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!
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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

G+UFO

Ancient Roman mosaic

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



Saturday, May 19, 2018

religion, beliefs and UFOs

the convergence of UFOs and religion

New interview with author and theologian Dr. Diana Pasulka. She talks about the research for her upcoming book, American Cosmic. The Youtube video is a very straight and formal discussion by a guy who looks like what an academic should look like!

The other recommended interview is from late last year. Greg Bishop talked with Diana on Radio Mysterioso. This is by far the preferred of the two interview.

  Radio Mysterioso interview linked HERE  

due out in early 2018
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Friday, May 18, 2018

Whitley Strieber talks about Stories from The Messengers

Audio interview now on Whitley Strieber's site
Return of the Night Messengers: Owls, UFOs and a Deeper Reality

Author and host Whitley Strieber
One of the most inspiring, beautiful and thought-provoking Dreamlands ever recorded. Mike Clelland joins Whitley to discuss his ongoing research into the relationship between owls and the close encounter experience.

Mike proceeds to tell a series of wonderful, mind-bending stories about how owls fit into the very complex picture that is close encounter.

If ever there has been a Dreamland that advances consciousness, it’s this one. We are truly at the edge of an unknown country here, and stepping forth into a new vision of reality.
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This is the text from Whitley Strieber's DREAMLAND. We did a wonderful interview, now posted on his site. I am humbled at his kind words. 

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Brad Steiger 1936—2018

Author and researcher, Brad Steiger
Brad Steiger was one of the hard working giants in this field. I just heard that he has died, he was 82. I was honored to spend a few hours in conversation listening to his deep, hypnotic voice. I did two interviews with him where he shared many of his owl personal experiences. He made a strong impression on me, it didn't feel like I was talking with an author—he was much more of a mystic.

These two interviews play well side-by-side, creating (in a sort) a full two-hour interview. The order doesn't matter, and none of the information overlaps. Each of these audio interviews are just a little over one-hour long.

He was a gracious gentleman and visionary. He will be missed.



Sunday, May 6, 2018

Robert Bigalow has a multi-disciplinary full-time team that investigates UFOs


He has a Howard Hughes mustache

This text below is quite remarkable, it reads like a press release. It was posted by the CBS TV affiliate in Las Vegas. This is from Robert Bigalow, the man who talked about UFOs on 60 Minutes. I have wondered if Bigalow's appearance on such a high profile news show was part of an orchestrated release of "news" similar to the New York Times article form November of 2017A few curious segments in the text below are highlighted.

Statement from a Senior Manager of BAASS
(Bigalow Aerospace Advanced Space Studies)

By: Caroline Bleakley 
Updated: May 04, 2018 

LAS VEGAS - BAASS broke new ground in professionalism by hiring, training and deploying 50 full-time staff comprising retired military intelligence and law enforcement officers, PhD level scientists, engineers, technicians, analysts, translators, and project managers to create the largest multi-disciplinary full-time team in history to investigate the UFO topic.

The investigations by BAASS provided new lines of evidence showing that the UFO phenomenon was a lot more than nuts and bolts machines that interacted with military aircraft. The phenomenon also involved a whole panoply of diverse activity that included bizarre creatures, poltergeist activity, invisible entities, orbs of light, animal and human injuries and much more. The exclusive focus on nuts and bolts machines could be considered myopic and unproductive in solving the larger mystery of UFOs.

One of the major successes of BAASS was in adopting the novel approach of utilizing the human body as a readout system for dissecting interactions with the UFO phenomenon. This novel approach aimed to circumvent the increasing evidence of deception and subterfuge by the UFO phenomenon in that multiple eyewitnesses co-located in the same vicinity frequently reported seeing widely different events. The evidence was multiplying that the UFO phenomenon was capable of manipulating and distorting human perception and therefore eyewitness testimony of UFO activity was becoming increasingly untrustworthy.

The BAASS approach was to view the human body as a readout system for UFO effects by utilizing forensic technology, the tools of immunology, cell biology, genomics and neuroanatomy for in depth study of the effects of UFOs on humans. This approach marked a dramatic shift away from the traditional norms of relying on eyewitness testimony as the central evidentiary arm in UFO investigations. The approach aimed to bypass UFO deception and manipulation of human perception by utilizing molecular forensics to decipher the biological consequences of the phenomenon.

The result of applying this new approach was a revolution in delineating the threat level of UFOs.

Copyright 2018 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. 
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Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Twitter Tweet as rebuttal to skeptical podcasters

Click on the image for a HIrez view. Also, note the 3:33 time stamp.
A few weeks ago I was asked by two podcasters to be on their show (Oh No! with Ross and Carrie). They had seen me speak at the 2017 Ozark conference. I replied and said that I'd be a guest on their show. Then they told me they had done a podcast review of my presentation, so I listened. I was unprepared for their snarky tone, and it felt like their blend of humor and skepticism came of as sort of mean spirited. My first reaction was to cancel our interview, but we ended up in a long email dialogue. Ross said he had read my book after the conference, and now better understood the personal approach to my research.

