Thursday, November 26, 2015

one year of podcasting silence

As of today, it has been one full year since I have posted an audio podcast. The last one was with Kathleen Marden from November 26th of last year. Lots has happened in my life since then, and finishing the big owl book has been front and center. I am happy to say that its publication is just weeks away. After that happens, I'll be eager to get back into the podcaster saddle again.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

collection of Dr. John Mack interviews

Video from the Institute of Noetic Sciences

I just stumbled on a youtube page with an excellent interviews with Dr. John Mack. Many of these videos are audio recordings, and I will try to transfer these to an MP3 format for better ease of listening.

Here is another set of interviews with Dr. Mack from the website of the Institute in his name.

And, the site you are on now has a good collection of interviews with Dr. Mack. Click HERE for a long list of videos and audio downloads.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

four foot tall owls and an emerald green light body

Witness sketch of a four foot tall owl in the road
I sat with Rick Keefe and his wife shortly after my first ever presentation in front of an audience. We had a lovely discussion as the sun was setting. We sat together at an outside table near the bar. I just read his on-line report, and he describes seeing a green shadow body overlapping me while on stage while giving my talk. I don't remember him saying this to me while at the conference. I do remember his wife describing how he jolted in his seat when he saw the image of the cardboard owl in the road. (see below)

Here is a short excerpt from his excellent blog posting:
During the lecture, Clelland posted an image made from the perspective behind a steering wheel looking, over the hood of a car, at a large owl standing in the middle of the road, identical in perspective to a drawing that I had sketched shortly after the incident with the owl during the rainstorm in May 1987, a drawing Maritza knew well. We both turned and looked at each other incredulously, with our jaws dropped to the floor.
It is this kind of confirmation that keeps me pressing forward as I try to make sense of these perplexing accounts. Thank you Rick! Here is the essay on his website, linked HERE.
image of a four foot tall cardboard owl from my presentation

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

very soon...

PLEASE NOTE: This post has been on this site for over a week, and nobody noticed a glaring mistake (actually TWO of 'em)...
nearly three years in the making
I am using this post as shameless self-promotion. The all-consuming book project is getting very close to completion. The final-final-FINAL editing is happening now,and this thing will come in at dang near 400 pages. Just know, when this thing is out and available, I will make sure to shout it from the hilltops. You have been forewarned.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

divine owl alignment with Peter Manns

Totem pole on our porch with an owl on top.
In early October I took part in a Divine Alignment and Straightening session with Peter Manns. He is a fellow from Germany who does a form of healing where the initial focus is on the spine, but there is a deeply spiritual component too. The experience was really interesting, but the purpose of this post is to share an odd owl synchronicity. After the session my partner Andrea and I invited him over to our home for dinner.

A few days later he arrived at our door just as the sun was setting. It was in the first few minutes of walking into the house that he asked what I do, and I said I had been working on a book about owls. He listened as I tried to give a brief idea of the focus of the book. We were in the living room and I was facing him and his back was to the big windows that look out onto the porch.

He then told me about meeting a Native American woman who said he had an owl spirit as one of his totems. He put his hand about six inches above his head and just a little to the right. He said, “She saw the owl right here.”
From where I was standing Peter’s hand passed over a carved totem pole on the porch, and from my eyes his hand was positioned in an exact line with the owl at the top.
I caught it immediately. From where I was standing I had seen his hand line up with an owl on a totem pole. This happened as he gestured with that hand to show the spot where a native medicine woman had seen his owl totem.

When I told him this he sort of shrugged it off as if he was used to these kinds of things. Then, about two seconds later, he did a double take and really looked at the totem pole on the porch. It was obvious that he recognized that what had just happened was pretty interesting. This lead into a conversation about synchronicities. He had not seen the owl totem pole until I pointed it out, just seconds after the divine alignment.

