Monday, August 5, 2019

important story missing from the new book!

missing pages — click on the image for a high rez-view

One important post never made it to the first edition of my new book Hidden Experience!

For anyone who bought the paperback book book before July 19, you will need to download and print this single page. It can be folded and added to the book!

  Download a PDF of a single page HERE  

Or...

  You can read the original blog post HERE  

The story involves a floating or and a hooting own, seen and heard simultaneously on a desert night in Utah back in 2011.

This gets story is referenced several times in other parts of the book, and it plays a vital role in the chapter title My Confirmation Event. All print and kindle editions purchased after July 19 have this short story included.

If you purchased a Kindle version before July 19 just "refresh" the file and it will re-upload with the revised version! A few typos got cleaned up too!

If anyone has self-published their own book, they'll understand this oversight. There is a lotta stuff that all needs to come together to create a book, so please forgive my mistake.
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Friday, July 26, 2019

Rosemary Ellen Guiley has died

author, researcher and friend
I was heartbroken when I heard that Rosemary Ellen Guiley had died. She has been so helpful for me over the years, both as a researcher and experiencer. She was soft spoken and gracious with her time. She helped me a lot with my first owl book, and treated me as an equal—and that meant the world to me. This field, and the world, is a lesser place without her.

We did an interview back in 2012, and it was wonderful fun. We talked about the split in bigfoot research, between the ones who see this as a flesh and blood ape and the others who see it as something paranormal. I asked her who would win if there was a pie fight between the two camps. She skirted the answer by saying, “There were certainly more of the flesh and blood believers.”



  2012 audio interveiw linked HERE  

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Thursday, July 25, 2019

powerful new interview on THE UNSEEN

NOTE: this is NOT a audio player! Click the link below...

  direct link to the audio interview HERE  
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Will Bueche talks about his work with the late Dr. John Mack, the Harvard psychiatrist and author of the 1994 book ABDUCTION, and the 1999 book PASSPORT TO THE COSMOS. Over the years Will has been cataloging, digitizing and transcribing the sessions and writings of Dr. Mack. Will has worked closely with the John E. Mack Institute, to help keep the important work of Dr. Mack alive and available.

Will is also an experiencer, and this is a powerful interview. The conversation went deep into the emotional experiences than define the contact experience.
A note from Mike:

I have known Will for about 10 years, and I am continually amazed at his composure and sensitivity in the face of these challenging experiences.
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Tuesday, July 9, 2019

audio reading from Hidden Experience, the introduction

The eBook and paperback versions of the book are both avialable. There will be an audiobook too, but the process of recording and editing is excrucaitingly slow. I've been plugging away, and wanted to post a sample here.

There will be more of these as I proceed forward.


Eight minutes and thirty seconds

  Link to the book!  
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For the visual types, you can read the the text below.
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Introduction

We must be willing to let go of the life we planned 
so as to have the life that is waiting for us.

—Joseph Campbell

I wrote about the most difficult time of my life as it was happening, and posted it on a blog. 
I just reread that sentence, and I’m astonished I could do something so bold, but I did. I’d been confronted with a chain of strange events that seemed impossible to understand. I tried my best to dismiss what was happening, but that became increasingly difficult. All the clues pointed to one thing, and I was forced to ask myself, “Am I a UFO abductee?” 
My blog was started ten years ago as an attempt to answer that question. I was 46 years old, and had come face to face with something that seemed to want to break me. I was lost in fear, doubt, insecurity, tension and disbelief. Yet at the same time, the power of these events left me in awe. There was a kind of shining wonder mixed in with all the overlapping stresses.
The birth of the blog came at a chaotic time in my life. I was drowning in synchronicities, and they all seemed connected to either UFOs or owls. Trying to process my emotions meant obsessive journaling. Facing up to that kind of self-inquiry rips away a lot of assumptions, not just about who I am, but the meaning of reality itself. 
My fears and emotions were unloaded into the blog, and what emerged was a sort of public diary. It was also my therapy. 