We agreed to talk, and I made my case during the interview.

I was clear that this is a personal journey for me, and I am not approaching this as a scientist. The interview went well, but at times you can hear both frustration and defensiveness in my voice. The discussion was fun at times and it forced me to articulate some things very clearly, things I might blow past in other interviews.

They were dismissive of some of my ideas in both their initial review of my presentation, and the recent interview.
They gave me grief about my presentation, here are three points:
  1. My preoccupation with numbers like 333.
  2. My claim that people see owls while listening to my voice.
  3. They questioned why people don’t get pictures of the owls they see while listening to my voice.
On the very day they posted my interview, Carrie received something on her phone (image above). Seems three points got addressed in that one tweet. It had nullified each of the points in the short list above.

For me, this was a synchro-rebuttal from the universe—a cosmic hat-trick.

To his credit, Ross wrote this in an email to me:
Having read the book, I do get that you are not trying to be a scientist. I appreciated this passage [from The Messengers], for example:

"I am trying to be clear in the way these ideas are explored, but also clear that this is a personal journey. This is not science, and I don't pretend that it is."
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Friday, April 13, 2018

The Owls Speak: Stories From the Messengers (Exclusive Excerpt)

Those penetrating eyes
My pal Red Pill Junkie just posted a full chapter from my new book on The Daily Grail. The exclusive excerpt is Chapter Four, titled Gypsy Woman and a White Owl. He wrote this in the article:
“If it’s not weird, I don’t trust it.” That was the motto of Anne Strieber, the late wife of author Whitley Strieber, and her way to deal with the hundreds of claims of non-human intervention she and her husband received from the readers of Communion.

Mike Clelland, author of The Messengers, totally agrees with this idea—though he probably would add “and if it doesn’t have owls, I trust it even less.”

...This new book, Stories from the Messengers, is intended as a companion volume that will add even more depth to this journey into the most mysterious aspects of the UFO phenomenon. Something I personally feel resonates with a great deal of people, despite what conference organizers or the TTSA consultants might think. Because if there’s something that’s sorely lacking in this ‘new’ interest in UFOs by mainstream media –oops! Sorry: I mean ‘UAPs’ (gotta get those acronym right, folks)– is an acknowledgement of how the phenomenon refuses to conform to simplistic explanations when viewed in its totality, instead of edited accounts cherry-picked by researchers or black-and-white videos from UFO encounters with military jets; another thing lacking from those smartly doctored gun camera videos, is the profound impact these type of events have on many who experience them; and when they find themselves with the rug of consensual reality swept from under their feet and in a state of total confusion and despair, the owls might show up with those big unblinking eyes of theirs –a casual reminder that they need to pay attention to the road ahead.

Mike Clelland wrote this book for those kind of people.

We at The Daily Grail are very thankful Mike accepted to share a chapter of Stories from the Messengers as an exclusive for our readers. We hope you enjoy it, and if you do, that you share it and also pick up a copy in either a paperback or e-book format:
  click HERE for a direct link to the full chapter  
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Thursday, April 12, 2018

a nice paragraph in my new book...

Chihuahuan Desert in southern Texas
I've written an handful of books, some about UFOs and some about outdoor skills. The last month of my life has involved working on an audio book for Stories from The Messengers. This project has been much harder than I could have ever expected. It means scrutinizing every single word of the book. This afternoon I read this passage into the microphone—and it just sings to me. 
       Kristin was in Alpine Texas waiting for the midnight train to Austin. This was in the early 1990’s and she was in her mid 20’s, a time when she had given herself over to wilderness travel. She’d just finished ten days of solo hiking in the Chihuahuan Desert about one hundred miles south of the train station. She stood alone on the dark on the platform, and as usual she was sobbing. It tore her heart out to leave the wilderness and return to her life in the city. When the train approached she collected herself and wiped away her tears.
This story also includes owls, UFOs, healing skills, an NDE and a OBE. I reference the goddess Diana as well as St Francis of Assisi. Plus, there is an amazing story about glowing. This is the longest chapter in the book.
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this was origonaly posted on April 13th 2018

Thursday, March 29, 2018

The Hidden Lives of Owls, and my little cameo

beautiful cover design
I recently purchased the Kindle version of a book about owls. I read a few reviews, but more than that—I loved the cover!

In the book The Hidden Lives of Owls: The Science and Spirit of Nature's Most Elusive Birds, author Leigh Calvez writes about owl habitat, owl calls and their social behavior. She also explores the human-connection—in particular, owl obsession and mythology.

