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.

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.

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) one-click 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)

Thursday, December 4, 2014

do you see an owl?

The source book for loads of Disney weirdness
Do you see an owl in the book cover above? I am at the point where I am seeing owls everywhere, and I fully realize that my frenetic obsessive examination is causing this, owls emerging out of the ether.

Grimm's Fairy Tales was first published in 1812 by the German Grimm brothers, Jacob and Wilhelm. These stories include Little Red Riding Hood, Hansel and Gretel, Rapunzel, Cinderella and Snow White.

I saw a small low resolution image of the book (left), and to me it was clearly a stylized owl. It is so obvious in the tiny jPeg that I have to wonder if the artist from way-back-when was trying to create an owl for the cover. This tiny image was posted so small that you could just barely make out the title. I noted the little icon in a Secret Sun blog post from 2012, where Christopher Knowles points out the similarities of his own script idea and the 2011 movie Hanna. Both are an updated version of Snow White. The blog post is linked HERE.

Also, I noticed this foggy owl image on the Secret Sun just moments after sending an email to a researcher in Germany, the source of these stories. After that I had the thought "I wonder if there is a new post on Secret Sun?" When I clicked on it, I realized it had been posted less than two minutes earlier.

In the 1812 edition of the book there is an exceedingly strange story simply titled The Owl. It's short and worth reading (available as a PDF file HERE). Basically, a honed owl is portrayed as a terrible monster, striking paralyzing fear even to the bravest men in the town. A simplistic example of the owl as something horrible in folklore.

excerpt from The Owl
By some mischance one of the great owls, called horned owls, had come from the neighboring woods into the barn of one of the townsfolk in the night-time...

In the morning when the manservant went into the barn to fetch some straw, he was so mightily alarmed at the sight of the owl sitting there in a corner, that he ran away and announced to his master that a monster, the like of which he had never set eyes on in his life, and which could devour a man without the slightest difficulty, was sitting in the barn, rolling its eyes about in its head.

beautiful design by Talwin Morris

Text added January 4th 2015
I just got a helpful message from a reader (C.M. Mayo) who pointed out that there is also an old edition of Little Women with the same cover. To me, this means that the cover for the Grimm's book was just some template used by some long ago publisher and NOT any kind of owl reference related to the story within the book.

This Art Neuvo cover was created by book designer Talwin Morris for a series known as Blackie Books out of Glasgow Scotland.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

audio conversation with Kathleen Marden

Author, researcher and abductee, Kathleen Marden
Kathleen Marden is mostly known for being the niece of Betty and Barney Hill, the first widely publicized UFO abduction case. She has also been an abduction researcher for over two decades as well an author working with both Stanton Friedman and Denice Stoner.

Kathleen recently came forward, publicly sharing her own abduction experiences. This act of bravery is the focus of our interview. This is a big deal, and I wanted to explore the reasons and emotions for her profound decision.

  one-click audio download HERE  

She authored the 2007 book Captured! The Betty and Barney Hill UFO Experience: The True Story of the World's First Documented Alien Abduction, with nuclear physicist Stanton T. Friedman.

Her more recent book is The Alien Abduction Files: The Most Startling Cases of Human Alien Contact Ever Reported co-authored by Denise Stoner.

Her website is linked HERE.

Also posted (below) is a youtube video of her recent talk, where she stands on a podium and comes forward with her own contact experiences. This powerful confession happened at the Experiences Speak conference in September of 2014. This event was organized by Starborn Support, a team of dedicated experiencers and therapists performing the much needed role of supporting individuals who are dealing with the challenging issues of their own experiences.

the third and final part of a three part video series of her Sept. 2014 presentation

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

an enormous owl and missing time

Christopher Knowles seen with four owls in approx 1973
There is a short posting on The Secret Sun from July 16th 2009 titled Owls. Christopher Knowles shares a few ideas about the imagery of the owl, most specifically how his mother would collect owl figurines and display them in their home. The photo above gets used in a presentation I have given at UFO conferences. I have a few examples where experiencers will say their mother collect owls.
Screen grab from the comments on an essay titled Owls. Click on image for a HI-rez view.

