Monday, February 20, 2017

“Mom, is that you?”

Barred owl, photo taken February 16, 2017. Click on image for HI-rez view.

Last Friday morning at 8:35, Andrea had a photo of an owl show up in her Facebook chat box (see above). The text under the image asked, “Andrea. This owl is on my deck. Do you think it might be injured?”

The message was from Andrea’s friend Suzanne. I was sitting nearby and she showed me the picture. My sense was that it looked fine. Andrea replied and asked when it showed up.

What took place was a real time back and forth dialogue about the owl right out her window. Suzanne told us over Facebook that her mother had recently died, and: “Today is my Mom’s birthday.” She had been crying earlier that morning, still grieving over the loss. Her mom had always been a good listener and she desperately wanted to talk to her.

She sat down and took some time to meditate after crying. Her intention was to process her feelings of confusion and loss. It was right  when opening her eyes after meditating that she first saw the owl. She remarked that the way the window was lined up she would not have noticed it if she was seated even just a few inches off to either side. Her immediate thought was, “Mom, is that you?

She tapped on the window and the owl slowly turned its head, its eyes wide open and staring at her. It was at this point that she took the photo (above) and sent it to Andrea.

Suzanne wrote, “So gorgeous… Never seen one so close.”

I was getting the play-by-play as Andrea read each of the incoming messages. When I heard that Suzanne’s mother had recently died I immediately blurted out, “Talk to the owl as if it is your Mom.” My comment was because of all the accounts I had collected of people talking to owls after a loved one (most often a parent) had passed. 

Suzanne couldn't get out onto the deck because of deep snow, so she opened the window to talk, “It looked at me for several minutes with those eyes and then flew into a tree. Has to be her.”

The owl had sat on the deck chair for about an hour, and then spent about five minutes in a pine tree close to the house. She said this short time felt endless. 

In a follow up phone conversation I asked Suzanne her thoughts on the owl. She said that before noticing the owl she felt alone and despondent. Since the sighting, “I just felt an amazing connection, I don’t feel alone.” 

For the whole rest of that day she felt like crying, “It was so moving, but I wasn’t grieving. The tears are not of despair.”

She had lived in that house for over eight years, and never once seen an owl. 

Her mom would have been 95 years old on the day of this owl sighting, February 17, 2017. If you leave out the zero, the calendar date repeats itself in the year, 2/17 is 2017. 

Suzanne is a psychotherapist, and like so many of the other people who have described similar owl experiences, she is trained in Reiki.

A few days after the owl sighting on her back deck, Suzanne said this, “I am convinced that the visit was also a message to me to take care of business. The business of letting go ... and to commit to my work and my purpose here. Even if it means facing down the loneliness for the time being. But I am not alone. The owl did not seem to leave the yard. I believe it is still around my home.”

I am indebted to all the people who have shared their stories with me. I realize that I've become a sort of archivist for people's personal exerinces. There is a responsibility to do more than just catalog these accounts and tuck them away in file cabinets. There is a need to share. My hope s that the people who find these little reports will end up being just a little more open to the deeper aspects of our reality.                        
—Mike Clelland.  

Monday, February 6, 2017

Betty Andreasson's home with FOUR owls and a gray alien

click on image for HI-rez view

The 1985 photo book, In Advance of the Landingis an anthropological study of people who believed in UFOs or belonged to UFO cults from the early 70's-80's. The content is candid understated photographs and a short bio of the people involved in the pictures. 

The image above is Betty Andreasson's home. It shows a fiberglass alien created from one of her drawings. But in the background are three framed pictures of owls. She was featured in the four book series, The Andreasson Affair, written by Raymond F-OWL-er.

Also in the photo, on the table, is a red monkey-frog thing. If I remember correctly, these were seen in a cave by Betty. She was told that the little grays would harvest their eyes and then put them in their own heads. That's where the big back alien eyes come from.

Thanks to Chris C. for sending me this image from an out of print book.