The totem pole was carved by a close friend of Andrea’s grandfather. His name was Chief Dennis from the Abenaki tribe.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

The New York Times writes about a UFO experiencer without any derision

Astronomy 2 Galaxies and Reverse1997 oil on canvas

This from a recet obituary in the NYTimes:
Ionel Talpazan, an outsider artist from Romania who sold his visionary works of U.F.O.s and life in outer space on the sidewalks of Manhattan before being discovered in the late 1980s, died on Sept. 21 in Manhattan. He was 60...

Mr. Talpazan claimed that one night in the Romanian countryside, when he was 8, a strange, hovering shape slowly descended from the sky, enveloping him in a celestial blue light, and then disappeared. The experience haunted him and became the source of his art.
This article is striking because of the rather bland way it addresses the claims of UFO contact. It is written without a hint of derision. It states plainly that Talpazan had a close up sighting of a mysterious craft that left him confused, and he set about rendering his UFO visions.  Mr. Talpazan stated, “I felt that by drawing them, I might penetrate their mystery.”

This sounds very much like the obsessiveness found in in most UFO abductees.

Ionel Talpazan, pictured in 1999 with his painting “Father and Son in Space.”

Friday, September 25, 2015

Silver Screen Saucers

Now available!
Author Robbie Graham just published his long awaited book, Silver Screen Saucers with the subtitle: Sorting Fact from Fantasy in Hollywood's UFO Movies.

More so than any other medium, cinema has shaped our expectations of potential alien life and visitation. From The Day the Earth Stood Still and Close Encounters of the Third Kind, to Prometheus, and beyond, our hopes and fears of alien contact have been fuelled by the silver screen. This book is an examination of the interplay between Hollywood’s UFO movies and the UFO phenomenon itself, from 1950 to present day.

Silver Screen Saucers grants the reader a rare, close-up examination of the DNA that builds our perceptions of the UFO mystery. From interviews with screenwriters and directors whose visions have been shaped by their lifelong UFO obsessions; to Presidents talking UFOs with Hollywood heavyweights; to CIA and Pentagon manipulation of UFO-themed productions; to movie stars and producers being stalked by real Men in Black, This book provides fresh perspective on the frequently debated but little understood subject of UFOs & Hollywood.

More about the book HERE - and Robbie's blog HERE

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Anne Strieber has died.

Anne Strieber died last night. Whitley Strieber just announced it on his page. I met her several times over the years at various conferences, she was always very open and kind.

From Unknowncountry (linked HERE)

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Chad and Alta Dillard share their experiences

Chad Dillard
It was a few years ago that I spent multiple hours on the phone with Alta Dillard. Her experiences, along with her husband Chad, is not an easy set of stories. The events are overlapped, intertwined and very strange. I had always wanted to do an audio interview with Alta and Chad, but I realized to it do in any meaningful way would require a lot of hours. I wanted to do this, but I never followed through. Now Sariah has done just what I wanted to do. He hosted a three part set of interviews on Where Did the Road Go.

I am linking a 3 part interview, with close to 3 1/2 hours of audio of both Chad and Alta sharing their experiences. Highly recommended.
Part ONE - Part TWO - Part THREE

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Mac Tonnies would have posted this

sent by Red Pill Junkie

For more, see the very first post on this blog HERE

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Hemi-sync vision (with audio)

Sketch done from memory. Click on image for a HI-rez view
What follows is an excerpt from a book in progress. Above is a drawing to try to show what was seen in a quick flash during meditation. There is also an audio track to accompany the text at the bottom of this post. 

I will very occasionally meditate, and sometimes I will listen to a guided meditation on my iPod. I like a series of audio tracks from Robert Monroe, the author of Journeys out of the Body (1971), a first person account of out of body travel. He started a research facility, The Monroe Institute, with the mission of exploring human consciousness.

He also pioneered a meditation technique using recorded audio called hemispheric synchronization. The process requires headphones, with a slightly different tone for each ear. To the listener, this sounds like nothing more than a calm humming. Monroe felt that this system synchronizes the two hemispheres of one's brain, and is said to help beginners more quickly achieve the meditative state. These same sounds have the potential to evoke an altered state of consciousness.