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I thought about writing a proper memoir and simply using the blog as reference, but there is such a mood of immediacy in these posts. Many were written not as a reminiscence—they were written in the moment, and the urgency is palpable. It would be fair to say I went a little bit mad in the early years of the blog, and that’s not hidden in text, it’s right on the surface. 
As I write this, there are 848 posts on my blog. Creating this book meant going back and carefully rereading my journey, yet the site itself had its own journey. I wrote a lot, but I also did over ninety podcasts in a five year period, and I’m tremendously proud of those interviews. 
The podcasts ended when I began the first owl book. That project was monumental and needed my complete dedication. After that came a second book. I was still posting during these years, but the tenor had changed—my energy was pouring into the books. 
Some blog posts came in a rapid fire outburst, like the series about the lines on the map and Byron, North Dakota. Reading each post in order isn’t easy—my mind was jumping around, and it’s evident in the frantic mood of the text. For this book, I did my best to streamline the narrative so it plays out as a story, yet keeps the anxious vibe of the original writings.
The flow of the blog could get a bit scattered, it was easy to jump around and post diverse items. If I had a new thought or a funny little story, I’d write it up. If it was simple I’d keep it short. But if something seemed important I’d work to explore it from every angle, and this jumbled mix of ideas shows up in the book.
There’s a sense of immediacy in blogging, an implicit kind of pressure to write fast and click the button that puts the post online. I gave myself over to that urgency, and consequently some of the writing was sort of sloppy. Right from the onset, I’d go back in and rework the text of published posts. I’ve been cleaning up typos and clarifying my thoughts right from day one. If something new came up having to do with one of the stories, I’d go back in and add more. Sometimes these addendums ended up longer than the initial post.
I’ve been endlessly tinkering with the content, so it seemed fine to edit the posts for this book. I used a lot of all caps and italic text in my writing, especially in the early years. It was a bit much and most of it was cleaned up, but not all. It felt important to keep the flavor of the blog.
The blog is crammed with hyperlinks, and it was tempting to flood this book with footnotes, but trying to match the online content would be overkill. Same with pictures; they work great in a blog format, but would be distracting here. 
Some of the stories in this book overlap with The Messengers. A lot of my personal experiences were pared down for that book, and many of those stories are told in a more complete form here. 
Red Pill Junkie wrote the foreword for this book. He’s been a dedicated reader right from the very beginning, commenting on the posts with wit and insight. There was a point early on when I included a short anecdote in a post from a UFO book, and I wrote it in a way that made it seem like I’d read the book—which I hadn’t. RPJ was quick to comment that I got the account wrong, and he was stern about it. I went back in and revised the inaccurate sentence. He taught me an important lesson, people were taking my blog seriously. Someone out there was diligently reading my stuff, and wasn’t gonna let me slide on things like the facts. I upped my game because I knew he’d call me out on any slacking, and I’ve been grateful for his vigilant eye.
I’m writing this in 2019, and I’ve watched the online world shift to shorter zippier formats like Instagram and Twitter. It feels the era of the blog has ended, or at least it’s changed—and so have I. 
Creating this book meant reliving a powerful chapter of my life. Some of it was scary and terribly confusing, yet I’m grateful. There’s a haunting drama to what I’ve endured, and it tells a deeper story. Life is a journey, and I got lost while searching along its strange winding path. Maybe I’m still lost, but I’m doing my best to keep pressing on. 

Mike Clelland
March 2019

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Thursday, July 4, 2019

UFO sighting with video—and a UFO hat!


Suzanne Chancellor shared a video of her UFO sighting from May. The two video clips show a bright dot in a clear blue sky, but the story that lead up to the sighting is delightful. The event was seemingly set in motion with  a synchronistic intention, and it all happened while she was wearing a UFO hat!

  videos and report linked HERE

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After a hiatus of over four years, Random Alien Brain Droppings is Back!
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Friday, June 28, 2019

Hidden Experience, now available as a paper book!

a decade in the making
Yippee! My self-published memoir is now available as a paperback.

In honor of the big event, I’m offering it at a discounted price for the first ten days!
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  Link to the book!  
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Here’s some of the promotional text I have on the amazon page:
This is a collection of the most vital posts from Hidden Experience, yes this blog. It’s a roller coaster journey of doubts and fears as I wrestle with UFOs, missing time, synchronicities and owls. The story that unfolds is scary, mysterious, disturbing—and at times funny. It’s an insight into the strange challenges of otherworldly contact. Confronting the darkest unknowns ultimately lead to an awakening of consciousness. This is the personal journey from the author of the groundbreaking books The Messengers and Stories from The Messengers.
This book was self published. It was also a book with a lot of pictures and plenty of formatting requrements! This meant a long list of things to solve for the ebook and paperback version. The last six months of my life were consumed with an endless nuber of tiny chalenges. I watched a whole lotta YouTube videos with titles like “How to format an index on Word for Mac”.