What is of great interest to me was a comment on this 2009 Secret Sun posting, left by someone named Jessi. The full text is below:
Wanted to share an owl story from my childhood. My family was moving to another town which took four hours by car to commute. My dad was in a truck in front of my mom, me and my sister who were riding in a car behind him. It was late at night and we were making our last load for the day. We were moving into an old farm house out in the country. We were on a dirt road and my dad was right in front of us. My mom stopped the car because she saw something walking in the road. It was the most enormous owl any of us had seen. It simply walked in front of the car, turned to look at us (realize that it was big enough to see us over the hood of the car) and continued to walk across the road (or waddle maybe) when we got to the house my dad was irate and wanting to know where we had been. Evidently, over an hour had passed while we watched that owl cross our path.
Jessi doesn't give an estimated size of this enormous owl, but she does say the it was big enough to see us over the hood of the car. This is something I have heard repeatedly from various witnesses. This puts the owl at about four feet tall. I even photographed a four foot tall cardboard cut out of an owl in front of my car to show how improbable it would be to see an owl that large. I’ve used this image in a series of presentations at UFO conferences. What I need to say is that this propping this photo was super creepy even though the owl was nothing more than cardboard.

cardboard owl positioned in front of my Subaru

There is also over an hour of missing time reported by the people in the car who saw this owl. This plays out as a series of clues that seems to imply a UFO contact event with an impossibly large owl as a screen memory.

What also stands out, especially for me, is the time count on this comment, 1:23 PM. This number sequence screams at me to pay attention.

I have come back to this post repeatedly over the last five and a half years, and it is quite likely I even read this comment, but it didn’t really jump out at me until just a few days ago.

 If anyone knows Jessi, who wrote the comment, please get a hold of me! My email is HERE. 


Monday, November 24, 2014

Dr. John Mack talks about his research

An excellent video of Dr. John Mack talking about his research with experiencers. 

I have been working on a book project over the last year and a half. Much of what Mack is saying here fits with what I've been digging into for my own research. In the beginning of this video Dr. Mack talks about Stanaslov Groff, spiritual emergency as well as a past life memory. I have been writing exactly about these topics and issues, and wrestling with the challenges that arise. 

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Adrienne Dumas talks with her sister about their family exeriences

I first met Adrienne Dumas when I stumbled on a video of her talking about owls in relation to a UFO sighting. Some of her experiences are featured in the essay Owls, Synchronicity and the UFO Abductee.

This is a podcast where Adrienne talks with her sister Kember about their family's UFO encounters as well as other paranormal experiences.

  one-click audio download HERE  

There is something about this conversation that I really liked. It is calm, and you can hear the very real questioning about the things they've experienced. I posted a video of Adrienne describing her faery sighting HERE.

Monday, November 17, 2014

an owl in Roswell

Whoa, it's as light as a feather!
an owl seen in ROSWELL
The 1994 Showtime movie Roswell has a quick cameo of an owl, it shows up at the 16:33 time count. The very dark screen grabs above are from the Youtube video, posted below. Kyle MacLachlan plays Jesse Marcel Sr. and in this scene he is taken to the ranch of Mac Brazel (played by Dwight Yoakam) where they look at the odd wreckage stored in a barn. Spooky music plays as they enter the dimly lit barn.

MacLachlan lifts a large section of something crumpled and shiny, and exclaims, “Whoa, it’s as light as a feather.”

At that moment something flutters in the background and lands on a wooden railing behind the actors. Then there is a close up of a great horned owl. I don’t see any deep mystery here, it feels like this owl is used as nothing more than a spooky set piece. This is a movie about a UFO crash, unlike INTRUDERS (1992) with its owls and a focus on abductions.

What is of note is that the word feather was spoken the instant before the owl made its cameo. 

In the lore of the plains Indians, owl feathers are considered deceiver feathers, and these men are all part of a plot to deceive the public. The owl as a night totem represents darkness and mystery. When you fan someone with owl feathers, they are silent. In opposition, eagle feathers are warrior feathers related to the sun. This is similar to Zeus (or Jupiter), the sky god with his companion eagle.

Kyle MacLachlan was no stranger to the owl and UFO meme, having just finished his role as special agent Dale Cooper on Twin Peaks

Paul Davids was the executive producer of Roswell, and he’s a regular face at UFO conferences. He was in the audience when I gave my owl talk at the IUFOC in February of 2014. He came up afterwords and complimented me on the presentation. 

Friday, November 7, 2014

an owl listens to my podcast!

me and my little buddy
This story comes from a reader who sent me an email me with an interesting story. Curiously, this story includes me. It starts with a photograph taken a few summers back, and it shows me sitting near a great horned owl.

I was at an event where a local raptor rescue center was taking part in this community fundraiser. There was a golden eagle, a falcon and a great horned owl. This owl had been rescued after someone found it with a severely injured left wing. It was nursed back to health but it was unable to fly so in couldn’t be released back into the wild. Now its life involves living at the center and occasionally being shown at elementary schools an other public events like the one on that day.

