Friday, December 3, 2021

owls and aliens pareidolia

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This is the back of my bedroom door. Without squinting or anything, I can see two owls and two aliens within the wood grain. And it's even weirder because the owls are seemingly floating up out of the aliens in an etherial ghost form. There is actually a third set, but they get chopped off on the left end of the door, so they don't count. 

The image above was crated using Photoshop. All I did with the door (left) was increase the contrast slightly to bring out the wood grain. I isolated the outlines of the characters (right) by overlaying a darker layer to outline what I'm seeing.

Is this weird? I'm not sure what to think anymore, but it seems sort of weird to me.

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Below is an excerpt from a hypnosis session. The hypnotherapist asked me, "Mike, what is your connection to owls?" Below is my reply.

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! 


Tuesday, November 16, 2021

my friend, Leo Sprinkle, is gone


Leo Sprinkle has passed on. He was the most heart-centered and caring persons I have ever met. He was 91 years old. I will write more soon. 

Leo and Mac Tonnies, pictured together in Wyoming. 
Mac posted this on his blog and wrote:

The blur is almost certainly the result of paranormal forces! ;-)

My interview with Leo from a decade ago, Here.

Thursday, November 4, 2021

the Hermit card fifteen times in a row!

In January of 2018 I got sort of obsessed with the tarot. I was going through a heady time, and was doing a lot of one-card pulls. It was during this time that I pulled the Hermit card fifteen times in a row! Let me say that again:

I pulled the Hermit card fifteen times in a row! 

I'm trying to replay this in my mind, because it seems impossible to me now. I remember it wasn’t just that I was repeatedly pulling that one card—the Hermit fell out of the deck and landed face-up on the floor (at least once), and also the same card was at the bottom of the deck (I think twice) when I pulled the cards out of the box. 

The mania of pulling the same card happened over multiple days, and it scared me. I was also pulling it a lot (like eerily a lot!) in the time surrounding this event. During the lead-up and aftermath, I was repeatedly pulling either the Hermit card, or the Two of Wands.
two of wands
This all happened during the final editing of Stories from The Messengers, my second owl book. This was a time when I was feeling both proud of my work, and terribly insecure about it. That may sound illogical, but any creative type should get what I mean.

I was using The Wild Unknown Tarot deck, written and illustrated by Kim Krans. Her drawing style is somewhat similar to my own. Below are the card descriptions from the book that comes with the Krans deck.

The Hermit
Solitude, Meditation 

The idea of being a hermit is not supported in our society, but in the realm of the tarot hermits are highly celebrated and valued creatures. Through meditation, solitude, and stillness they bring wisdom to all. When this card appears it's time to step back from the business of day-to-day life and focus on your inner realm. Become more self-aware. If you're intrigued by meditation, start now. Spend time by yourself. Your inner fire is ready to be lit… it will shine for all to see. 


Two of wands 
determination, direction 
With the two of wands it's clear you are on your way to success. You've focused on a goal and have boldly painted all efforts in that direction. Since the suit of wands deals heavily with the mind, take this time to become more aware of your thought patterns, specifically toward yourself. What is the quality and tone of your thoughts? Mostly positive or negative? How well do you treat yourself on the journey to your highest dream? 

I never wrote about this at the time, and that seems odd, because I try to write about exactly these kinds of things when they're happening. My inspiration for writing this now is the recent announcement from Red Pill Junkie and Greg Bishop about their upcoming UFO Tarot project. More HERE

art by Red Pill Junkie

Monday, September 13, 2021

an owl flies over me FOUR times

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There's a nice park across the street from where I'm living, and I walk there almost every evening. Tonight on my way back home I saw this scene (the image above) and I thought, “That has a cool look to it.” I stopped and pulled out my phone and as I took a photo, a set of huge white wings flapped right over me. 

A big owl flew from right to left, inches above my head. It landed in a tree in the dark off the edge of the road. I moved closer and got a very faint view of a barred owl. I thought this was a nice sighting, and didn’t think much of it. Then I walked to the middle of the street and took a few more pics, and as I did it flew over me again, this time from left to right. It landed in a tree on the other side of the road, and I approached in the hopes of seeing something. It was too dark, but I sensed it was right there. I walked back, and when I got to the spot where I'd taken the pictures, it flew over me again! It landed on the same branch where I’d seen it in the darkness.

I thought, “If I pass this way one more time, crossing over the spot where I’d taken the photos, it’ll happen a forth time.”