First Edition, in hardcover
Glorious pre-computer art direction

NEW text added Feb 11, 2017:
There is another owl in The picture! (seen below) In the background on the lamp stand sits a small owl statuette! Thank you Derek Z for playing owl detective!
grainy owl close up

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Abductees - a film by Paul Vester

Mac Tonnies liked this little film. I remember him saying it was very creative.

This short animation features Budd Hopkins in live action as well as voice over. The punk rock singer Helen Wheels is featured near the beginning. She speaks about the alien telepathy at the 00:30 time count. Linda Cortile (featured in Budd's book Witnessed) speaks at about the 1:45 time-count.

This video has been on youtube in one form or another for about a decade, but sadly the quality was very poor. The good news is that the version above is excellent.

I contacted the film-maker, Paul Vester, and asked about the production. It was made for BBC Channel 4 TV UK in 1994. The genesis of the project was the actual drawings done by the abductees themselves, these are shown as slides on a light-box in the film. Budd was very supportive of the project and would show the video to his subjects, and they liked it.

I was illustrator and animator in New York in the 1980s though the early 90s, and I could have easily worked on a something like this. So I feel a kinship of sorts to the production.
screen image (meaning a screen-grab) of owls and 123
NOTE: Look what shows up at the 1:23 time-count. This number sequence has been associated with some VERY powerful clues in my life.

ONE MORE NOTE: We had a plumber at the house as I was finishing up this post. He said he saw a big owl in the bushes near the front door—this would have been about the time I posted the cartoon owl image above.  I went out in the hopes of seeing the owl, but it wasn't there. I walked around the house and saw a large owl fly off and into the woods. I only saw it flying away from me, but the plumber was right, it was big! By the coloring and size, I am assuming it was a barred owl.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Cartoon game app for your mobile device!

Despite the headline
this is not a pushy advertisement!
One of many hundreds of illustrations from Cartoonacy.
(click on the cartoons for a HIrez view)
this is a puzzle, describe the cartoon with a two-word phrase
There is a long-ago chapter of my life where I did cartoon illustrations for toy advertising. I was living in New York in the 1980s with a career as an illustrator. Somewhere in the mid-1990's I drew a series of cartoons for a proposed game. It was to be a card game, with each card featuring a drawing that showed a simple two-word phrase. The game was never sold, I got paid for my work and it was pretty much forgotten.

Yet now, over two decades later, in the digital era, it's re-emerged as a mobile device app.

This is a cute little game of puzzles, and its free!

But how does this tie into the UFO field? The game designer is Jay Bacal, who was also the creative director for the animated TV series THE TRANSFORMERS. Remember, that's the story of an ancient race of aliens here on earth. Well, Jay worked with a fellow named Paul Davids, who later went on to be the executive producer of the 1994 television movie ROSWELL. So, there's that!

what two-word phrase describes this cartoon?

Thursday, January 12, 2017

some suggested chapters

380 pages of owls and UFOs
I’ve done a lot of audio interviews over the last year promoting The Messengers. Recently, one host sent me a note after receiving a book. She basically said, “I’m too busy to read this big book, can you just suggest a few chapters?” I said sure, and made up the short list below. 

I counted up the pages in this suggested list, and it totals up to about 130 pages. That’s about one third of the book. If you want an even shorter list, then just read the chapters with a star (or more correctly, an asterisk) next to the number, that's about 86 pages.


      … the Introduction (or listen HERE)

* 1. Owls at Sunset

* 2. Owls as Screen Memory (just skim this, you’ll get it)

   4. Owls and the UFO Abductee

* 9. Back to Back Reports (my favorite chapter) - 

   12. Owls as Archetypes (or listen HERE)

   19. Owls and Death 

   21. Highly Charged moments

   24. The Touch of an Owl's Wing

* 25. The Messengers

       … and the Conclusion


Saturday, December 31, 2016

and thus ends 2016

Take a step back, blur your vision a bit, 
and what do you see?

This is an orb image photographed in the backyard of a close friend of mine. This fellow has had a LOT of orb activity. And has captured a lot on photographs. Below is what I see. I have photoshopped the image to enhance it so you can see what I see. Yes, I know that is cheating.

this is what I see...

