Apr 11, 2018

[Action Required] Important updates on Google Analytics Data Retention and the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

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Over the past year we've shared how we are preparing to meet the requirements of the GDPR, the new data protection law coming into force on May 25, 2018. Today we are sharing more about important product changes that may impact your Google Analytics data, and other updates in preparation for the GDPR. This e-mail requires your attention and action even if your users are not based in the European Economic Area (EEA).
Product Updates
Today we introduced granular data retention controls that allow you to manage how long your user and event data is held on our servers. Starting May 25, 2018, user and event data will be retained according to these settings; Google Analytics will automatically delete user and event data that is older than the retention period you select. Note that these settings will not affect reports based on aggregated data.
Action: Please review these data retention settings and modify as needed.
Before May 25, we will also introduce a new user deletion tool that allows you to manage the deletion of all data associated with an individual user (e.g. site visitor) from your Google Analytics and/or Analytics 360 properties. This new automated tool will work based on any of the common identifiers sent to Analytics Client ID (i.e. standard Google Analytics first party cookie), User ID (if enabled), or App Instance ID (if using Google Analytics for Firebase). Details will be available on our Developers site shortly.
As always, we remain committed to providing ways to safeguard your data. Google Analytics and Analytics 360 will continue to offer a number of other features and policies around data collection, use, and retention to assist you in safeguarding your data. For example, features for customizable cookie settings, privacy controls, data sharing settings, data deletion on account termination, and IP anonymization may prove useful as you evaluate the impact of the GDPR for your company's unique situation and Analytics implementation.
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Google has been rolling out updates to our contractual terms for many products since last August, reflecting Google's status as either data processor or data controller under the new law (see full classification of our Ads products). The new GDPR terms will supplement your current contract with Google and will come into force on May 25, 2018.
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Jan 4, 2015

New In-House Blog

This blog, as you can see, has not been updated since 2012. We'll be moving the content from this blog to a new blog at our website in the Spring of 2015. We'll send out a notice to everyone on our list to alert you to the exciting new active blog.
We plan on making it much broader in scope to offer information on more subjects related to visiting Britain and Ireland as well as reviews of sacred sites and towns/cities visited on our tours, articles of interest by guest writers, photos, videos and much more…
It is moving to www.journeyswithsoul.com  - hope to see you there!

Apr 18, 2012

First Crop Circle of 2012 in England

This first formation of the year was reported on April 15th 2012 at Hill Barn, nr Lurkeley Hill, East Kennet in Wiltshire. Once again it was another formation close by Avebury. It is in flowering oilseed rape (canola) and has twelvefold geometry. It appears to be 60-80 feet in diameter. To see more photos go to http://www.cropcircleconnector.com/2012/hillbarn/hillbarn2012a.html
 To see the geometry clearly I recommend you visit Temporary Temples blog written by Karen Alexander because she has drawn and painted it http://www.temporarytemples.co.uk/blog/the-first-formation-of-the-2012-season/

The formation occured on the same weekend as our high-energy conference 'Crop Circles & 2012' in Vermont, USA. http://www.earthspiritconferences.com/ There was much discussion on when the first circle would appear and also much talk on our ability to communicate telepathically with the circlemakers, indeed it seems rather rude not to try and engage in a conscious communication with them. So it is no surprise to me that the circlemakers put down the first circle of the year on this weekend in response to our focussed attentions on them. There were 100 of us present and giving all our intent and attention to the crop circle phenomenon.
This isnt an isolated incident either, we have been communicating with the circlemakers since 1996 and have manifested or helped co-create numerous formations, as we know many other people and groups have. For 2012 to start with such an occurence is most auspicious and appears to promise an exciting year. For those of you who want to try communicating with the circlemakers yourself all you have to do is to be sincere and enthusiastic in your approach to the circlemakers and ask for a crop circle that has something to teach you. If you ask for a particular pattern you're not really open to learning anything new from them. Doing this in meditation, focussing on a crop picture or being on the land can all help, but really its up to you to find a method that feels right for you.
Oh, and always say thankyou!