So I turned around and walked back, and it did it again, floating silently just inches above my head. 

This big owl flew over me FOUR TIMES!

I had the sense I could walk back and fourth all night and this thing would fly above my head each time. I didn’t, I walked home. But, I gotta say—wow!


Saturday, August 14, 2021

Off World Link—the best audio interview I've ever done!

Yes, that's O-W-L!

I've done a lot of interviews since publishing my first owl book six years ago, and I feel that this is the very best one! I think it had a lot to do with the calm focus that the hosts brought to their show.

  audio show linked HERE  

Rupert and Nicola were open and eager to explore some of the most elusive aspects of the overall mystery. They shared there own stories, and this allowed for a much deeper conversation. A joy for me, and hopefully you too!

Off World Link hosts Rupert and Nicola

Friday, July 9, 2021

long interview on Koncrete

over two and a half hours long

I'm the featured guest on Koncrete, a popular video podcast series. This interview got over four thousand hits in just six hours, and that's a lot compared to most of the interviews I've done. 

The host saw the recent article from VICE, and it prompted him to reach out to me. 

This was an unusual interview for me. Danny, the host, is quite new to the subject of UFOs and I think my research and experiences might've been a bit too far-out for him. I'm not really interested in speaking about these issues unless I can dive into the deepest waters. In hindsight, I feel like I might've steered the talk to the more challenging aspects of the mystery—I really went for it.

One of the issues with doing video interviews on youtube, is that the comments can be pretty hostile. I am not the usual kind of guest he has on his show, and I feel like I overwhelmed his audience.

Also, we aren't drinkin' beer—it's canned water!

Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Zelia Edgar just posted a book review of The Messengers

video book review

Zelia Edgar just posted a book review of The Messengers, and I'm humbled by her kind words.

Zelia's excellent site is Just Another Tinfoil Hat, and I can highly recommend her informative videos of obscure and bizarre cases from paranormal history—linked HERE.

I did a wonderful interview with Zelia last year on The Unseen, linked HERE.


Monday, May 31, 2021

THE MESSENGERS, updated in 2020

Click on the image above for a HI-Rez view!
The new cover art for THE MESSENGERS features a subtle change for ease of differentiation! 

In the fall of 2020 I took over the rights for two of my books, and I'm now self-publishing 'em. This was a really important moment for me, and this new responsibility feels right. 

I spent a lot of last fall cleaning up the text of The MessengersThe back cover of this book reads: "New edition, revised and updated for 2020." There were some lingering typos, and now they're all scrubbed! I added a few short accounts, and cleared out a few redundant passages. I feel strongly this is now a much better reading experience. 

The companion book, Stories from The Messengers, has also been revised, although there were very few typos to clean up. 

Both these books are now published under the imprint: Beneath the Stars Press. Just so you know, there isn’t an office tower in Manhattan with multiple floors full of busy editors under that name. I made the it up, and it’s all me. When reviewing the books I was aware at how many accounts involve me sleeping out alone under the stars. Thus the name.
The spine of the new books feature the publisher logo

Here is an excerpt from the final page of the recently revised book:

About the updated 2020 edition
This book was an obsession poured onto the page. Its creation wasn’t a conscious decision, it was more like being pulled downstream. I’d been writing a lot on my blog about owls and UFOs, and those posts were all-consuming. That chapter of my life was a blur of listening to people and trying to document their experiences, as well as my own. I never said, “I will write a book,” it was more that I woke up one morning and said, “Oh, I guess I’m writing a book.”

Once started, I gave myself over completely, and before this book was finished, I knew there would be a second. That companion book, Stories from The Messengers, came out in 2017. After that came Hidden Experience in 2019. These follow-up books were more formal in their creation, and I learned a lot about writing in the process.

In early 2020 I began working with Michael Hacker, the voice artist who read The Messengers as an audiobook. This meant going back through the initial manuscript and finding the points where it addresses “the reader” and changing those to “the listener.” During this review, I’d catch an awkward phrase, clean it up, and keep looking. At some point, I started at the beginning and scrutinized every sentence. When done, I started again with a more determined eye. 

I’ve had experiences with owls that’ve played out like dreams, and I’m not alone. I’m now friends with a lot of the people in this book, and their experiences have continued. Some of these new developments are  in this second edition, but otherwise it’s essentially the same book that was published in 2015. 