I couldn’t miss out on the chance to get a picture with a live owl! In the photograph you can clearly see that the owl’s left wing hangs awkwardly at its side. I posted this photo on my blog and facebook page the same day it was taken, August 4th, 2012 (see HERE). The photo was taken in a big barn, and this shows up again a little over a year later, where I watch a "fact checking" owl land on that same barn, HERE.

Four days later I got a an email from a woman named Diana. That morning she was in her house trying to transfer one of my audio interviews onto her iPod, but the download was going really slowly. While she was waiting she went outside to take the trash to the curb and saw what she thought was a bundle of something in the driveway, when she got closer she realized it was an injured owl. The poor creature could barely move because of an open wound under it’s right wing. The owl would flop onto its back and as it struggled to get upright, she saw the wing twisting, there was almost nothing holding it in place. 

Diana sent me a photo of the sad looking wounded owl in a dog kennel. Curiously one of the only words I can read on the paper is "Angel" 
She got a dog carrier from her garage and after some struggles got the bird into the container using a rake. She went back into the house to search out a local veterinarian’s office that was affiliated with wildlife rescue. After that she transferred the podcast to her MP3 player. She put the dog carrier with the injured owl in the car with her and drove to the vet. Here’s the weird part, on the drive both her and the owl were listening to my voice. 

The similarities between her story and my photo are positively bizarre. Both stories feature a wildlife rescue, a great horned owl with an injured wing and both owls got to listen to my voice. She was also clear that she had not seen the photograph of me and the injured owl before contacting me with her experience. She told me what episode she was listening to and it involved me and the guest, Lorin Cutts, talking about owls and how they interact with UFO abductees! Lorin has had some extremely strange owl experiences of his own.

I can’t ignore the fact that the woman who shared this story is named Diana. In Roman mythology, the goddess Diana was associated with wild animals and woodland, and having the power to talk to animals.
two pictures with the same owl

There is even more synchro-wierdness connected to this image. The author of the Longmire series of books, Craig Johnson, and oddly enough—he is pictured with the very same owl! Also note our choice of shirts.

A little more about the day I had my picture taken with the owl

It was a lovely summer afternoon at the festive small town event, and I took the time to speak with a doctor who was working with the veterinarians and naturalists at the center. I briefly told him about some of my experiences with owls. I described seeing three owls on two separate occasions within a few days and then asked if he had ever heard of anything like that. He said no. Then I told him another story of seeing five owls fly above me and a friend as we were lying on our back in a meadow talking about metaphysical issues. I asked if he had ever heard anything like that. Again, he said no. He added that such things simply don’t happen. Then I told him another of my experiences, and another. He looked at me with concern. As I talked I recognized he was getting uncomfortable and he slowly began moving away from me. It was a curious feeling to realize that an owl expert hearing my experiences was looking at me as if I was insane.

and a little more... 

The date of August 9th plays into another owl sighting I had, and their connected synchronicites. This involves seeing an owl in my yard, and it coincides with a friend's mystical experience in crop circle country, linked HERE.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Grant Cameron on consciousness

Wonderful interview with Grant Cameron by Solaris BlueRaven on her radio show Hyperspace. This recent show is almost two-hours of Grant's non-stop info-barrage!
  youtube link HERE  

Also - This is a really good follow up to an audio interview I did with Grant back in 2012, HERE. And - Here's an interview with Suzanne Chancellor, with a focus on music HERE

One more - Here's a really good interview with Grant on Skeptiko HERE.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Not of This Earth and a lone owl

An owl plays its role as the harbinger of doom in Roger Corman's 1957 low-budget thriller Not of This Earth.

The movie begins with a young woman walking on a darkened street. A hooting owl shows up at 4:11 in the time count, there is a brief bit of what is probably stock footage of an owl (barely visible in this youtube video) a few seconds later she is confronted by a human seeming alien. He takes off his glasses and zaps her with his eyes. She passes out and this alien takes her blood.

So, we have an owl showing up in the moments leading up to an alien abduction (of sorts). On one level, this B-movie uses the owl as nothing more than spooky foreshadowing. On another level, it perfectly personifies the UFO/owl mythos.

I have spoke directly to experiencers who say they have heard or seen an owl in the moments leading up to a UFO sighting. I've also heard people tell of hearing owls out there window, and the next moment they have little gray aliens in their bedroom. These reports are eerily consistent, and they point to a deeper aspect within the overall mystery.

