Saturday, October 13, 2018

Andrea’s pendulum

click on the image above for a HI-Rez view
This is a story from around three years ago, sometime in 2015. Andrea has a crystal pendulum tied with a black thread. The thread has two knots, so you can hold the the thread high or low depending on the knot. Andrea uses this pendulum while pinching the lower knot, and I use it at the higher knot.

For a time it was setting unused on a shelf in the closet. There was a day when Andrea asked me, “Did you do anything to the the string on my pendulum?” I said no and asked her what had happened. She showed me the string and it had been re-tied with three very short loops.

I didn’t have any idea how this could have happened and I carefully examined her pendulum. The black thread had been tied in a way that created three evenly sized loops near the top. I hadn’t tied it like this and neither had Andrea. I scrutinized the knot and tried to untie it. I am quite skilled with getting knots undone (see here), but I couldn’t make any headway to getting this knot undone. I really worked at it, even using tweezers, but nothing was working.

It seemed odd and I gave up. I set the pendulum back in its spot on the shelf. A few days later the knot was undone and it was in its previous configuration. I asked Andrea how it had gotten it untied and she had no idea what I was talking about.

Again, I carefully examined the string, and it seemed to be back in the original configuration. Neither of us have any idea how it might have gotten tied into such a tight knot and then how it would have returned to the way it had been previously.

Andrea's crystal pendulum with the thread in its "normal" configuration 
 Pendulums are simply a small crystal pendant at the end of a short silver chain or string, and these are standard issue in the new-age community. The user will hold the string steady, let the crystal dangle, ask a yes or no question and wait for an answer. The pendulum gently swings or rotates as a reply.

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

collected writings from hidden experience (an idea for a book)

rough cover idea 
In March of 2019 this blog will be ten years old. A lot has changed in my life in the last decade, and this blog has been a dairy of that journey.

I am considering doing a book with a collection of some of these posts. This is just an idea at this point. The blog has gotten so big that it’s become a hassle to try and dig through and find anything. I've been reviewing the site, starting at the beginning. There are well over 800 posts on this site and most of them wouldn’t be appropriate in a book format, but there are some remarkable entries here.

The content is all available online, so the ebook would need to be priced low. I doubt there would be a print book, but if there were it would be print-on-demand and would need to be priced like a tradition book.

     A few question for my readers:
     1. Would you be interested in a book like this?
     2. What posts here have you found to be especially interesting?

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

"The owl isn’t important" gleaned from hypnosis


I was in Los Angeles in August and did a hypnosis session with abduction Researcher Yvonne Smith. A few things came up, yet there is some stuff that I'm not ready to share. I need to process it a bit more before sharing.

Before the we began I told to Yvonne to bring up the subject of owls at some point during the session. I requested that she ask me, “What is the meaning of the owls?” Near the end of the session she did exactly that, and below is a (slightly edited) transcript:
Yvonne: What sense do you get about your connection with owls?

Mike: I get that the owl isn’t important. The owl is like a symbol, or like a sign on a door. It’s just a sign on a door and what’s behind the door is what’s important.
For a few moments I don’t much say, all I did was mumble and stammer. I was struggling to say something and spoke in fragments about being and artist and that I understand something—then there was an abrupt change, and I began speaking very clearly.
Mike: I understand how people take in a story, and how they need a symbol or a sign on the door. But the owl is meaningless to what is on the other side of the door. It’s just the doorway that’s important. The owl is the right symbol for the door. We are on this side, and EVERYTHING else is on that side of the door. There is a LOT more! We are in this little tight hallway here, and on the other side of the door is this vastness!
Yvonne asked me about owls and my response was that owls are not important. That was NOT the answer I expected.

The imagery I got during the session was a long narrow claustrophobic hallway with a lot of doors. It was drab like something in a cheap hotel. There a picture of an owl thumb-tacked to a door, and it's flung open to reveal a scene of infinite space. It a sort of corny special effect like something out of a Dr. Who episode. The doorway revealed an expansive view out into some timeless multi-layered galaxy.

I used the term vastness, and was trying to express something limitless. I think I was trying to describe something akin to God.