Two versions done, a third to go! The audiobook should be available soon!
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Saturday, June 8, 2019

weird UFO over Providence Rhode Island

Recreation using Photoshop. The hovering gray potato chip first seen in the sky above the highway. This was drawn slightly larger that it appeared. 
 NOTE: click on any image for a closer view 

At about 6:30 p.m. on Thursday April 25, Andrea and I saw something very odd in the sky. We were driving towards Providence Rhode Island for a small weekend UFO conference. We were headed to Suzanne Chancellor’s house for the night before the event.

While on the highway approaching Providence, we both saw an odd thing in the sky. My first thought was that it was a partially inflated balloon, or a thin sheet of plastic that was floating in an updraft. What I first saw seemed lumpy and irregular, like a giant potato chip. It was gray in the partially overcast sky. My first thought was that it was just a small dark cloud, but it stood out differently than a cloud would (see image above).

Andrea saw it too and we both wondered what it might be. I remember saying, "That's too dark to be some weird little cloud."

We were heading southeast on Highway 146, and the road twists and turns through sections of trees and buildings. We would lose sight of it, and it would reappear when our car came around a corner for a view. After a while it seemed to change shape, it now looked like a slightly curved “credit card” and we were seeing it from a side angle so it seemed very thin.

The object and dot recreated from one of Andrea's photos. This was drawn slightly larger that it appeared in the sky, it was perhaps half that size.

I sensed it was slowly rotating, so when it reached its thinnest orientation, it seemed to disappear—then it would rotate just a bit more and would pop back into view. We were in traffic and there wasn't much we could do. Andrea was frantically trying to get a picture with her phone, but she didn't capture anything. (see image above).

One very strange detail was that this floating gray thing was positioned directly under a single dot in the sky. I kid you not, it looked like a credit card hanging from a pin by an invisible fishing line!

Eventually we turned a corner, lost sight of it, and it never reappeared.

A sequence to show the slow rotation and how it seemed to vanish. The thin object would continue to rotate and pop back into view. The single dot is shown above the object.

For a few points along the highway we had a long clear view. The buildings of downtown Providence were in the distance, and there were big jet planes low in the sky. We were crossing the flight path of a nearby airport. We thought it might be a balloon, but it was too stationary in the sky. It’s hard to know how big it might have been, to me it seemed much larger than a billboard hanging sideways. Whatever it might have been, it was dangerously close to the air traffic.

The rotation was an eerie slow-motion, and didn’t seem to match how something big might be effected by the wind.

We arrived at Suzanne’s house and told her and Jack about what we had seen. Andrea talked excitedly about how you could stare at it and it would pop in and out of view. I think this disappearance and reappearance was from the weird rotation and it was thin enough that it appeared to momentarily vanish (see image above).

This happened to two experiencers in a car, on the way to the home of two experiencers, and all of them would spend the next few days at a UFO conference.

Also of note, Providence is a noun in the dictionary, it means: The protective care of God or of nature as a spiritual power, God or nature as providing protective or spiritual care, and timely preparation for future eventualities.

This image is sized more accurately. The previous images showed the details a bit larger in the sky than they appeared.  Click on the image for a closer view.

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Monday, June 3, 2019

Hidden Experience, the eBook, available now!

Soul-searching
I just clicked the final button on the Amazon site. My ebook is now done. This is an exciting moment for me. This book can be seen as the third book in The Messengers series.

I want to thank all the reader who have come to my blog over the last decade. I truly appreciate your support on this strange journey. Thank you!

  available NOW - click here  

For the foreseeable future I'll be working to promote this book. I'll be adding excerpts here, including audio readings.

from the conclusion:
I’m a much different person after this decade of soul-searching. I still struggle with this stuff but I’m no longer stuck, and can finally trust my own experiences. I don’t know the source of these mysteries and probably never will, but I’m okay with that.
Recently, someone asked me how my life has changed because of these experiences. I thought for a moment and said, “I now live in a magical universe.” I meant that, I see reality as something much richer and more mysterious than I could have ever conceived.