Mar 8, 2012

Crop Circles: Some Pre-Season Thoughts for 2012

The 2012 crop circle season in England is almost upon us, what will it bring in this much-anticipated year? I’ve learnt over the years that its foolish to try and predict what will happen but this is a good time to reflect upon some of the lessons the circles have taught us to date.

One function of the crop circles is to remind us of ancient wisdom. Their locations close by ancient sacred sites alerts us to this fact. If you visit crop circles or sacred sites over time, as I have done since 1992, you will be shown elements of this wisdom. It would take a whole book to explore all of them (it’s in the pipeline!) but I will briefly mention some of the points that keep being repeated by the Circlemakers.

Pay attention to the Avebury landscape

It’s impossible to study crop circles without reference to Avebury and vice versa. Once again, in 2010 the overwhelming majority of circles occurred close to Avebury. Of the 73 formations in England three quarters were within a 6 mile radius of Avebury and 90% were within a 12 mile radius. Avebury was the centre of Neolithic Britain and it sits (not quite) halfway along the famous St Michael leyline. The chalkland in which Avebury nestles is underlain by the largest aquifer in Britain which is potentized by the powerful Michael and Mary earth energy currents. Silbury Hill and Merlin’s Mound were both built in the flood plain of the river Kennet, sacred springs abound in the area and the ditch at Avebury was designed to hold water. In fact every sacred site in the world is situated on top of underground water. So we can see that we are being told to:

Pay attention to water

Neither crop circles nor sacred sites would exist without the presence of underground water. Research I did in the 1990’s showed that 94.6% of all crop circles occurred above underground water. Recent work by Dr Masaru Emoto in Japan has shown what homeopathy has always said – that water has a memory. We all know that crystals have memory; silicon chips mean that our computers and technological gadgets are basically crystal powered. The Avebury landscape is littered with quartz. I suggest that if quartz can be likened to computers then water can be likened to the internet – it has memory and it also has fluidity, which is communication. Our world needs to wake up to the importance of water and start treating it as the treasure that it truly is.

‘Off to one side’

- is another lesson that can be seen in all genuine formations. The centre point of individual circles in crop formations is never the exact geometric centre, it’s always a little off to one side. I first noticed this over ten years ago and I always check it out in any new formations I visit. The central flattened circles of Tawsmead Copse and Knoll Down formations in 2010 are clear examples of this.

Likewise the energetic upwelling within stone circles, including Stonehenge and Avebury, is not at the geometric centre. The same applies to cathedrals, underground chambers and even pyramids; this appears to be an underlying principle of the universe.

Sacred geometry

- is geometric pattern and form that naturally occurs as a result of the interplay of underlying energies in the universe. This can be seen throughout nature as repeated beautiful forms such as the nautilus shell that spirals according to the Golden Section. Our mathematics was developed as a way of codifying and explaining what was observed in the world of form. It’s significant that crop circles speak to us through the language of geometry, a language that is understood across all races and cultures. Mathematical problems that have puzzled academics for thousands of years have been elegantly solved by certain crop circles and others draw our attention back to the workings of the natural world. Our friend, author and long-time crop circle researcher Michael Glickman has likened crop circles to educational toys scattered on a kindergarten floor; as the children it’s up to us what we make of them!

‘We are powerful co-creators’

- is one of the most important lessons the Circlemakers are showing us. Several times since 1997 we have led a group meditation putting out a request to the Circlemakers to create a crop circle. This almost always leads to a new circle appearing the next day that has features we can identify as being in answer to our request. The first time this happened was with a group of nineteen people, five of whom chose not to take part in the attempted ‘communication’ meditation – remember these numbers. The participants stood in a crop circle in South Field at Alton Barnes and looked across to East Field for about ten minutes. We wanted this to be a genuine attempt to open a ‘conversation’ with the ‘Circlemakers’, so we asked for a formation that would have something to teach us.