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

The 37th Parallel and the mainstream

UFOs in the mainstream

Mainstream author Ben Mezrich wrote the recent nonfiction UFO book, The 37th Parallel: The Secret Truth Behind America's UFO Highway. I have not yet read the book, but I intend to.

The story follows Colorado investigator Chuck Zukowski through his research on UFOs and cattle mutilations. Chuck discovered a long list of bizarre incidences and sightings clustered around the 37th Parallel, what he terms the “UFO Highway.”

I spoke with Chuck at a UFO conference a few years back. He was a likable fellow and sure seemed dedicated. Yet I could see him being easily caricatured, with his overt enthusiasm played for laughs. 

What interests me is that my 2013 Confirmation Event (capitalized for good reason) all happened along the 37th parallel. There were three separate events that all line up on a map, two are on the 37th parallel, the third is just tipping up in the 38th. All three are abduction related experiences, and after seeing these in a straight line on a map, all doubts about my involvement with UFO vanished. Detailed blog post on these events linked HERE.

Map seen is a psychic flash
I sent this info and the latitude and longitude of each event to Chuck, and he replied, “Thank you Mike… Really the 37 is the center line of the highway with the 36 being the right lane and the 38 being the left lane. Pretty interesting.”

The book by Mezrich has received pretty mediocre reviews on Amazon. Some point out that reads like an introduction to UFOs. But what is more intriguing is that it seems to be selling very well, with a strong publicity push from the publisher. Several of his other books were turned into major movies, and there are rumors that this book is being fast tracked to Hollywood.

Author Mezrich with the microphone, investigator Chuck Zukowski to the right
There are some conspiratorial aspects to the book. Reclusive billionaire Robert Bigelow plays a role in the story. He’s an interesting subject for a someone who has made a career of writing about how people make enormous fortunes. (Curiously, Mezrich has "rich" right in his name)

The question for me is why did this bestselling author pick this fringe subject?

I will eventually get around to reading the book and report back.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Ryan Sprague reads from his book Somewhere in the Skies

The opening chapter from Somewhere in the Skies, read by the author.
And, a tidy interview HERE.

Monday, December 5, 2016

Ryan Sprague / author interview

Author and friend Ryan Sprague just published a book of UFO accounts. It's titled Somewhere in the Skies, and subtitled A Human Approach to an Alien Phenomenon. The focus of his research has been the very personal side of these complex experiences. The book is set up as a series of short stories, each account digs into the emotional side of this enigma. 

I play a small role in this book. Ryan and I had met a few times over the years, either at the UFO Congress in Arizona, or in the streets of Greenwich Village in New York. I was always struck by just how earnest and open he was. I also sensed he was approaching the bigger mystery not as a pragmatic researcher, but more as an artist. This is something I relate to strongly.

We exchanged a few emails in and created a short interview. I know what it means to try to try and promote a book, and this one is highly recommended. Ryan reads the opening chapter of the book in an audio excerpt, linked HERE.

  more about Somewhere in the Skies HERE  

Mike Clelland: I remember we had a conversation while you were working on the book. You mentioned some advice, your publisher, Richard Dolan had given you. If I remember correctly, he said don't write the introduction until you've finished the book. Meaning your ideas will change during the project. What did you think you were getting into in the onset—and what changed along the way?

Ryan Sprague: When I first wrote my initial introduction, I came to realize that I was already inducing pre-conceived notions into the main body of research. I was subconsciously creating a bias towards certain aspects of these phenomena by constructing limitations from the onset. It was naive, and it was apparent. So I decided that I would leave writing the introduction until the very last draft of the manuscript. What lessons had I learned in the two years of interviews and research, and I could I then apply those to the first words of the book that anyone would read? What I thought was going to be a rather straight-forward book of witness testimony and accounts soon turned into a much more poignant and deeply personal journey through the hearts and minds of so many people having extraordinary experiences. 

MC: You must have talked to a fair number of people at this point. Do you have any sort of internal lie detector? I mean, some things sound extremely strange. Do you trust everything in the book?

