crop circles are a peculiarly English phenomenon. A table in The Energies of Crop Circles shows that, to 2018, there were 3,668 crop circles in England, a vastly greater total than even for much larger land masses such as the US, Canada and Australia, each of which had only a few hundred. England’s closest neighbours, Wales, Scotland and Ireland each had only a dozen formations.

Surprisingly, why this should be so — why these energies should be so concentrated in England, and mainly in the south of the country at that — is not discussed in Lucy’s book.

For me — and I keep an open mind on such matters — crop circles have much in common with the UFO phenomenon; there is a latency of meaning. The purpose of both appears to be heuristic; they seem intended to communicate something to us, perhaps even to decondition us from our overwhelming materialist and reductionist cultural perceptions and our meek acceptance of consensus reality — indeed to demand an adjustment in consciousness so as to realise its universal and limitless potential.

Both phenomena can have lasting, even life-changing, effects on individuals who encounter them; both can have physiological and psychological effects; both interact with the environment; both call into question our understanding of time and space; both can offer a transformative vision of the nature of reality; both are scorned by mainstream science and media.

Certainly there are hoaxers and the ingenious hand of man in both arenas, but some crop circles do seem to defy physical explanation. It remains unclear how many are actual anomalies and how many are man-made — although man-made ones might still be of significance, of course, in their own way, because of archetypal drives behind the desire to create the patterns in the landscape.

Lucy concludes that, after years of questioning, searching and researching, and despite crop circle knowledge having increased exponentially, there are certain questions, including those about crop circles, that can never be answered properly. ‘I have become perfectly content that there is an elusive, ineffable quality to them,’ she says.

Where the more complex patterns are concerned, ‘who or what presses the button to make these is not within our present knowledge or understanding’.

Appropriately, however, the name ‘Lucy’ means ‘light’ and Lucy Pringle can only be admired for her unmatched dedication to shedding light on many elements of the crop circles paradox.

* The Energies of Crop Circles: The science and power of a mysterious intelligence can also be obtained direct from Lucy Pringle at her website and she is happy to sign copies.

Writer, poet, tutor and mentor in literature and creative writing (MA and BA Hons degrees in English literature), editor, journalist and musician.

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