Crop Circles as told on

August issue of The Echo World Magazine:

Extraordinary Design – The Beauty of Crop Circles

There have been crop circles sightings reported on all continents and most countries of Earth. Named after their usual appearance in crop fields, similar designs and formations have been found in many forms all over the world. There are crop circles made from trees found in Canada as well as in the Amazon Rainforest. Other formations found are made of stone and sand in the African and Arabian deserts. Some are even photographed under the sea. Some feel these unexplained designs have been with us throughout recorded history. Where do they come from? Why do they appear? Why are they most documented in Europe and especially the UK? These are but a few of the mysteries surrounding these geometric shapes. We know they touch a common popular chord because when The Echo World changed leadership readers came out of the backwoods saying, “Change whatever you want, but please do feature some new crop circles in 2016.”

Allen Brown has done great crop circle films on YouTube and explains crop circles based on the forms of the circle and the square this way:
“The circle is a symbol of spirit, of heaven, of the unmanifest, the immeasurable and the infinite, while the square is the symbol of the material, the Earth, the measurable and the finite. Noting that the symbolic essence of the problem was the reconciliation of seemingly opposing principles, and the resolution of dualities – they are a sacred, cosmological act.”

Dr. Ruth Moore, author of Crop Circles Revealed: The Language of the Crop Circles says: “Crop circles are present, in part, to activate the cosmic and soul DNA as well as the physical DNA and expand the brain’s neurosynapses. This happens when they are viewed through the iris and connected to the brain.”

Freddy Silva, author of Secrets in the Fields: The Science and Mysticism of Crop Circles, states about the formations found in crop fields: “To date some 10,000 crop circles have been cataloged worldwide, and their anomalous features continue to be irreplaceable: plants bent an inch above soil and gently laid down in geometrically-precise patterns with no physical signs of damage, altered cellular structure and soil chemistry, discrepancies in background radiation, alteration of the local electromagnetic field, massive depletion of the watershed, and dowsable, long-lasting energy patterns, not to mention measured effects on the human biological field. So much, then, for two guys and a piece of wood.”

Many accounts exist of a trilling sound heard by people prior to witnessing crop circles forming. The reports describe a sudden stillness in the air, the morning birdsong superseded by a trilling sound, and the banging together of wheat heads despite an absence of wind. A whole section of crop then lies down in spiral fashion — the whole episode lasting less than fifteen seconds.
Circles researcher Colin Andrews has among many others heard this trilling noise himself.
Are crop circles messages from other dimensional beings carved out with sound to help humanity evolve? Wouldn’t it be nice to think so? We leave it to The Echo World readers to judge for themselves while printing crop circle formations found in 2016.

(Photo: from Yatesbury, North Wiltshire, England 2016)

The Echo World's photo.

During the Republican Convention we need to remember Leadership of Love!

“One with the People,” by Jack King is a much needed book on leadership. The reason is that this book
explores a new kind of leadership. Or rather, an old kind of leadership. That is, the book is inspired by ancient Native American teachings to explain leadership from a more enlightened perspective, then the ”strive for success at any cost approach,” most of us are used to today. Instead Jack King let the characters in his book talk of leadership in terms of love, service and understanding. This is very refreshing.

For anyone who has a great respect and interest in old Native American teachings – this book has much to give. King uses the story of a 21st century corporation that comes to a crises, and combines this with a story that goes back to the 9th century, letting the story of a four-day quest on the top of a grand mesa in the four corners region of America’s southwest be the place where wisdom about leadership pours out. Sani, a very old and wise Navajo man, prepares his adopted granddaughter, Topangah, a young Tongva lady, to take her place among the people and lead them to a new and better place. Sani uses the Anishinaabe teachings of the Seven Grandfathers to help Topangah understand what is truly necessary to lead: love, respect, courage, honesty, humility, truth, and wisdom.

This is an inspirational and easy read book on leadership, from a refreshing, spiritual perspective that works in any culture. by Sofia Karin AxelssonOne with the People

Robert Smith’s book Robert’s 101 Rules of Order for a GOOD LIFE

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At the age of 91, after recovering from a massive stroke, A. Robert Smith has come out with his tenth book: Robert’s 101 Rules of Order for a GOOD LIFE. A. Robert Smith was the founding editor of Venture Inward magazine, author of nine previous books, including The Lost Memoirs of Edward Cayce and a former Washington correspondent and columnist whose work has been published in the New York Times Magazine, Newsday, Philadelphia Inquirer, Washington Post, Portland Oregonian, Virginian-Pilot and other publications.


In Robert’s 101 Rules of Order for a GOOD LIFE,  veteran journalist and author A. Robert Smith is sharing his wisdom of a long, productive life. But instead of a prose account of his own views he uses the old-fashioned style of proverbs―short, often punchy statements that are meaningful and often humorous. About half of the proverbs contained in this book express his views on marriage, family relations, child behavior, and other essential topics. The other half includes proverbs and sayings by popular figures, such as Ben Franklin, Shakespeare, Confucius, Schweitzer, Churchill, the Buddha, Maya Angelou, Mark Twain, and Will Rogers.


  1. Robert Smith explains how the book came about:

This book started in a Quaker Meeting when a woman stood up and said, God is Love. Then she sat down. Nothing more was said. Just a deep well of silence blessed The room. Mr Smith had heard this before but this time it was somehow different. As he meditated on it a new meaning of God came to him.


We can think of God as a being or a spirit. Mr Smith thinks of God as energy – Love energy. Love has a special power to change everything for the better. It affects most things positively – babies, animals, plants


The final act of love, as Reinhold Niebuhr said, is forgiveness. When you can forgive those who have wronged you, you are on the right track for Eden. Eden is what lies ahead after giving up parading around in our skin. The book is composed of proverbs to follow on the road to Eden.


What has been said about Robert’s 101 Rules of Order for a GOOD LIFE

As a trained journalist, Smith has spent decades carefully keeping himself in the background of his writing. Observing and then presenting beautifully clear, engaging information and balancing both sides of every story with fairness and truth. He maintained the integrity of a professional storyteller whether he was covering politics or the paranormal.


Smith has written this great little guidebook for anyone who is turning a corner. For recent grads, new parents, empty nesters, those struggling with divorce, relocating, or celebrating an important milestone. It also is a perfect gift to give to someone who is driving you crazy because by reading it they might just figure out why.


His advice is to the point and with a punch. But it won’t hurt you. Instead, it will make you say, “Ahhhh, of course!” In this powerful little package, Smith shares his personal wisdom, as well as the wisdom of his heroes; sometimes even on the same page. You can open it anyplace and feel the impact.

– Ruth O’Lill, is a free-lance writer and author of Songs to Sisters – A Celebration of Being Woman A Personal Guide to Hope.


  1. Robert Smith lives in Virginia Beach, Virginia