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To Tide Us Over Till Crop Circle Season Starts Again

Now that crop circle season is over, here are some treats to tide circle lovers over the downtime.

Rob Mekes, who makes beautiful art out of the circle designs, has turned his hand to video:



Now that I have you in my spell, do buy the newest and to my taste the best book about the circles .

CROP CIRCLES The Bones of God

Here’s the description on Amazon (buy it through my link and I get a little portion):

Crop Circles: The Bones of God, by Michael Glickman, is unique among books on this modern enigma in that it combines the author’s firsthand field encounters with some of the most famous crop-circle formations with intricate and dazzling analyses of the structure and content of those formations. This beautifully illustrated mix of personal narrative with detailed study informs a larger discussion of the role of crop circles in the modern world and their unprecedented promise of new chapters in the history of consciousness.

Michael, who is in my movie, is a gifted writer as well as being a master geometer, who will entertain you as he dazzles you with insights into what the circlemakers were up to in making each design.

Here are some subject lines of the reviews on Amazon – 6 are five star and 2 are four star:

My only complaint is that the book wasn’t at least four times longer

Glickman has delivered a most wonderful book!

What a Beautifully Written Book


This review captures the essence of the book:

Mr. Glickman’s special gift in regard to the Crop Circle phenomenon is his willingness to let his love affair with the circlemakers shine forth for all to see. I believe that for whatever reason Mr. Glickman has a special and unique relationship to the entire phenomenon. To me the book is not a third-hand account of a paranormal phenomenon. It is about a man’s special relationship with a special phenomenon. Step by step chronologically Mr. Glickman walks us through the journey he has taken in trying to decipher the messages…we begin to see a pattern of an ongoing playful interaction between a force beyond our comprehension and a man very much within it. Perhaps there are chosen prophets, after all….

Daniel Pinchbeck: From Psychedelics to Consciousness to Saving the World

Daniel Pinchbeck is a quintessential bridge figure — between the shamanic opening to a larger reality (his first book was Breaking Open the Head: A Psychedelic Journey into the Heart of Contemporary Shamanism), the crop circles as another opening to what’s beyond our Earth-bound awareness (his second book, 2012: The Return of Quetzalcoatl, is a metaphysical epic that binds together not only crop circles, but quantum theory, psychedelic drugs, and the contention that 2012 portends a global shift in consciousness), and solutions to our global challenges (his movie, 2012: Time for Change, and his newest book, Toward 2012: Perspectives on the Next Age, deal with the sustainable future we must achieve if humanity is to thrive).

These lines got dropped from the masthead in a conversion of this blog to a new platform. They describe my intention with all that I do, for which this post is an emblematic example:

“Upon this gifted age, in its dark hour,
Rains from the sky a meteoric shower
Of facts . . . they lie unquestioned, uncombined.
Wisdom enough to leech us of our ill
Is daily spun; but there exists no loom
To weave it into fabric.”
-Edna St. Vincent Millay

To take the looming here one step further, here’s Daniel in an exchange with Graham Hancock, another superstar whom you find me speaking about these days (do a search to find posts about him):

“Retelling the Past, Reimagining the Future: A 2012 Dialogue with Daniel Pinchbeck & Graham Hancock” brings together two leading counterculture thinkers, Daniel Pinchbeck author of 2012: The Return of Quetzalcoatl, Toward 2012: Perspectives on the Next Age, and Breaking Open the Head, and Graham Hancock author of Fingerprints of the Gods, Supernatural, and most recently the fantasy adventure novel, Entangled.

Pinchbeck and Hancock discuss the implications of the Mayan Calendar “end-times” date 2012 which Hancock first drew to the attention of his readers in Fingerprints of the Gods published in 1995. Hancock’s evidence for a great lost civilisation wiped out in a global cataclysm 12,500 years ago is explored in depth together with his suggestion that the survivors of that civilisation may have sought to pass down a message to the future and indeed specifically to us in the twenty-first century — a warning that the next great lost civilisation may be our own.

From the geology of the Sphinx and the Pyramids of Egypt to the mysteries of the Ark of the Covenant, from ancient maps showing the world as it looked during the last Ice Age to out-of-place artifacts indicative of high technology in ancient times, the discussion ranges widely across some of the most intriguing evidence for an immense forgotten episode in human history, and moves on to consider the spiritual crisis of the modern age. Could a new paradigm emerge from our present state of chaos? Hancock and Pinchbeck see hope in efforts by people all around the planet to reclaim sovereignty over their own consciousness, and identify a powerful role for shamanistic visionary plants such as Ayahuasca and Psilocybin in ushering in a gentler, less toxic, more nurturing state of mind. “It does seem like when you ingest them,” says Pinchbeck, “you get a lot of messages about how to reintegrate into the larger community of life.”

