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© 1997, 2010. Extracts from the best-selling book Secrets in the Fields: The Science and Mysticism of Crop Circles. Author’s site,

In 1998, articles in the British press quietly announced 'Unknown Force Was Behind Corn Circles, Claims Hoaxer'. This U-turn by the surviving member of the infamous Doug & Dave duo— who since 1991 have misled the world with unfounded claims of hoaxing— illustrates that the hand of man materialized long after the real phenomenon manifested. Dozens of eyewitnesses reported crop circles forming in a matter of seconds as far back as 1890. To date some 10,000 crop circles have been catalogued worldwide, and their anomalous features continue to defy human replication: plants bent an inch above soil, their cellular structure altered and stems lightly burned around the base; alteration of the soil and changes to its crystalline structure; depletion of the local watershed, alteration of the local electro-magnetic field, and dowsable, long-lasting energy patterns, not to mention hundreds of measured effects on the human biological field. So much, then, for two guys and a piece of wood.
One answer to the mystery may lie with sound. Sound is considered a prime force in the creation of matter, as echoed in world cosmologies, most of which declare that 'In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God'. Hopi traditions assert that in ancient times shamans could utter words onto sand and create geometric patterns; Hindu mandalas are said to be vibrations from Spirit; eastern faiths such as Islam use sacred geometry to express the image of God.
Sound and vibration are fundamental to our physical world. Under the microscope, atoms are seen as harmonic resonators, their structures composed of geometric rhythms sharing similar harmonics to those found in the music scale. Physical reality is governed by geometry related to sound frequency.
Crop circles bearing unmistakable associations with sound have appeared. One contained a curious ratchet feature from which is constructed a musical diagram also dating to the Egyptians, which defines the exact relationships between musical harmonics and mathematical ratios. But it was a convincing crop circle etched in barley at Goodwood Clatford-— which had its plants bent six inches from the top— that gave the proverbial nod to sound, for here was a representation of a cymatic pattern.
Cymatics is the study of vibrational wave patterns. One of its pupils was Swiss scientist Hans Jenny, who observed how sound creates geometric shapes: low frequency produces simple circles, but as the frequencies rise so too does the complexity of geometric forms. Jenny also provided a physical connection to the creation of crop circles I’d been looking for, since many of the vibrational patterns captured in his photos mimic their designs.
Many accounts exist of a trilling sound heard by people prior to witnessing crop circles forming. This was captured by the BBC whilst recording an interview inside a crop circle, whereupon the noise destroyed their camera. Subsequent analysis at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory concluded the noise was mechanical in nature and vibrating at a frequency of 5.2 kHz.
This revelation took me on an extraordinary journey of connections. Agricultural researcher George Smith found that exposing corn to sound produced higher heat in soil, as well as a burnt appearance in the plants. Such effects are observed in crop circles. Smith speculated that particular sound frequencies also increased molecular activity in plants, three decades before it would be discovered in crop circles: tests performed by Dr. Levengood consistently show how the energy creating crop circles affects seed embryo and plant growth, elongates the plants’ nodes, even alter the crystalline structure.
But the greatest connection lies in their greatest anomaly: the permanent bending of the plants' stems. What type of sound coaxes plants to bend down, applying firm and gentle pressure and, given the intricacy and complexity of patterns, with a fine degree of precision? Ultrasound. It can be aimed like a light beam, and specific frequencies can be focused to cause molecules to vibrate while others nearby are left unmoved. The higher the frequency of ultrasound, the greater its ability to be directed. This requires frequencies in the high MHz range, such as those detected inside crop circles. And just as the geometric complexity of crop circles continues to rise over the years so too do their frequencies. This coincides with Jenny's experiments where the complexity of cymatic geometries is proportionate to the rise of dispensed frequency.
Such high frequencies are known to affect states of consciousness in humans, and visitors in crop formations report this— effects associated with sacred spaces and stone circles, and ultrasound has been detected at standing stones.
When tuned in the MHz range, ultrasound prevents damage to sensitive tissue, so its healing properties are used in hospitals. As far as crop circles are concerned, hundreds of people have reported healings: one woman suffering from arthritis for 14 years was cured of her condition, despite her being a skeptic; one man with a retinal eye tumor, 99% malignant, saw the tumor shrivel away.
Below 20 Hz sound is infrasonic. When combined with high-pressure, the acoustic power of infrasound boils the water inside the plants’ stems in one nanosecond. As water heats it expands, and a close look at crop circle plants reveals tiny holes in their nodes where this superheated water has blown outwards. With a hollow cavity near the base, and the stems made subtle like molten glass by the heat, the now top-heavy plants collapse into their new horizontal position.
If sound is one of the formative principles behind crop circles, it is not surprising that they are leaving psychological impressions on those whose antenna is extended and receptive to their tune.

About the author:
Freddy Silva is considered one of the world’s leading authorities on crop circles research. He is the best-selling author of Secrets in the Fields: The Science And Mysticism of Crop Circles, the most comprehensive book on this subject today, now published in four languages. Freddy is also an international keynote speaker and documentary filmmaker. Website,


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