The text has been streamlined, some points have been clarified, and a few stories have been told more completely. I feel strongly it’s now a better read.

I am astonished at the power of the experiences told within these pages. It has been an honor to give life to so many amazing stories. I am enormously proud of this book.

—Mike Clelland, September 2020


Saturday, May 22, 2021

audiobook sample from THE MESSENGERS

This is an excerpt from my recently published audiobook of The Messengers. It was narrated by Michael Hacker. The foreword was written and read by Richard Dolan. And the introduction and conclusion were read by me.

This is Chapter Nine, titled Back to Back Reports, and this might be my favorite chapters of this big book.
Over 15 hours of audio

I am happy to offer up this sample, so you can get an insight into the tenor of the book. I will be posting more samples as a way to promote this audiobook, and these will be easy to find here on my blog.

  get the audiobook HERE  

The audiobook can be purchased on, the iTunes store and amazon. If you like the book, please leave a review on Amazon. In this new era of publishing, authors are dependent on these reviews.

I need to thank Michael Hacker for his wonderful narration. I sought him out because he has read a long list of audiobooks by John Keel and Brad Steiger, two of my heroes in this fascinating corner of publishing. 

This book, The Messengers was a monumental project for me, and it consumed years of my life. It was a blurry time of obsession and dedication, and it was also a time of magic. The book was written in a synchronistic cloud, and that's not an exaggeration. It feels like something outside myself was at play in the writing process.

I have two other companion books, and these make up a sort of trilogy. I am enormously proud of The Messenger series, and each is available in print, in kindle, and as audiobooks.


Friday, May 21, 2021

THE MESSENGERS now as an audiobook


THE MESSENGERS, my first book on owls and UFOs, is now available as an audiobook. A lot of people have been asking me if there's an audio version, and I can now say YES!

  audiobook linked HERE  

 I'll be adding some audio samples here on my blog, and this’ll happen very soon.

The book was read beautifully by Michael Hacker. He has read a long list of other books by such luminaries as John Keel and Brad Steiger. I loved his story telling skills, and sought him out to read my book. We worked closely on the project, and he captured the eerie mystery in the many accounts that make up over 15 hours of narration. I am immensely proud of this audiobook.

Please know, I plan on actively promoting this audiobook heavily in the upcoming weeks. You’ve been forewarned.

For a short while, I’m offering my blog readers a free audiobook—and this is part of my promotional push. The only catch is that you’ll need to have a membership to So, you get a FREE audiobook by simply contacting me! My email linked above by clicking the “contact” button. Limited time offer!

It’s a wonderful book… because it's a book that advances us in consciousness—it advances us—it takes us from where we were before we started reading it to a new place in terms of understanding the close encounter experience. I can name, just on the fingers of one hand, the number of books that actually do that.

     —Whitley Strieber, author of Communion
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“I would characterize very few UFO books as beautiful, but this one is.”

    —Richard Dolan, author of UFOs and the National Security State

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 I get a strong sense that Mike Clelland was guided to write this by the UFO intelligences and I think the reader will get that. This is the first time I have seen this level of both a book and its author being inextricably linked to the phenomenon itself since Strieber and Communion. Communion was clearly more than just a book; I believe the phenomenon intended it to be written, published, and read on a large scale. I think Mike’s book is another example of this.

    —Nick Redfern, author of Men In Black


Wednesday, May 19, 2021

two articles feature my ideas about owls and UFOs

Illustration By Natsumi Chikayasu

My research was recently featured in the online magazine VICE. I had an excellent conversation with journalist Tamlin Magee, and from his questions I knew he had read my book, and took my ideas seriously. 

This lead to a follow up article in THE STAR, a rather dubious UK tabloid. All they did was pick the most sensationalistic bits from VICE, and then post these in a way that got nearly everything wrong. Oh well. 

The VICE article is recommended, and pretty much every sentence in THE STAR made me cringe.

Excerpt from Tamlin Magee’s article:
It all began after Clelland saw owls circling overhead for an entire hour during a 2006 camping trip. Familiar with a supposed UFO-owl link, Clelland intuitively felt there was something mystical, otherworldly, or even alien to the animals above. Moved by the events, Clelland eventually connected owl sightings to disturbing alien abduction experiences of his own, spurring him to post a call for any strange owl anecdotes on his website. 