RS: I stand by every story told in this book. After having interviewed hundreds of individuals, I must admit that it was both daunting, frustrating and disenchanting at times. But as I navigated through and endless maze of stories, I began to find very compelling and genuine people who had absolutely no reason to make these stories up. There was no financial gain. No book or movie deals to be had. These were people with friends, family, and communities who believed them, supported them, and listened to them. Whatever may have happened, they firmly believed it to be true, and it impacted their lives in countless ways. And those few dozen stories I tell in the book are most definitely the ones I feel in my heart or hearts are authentic and worth continued exploration. 

MC: You have documented some things that have a depth that goes beyond just a scary encounter. People described spiritual aspects, an how things seemed connected to their own soul. Here is a quote from Chapter 12.

“Our eyes, minds, and souls are being opened,” 
Patty told me.

You realize some researchers out there are repelled by this side of the phenomenon. What is your impression with these spiritual aspects of the stories?

RS: The spiritual aspect is something I wasn't expecting when I first started my research. I always looked at this phenomenon from two sides; Scientific and Philosophical. So when I started noticing a healthy amount of these individuals viewing their experiences this way, I knew I had to at least keep an open mind and look into it. 
What I found most interesting is that some were very spiritual and/or religious before their experience, and this was the lens in which they perceived what had happened. Others, who had no previous religious beliefs began to believe in a higher power thereafter. There have been so many reports throughout history of aerial objects piercing the skies, and many times these were viewed as miracles. Could some of UFO reports or abduction experiences be a divine intervention of sorts? I can't say, but for those who choose to see it that way, I would never fault them. It only opens the doors of possibility with what we may be dealing with. Or perhaps only a fraction of what we're dealing with. 

  click the "Read more" link below to see the rest of it.  

Sunday, December 4, 2016

a year ago today

The Messengers 
went on sale one year ago today.


Monday, November 28, 2016

1234 words on a 5 page document

screen grab 
Whenever I receive an email of an unusual owl account, I'll create a document with the text. Then I continue adding to it with each new email reply. This system helps keep my ever growing flood of reports a bit more organized.

The image above shows the word count for a document I added to this morning. I pay attention to these small number synchronicities, although I am not sure what it truly means.

1,234 words and 5 pages 
makes 12345

Sunday, November 27, 2016

speaking in Eureka Springs, Arkansas

I will be one of the presenters in the upcoming conference in Eureka Springs Arkansas. This will be the 30th year of this event. The conference was started by the late Dolores Cannon, and her daughters now run this annual event.

Link to the conference site HERE

Friday, November 25, 2016

Terence McKenna and Kenneth Ring on UFOs and NDEs (video, audio and transcript)

parts one and two, these are required viewing.

A short conversation, in two parts, between two extraordinary thinkers, Terence McKenna and Kenneth Ring. The book The Omega Project was written by Ring, and in it he explores the relationship between the UFO phenomenon and the Near Death Experience. This video was created shot on location in Prague, Czechoslovakia during the International Transpersonal Conference in June 1992, known at Prague Gnosis.
MP3 audio download
This was initially posted her back on January 14 of 2014 (on my mom's birthday!) I have since added the audio as an MP3 below. Sadly, the sound quality is poor but if you pay attention, you can still hear all of it.

You can read this as a transcript too! 
one-click PDF reader linked above


Monday, November 21, 2016

Jacques Vallee on modern UFO research

colleagues on the California Cost
A short Q & A with Diana Walsh Pasulka and Jacques Vallee (shown above) on how to apply modern computer research techniques to the UFO phenomena.

  Interview linked HERE  

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Peter Maxwell Slattery talks about owls

Peter talkin' owls

My friend—I mean—mate, Peter Maxwell Slattery just shared a tidy video post about his owl experiences. A nice set of personal experiences with owls and the UFO presence. And, he gives a wonderful shout-out for my book (Thanks mate!)

   More with Peter...

An long format essay on his experiences HERE.

An video interview from 2013 HERE.

A video interview from 2015 HERE.  I was pushy about this one, I was in full "promotion" mode for the book and asked Peter to do an talk together.