Tuesday, March 24, 2015

audio chapter - Owls as Archetype

This is an audio reading of a single chapter from my ongoing owl book. The text is read by Ryan Sprague. The chapter is still in progress, and there will be some editing and revisions before publication, but this excerpt should give people an idea of the tone of the project.

  one-click audio chapter HERE  

I have been writing the book from a first person point-of-view, so I am a character in the overall story. This means Ryan is playing the role of me. I thought this might seem jarring, but it seemed to flow quite smoothly.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

the pecan story

I’ve sat in on a series of support groups specifically for people who feel they are UFO experiencers. One question I've asked repeatedly in these groups is if anyone has ever experienced a dream like distorted sensation in relation to any kind of UFO or alien contact. I used the story of seeing the five beings out my window in 1993 as a way to try to explain the very odd feelings.

A woman took me aside in the hall after one of these meeting at a UFO conference. She was cautious as she spoke. She told of being outside in her yard alone; she went up to a tree to pick some pecans. After collecting a handful from the branches she started walking back to the house. Then she turned around for a moment to face the tree, at that point she felt an entirely distorted sense of reality. That sensation didn’t last long, and the next thing she remembers was sitting at her kitchen table and realizing that some hours had passed. There was no memory of how she got there or what had happened during the missing time.

I thought for a moment and asked, “Why did you turn around when you were heading back towards the house?”

She said, “I wanted to thank the tree for giving me the pecans.”

That one small detail, wanting to formally thank the tree, changed the entire tone of her story. There is something so beautiful about that simple act of being grateful, and acknowledging it, and it adds such depth to this woman’s experience. The lesson I learned is to ask these kinds of questions, to try to push beyond just the dry nut’s and bolts pragmatic inquiry.

One question I ask of UFO witnesses is what were you thinking or saying just before you saw the UFO. I ask the same thing to people who see owls, or who’ve had a profound synchronicity. What was being articulated, either in your mind or verbally, at the moment the event occurred, or leading up to that moment.

One thing that I’ll hear from witnesses is that they wanted to see a UFO, and it appears either as they say it or just a short time after. I don’t understand the mechanism of how it happens, but I sure see the connection. Other times the connection is less overt, and sometimes its downright mystical.

Another thing I’ll ask is what was going on in your life leading up to the sighting, and then I’ll follow that with what has changed since the sighting. I’ve heard a few witnesses say that before the sighting their life had been going poorly, they had been feeling stuck and confused. Now, it would be perfect if they said that after their UFO sighting that they had become unstuck and saw things clearly, but I haven’t heard that reply yet. What I have heard is that the sighting forced them to look much deeper at their own concepts of reality itself. They’ll go on to start mediating, and begin reading spiritual books. It is very common that they'll quit their job and begin an entirely new life with a new dedication to these more mystical ideals.
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More about that odd feeling of altered reality HERE.
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This story was meant to be part of the owl book project, but I haven't found a place where it fits.
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Saturday, March 14, 2015

UFO POV Barry Windsor-Smith’s 1966 experience

first person story telling (click on the image for a close up view) 

I read about this in Jeff Kripal's MUTANTS AND MYSTICS, but this was the first time I got to read this short comic in its entirety. This an 11-page story was last published work by comic book ledgend Barry Windsor-Smith. It was in an anthology from July 2000.

  read the full comic HERE  

Michael Hughes wrote about this comic HERE. Christopher Knowles references this comic in The Secret Sun from back in 2009. And, Jenny Randles writes about the OZ FACTOR, the eerie silence described in the comic.
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Friday, March 13, 2015

over one million page views

from the stat counter
According to my stat counter, this blog now has over one million page views. This blog had its first post on March 3rd 2009, over six years ago. Mac Tonnies left the first comment on that inagural post, titled Cat and String. This was lead to a bunch of odd events, when we realized we had BOTH written the same essay within a month of each other.

Also found a tidy little 123 in the stat counter for a post from last year about the late Dolores Cannon, see below.
123 views for this post last week
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Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Disclosure and owls

Whitley Strieber writes about Disclosure, and mentions owls. This essay is posted as a journal entry on his Unknown Country site. As is his way, Strieber looks at the complexities of the issue with the eyes of a poet, and examines the deeper challenges and opportunities. Also, it was in his 1987 book Communion that the owl meme was first thrust upon the public in a meaningful way. Since then, the idea of owls and UFO contact have been seeping into the greater consciousness.