To his surprise, the stories streamed in, tying the birds to UFOs, abductions, "missing time," and other strange phenomena. Meanwhile, owls began to manifest themselves to Clelland "in a flurry of weirdness," for instance, appearing to hover at eye-level before fluttering away as he rode his bike through his small Idaho town. Now, he's collected thousands of accounts, with at least one landing in his inbox every day. 

"That people are actually having experiences that imply contact with some sort of non-human intelligence is strange enough," Clelland writes in his book. "Adding owls into the mix makes it all the more bizarre. Like a performance on a stage, the owl is playing a small role in the grand drama. The part it plays is a riddle begging to be solved." 


Tuesday, April 27, 2021


Earlier this month I felt feverish and couldn’t get warm, so I took a hot bath and went to bed. The next morning I felt better, but still had achy joints. I went to a nearby drug store, took a test, and two days later on Easter Sunday, I got an email that was positive for the antibodies. At that point, the symptoms of fever had subsided, but I was fatigued for the next few days. I was dog-sitting for my sister in North Carolina when I first noticed my wrists ached—this was the day she and her husband left for two weeks. So I was all alone in a lovely home (with a sweet dog) for my time of isolation. It was easy. 

 I was very fortunate and I know it.


Friday, March 26, 2021

books for sale — signed copies from THE MESSENGERS series available!

The first in a trilogy

Get a signed copy of any book in my MESSENGERS series! I have a handful of extra paperback books and I’m happy to be offering ‘em to you a super reduced price of $15 each. That's 40% off the retail price



I'll add $3 shipping for one book, $4 for two, and $5 for three. 

Please contact me thru this site, or HERE.

I'll need your address and info, and I’ll send you my PayPal info. 

I posted this offer last week on Facebook, and just shipped off a tidy load of signed books at the post office. 

Peace and Strength,
Mike C

Thursday, March 11, 2021

dream of doorways and stairs

I had a dream just before waking, and I should've written it down earlier because now it's a bit foggy.

I was in a sort of lobby or hallway with glass doors and staircases. It seemed like an empty municipal building or school, and it was night. The interior seemed fluorescent lit and there was a door between the lower staircase and the next higher staircase. The window in the door had that security wire mesh grid in the glass.

I was at the doorway trying to help a woman through the door, and she might've been in a wheel chair, I'm not sure. It was a bit awkward and slow going, but we were making forward progress on the steps and through each of the doors. 

It feels like I either made a speech, or had the thought, that this was about achieving some higher state of mind. I said something like this: 
Sometimes you're only three seconds away from crying, and there is a poetry in this, and it's something all of us can access. All we need to do is make the smallest effort and allow it to happen.
I saw this as something like a state of mind for healing or achieving inner peace. I should say that all the staircases were heading upwards. What little I remember seems quite simplified, and the actual narrative and mood of the dream was very subtle and nuanced. It was just a short snippet of a dream, but it was terribly beautiful.

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Today is the eighth anniversary of my sleeping under the stars in southern Utah. I awoke three times that night; first was seeing a large round structure on a nearby hill, second was hearing coyotes, and third was sitting up to try to understand a strange light behind the at my feet bush. This was part of my confirmation event.

More on this experience in a post titled:

Monday, January 25, 2021

The Mandala—an exploration on Speaking of Jung

I was the guest on Speaking of Jung, a remarkable podcast run by Laura London. We were joined by Jungian analyst Dr. Kenneth James, and the focus was the overlap of UFO contact and the symbolic "story elements" that seem to arise within these elusive events. These ideas were explored through a Jungian lens. I told of my "night in the tent" experience from 2010. This involved an irrational feeling of terror, and then seeing a floating mandala in the tent. It was the role of they mythic symbol that was the centerpiece of the episode. 

What emerged was a remarkable conversation, with a curious thread of healing that ran through the overall points of the dialog. Thank you Laura and Dr. James! This interview is highly recommended.

  SPEAKING OF JUNG: Episode Q13, January 25, 2021 

  linked HERE  

Beyond the powerful content, Laura's site is worth visiting because of the beautiful layout. I know what it means to create something tasteful for a personal website and a podcast. Listen up people, this is how it should be done—it's glorious!

Laura and I spoke last week for my podcast series The Unseen, and we spoke about Jung and hid book Flying Saucers, A modern Myth of Things Seen in the Sky. Laura discussed Jung's book, and also shared some of her powerful life events. This equally remarkable episode is linked HERE

illustration using Procreate for the iPad