Monday, August 15, 2011

Mac Tonnies, Anya Briggs and owls

Mac Tonnies, my pal.

On September 28th 2009, Mac Tonnies was the featured guest on Coast to Coast AM with George Noory. He was a breath of fresh air on a radio show bogged down with the dubious. As always, he spoke with remarkable clarity.

Less than a month later, he was found dead in his apartment in Kansas City.

His performance on Coast to Coast was a triumph, he was delightfully engaging on the most popular show of it’s kind. It felt like he was just about to jump to a new level of success, and this was something he truly deserved. I can’t help but be struck by sad thoughts of what might have been.

During the 3rd hour of the show, he spoke about a friend of his who has been seeing owls. He says that this friend was self-aware enough to examine these sightings and make sure they weren’t some sort of screen memory. Mac was talking about me!

On October 1st, Mac and I had this short email exchange.
I wrote: Mac - My owl stories made it to Coast to Coast?!?!?

Mac replied: Yep. But I didn't have time to finish the story or even tell it properly.
When I read Mac’s reply I wasn’t sure what he meant, it was just cryptic enough that I was left confused. What was it in the story that he couldn’t finish? Sadly, I would never have the chance to ask him.

Anya Briggs, psychic, medium and intuitive.
Fast forward to the spring of 2011, during a phone call with Anya Briggs the topic of Mac Tonnies came up, and how I felt he was cajoling me from the other side to pursue the graphic novel. Anya is a powerful psychic and she suddenly blurts out, he’s here!

She starts frantically sharing what Mac is telling her, and then she laughs in her own voice and says, “Oh I really like this guy!”

This has happened more than once during phone calls with Anya, and each time I end up getting sort of intimidated by the intensity of the whole thing. But I suddenly remembered that unanswered question, and I asked Mac through Anya.

I said, “Mac, when you were on Coast to Coast, you told a little bit of one of my owl stories, but later you emailed me that you didn’t have time to finish the story. I never knew what you meant. What were you going to say?

And without skipping a beat, Anya replied: “I was going to say that owls might be a kind of window into your world, and that some other force could be using those great big eyes as a tool to see into your reality. Their eyes are like a video camera, and they are being used as a direct link, someone was watching you.”

That bit of dialog is paraphrased from memory, but it’s pretty close.

I knew instantly that Anya shared exactly what Mac would have said. This was something that Mac and I had talked about during one of our late night multi-hour chat sessions. And this idea arose from a comment I got on a blog posting from none other than Whitley Streiber. He replying to a very curious owl story, the forth post on this blog (March 4th 2009). I wore about seeing three owls, on two occasions, both times with a friend named Kristy.

I was shocked to see Whitley’s comment, and it was followed up by a comment from Mac where he explained that it was he who told Whitley about the owl post. Mac and Whitley would occasionally exchange twitter messages. It was that same night where Whitley had shared his thoughts on owls, this happened during a subscribers chat forum on the UNKNOWN COUNTRY site.

I had been wondering for well over a year what Mac was hinting at when he said, “I didn't have time to finish the [owl] story,” on Coast to Coast. And when Anya communicated Mac’s answer to my question, it made perfect sense. Through some sort of magical technology, alien entities were watching me and Kristy through those great big eyes! Could it be true?

This is exactly the kind of esoteric detail that absolutely delighted Mac.

Comments from two of the most inspiring thinkers that have graced this planet. And the number 17 for Chris Knowles.



tinyjunco said...

Hi Mike! what a wonderful story. i love your owl moon illustration, it captures the essence of owl body right there. beautiful.

have you ever considered voluteering at a raptor rehabilitation center? they (as i'm sure you know) take in injured/sick/etc. raptors, heal them up, then either release them back into the wild or, in many cases, evaluate their suitability as animal ambassadors for wildlife education. there are some up in Idaho.

i volunteered at lindsay wildlife museum in walnut creek, ca for a while (where i met my husband). it's an incredible opportunity to learn about these animals more than you ever would otherwise, and also a way to demonstrate to them your true commitment to their well-being.

owls have a very big place in the spiritual life of many native american indian tribes. they have to do with death, and with being an elder - it's not recommended any young person (like under 40-45) or many older people even touch them, they are that powerful. addressing owls from this perspective might give you a little more insight into the matter.

i mean, you head out into the wilderness by yourself, very carefully choose your surroundings, there is a big full moon (which means you can see at night, you will be able to see things you normally cannot see), you see an owl positioning itself right over the moon, you see three big power animals including one that is very rarely seen (wolverine) and one that is occulted during part of the year (hibernation)...

just sayin'. have a great day, and that painting is so beautiful!! steph

Anonymous said...

Trish said...

Fantastic story!

Anonymous said...


When Anya channels Mac (or anyone) does her heart rate and blood pressure change?

~ Susan Brown

Mike Clelland! said...

All the OUTER LIMITS episodes, listed with YOUTUBE links.