Why am I so driven, and why am I writing these books? I really don’t know. It’s not easy to separate what might be an enthusiastic interest, from what might be an unhealthy obsession.
What I can say, is that this has been a terribly exciting adventure.

Perhaps the UFO occupants organized all my experiences for a specific reason, and maybe this book is part of some grand plan. And maybe you, the reader, are also part of that plan.
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The eBook debuts first, followed by a paper book, and finally an audio book. I have no set dates for this, but I'm working to make it happen soon.

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Wednesday, May 29, 2019

another very dry article about UFOs in the New York Times

Click on the image for a HIrez view

Not many New York Times headlines that begin with "Wow."

This is yet another article by Helene Cooper, Ralph Blumenthal and Leslie Kean on the subject of UFOs. Here's an excerpt from the Sunday May 26 2109 article:

In late 2014, Lieutenant Graves said he was back at base in Virginia Beach when he encountered a squadron mate just back from a mission “with a look of shock on his face.”

He said he was stunned to hear the pilot’s words. “I almost hit one of those things,” the pilot told Lieutenant Graves.

The pilot and his wingman were flying in tandem about 100 feet apart over the Atlantic east of Virginia Beach when something flew between them, right past the cockpit. It looked to the pilot, Lieutenant Graves said, like a sphere encasing a cube.

The incident so spooked the squadron that an aviation flight safety report was filed, Lieutenant Graves said.

The subject is treated entirely seriously. The Times has run a series of these articles, beginning in December 2017. Or April of 2017 if you include THIS.

The late Stanton Friedman commented on the December article saying, "Someone, somewhere flipped a switch, and I would've loved to have been in that room when that decision was made."

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Monday, May 20, 2019

new book just days away

eBook available soon

[excerpt from the book Hidden Experience]
INTRODUCTION

We must be willing to let go of the life we planned so as to have the life that is waiting for us. 
—Joseph Campbell

      I wrote about the most difficult time of my life as it was happening, and posted it on a blog.
      I just reread that sentence, and I’m astonished I could do something so bold, but I did. I’d been confronted with a chain of strange events that seemed impossible to understand. I tried my best to dismiss what was happening, but that became increasingly difficult. All the clues pointed to one thing, and I was forced to ask myself, “Am I a UFO abductee?”
      My blog was started ten years ago as an attempt to answer that question.

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This is a collection of the most vital posts from the popular blog Hidden Experience. It’s a roller coaster journey of doubts and fears as I wrestle with UFOs, missing time, synchronicities and owls.

The story that unfolds is scary, mysterious, disturbing—and at times funny. It’s an insight into the strange challenges of otherworldly contact. Confronting the darkest unknowns ultimately lead to an awakening of consciousness.
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Tuesday, April 30, 2019

I bent a fork with my mind!

focused intention and two bent forks!

I bent two forks with my mind! Well, I actually bent them with my hands, but I used my mind to make the metal soft.

I was with Suzanne Chancellor, who played my coach. She repeated, “Don’t have any expectations.” I held the fork, concentrated and gently rubbed the “neck” of the fork for maybe a minute. I set the fork down for about 5 minutes, then picked it up and it bent like taffy. After that, I did it again, it was remarkable.

Of note: Joshua Cutchin's arm seen in the background.
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Wednesday, March 20, 2019

UFO conference in Rhode Island in April!

I will be speaking about my experiences and research at a conference in April.

X-Filers United!
2019 Rhode Island Convention
Friday thru Sunday — April 26, 27 and 28, 2019
at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Warwick, RI

link to the event HERE

Other speakers include:
  • Suzanne Chancellor
  • Joshua Cutchin
  • Timothy Renner
  • Thom Reed
  • Paul Eno
  • Susan Brunell
  • Aaron Cadieux
  • Gary McKinstry
  • Aleksandar Petakov
  • Shane Sirois
  • Mike Stevens
  • Andrew Lake
  • Colin Schneider
  • Greg & Dana Newkirk
  • Jaimy Mauricio
  • and Dean Haglund from the X-Files!
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Tuesday, March 5, 2019

“You're that guy!"

maybe that was the guy on the phone?

Last night I called the Apple Support help line. I'd spent a frustrating bunch of hours trying to solve some formatting issues using Pages, a word processing application on my computer. The first guy heard me out, and he quickly realized that my questions were so specific he would need to hand off me off to someone in the technical department.

