Saturday, September 1, 2012

what posts do you find interesting?

great gray owl in full camo

I've just spent some time looking back through this blog. I poked around my own site in a completely haphazard way, and I gotta say that I'm impressed with some of what re-read. There is some good stuff buried in here. Yes, there is a lot of self-indulgent navel gazing too. But, the reason I started this blog was to explore my own veiled events and memories (well, hidden experiences) in a public forum.

Now I'm want to ask you to chime in and tell me what you think are posts worth re-reading. This blog has been around for over three and a half years. I write for myself, but I wonder what the readers think. I'm genuinely curious. My question to you readers:

What posts on this blog
do YOU find interesting?
please post 'em in the comments below

I'll start with a few that resonate strongly with me:
1. This blew my mind on so many levels. It describes what is probably the single most important experience of my life. It involves a simple facebook message at a pivotal moment in my time here on earth. I am told to be brave.
2. This is a follow-up to the post above, a book-end of sorts. Another facebook message impacts my life. The universe answers my plea.
3. An essay about the balancing act between my head and my heart. This was written in early days of November 2009, right after reality shattering events October of that same crazy year.
4. Mac Tonnies was a pal of mine. In this long essay I try to describe how he impacted my life. It is a rambling bunch of self examination about the loss of my friend. I wrote it in a sort of flurry, it is a string of details I needed to get written down.
As I look at these four essays, I am struck that they were all written in real time, in the moment. You don't need to read between the lines to see that these experiences have been emotionally challenging. And it's no surprise that they were all written in 2009.


Anonymous said...

As I was wondering what posts I found most interesting, I had a thought about synchronicity that struck me as true, for me anyway. I experience enough of them to verify for myself that they are meaningful in various ways, but as I read your last link and the comments (haven’t listened again to the audio) I concretized more value in them.

A friend recently related a very succinct premonition someone in his life recounted from a dream. He was in a wreck in the dream, he knew about this other person’s dream the next day, and he had a wreck that very day despite his trying to be careful enough to avoid a crash. A deer jumped in front of his car causing an unavoidable and immediate accident.

In this case, how much is premonition and how much is synchronicity? I think the two are intimately tied sometimes, others probably not at all, but expanding the scope of each may be beneficial to determining meaning in regard to synchronicity when finding meaning is often nebulous.

I forget who said that when you look into the abyss, the abyss looks back, but it occurs to me that synchronicity may be that very thing, the mental, archetypal, out of this world, what-have-you, staring back and confirming in some way your search is worthwhile.

When does the onslaught of seeing owls become more than strange phenomenon and become a sign worth meaning, a synchronicity itself? When the seer begins to view the phenomenon has meaning, and, eventually determines the meaning on a personal basis. I think we may have to look at a larger picture. Synchronicity and premonition can probably tell us more if we choose to see them in conjunction sometimes. But then I don't abide the strict terms used to define synchronicity either.

Which brings me to an answer to your question. All the posts in your personal succession give me an insight into your personal quest, something unique to you, but not dissimilar to what most of us go through ourselves. Sometimes you give me validation, and those posts for which I cannot relate so well, my perspective is expanded anyway. In time, I might be able to relate. In time, I have.

I read your for validation, first and foremost. I get an awful lot more through your angst, your insight, your excitement and your refusal to leave the quest in the dirt. I’m just saying, you are supposed to write for more reason than figuring this stuff out yourself. We all need help and I so appreciate you and others who take the time and effort to share. I have no favorites. The experiences and insights as a whole, the patterns they suggest are most valuable to me. So thank you.


Brizdaz (Darren) said...

I don't really have any favourite posts,I just come here to see how your journey is progressing.
I have to say though that it is the pod-casts that I really find interesting.
In many ways you are just a bridge for me to cross to other interesting people in this little community we seem to share.
So in a way,you are a Shaman taking not just me,but many others who read this blog on a spiritual quest in the realms of their own possibilities and for that I thank you.

Anonymous said...