There I was, alone in my living room, sitting on my little home-made meditation stool. My eyes were closed as I listened to Robert Monroe’s voice describe some simple focusing techniques with the humming hemi-sync audio in the background. This would have been the fall of 2014.

I was feeling calm and enjoying his narration, and at some point he said, "Here is a simple way to remember any part of your life experience. … Close your physical eyes and touch the fingers of your right hand gently to the center of your forehead. When you do this you will recall and remember immediately that which you consciously desire to remember…” (audio track below)

Everything was so peaceful that I didn't think much about what he was saying, so there were no expectations when I touched my forehead. At the instant my fingertips made contact, I saw myself lying on the ground surrounded by five or six spindly aliens. This image was only in my mind's eye for a single second, but it was unmistakably vivid. I knew what I was seeing, it was a single snap-shot from the night of March 10th 2013. (see illustration above)

I wasn't at all surprised to see this, it seemed like I was offered a gentle clue from some higher part of myself. The beings in the vision seemed to be dressed in something tight fitting and white, and were taller than what would be the typical gray aliens. I was motionless in my sleeping bag at their feet. This scene in the Utah desert was presented without any fear or anxiety—as if to reassure me.

Curiously, these Robert Monroe audio files were sent to me from friend. He has a dramatic account of seeing both an owl and UFO while out in the desert at night.

The momentary vision was clear, it was me on the ground surrounded by aliens. I recognize how seductive it would be to surrender to that image, to see it as a literal truth. Maybe it’s exactly what happened, or maybe it’s one more in a long chain of symbolic clues.

Text added July 24th 
Honestly, I have no idea how much to trust this image. Real? Not real? All kinds of pressure (all my own, all self imposed) to dismiss the imagery and at the same time to say it really happened—really, truly and literally happened. I simply don't know.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

loads of readable PDFs

I am pretty judgmental about Dr. Steven Greer (seen at left), but here is something noteworthy. His organization, The Disclosure Project, is posting a lot of interesting stuff as readable PDFs. 

Examples, the entire archive of downloaded stuff is sort of overwheling to dig into, but there are some gems in here.

There is hard to find stuff, like the book UFOs and the Psychic Factor by Jacques Vallee.

... And a big load of old MUFON Journals, like this one here where Kenneth Arnold talks about the work of Charles Fort:

Greer's site also has a bunch of videos, some are very compelling - while some are VERY questionable.

Read about my own run in with the good doctor HERE.

Sunday, June 14, 2015

The Alien Abduction Diaries

documentary from 2002

On November of 2002, the Sci-Fi Channel is aired THE ALIEN ABDUCTION DIARIES, an a documentary on alien encounters and the unexpected impact on human lives. This 43-minute show was produced as part of the launch of Steven Spielberg’s miniseries, TAKEN, which aired the following month, also on the Sci-Fi Channel.

Below is another documentary with the exact same title from a decade later. This one is much more raw, featuring some extensive interviews with people who have had the direct contact experience. Researcher Preston Dennett is a main player in this show. We spoke together a few years back and I like the guy enormously.

Both of these documentaries are recommended.

documentary from 2013

Friday, June 5, 2015

Robert Louis Stevenson and the Little People

illustrated by N.C. Wyeth

Robert Louis Stevenson gave us such classics as The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and Treasure Island but he had a guilty secret. Stevenson felt that he did not actually write these books by himself, but rather, the stories were given to him by fairies. These would be the little people he called “Brownies.” Stevenson claimed the Brownies came to him in his sleep to give him story ideas, plots and narratives, and all he had to do when he woke up is write them down. Stevenson said:
The whole of my published fiction should be the single-minded product of some Brownie, some Familiar, some unseen collaborator, whom I keep locked up in the back of a garret ... the more I think of it, the more I am moved to press upon the world my question: Who are the Little People?
Stevenson was born in Edinburgh, Scotland.

  more in this very interesting article, linked HERE  

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Owls in mythology

What follows is an excerpt from a book in progress. This is the opening segment of the chapter on owls in mythology. Please do not reproduce (but linking is fine).