I was on hold for a few minutes. The next guy came on the line, and said he had my case up on his screen. I was explaining my issues when he interrupts, “Wait, your name is familiar.”

I asked, “Uhhhm, do you rock climb?” I asked that because I did cartoons in Climbing magazine for over a decade.

He said no, and then I cautiously asked, “Do you read you UFO books?”

He blurted out, “You're that guy! I used to listen to your podcast!”

He seemed genuinely happy, and I was too! I told him the day before had been the 10th anniversary of my blog. We chatted for a little bit and then we got down to dealing with my formatting questions. We shard the screen so he got a quick peak at the upcoming book. With a little trial and error, we managed to solve my issues said goodbye.

This kind of thing doesn’t happen very often. It was a nice way to quell the frustrations from all the technical stuff that afternoon.
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Sunday, March 3, 2019

today is the TEN YEAR anniversary of this blog

It was March 3rd, 2009 when I uploaded my first two posts. Both are linked HERE.

I am in the throes of trying to complete my latest book project, a collection of blog posts spanning 2009 thru 2019. It should have been available today, but that hasn't happened. I foresee it being done in a few weeks!

Huge thank you to anyone who has followed the site over the last decade! Your support and interest has been so valuable–I appreciate it more than you can know.

Peace,
Mike C!

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Saturday, February 16, 2019

Q & A with Diana Pasulka on AMERICAN COSMIC

essential reading



The recently published book AMERICAN COSMIC should be required reading for anyone with even a passing interest in the subject of UFOs. I asked the author a few questions, and here are her answers:


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1) Creating a book can have a life of its own. When you set out to write this book did you know where it was headed?
Mike, I “thought” I knew where it was headed. I thought it would be a fairly straightforward comparison between historical aerial phenomena and interpretations of aerial phenomena today. However, about two to three months into the study I was confronted by inquiries from scientists, screenwriters, actors, and I realized that this was not your usual religious studies research. Yet, I also realized that these are the kinds of people who show up when something important is about to happen, or is happening, and in this case it is the birth of a new belief system. When I realized this, I was very excited and surprised.
2) You came into this arena as a scholar of religion, and you’ve framed the story from that point of view, and this seemed to allow for certain a level of objectivity. What was challenging for you about this book? And conversely, what was easy about this book?
The discipline of religious studies lends itself well to the study of this phenomena as most scholars of religion do not weigh-in on the truth or non-truth of the claims of believers. We look at effects, practices, etc. However, this position, my position, was seriously challenged because the people I was working with, scientists who studied the phenomena, were sharing their findings with me. Their findings made me think about their truth claims. I had to consider their claims, because they were not talking about whether or not a particular saint caused a painting to move, they were actually showing me scientific data. So, again, this was a surprising shift in my research.

In terms of your question, what was easy about this book… there was nothing easy about it. It became something that I had to write, which was difficult, as I have a “day job” that keeps me really busy, and I am a mother to middle schoolers. So, it was challenging in every way, psychologically and practically.
3) How was the coffee in Italy?
I cannot overstate the difference between the taste of the coffee in Italy in comparison to coffee in the United States. I don’t mean to offend anyone here, but when I tasted the wine, and the coffee in Italy, I was, to put it bluntly, very shocked. When I returned from Italy I searched and searched for wine shops that sold Italian wines and coffees. I did find some, but it took me months.
4) On page 8 you describe meeting, “the meta-experiencers, the scientists who studied the experiencers and the phenomenon.” Later in that same paragraph you wrote of experiencing: “an epistemological shock, that is, a shock to my fundamental understanding of the world and the universe.”

What happened?
It was John Mack, the Harvard researcher who studied and wrote a book about this phenomenon in the 1980s, who coined the term “epistemological shock.” It means that your “theory of reality” is being shifted, and that it is a shocking experience. I had gone into the study a disbeliever, and I left the study something entirely different. This was due to my association with the scientists. Their research convinced me, and note, I am not trying to convince anyone else here, but their research was compelling and I understood that the question of this phenomena is not so easy to answer. It was easy to show how people’s beliefs and practices are influenced by media, but it wasn’t easy to dismiss the research of vetted scientists. I couldn’t.


Diana Pasulka's book is now available!
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