Mike, I find your personal memories of 'alien' beings (ex.-looking out your bedr. window and seeing gray beings lined up in a row) are fascinating. Not everyone who's an experiencer/abductee has such clear memories even if they're just for a moment and are followed with amnesia/missing time.

Also your interactions with Budd Hopkins and trying to be regressed to remember more.....they two key areas are extremely interesting to me.

~ Susan

Red Pill Junkie said...

Everything's good to me, baby! ;)

Though your posts about the dreams you've had, accompanied by those cools cartoons you make, have been somewhat scarce as of late.

I suppose the thing that convinced me to stick around and learn about your synchros was:

1) When you told the story about you and Mike on that fateful evening of missing time.

2) Your story of observing that flying 'coffee can'; and

3) The night when you watched those 5 beings outside your home.

But, as Darren, I'm not really saying those are my favorite things. I'm just in awe of your life's journey, and waiting to hear what comes next :)

PS: Besides, too many little happenings have showed up, convincing me that *maybe* I'm meant to stick around after all...

Mike Clelland! said...

Curious - people are commenting about posts from 2009. But, I guess, that isn't a surprise.

Red Pill Junkie said...

The Evolutionary Triad also marked a new phase in the history of your blog IMO

Brizdaz (Darren) said...

" Besides, too many little happenings have showed up, convincing me that *maybe* I'm meant to stick around after all..."

Yes,I second that RPJ.
Let's just say some blogs I feel compelled to follow,even when I think sometimes they are heading in a different direction to where I'm going they always seem to swing back in a similar direction to where I seem to be going...where-ever that is.

Regan Lee said...

I just love your blog overall Mike. I feel a personal connection to your articles on synchronicity and owls, but it's all good. Mostly, for me, I appreciate your explorations into . . . whatever this all is.

(I also like the way you present the podcasts: simple, a link on your blog,as the moment comes upon you.)

Mike Clelland! said...

Thanks for all the supportive words. It means a lot to me.

Mike C!

Different Mike said...
This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.
Mike Clelland! said...

Hey Different Mike

I apologize - I screwed up - and I deleted your post by accident.

Mike C

Red Pill Junkie said...

Here's what Different Mike wrote:

"Hi Mike. I have to agree with others. It's not so much that there's a single post that I gravitate towards, as it is your willingness to share your own struggle to make sense of your experiences, blow by blow. I mentioned this before, but when I discovered your blog, I experienced a resurgence in my own awareness of synchronicities; my dreams became more active; my own search became energized.

I primarily enjoy your interviews. You have a unique way of connecting with your guests in conversation; of holding a line in terms of your skepticism, but allowing the other person to share without being insulted. I think it's in that organic process of connecting with others where your strengths shine. Maybe this is why your favorite part of UFO conferences is talking to people in support groups. That makes perfect sense. As you've said, this stuff is intensely personal. Most of us are prone to feeling alone with our experiences, and your willingness to share and connect ... well, I guess I get something from it vicariously.

Sometimes I don't know WHAT to think of your posts. Like with the owls. I understand the passion. I've had similar types of experiences that to me, are mind blowing, yet it's almost impossible to convey the meaning of these types events to people who aren't a part of them. Sometimes the universe winks at us, revealing its sentient beauty. But how are we to describe to another person just how beautiful a woman is that we met? Or how delicious a meal might be that we discovered? Or how great a song is, unless the person experiences these things for themselves? And even if they do, their experience will be their own.

So ya. It's hard for me to literally connect with some of that stuff, but somehow, it almost immediately reawakened my OWN dormant awareness process. For that, I am grateful. It's a gutsy thing to share like you do. As always, I look forward to hearing more of your thoughtful observations as we struggle to find one another in this strangest and maddest of seas."

A great comment which deserved to be rescued from Blogger's Hades ;)

Different Mike said...

RPJ- Thanks for that. I don't know how you did it, but very cool! Man... you manage to be everywhere in this matrix. Always a pleasure to see you, even if I'm just lurking.