Link to the full essay - Disclosure: Are we ready?

Below is an excerpt from the journal entry, specificly the paragraphs where he mentions owls.
What communication we have actually received seems to have been more by way of demonstration. For example, in narrative after narrative, the visitors have identified themselves with the owl. And sure enough, if you study the owl, you will find a whole lot that seems to reflect the way the visitors act in our lives. It's not simple, though. Deep, serious study of the species and of the close encounter narratives will reward one with useful insights about how they want us to see them, and, above all, the place they occupy in nature and the cosmos...and the one we occupy.

...This will by no means disempower us. On the contrary, it will open useful opportunities to advance our sciences and deepen our cultures in ways that are just now coming into focus. We are going to be able to approach basic questions of science and philosophy in entirely new ways...

We must see this for what it has the potential to be: a feast of newness and discovery. But we should not forget the owl, dangerous bird of the night.
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Monday, February 16, 2015

Mary Midgley on owls

I am occasionally posting excerpts from my ongoing book project on owls and UFO abduction. 
Mary Beatrice Midgley, moral philosopher
In her memoir, Owl of Minerva, British author and philosopher Mary Midgley wrote:

I have borrowed the owl for my title from Hegel, who is well known to have remarked that, ‘the owl of Minerva spreads its wings only with the falling of the dusk.’ This is a potent and mysterious symbol that might have various meanings. But the thought for which I want to use it as that of wisdom, and therefore philosophy, comes into its own when things become dark and difficult rather than clear and straightforward. That—it seems to me—is why it is so important… 

Midgley goes on to lament that too many thinkers only want to attend to what is clear, and they turn their backs on things that are dark and doubtful. She is eager to look beyond the brightly lit successes of science, and instead explore the dark  landscapes of meaning and thought. 

It seems to me that we have here the old story of the man who keeps looking for his car keys under the same lamp-post. Someone asks him, ‘Is that where you dropped them?’ ‘No,’ he replies, ‘but it’s a much easier place to look.’

That analogy plays out in the realm of UFO research, with the pragmatic investigator staying only under the brightly lit lamp-post, while the core of the mystery is off in the darkness. Midgley looks to the owl as guide into this shadow realm.

Owls, being associated with the night, are used in many cultures as symbols for two things—first for death, and second, rather differently, for wisdom. Going into the dark brings danger. But, if you have to go out, then surely it is wise to have with you a creature that can penetrate the darkness.

The owl, by this interpretation, is a companion for any traveler stepping off the path and entering the darkest part of the forest. One should expect the owl to show up, either symbolically or literally, whenever a seeker digs into the deepest mysteries. If this plays out to it’s fullest, the screen memory of a four foot tall owl might mean the observer is being told that their journey is difficult rather than clear and straightforward.
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Mary Beatrice Midgley is an English moral philosopher. She was a Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at Newcastle University and is known for her work on science, ethics and animal rights. She is 95 years old.
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Sunday, February 15, 2015

owl ushers in alien contact in Pinocchio

Owls and mystical contact with a non-human entity
An owl shows up right before the introduction of the Blue Fairy in Disney's Pinocchio (1940).

Jiminy Cricket, stares up at an owl clock not two seconds prior to the grand entrance of the Blue Fairy. She descends from the heavens as a star, manifesting as an orb of shimmering light in Geppetto's workshop. The scene plays out as a UFO bedroom visitation, where in some sense, the DNA of the inanimate Pinocchio is upgraded into some in between state, no longer a puppet, but not yet a real human. This mirrors a lot of the ancient alien lore, where intervention by beings from the stars tamper with genetics to create modern humans.

benevolent alien visitation and genetic tampering
Jiminy Cricket (an insectoid!) is dubbed as Pinocchio's conscious by the Blue Fairy in a ritual act involving a magic wand. Presently, the UFO field is all hot about "consciousness" and how it ties into the contact experience.

The owl as symbol of alien contact, punctuates the arrival of the Blue Fairy. Tall and blond and beautiful, she personifies the typical Pleiadian Nordic type. Also, the work of Jacques Valle is a must-read for making the the connection between modern UFO abduction stories and ancient faerie mythologies. Later, the Blue Fairy shows up again, to bring a dead mutant donkey puppet hybrid back to life. More genetic tampering!