As I spoke the words, I had the feeling I sometimes get while writing. It was like, “Hey, this is good!” Right in the moment I had a kind of knowing that this was really good stuff.
EXTRA: The idea that owls aren’t important plays out as something similar to what Dr. Leo Sprinkle told me during my 2011 interview with him. He spoke about UFOs as a signpost. The post itself isn’t all that interesting, it’s just a stick of wood jammed into the ground. It’s the sign that is important, ‘Bridge Out’ or ‘Wrong Way’ are important signs. He said, UFOs are not important, they are only signposts—it is the sign that's important.

Monday, September 10, 2018

Wayne Dyer tells a butterfly story

The late Wayne Dyer tells a fascinating story about a butterfly. This is an excerpt from a program titled, Inspiration: Your Ultimate Calling (PBS, 2005).

I can't help but seeing his experience as fitting in with the owl stories I have collected, especially the ones associated with death.

Thursday, September 6, 2018

I now need to reply to owl stories with a form letter

When people ask what proof I have that this owl stuff is real, I'll tell them, "Come look at my email inbox."

This blog will soon be ten years old and right from the onset I was asking to hear people’s owl experiences. At first there weren’t too many and I could do a lot of back and forth correspondence. I really valued these exchanges, and it helped me better understand some of the complexities of this owl mystery.

With each passing year I've received more stories. What started as a trickle has become a torrent. I used to be able to give a thorough reply to each person’s story, but now that’s very difficult.

Sadly, I can no longer give the thoughtful response that these experiences deserve. I’ve come to the point where I need to reply with a form letter. That letter will essentially be an apology to the person who had the experience. Many of the people I’ve connected with have had a terribly confusing experience, and at times, I've been able to do more more than just answer their questions, I’ve provided a kind of solace. I feel a kinship to each person who contacts me with their owl story and I take this responsibility very seriously.

This work is important.

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Owls at a scientific UFO Congress in Montreal

GARPAN Congress on Ufology
I will be speaking at an upcoming UFO conference in Montreal on Oct 27 and 28. The proceedings have been organized by a scientific steering committee with the goal of bringing together researchers and scientists.

This event has a heavy emphasis on science, and I needed to ask the organizer, “Why did you invite me?” He replied that he thought my work was interesting and would add something to the overall proceedings. This looks to be an amazing line up of international speakers!

Location: Montreal, in a university (to be determined)
Dates: October 27, 2018, 9: 00-22: 00 (indoors)
October 28, 2018, 10: 00-17: 00 (on the web)

Saturday, August 25, 2018

owl sighting in LA

My chocolate croissant at a coffee shop in LA.

Friday, August 24, 2018

the audio book hits #1

The audiobook of Stories from The Messengers just hit number one in the UFO category on the audible site. I've been peeking in on the site to see how it's been doing. I think the Skeptiko interview bumped it up to that top position!

Complete introduction read by the author

My deepest thanks go to Whitley Strieber, Suzanne Chancellor, Lorin Cutts, and Andrea Villiere. Their support was amazing!

  Link to the Audiobook HERE  

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Skeptiko with Alex Tsakiris - Owls and Extended Consciousness

Skeptiko with Alex Tsakiris is one of the best podcasts to address the deeper questions about consciousness. I recently spoke with Alex about my owl books, and a whole lot more. The show is titled: Owls and Extended Consciousness. This was an excellent interview, and I recommend it highly! There's even a transcript.

  2018 Skeptiko interview lineked HERE  

We also did an interview back in 2013, and that was at a point when I was really struggling with my experiences. That 2013 interview is linked HERE.

Alex did an in depth series of interviews on UFOs and Consciousness back in 2013. These are all linked HERE.

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Diana Walsh Pasulka and Gordon White talk about the power of THE STORY

an amazing audio interview

Gordon White interviews Diana Walsh Pasulka on his amazing podcast series RUNE SOUP. Anyone reading these words, take heed, this is required listening!

Near the end of the interview they talk about something that really hit home for me—the dangers of getting bogged down in the need define a story as something literal. The transcript below begins with Diana talking about a chapter in her upcoming book American Cosmic. In it she looks at Kubrick’s 1968 film 2001: A Space Odyssey as a deeper form of story telling.