Mike- No worries. I've deleted plenty of my own material over time with my own hands. Thanks again for turning your life inside-out for our benefit. Thank you for playing the role of cyber-shaman, and taking us along on your curious excursion...

Red Pill Junkie said...

No biggie. After I post a comment on a blog, I always check the 'send all replies via e-mail' box. That's why I had a copy of your comment :)

Mike Clelland! said...

Thanks RPJ!

And to Different Mike,

THanks for the kind words. About the owl posts not meaning as much to you as they obviously mean to me. I am aware of that, and I try to keep 'em short!

And - I have received a LOT of emails from people with equally weird owl stories. So, something is going on, and not just with me!

Mike C!

Different Mike said...

Oh man. I don't mean to poop on the owl posts. I just mean, it's hard to access the interior of the experience. But I find it interesting. For example, I used to work with a traditionally trained shaman. He had a relationship with various 'animal spirits' that was hard for me to understand. As you probably know, a lot of their work involves songs invoking spirits of the animals, or some such thing. I usually had no idea what the words were he was singing. I had a TINY idea of what some of them meant. But that guy was definitely in communication with something, and it enabled him to do incredible things.

And again, your material triggered something in me as well, and it was not subtle.

I also have memories of feeling stumped and uncomfortable when a friend of mine would mention the fairies that lived in her garden. It completely weirded me out. That is, until I saw fairies a couple of years later. A bunch of them. For like, two or three hours. There was no possible way for me to appreciate what this woman was talking about before that point. But I suspect it was my introduction to their realm, in a way.

I've learned that the messages that are the strongest medicine for us are seldom if ever the messages we expect or are even equipped to understand, at the time. You have a relationship with the natural world that a suburbanite such as myself truly envies. I'm a domesticated animal.

So please, keep nothing short. Wax on about owls. It's not like I skip over the posts. I still like reading them. And I'm not capable of false compliments. Ask my wife. She'll tell you...

Oh. And I had that one impactful dream thar featured a white owl... and also featured stuff that I find weird. Right there in my own dream. That greeting from the 'great white brotherhood'. All these months later, I still have no idea what to make of it. Lord knows I'm no theosophist, and I really don't resonate with any of the material about galactic federations and such... Part of me wants to tell the writers in my skull, "Less cheese, please". But darn it, it happened, and I just don't know what to make of it.

Anyhow. Don't change a thing. Perhaps it's no accident I had that dream, and then happened upon your owl-centric blog. I know I keep banging my head against the door hoping for a breakthrough....

Be well.

Brizdaz (Darren) said...

"No biggie. After I post a comment on a blog, I always check the 'send all replies via e-mail' box. That's why I had a copy of your comment".

Don't you know that a magician is never to reveal his secrets?-)

Oh, and being a Red Pill Junkie,you might find this interesting -

Andras Jones,one of the main stars of "Nightmare On Elm Street 4" and one of the contributors of
"The SYNC Book" has taken
"The Matrix" and overlayed the soundtrack with "The Who"'s Lifehouse songs ah la
"The Dark Side of the Rainbow".
I watched it yesterday and was impressed,I must say.
I would like to hear your honest opinion of it if you feel inclined to give it a watch.
Or anyone's opinion that are into sync ups of movies and different soundtracks that seem to match what's being shown on screen.

Red Pill Junkie said...

@ Darren:


Anonymous said...

Okay-- Lucretiasheart here. (I cannot seem to post under google I.D.)

I enjoy your personal essays most of all-- I like hearing what your experiences are and the perceptions and opinions that spring from them.

The interviews with people sharing real life strange encounters would be a strong second for me. Some very compelling testimony here for sure.

Interviews with researchers who are more broad in their investigations would be next-- because they can make some amazing connections between the various aspects of the paranormal they've investigated.

And anything related to shamanism, "natural magic," powerful dreams-- your or other people's.

I just want to use this opportunity to say that your blog has been a real gift and a welcome one. I have to check in regularly and find out what fascinating thing you're looking into next!