Says Daniel about Breaking Open the Head:

While psychedelics are demonized and repressed in the US today, the visionary compounds found in plants are the spiritual sacraments of tribal cultures around the world. From the Bwiti in Gabon to the Secoya in Ecuador, the psychedelic plants are sacred because they awaken the mind to other levels of awareness. They are gateways to a spiritual – or multi-dimensional, or holographic – vision of the universe.

Breaking Open the Head is a passionate inquiry into this deep division. The book follows two tracks. On the one hand, I tell the story of the encounters between the modern consciousness of the West and these visionary sacraments – by thinkers and self-proclaimed avatars such as Antonin Artaud, Walter Benjamin, Allen Ginsberg, and Terence McKenna. This culminates in an analysis of the psychedelic chaos of the 1960s, which I describe as a failed mass-cultural voyage of shamanic initiation. But interest in psychedelics did not vanish with the 1960s. Outside of the mainstream, the psychedelic gnosis has been pursued into the present by brilliant botanists, chemists, psychonauts, and philosophers.

The second track of my book is a scrupulous recording of my own investigations into these outlaw compounds. For the book, I went through a tribal initiation with the Bwiti, a tribal group in the small West African country of Gabon. The initiation involved eating iboga, a psychedelic which lasts for thirty hours. I visited the master shamans of the Secoya Indians in the Ecuadorean Amazon, who sing to the spirits throughout all-night ayahuasca ceremonies. I found a psychedelic utopia in the barren Black Rock desert of Nevada, where the Burning Man festival draws 25,000 people each year for a shamanic revival crossing the Ancient Mysteries with Pop Art spectacle. I visited a Mazatec shaman in Oaxaca, Mexico, and tried the super-potent hallucinogen DMT at a conference in Palenque. In the process, I had experiences that convinced me, beyond any doubt, of the limitations of the current paradigm of “rational” materialism.

Thus, Breaking Open the Head charts my personal transformation from jaded Manhattan journalist to grateful citizen of a multi-dimensional cosmos. Today, I strongly suspect that mysticism – the archaic “spiritual technologies” lost to the West – will be the applied science of the New Aeon.


Sasha Shulgin, one of the lights of our time, has had a stroke and needs financial help. He’s a lovely man, known to many of us since the 80s when he gave us MDMA, popularly known as ecstasy, and went on to systematically synthesize and publish a vast catalog of entheogenic substances. I’ve thought that if you put ecstasy in the drinking water, even a one-time exposure to the pure stuff (not what they use at raves where they adulterate it), everyone would get a revelation about how we can keep our hearts open, which is the doorway to happiness. On my blog, column left, in Outside the Box Ideas, I have this entry: ” 7. Give ecstasy to people we want info from — turn evil people into heart-connected ones.”

This is a communication that was sent to me that i am passing along:


MDMA, popularly known as ecstasy, is a chemical substance that engenders emotional openness, trust and often deep psychological healing. It is one of the few drugs that has been phenomenally effective as a therapeutic agent in psychotherapy, but was also adopted by rave dance culture and demonized by the drug control establishment, and listed as a controlled substance. However, recently approved new studies using it with PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder) have shown that it can be tremendously effective, in some cases apparently offering a cure after only one or a few sessions. Ironically, many believe that if Sasha had not altruistically put it in the public domain, but had instead allowed it to be patented by a major pharmaceutical company, it would still be legal.

Yesterday, on the way to the hospital for a scheduled test, Sasha had a stroke. He has been struggling for six months with an ulcer on his left foot that won’t heal, hoping to avoid amputation. Sasha & Ann have been in serious financial trouble for some years, and the coming medical bills will be a burden they can’t bear alone. Please, express your gratitude for all the work that Sasha has done, for everything he has given to the world, and give something back. Think of all the ways that your life, and the lives of others, have been healed, transformed, and bettered by this wonderful man. He needs your help now. No amount is too small or too large. Please give until it feels good…not until it hurts.

For non-tax-deductible contributions: Paypal $ to annandsashashulgin@comcast.net
Or snailmail: Sasha Shulgin, c/o Transform Press, PO Box 13675, Berkeley CA 94712.

For tax-deductible online donations to support the completion of Shulgin publishing projects that are underway: http://bit.ly/crNrgl

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