The next morning at 9am we headed straight to East Field and there was a crop circle exactly where we had been focusing our attention to. The lay was the most beautiful of any I have experienced in nearly twenty years, flowing elegantly as if lain down by flowing water and it felt very energetic. It was impossible to make out the pattern from the ground so we flew over it in a small helicopter. At first sight I was disappointed as the pattern was incomplete and some of the circular lines weren’t perfect. However, looking at the aerial photograph later I was awestruck – it was a flower of life pattern, that usually consists of nineteen overlapping circles, this one had five circles missing! And I believe the imperfection of the circular lines was telling us – “You weren’t perfect in your communication, but try again”, which we have done repeatedly with similar results.

The implications are immense – the ‘Circlemakers’ can read our minds, or at least pick up psychic messages we send, they are benevolent and we believe we’re being told to realize that we are powerful beings and co-creators of our reality, a realization that can change the world. As nearly all crop circles occur overnight maybe we are involved in co-creating them in our dreamtime!

Maybe 2012 is the end times for our outmoded way of perceiving ourselves and a doorway to a brave new world. All we have to do is to wake up to who we really are.

May 20, 2011

First Crop Circle in Beautiful Barley

Today Cameron and I went to find the new formation at East Kennet, the first of the year in barley crop.
From our cottage it was a short journey of just seven miles but one packed with fabulous sites on the way.
The Cherhill White Horse was the first to be seen, gleaming in the bright sunshine of this May afternoon. Only a mile further on and completely unmarked except for the layby parking sign was Knoll Down, the sacred grove of trees that marks the tail of the Avebury Landscape Serpent. Crossing Beckhampton roundabout, with the Beckhampton long barrow hidden off to the left, we ignored the road down to Avebury itself and took the Marlborough road. Very soon the colossal figure of Silbury Hill loomed large in front of us, majestic and awe-inspiring in any weather, and today looking resplendant in her new green cloak of fresh spring grass.

No sooner do you pass Silbury than the outline of West Kennett long barrow can be spotted on the hill crest to the south. This area is packed with sacred sites around every corner but today we're not stopping or we'll never get to the crop circle!
We had a pretty good idea of which field the circle was in from the aerial photos on Crop Circle Connector, so we turned off down a side lane and crossed a charming bridge over the River Kennet.

All of these places have stories to tell but that will be for other blog entries, today we contented ourselves with watching mum duck and her brood of chicks enjoying their watery home. A nearby Hawthorn tree in full bloom confirms that Spring is in full flow here. In some country regions this tree is still referred to by its other name - the May. I smile at the sight of this because every year when I was little my aunt would remind me of the country rhyme "Ne'er shed a clout 'til May's out!" meaning don't discard your winter clothing until the May blossom is out.

This straight lane called Gunsight Lane ends at a farmyard where we know we can park right by the field, and as we park we know we're right because there's a car here with dutch licence plates and we see two people in the middle of the field. I suspect its the dutch researcher Bert Janssen as he was the one to initially report this circle. This field has had other circles in recent years including the yin/yang formation and the famous Mary earth energy current associated with the St Michael leyline passes through here on her way from West Kennett Longbarrow to the Sanctuary. Round the back of a small brick barn we enter the field and follow the tramlines (tractor trackways) through the crop, you should never walk through standing crop itself. Oh what a treat to be back in a field of young barley again!

In our opinion its the most beautful of all the crops to be blessed with crop circles. The whispy tendrils that  flank the seed heads are so soft at this time of year and they create the visual effect of walking through waves when the wind is blowing. There's no wind today, just glorious sunshine and I notice that all the barley heads are angled over to the east, to the rising sun? I make a mental note to check other fields to see if this is always the case with barley.