The alien in the film is played as the quintessential man in black. He wears a black suit and strange dark sunglasses. He speaks in a halting cadence and drives a big black car. In the first few minutes of the film there is mind-control, penetrating eyes, telepathic communication, and even reference to the Rh factor of human blood. This alien is here on earth, doing creepy medical procedures to unwitting humans, in an effort to save his dying race back on his devastated home planet. All these elements are part of the UFO lore, and virtually unknown to the general public in 1957.

There is a kind of inter-dimensional portal to this alien's home planet, it is set in a closet. Many UFO abduction questionnaires will ask if the reader has a fear of closets.

beautiful text created without a computer

The opening titles use Futura Bold. A foreshadowing of director Wes Anderson's use of this same font. I feel it is obvious that Kubick's use of Futura Bold in the title credits of Eyes Wide Shut can be traced back to Not of This Earth. Also, a big thank-you to Richard who pointed me to the owl in thus movie.

Friday, October 31, 2014

Longmire and owls

This image wasn't actually in the final episode of season three, this is a promotional photo.
The A&E series Longmire features owls in their mythic role as a totem of death. This series has lots of native American lore mixed in with the narrative, and the owl mythos plays an overt role. The owl is a symbol for death and messenger, and the script writers aren't shy about using this in the story.

  caution: spoilers below  
symbolic owl on the first episode of LONGMIRE
The opening scene of the very first episode features an owl. The main character and series namesake, Walt Longmire (played by Australian actor Robert Taylor) is at his little cabin in the morning and he looks out the window to see an owl. As I watched this first episode, seeing this owl, I immediately said, uh-oh somebody died. Up until this point, there had been no dialog, and the next thing that happens is the phone rings and his deputy says there's been a murder. We also later find out that the sheriff's life, is haunted by the memories of his dead wife.

An owl shows up again in season two, episode one, where sheriff Longmire is all alone, pursuing a villainous escaped prisoner in a winter mountain environment. Longmire falls into a creek, and sees an owl as he climbs out of the water. His life is in danger because of the cold, and he has a trippy hallucinations (or visions) as he tries to get warm again. He later kills the villain. So, the owl as a warning, proceeding a visionary state, ending in death. All the good mythology.

An owl shows up in the season three finale, right after Walt spreads the ashes of his wife. This scene coincides with some cross cutting of his deputy who "might" have killed his own father with a shotgun.

two pictures, same owl!
Above left is a photo of myself along with an owl. Above right is the author of the Longmire series of books, Craig Johnson, and oddly enough—he is pictured with the very same owl! Also note our choice of shirts.

This owl, with a wounded left wing, lives at the Teton Raptor Center in Wilson Wyoming. I have some funny synchronicities with that owl that I still need to post. More soon.

note any similarities?
Above left is one of Craig Johnson's books (he has a few books with owls on the cover). Above right is another book, and all I can say is that it should be out soon. The blue cover is a work-in-progress for my own book. I had no idea about this guy's book when I picked the name for my own. Both authors have 12 letters in their name. My initial set of owl experiences happened in Wyoming, the setting for the Longmire series (although the show is shot on location in New Mexico).

Now, it's not just me, there are others out there searching for owl references in the media soup. Like this site (HERE) that gave me a sense of relief that I'm not alone. And HERE too, this site featuring Twin Peaks.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

High Strangeness with Lorin Cutts

Lorin Cutts has a background in music recording, and he's produced a series of audio podcasts titled High Strangeness. His technical history has made for an excellent quality in the production, and these have been aired on KGRA Radio. These are highly recommended. His site also features some important essays and articles, especailly on how sycnronicity plays a role in this mystery. Let me add that his radio co-host, sychronistically enough, is named Lauren Kott.

His recent interview with remote viewer and UFO contactee Lyn Buchanan is required listening! The other interviews feature the likes of Thom Reed, Timothy Good, Evie Lorgan, Anne Druffel, Margie Kay, Yvonne Smith, James Gilliland, Donald Schmitt, Stan Gordon - and even me! Not all of these audio interviews are up and posted, but I am hoping they'll all be available sometime soon.

~ The High Strangeness homepage HERE
~ The audio podcast series linked HERE

Monday, October 27, 2014

the single most popular post on this blog

recreation of the view out my south window
I saw a bright orange fireball from my window in Febuary of 2009. This post, simply titled Fireball, has had the most page views of anything on this site.

I'm not exactly sure why it has been so popular, except that there has been an increase of fireball sightings around the world and perhaps people are simply searching out the word fireball. If anyone around the world googles that word, this post (with it's one word headline) would probably show up.