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!"

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

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.

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.