Jesus was also ushered in at birth by a star from the heavens. Again like Jesus, the finale of the Pinocchio involves death and resurrection.

This low quality youtube clip (below) begins right AFTER the owl clock cameo. Please note, the clip is 3:33 long. This is often noted in the literature as the time of alien abductions.



Also of note is that author Whitley Strieber wrote about his youthful fear of a cat clock (the kind with the big eyes that moved with each click) in one of books. The owl clock in Pinocchio looks suspiciously like that the prototypical cat-clock. The implication was that the big eyes on the clock reminded young Whitley of the big eyed alien visitors.

These little plot elements from a fairy tale move aren't meant to imply some grand conspiracy. More that the same elements that make up the modern UFO abduction lore have been part of our mythology and consciousness throughout the ages. These telling elements have a curious way of welling up within our pop-culture.

Big thanks to a blog-reader who pointed out the owl and fairy connection in Pinocchio.
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Text added later the same day:

This kind of connect-the-dots riffing can be a bottlomess pit. Several commenters correctly point out that Spielberg's 2001 film, A.I. Artificial Intelligence is a reworking of Pinocchio, as well as a reworking of a script from Mr. 2001 himself, Stanley Kubrick. The alien/Blue Fairy connection is hammered home in this mess of a film.
Grey aliens watch as a virtual reality Blue Fairy resurects a "real-boy"
The heavily CG'd image above is from the finale of the Kubrick /Spielberg film. Read more in the comments below.
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Saturday, February 14, 2015

my responsibility

Casper David Friedrich (1774-1840)
If someone out there in the world googles the terms UFO and OWLS, my name comes up on the top of that list. This means anyone searching for info concerning their own unusual experiences will find me.

Because of this, I've been receiving a lot of amazing owl stories arriving in my email inbox. Presently, it is about one a day. I have made the very real effort to reply to each one of these people, but sometimes it can be hard to keep up. There are stories from what I sense are very sincere people that I haven't contacted. Before I can reply in any meaningful way, there are new owl stories accumulating.

A lot of these emails will begin with a line like this, I've never told anyone about these experiences, but...

Or, they will say that my own work has triggered something in them to contact me. They'll say, I just watched your talk on youtube, and I simply HAD to contact you...

What I'm also getting is an additional weirdness, where folks will describe seeing an owl as they are reading my long format essay (Owls and the UFO Abductee) or while watching my on-line talk. Or, it might come across like this, I was trying to decide whether I should contact you when I saw an owl land on a branch just outside my window.

Each one of these stories are amazing, and they've confirmed that there is something very real happening. What it might be, I don't know, but it is truly is happening.

I am working on a book, and it would be impossible to include all the stories I've amassed. But what has happened is that I am at the point where I can almost feel the patterns that have emerged, and I can address this weird phenomenon in a way I never could have just a few years ago. I can now talk about (or write about) what is at play with an out-and-out certainty. I am certain that owls are playing a role in the mystery, but I still don't know the source.

Please know, I deeply appreciate that people are reaching out to me, and I take this responsibility seriously.

If anyone reading this has sent me an email, I wholeheartedly thank you. If you've sent me a letter and I didn't reply, I apologize. If you have any odd experiences involving owls, I want to hear your story.

Sincerely,
Mike C
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Friday, February 13, 2015

Quatermass and the Pit

I heart Hammer Studios!

This movie stands right along side Kubrick's 2001 (released a year later) in its depth and power. Both are very similar in their themes. This film has been hard to find on source like Netflix, but this is a gloriously clean version for youtube. The film was released in the US with the title Five Million Years to Earth.

The late Mac Tonnies once listed his 10 favorite science fiction films, but this wasn't included. I emailed him right away asking him why not? He replied that he had never heard of it. This is a movie I know he would have completely mesmerized him.


Full Movie in glorious HD

The Nigel Kneale script was produced for BBC in 1958. This six-part series is longer with more subtlety and complexity. On many levels it's better than the Hammer Studio version from nine years later. Christopher Knowles speaks to these ancient astronaut themes better than I could in series of posts on The Secret Sun, linked HERE and HERE.