As I read the introduction, the opening ideas seemed similar to my owl book. She addressed something I find fascinating—the relationship between the owl and the shaman. Then I saw this line:
In many Native American tribes, the powerful owl is for the tribe’s shaman only. Some people even believe there’s a connection between owls and extraterrestrials. Writer and artist Mike Clelland, who writes about owls and mythology, believes that there is a synchronistic link between owls and UFO sightings. What is it about owls that makes them so mysterious and fascinating to us?
I had a cameo in someone else’s owl book! It wasn’t much, but I was struck how straight she wrote about my somewhat peculiar owl obsession. I realize I'm an easy target for ridicule, but I sense no smirking on the part of the author (whew!).

My brief mention was sandwiched in between two ideas at the core of my own research. The line before was about the owl and shaman, and the line after my was essentially the same question I have asked over and over: Why owls?
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Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Billy Pilgram hears a flying saucer and thinks it’s an owl!

Click on the image above for a HI-Rez view
I have been searching. Part of my research has been to find the very first reference in popular culture to owls in relation to UFO abduction. Since the publication of The Messengers in 2015, I’ve been saying that this was in Whitley Strieber’s Communion. But a reader of this blog (Mr. Smith) just pointed out an earlier reference, from another one of my heroes, Kurt Vonnegut!

I will now have to revise what I say.

Billy Pilgram, Vonnegut's protagonist in Slaughterhouse-Five, hears a flying saucer and thinks it’s an owl—all in the moments BEFORE an abduction!

This is a perfect collision of owls and UFOs, where they blur together to the point where they are mixed up. I fully realize that Slaughterhouse-Five is a novel and Communion is non-fiction, but I am more intrigued by the clarity of the symbolism. And, both books are—without question—icons of pop-culture.

an excerpt:
Overhead he heard the cry of what might have been a melodious owl, but it wasn’t a melodious owl. It was a flying saucer from Tralfamadore, navigating in both space and time, therefore seeming to Billy Pilgrim to have come from nowhere all at once... The only noise it made was the owl song. It came down to hover over Billy, and to enclose him in a cylinder of pulsing purple light.
I read Slaughterhouse-Five while I was in high school, probably back in 1979. To say it blew my mind would be an understatement. I even saw Kurt Vonnegut when I lived in New York. We stood in line together at a corner bodega. He was buying a watermelon! (I am suddenly writing in very short sentences)

I read this in high school, probably 1979
Reading Slaughterhouse Five (1969) by Kurt Vonnegut was a defining right of passage in the 70's. Here's an 11 minute excerpt where Billy Pilgrim tries to understand time as explained by the Trafalmadorians. This is part of an audio interview with researcher Richard Dolan.

  one-click audio download HERE  

Plus you get to hear the beautiful voice of Jose Ferrer.

Monday, March 26, 2018

Owl talk with Ryan Sprague


Episode Summary: 
Ryan speaks with author, Mike Clelland, about his recently released book, Stories From The Messengers: Accounts of Owls, UFOs, and a Deeper Reality.

This book is a companion to the groundbreaking ideas that began with Mike Clelland's earlier book, The Messengers. It's a further exploration of the connection, both symbolic and literal, between owls and UFOs. There is a strangeness to these accounts that defies any simple explanation. Each chapter tells a deeply personal story where these mysterious experiences are explored in depth. The ancient mythology of the owl is repeating itself within the modern UFO report. What plays out is a journey of transformation, with an owl at the heart of each story.

And in this episode, Mike tells some of those incredible stories and where they may fit in the entire UFO mystery and beyond.

  More posts with Ryan HERE  

Monday, March 19, 2018

Documentary project from Whitley Strieber


Whitley Strieber describes an upcoming documentary

This short video is meant to generate some buzz for an upcoming documentary project. I realize that there are already a lot of UFO documentaries, yet the overwhelming majority are terribly shallow. I feel strongly this one will aim high.

I have followed Whitley for decades (I read WARDAY in my first apartment in New York back around 1984). He has consistently framed the ideas of alien contact in extremely poetic and sophisticated ways. I have watched this video several times, and each viewing I have listened closely to his words. I am cautious to say this, but he is articulating the same vital ideas that I tried to express in my two books. These issues are complex and elusive.

My second owl book was just recently published—with a foreword by Whitley. I am absolutely honored to have his words within those pages.
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Saturday, March 17, 2018

Audio Reading of Chapter 13 - Between two Bridges

recreated image to approximate witness sighting, autumn 2015
(click on image for a HIrez view)
This is chapter 13 of Stories from The Messengers. I have been recording my voice for an audio version of the newest book. The results have been good, and I am working hard to make it sound professional. This is a high quality 192 Kbits/sec file.