Reaching the crop circle just 100 yards into the field we greet Bert and his American wife Heather and compare notes. Bert is keen to show us something he's never seen in a crop circle before, a white powdery substance on just the twenty standing stems that mark the centre of the formation. We've never seen this before either. Rubbing a little between my fingers this odourless substance felt gritty or crystalline and seemed to be held together by gossamer like threads, in appearance almost like cobwebs dusted with icing sugar. Bert took some samples to have analysed in a laboratory, so we look forward to hearing the results.

None of us felt that we should venture beyond the tramlines as the crop was laid so lightly. It was very unusual, not at all like the usual clearly defined areas of laid and standing crop. This was almost like half the crop was downed loosely and the other was still standing and the two merged into one another. Using the analogy of colour, most crop circles are black and white whereas this one is definitely gray. Without the aerial photos it would be hard to imagine that this would look anything other than a mess from the air. The lay appeared to form a spiral clockwise out from the central standing stems. This continued forming a large disc that has a ring surrounding it, the whole being about 30 metres in diameter.

Thanks to Steve Alexander of Temporary Temples for these aerial photos.

This is a lovely field in a gentle dip in the landscape with West Kennett Longbarrow on the rise to the west just one field away and half of Silbury Hill visible to the right of it. I looked to see if East Kennett Longbarrow was visible but it is over the crest of the hill to the east. I did wonder however if thic circle aligned with these momuments in any way. Back at the car I studied our detailed map of the area with a woman who had come to visit the circle and noticed that a line projected along the length of East Kennett Longbarrow going northwest would pass through the crop circle and continue on to tangent the right side of Silbury Hill. This is a rough calculation at the moment not having a GPS reading of the circle's exact location. We may have to climb Silbury to get a visual sighting.

We were very pleased to see that the farmer had put up a donation box and was allowing visitors into his field, thankyou Mr Hues! Leaving this circle we went to try and see the ghost circle of last year's formation below the white horse at Milk Hill but the oilseed rape is now so high that the tramlines are impassable without a lot of effort so we abandoned this adventure.
It was now 6.15pm and we were in need of refreshment. Knowing that Richard at the nearby King's Arms at All Cannings wins awards every year for the quality of his locally brewed beer we concluded our trip with a well-earned pint and convivial conversation.

Having  spent the afternoon on a dragon energy line I thought it very appropriate to sample their seasonal beer - St George and the Dragon!

Feb 15, 2011

Power of Stone and Water

Here is a lovely example of ancient knowledge being passed to us down the generations. Writing in AD 1200, Layamon recalled an even more ancient folk memory when he described a ritual use of Stonehenge in his poem "Brut" -
The stones are great
And magic power they have
Men that are sick
Fare to that stone
And they wash that stone
And with that water bathe away their sickness

Why would they think to do such a thing?
Reverence for flowing water as a sacred entity was once a worldwide attitude. Today it is only found in native cultures and ‘new age’ thinking. The problem arises when we look at water as merely a physical substance and only look at how it is physically needed by living organisms. There is much more to water if we see it as energy.

We find gems of truth in folktales if we take the time to interpret the symbolism. For example, it is said of several stone circles that the stones go down to the water to drink at midnight or on a full moon. This folktale speaks of the connection between the stone circle, Earth energy and underground water. It is now known that there is underground water present beneath every sacred site in the world. In fact, dowsing shows that most sites are animated by the serpentine currents of electromagnetic energy which course through the ground following the subterranean streams of water, and which vary according to the seasons, the phases of the moon and even day and night. All holy wells have stories of healings attached to them. When we realize that strong Earth energy currents have turned the waters into something akin to a homeopathic remedy, these folktales make perfect sense.

