Magic and Mystery
When I first read about and saw photos of crop circles I wondered if someone was having fun with Photoshop. When I found that they indeed do exist on the ground in large numbers, impressive size, complexity, and elegance I was intrigued and began looking into the whole phenomenon. The more I learned the more amazing the whole thing has become. Year after year, hundreds of times annually and totally in public view something is occurring that is totally inexplicable in terms of any known natural phenomena or human technology. More remarkable still, it is difficult to avoid accepting that a high order of intelligence must be involved and that it is not us.
Although they seemingly have little to do with the oceans or diving crop circles do partake of something of the otherworldly magic and mystery of the underwater world that makes diving so compelling an experience. In any event, they are simply too fascinating to ignore.
Despite media distortion, scientific denial, government disinformation, crude hoaxes and sundry other human deceits and delusions they continue to appear and to remain inexplicable. One scientist who has looked into the phenomena wrote to me he began to feel like a rat in a maze in that every aspect one tries to investigate reveals more unknowns.
Something truly remarkable is going on. It appears to have profound implications for our understanding of our world and perhaps of consciousness itself. It seems clearly intended for our attention but also intended not just to inform but to test our beliefs, our intelligence and our readiness to confront a true unknown. Whether we will pass or fail or even be willing to meet the challenge remains to be seen. Here is the story. Decide for yourself.
Also in this issue is a major feature series on Micronesia containing six slide shows and some 300 full screen images. Rather than break it up into a series of articles spread over different issues I decided to put them all together as a major feature. As you will see in both this and the crop circle material there is still a lot of world to explore.