(begins at time-count 53:20)
Diana: What I am saying is that… 2001: A Space Odyssey is like a mass Marian apparition. I go into the specifics and my book gets somewhat academic, I go into the specifics of what happens to us when we are involved in [watching]... 2001. Or, The Conjuring, or a Marian apparition.

We tend to separate them out and say this is real life, and what’s this thing of psi? And we separate technology from that, but I don't think we should.

Gordon: No. It’s weird. I get a lot of anthropologists on the show as a category of academics, more than any other. One of the things that has always interested me is the idea of fiction and nonfiction is a byproduct of a culture that’s fixated on a revealed religious text and then had an enlightenment, so it has become kind of canonized—this is true and this is fake—and then [in doing so] we messed up our understanding of the imagination and the imaginal—and diminished it. No other culture does that.

Diana: Definitely!

Gordon: So, no other culture does that. So there is no fiction and nonfiction of section aboriginal Australia. There are stories.

Diana: Right…Yes! Beautiful!

Gordon: Only 9% of the population of the planet, and [it has happened in] only the last couple of hundred years, thinks in this categorized way, no other people, anywhere or any-when thinks like that - and so there is a very good chance that we’re wrong and we should probably think about story rather than fiction and non-fiction and then see what emerges from that analysis.

And it seems like thats what you're doing.
This has been the way I’ve attempted to presented my research. This wasn’t a formal decision on my part, it’s just the way owl stories seemed to present themselves. If I filtered out the accounts that seemed too bizarre, I would be doing a disservice to these experiences—and to myself. I wrote this on page 346 of The Messengers.
This book is more than just a collection of odd owl stories, it is meant to be a reflection of a mystery, something vital within the human spirit. Gathering all these owl accounts has been a kind of awakening for me, and I have become a disciple to the story. There is a deeper message folded into many of these personal narratives, well beyond just seeing an owl in the forest. It is my sincerest hope that some of these stories will someday be shared around the campfire, filling the listener with some elusive understanding, and perhaps a more heartfelt way to proceed forward with their own lives.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

symbolic owl in The Pleiades

I found a cool image from space (above), and my first thought was it looked like and OWL! I mean, it sure looked like an owl to me, but at this point everything does. 
I mean, that's an owl, right?
It’s a Hubble Space Telescope image of a dust nebula near the star Merope. Merope is a star in the Pleiades, an easily recognizable star cluster in the night sky of the norther hemisphere. I was doing a simple google search of The Pleiades for a fiction book project. I was looking up the names of the Seven Sisters in Greek mythology. The scene in the book involves an owl and also the Pleiades.


Monday, July 2, 2018

Audiobook for Stories from The Messengers available now!

audiobook - coming soon!
The audiobook of Stories from The Messengers is now available on the audible website! It should alos be avialbel soon on the Amazon site as well.

  Link to the Audiobook HERE  

I read the entire book into a microphone, and it was a much bigger project than I had imagine. A lot of readers have asked when the audio version of the book will be available, and I am happy to say it's out now!

My deepest thanks go to Whitley Strieber, Suzanne Chancellor, Lorin Cutts, and Andrea Villiere. Their support was amazing!

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Coming soon — Audiobook for Stories from The Messengers

audiobook - coming soon!
This morning, after months of hard work, the audiobook of Stories from The Messengers has been uploaded on the audible website.

Alas, the website said that it would be 10—14 days until the audiobook is actually available on for purchase.

I read the entire book aloud into a microphone, and it was a much bigger project than I dared imagine. A lot of readers have asked when the audio version of the book will be available, and I am happy to say it will be very soon!

Stay tuned, I will make a big announcement when the the big day arrives. I am very proud of the final result.

My deepest thanks go to Whitley Strieber, Suzanne Chancellor, Lorin Cutts, and Andrea Villiere. Their support was amazing!

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Paranormal Podcast and owls

owls and aliens in conversation
This was a very good interview. It is hard to capture the complexity of the books without a lot of time, but we dug pretty deep in this one hour conversation. Jim Harold is a professional podcaster, and he takes his role seriously.

  Full interview linked HERE  

Tuesday, May 22, 2018


Ancient Roman mosaic

The Italian word for owl is gufo.
This can be read as: "Gee, UFO!"