Our ancestors also understood the energetic properties of stone. The stone circle builders utilized primarily crystal-studded granite or sandstone blocks. Both stones have a quartz crystal content of over ninety percent. We are all aware that our wristwatches and computers operate because of the energetic properties of their silicon chips. Well silicon is the same thing as quartz. So the circle builders chose these energetic stones in order to have control over the build-up of earth energies in the stones and within the space they enclosed. Tom Graves compared them to acupuncture needles in his book ‘Needles of Stone.’
Here are two ways of looking at it.
The Earth is a huge generator with a crystalline iron mass core spinning at 1100 miles an hour ringed by a gravitational field. The resulting electromagnetism that is generated makes its way to the surface via geological fault lines, beds of crystalline rock or underground watercourses. The water rises under pressure towards the surface but is often blocked by a ‘dome’ of solid impervious rock that diverts the water laterally. However the energy, having no physical substance, carries on vertically to ground level where it is detectable as an energy hotspot or vortex. The frequency of this energy is approximately 8 hertz, the same as our brainwave emissions when we are in a deep meditative state. Place a crystalline stone in the ground at this point and –bingo, you have a healing stone.
The Earth is alive and is our mother, creating us, nurturing us and taking us ‘back home’ at the end of our lives. All life comes from Gaia, or the goddess, she is the great giver of life. The underground streams of life-giving water are her blood supply maintaining her well-being and nourishing all life on the planet. She sends vitality to all parts of her body through potent currents of energy that we can access for healing and spiritual purposes. Her breath is our breath and we share the same heartbeat and pulse. If we honour her we honour ourselves, if we abuse her we abuse ourselves.
So now re-reading Layamon’s poem it makes perfect sense. The only question is ‘Why don’t more of us still perform these ceremonies?’ Will sacred sites ever look the same again?!

Glenn presenting on Sacred Water Sites

Feb 2, 2011


The Celtic year was divided into eight segments of equal length. The winter solstice (shortest day of the year) and summer solstice (longest day) divided the year into two halves. The spring and autumnal equinoxes (days of equal length day and night) then divided it into four quarters. These quarters were then bisected by the major sabbats or festival days of Imbolc, Beltane, Lughnasadh and Samhain.

We are now approaching the fire festival of Imbolc traditionally celebrated on February 2nd or the full moon nearest to it. Imbolc in gaellic means 'in the belly' and some have said this is because we are approaching lambing time, whilst others take a more spiritual perspective and say it means 'in the belly of the goddess' or the Earth Mother and refers to the growing new year that was conceived last November at Samhain or the growing light that started to make a return from midwinter day.

It is also known as Brigid or Bride's day in honour of the Irish goddess of poetry, healing and smithcraft. The Christian name is Candlemas, not surprising when we realize that Brigid was also a goddess of fire and a perpetual flame was kept burning at her shrine in Kildare. Hilltop fires were lit and candles placed in windows of every house.
Corn Maidens or Dollies were fashioned from corn or wheat and were then dressed up and placed in a cradle or 'Bride's Bed'. These were then kept all year as a symbol of abundance and fertility. The homefire was extinguished for the first time all winter and the ashes raked smooth before going to bed. In the morning the ashes were examined for marks of Bride's passing through the house as a blessing and then the fire was rekindled as a sign of a new start or rebirth.

In northern New England, from where I write this, it seems inconceivable that new growth or even the beginnings of Spring could be marked by this festival as we still huddle up against sub-zero temperatures and the skiing season still has a long way to run. However, in Celtic Britain where I was raised and have spent most of my life, February is an exciting month for gardeners as this is when the first seeds of broad beans and garlic cloves can be planted out into the earth. It is also when snowdrops and crocuses thrust up through the earth and come into flower, the first signs of new growth in the new year.

So it is appropriate to celebrate by lighting a fire or a candle and having a celebratory meal to give thanks for the blessings of the dark winter now passing and to welcome the return of the light and new life. We can also do the same for our inner life giving thanks for the time of reflection and self-nurturing during the hibernation period and starting to sow the seeds of our wishes and dreams that we will nurture in the coming months and welcome into our lives later in the year.

Blessed be.