Myth is the secret opening through which the inexhaustible energies of the cosmos pour into human manifestation... 

Joseph Campbell (1904-1987)
Hero with a Thousand Faces

The power of myth 

When asked to define mythology in one sentence, comparative mythologist Joseph Campbell said that would be like trying to define life in a single sentence. He then went on to say that his simplest on-the-street definition of myth would be a story told almost exclusively in symbolic terms

Mythology as a word has two parts, the prefix myth, which by most definitions equates to a fable, or something that isn’t true. All too often the word myth implies a purely fictitious narrative that was told and re-told throughout ancient cultures. The suffix ology means “the study of,” so mythology means the study of myths. Looking in the dictionary, the word myth means something that is not true, a widely held but false belief or idea. When using the term myth, most people will hear it as something without any meaningful value. 

mythologist Joseph Campbell

Campbell spoke of two schools of thought on the study of myth. The objectivitist would view myth as nothing more than primitive fairy tales, something obsolete. A dusty book on a shelf, full of old fables that can be scrutinized by the rational academic.

The second school, the subjectivists, would see myths as something much more vital, a timeless reflections of universal truths, values and archetypes. Myths carry a significance in our lives, playing an important role. As I proceed forward, I will be weighting the subjectivist side of the scale with a disproportionate zeal. If the ideas in this book seem biased towards the mystical, that’s because they are. 

Campbell also said, “Myths are clues to the spiritual potentialities of the human life.”

Intro to owl myths

The owl has two major symbolic meanings. One is wisdom, the other is death. These divergent meanings probably stem from the owl itself. With their huge eyes and intense gaze, they have an aura of intelligence and regal serenity. A biologist would see those huge eyes as a well evolved tools for hunting in the dark, the poet would see those same eyes as being able to penetrate into your soul. Owls don’t simply appear as wise, they seem too wise. So much so that they come across as mystical.

Owls can see into the darkness, and this is the overriding metaphor for it’s spiritual powers. It can see into the other world, the underworld, the realm of the dead or the dark world. Like the shaman, the owl can travel to the other realms and then come back with it’s message. The owl as messenger is interwoven into much of this lore, whether delivering wisdom or a portent of death.

The ancient owl motif is connected to the feminine. The day is masculine and the night is feminine, with the sun and moon as counterparts. The 28-day lunar cycle equates to a woman’s cycle. Owls tend to gravitate towards goddesses and fertility icons. In ancient Babylon, the hooting of an owl at night was thought to meant the cries of a woman who had died in childbirth, now searching for her lost baby. This is a grim insight into an era where giving birth was dangerous, often the cause of a young woman’s death.

Owl as night omen

The owl, as a symbol, can be a total downer. This role is paralleled across the ages and across almost every mythic tradition, the owl is seen as an evil omen. Nighttime must have had an entirely different meaning before the electric lightbulb, and all sorts of folklore evolved that painted the darkness as something ominous and sinister. The owl represents the night, and thus it became the totem for all the menacing things hidden in the dark. That includes the internal darkness of the mind and the subconscious. Goya, no stranger to metaphoric symbolism, used owls (along with bats and cats) in a depiction of a nightmare. In his 1799 etching, The Sleep of Reason Produces Monsters, a group of sinister owls hovers over the tortured sleeper.

Goya’s The Sleep of Reason Produces Monsters

Owls and death

Darkness, the domain of the owl is equated with death. This connection is easy to understand, the owl is an animal of the night, rarely seen in the daylight. Death, darkness and owls can all be seen as sinister. Even today, seeing an owl can be unsettling, there is something about them that projects a menacing intensity. In China, the owl is called the bird who snatches away souls.

For most of the world’s cultures, the owl is an ominous sign. Many traditions believed that merely hearing it’s screech in the night was a harbinger of death. In Hungary, the owl is called the bird of death. This storyline continues right now in real stories from real people. I have collected a wealth reports of owls showing up either right before a loved one dies or just after, so many that they get their own chapter.