Episode ONE of a glorious British Drama with ancient aliens

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Thursday, February 12, 2015

In conversation with Aaron Gulyas and host Seriah Azkath


Part-one of a two-part conversation with author Aaron Gulyas and host Seriah Azkath on the radio show Where Did the Road Go? 

  Audio linked HERE  

The focus was UFO history, but we only makes it up to the 1950's, so we will be doing a follow up next month. We start back with Ancient Aliens, and then move forward exploring different ideas, theories and events.

Aaron is a teacher, historian, and writer (generally in that order),  He has taught history at Mott Community College since 2006.

Gulyas's first book, Extraterrestrials and the American Zeitgeist: Contact Tales since the 1950s was published in May 2013. His newest book is The Chaos Conundrum, a collection of essays on the paranormal, religion, spirituality, an the atemporal, published by Redstar Books. In Fandom's Shadow, a 50th anniversary retrospective of Doctor Who, Fandom, and its relationship to geography and time, was published in September, 2013 by Deserted Moon Press.

Aaron's website is linked HERE.
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Monday, February 9, 2015

Nick Redfern writes about owls and UFOs


Author Nick Redfern penned an essay for Mysterious Universe, where he points out the connection between owls and UFOs. He also ties in the mid-70's Owlman sightings from the UK, and links these to a possible UFO origin. He links my long format article from 2013, (Owls and the UFO Abductee) early in his essay.

This essay has two parts, both are linked below...

   Nick's essay, part-ONE. and part-TWO   

And, a really good interview with Nick linked HERE.

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Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Latitude 33: Key to the Kingdom


Latitude 33: Key to the Kingdom, written by Walter Bosley, is now available in an updated format on Kindle for just 99 cents.

This is an investigation into arcane science and engineering at the Disneyland. Was there an inter-dimensional portal that influenced psychic perception of visitors and allowed beings to enter across time and space?

This book reveals surprising evidence that something otherworldly was built into The Magic Kingdom. Inspired by the author's personal experiences. Originally published in 2007. Walter was interviewed HERE.
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Thursday, January 22, 2015

Lorin Cutts and High Strangeness



This episode it titled Strange Is The New Normal. Lorin and his longtime friend, Jenna discuss their shared experiences of high strangeness that have occurred over their twenty years of knowing each other.

The conversation is about friendship and experiences that can’t be easily explained. When two decades of experiences are condensed into just over an hour, it provides a somewhat different perspective on what might be occurring with these incursions into some peoples everyday lives.

More about Lorin's podcast series HERE.
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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

The Fairy Faith



This is a glorious documentary. It is calm and thoughtful, with long takes where people are allowed to share their experiences. If you watch nothing else, just jump forward to the 55:30 time-count and sit rapt as the man from Glasgow tells of seeing two fairies trying to steal his shadow! 

 Directed and narrated by Canadian documentarian John Walker, from 2000. Thanks to Chris Knowles for telling me about this joyous 75 minutes of film-making.
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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Elaine Douglass audio interviews linked

Below is a listing of audio interviews with the late UFO abduction researcher Elaine Douglass. I considered her a close friend. These interviews were collected doing google searches, and ganged here for your listening. A few of these links have poor audio, but most are well worth listening and very interesting.

The first is a fascinating interview with Elaine Douglass where she talks about her research into UFO abduction and mind control. I spoke to her shortly after this interview, and she was very concerned she shared TOO much, as if she had talked about parts of her research that might be best kept secret.

  1) Night-Vision-Radio audio download HERE  

This was aired in March of 2013 on LA Radio Night Vision Radio with Rene Barnett. There was a guest host for this interview, and whoever it was (God bless him) just let Elaine talk.

All the postings that I could find of Elaine's audio interviews:

2) My Hidden Experience interview from October of 2013 (linked HERE)


4) A two-part youtube interview on a Canadian podcast: (part one) and (part two)

5) This page links a three-part series of Jerry Pippin round table discussion with Elaine with other researchers and abductees focused on the problems at MUFON: (part 1) and (part 2) and (part 3)

6) Jerry Pippin interviews Clifford Clift and Elaine Douglass in a Two-Part interview: (linked HERE)

7) UFO Undercover - NOTE: LINKS NOT WORKING: (with Joe Montaldo) and (another interview with Joe Montaldo)
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