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This book is a companion to the groundbreaking ideas that began with The Messengers. It is a further exploration into 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.

©2018 Richard Dolan Press (P)2018 Richard Dolan Press

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  • Diana
  • Antelope Valley, CA, United States
  • 07-07-18

A fascinating and enjoyable exploration

I really enjoyed listening to this audio book. There's this mysterious clash between ordinary reality and high strangeness that happens to some people and it's often not talked about by these people. For obvious reasons.

Mike Clelland has had an interesting podcast and youtube videos of conference talks, as well as interviews he has given to other people, so I've often come across his work and experiences as I indulge my interest in UFOs and Consciousness.

Because of his blog and podcasts and talks and interviews, when people have googled to find out more about some strange thing that happened to them - often involving owls - Mike Clelland pops up.

Therefore, he has become a contact hub for many people that have had strange experiences, and who share those experiences with him. Over some years, five? or six?, I've often read or listened to Mike Clelland share some of these stories, and over time his own stories also started to gel.

His first book, The Messengers, was a compilation and connect-the-dots collection of these such stories. Because he is a hub of connection, he sees similarities, synchronicities, and symbols between people who have never met each other, or even people who have, but didn't know they had the same type of experience until both have submitted their stories to Mike.

This second book is a deeper exploration of such experiences and stories. It's a strange juxtaposition of every day life - grocery shopping, commuting - with unusual experiences - hellhounds, large owls, regular owls, deer, orbs, 11:11 or other significant numbers, visions, and of course UFOs.

That's the strange thing. You are just doing your regular thing and WHAM! something weird happens. You google it, or a friend tells you to tell this guy, and Mike Clelland gets your story. And, the weirdness is that he gets another story just like yours, and maybe another. And within the stories are synchronicities.

So, this book unfolds, story after such story of things that happened to people. Some very recently, in 2017. And the connections unfold too.

Well written, it's an exploration with pondering, wonderment, and gentle speculation of a series of events that hint at a much bigger reality that our human minds have yet to grasp. But, it's good to consider what clues we have.

For the nuts-and-bolts UFO researchers, this may be a way to dip your toe into the exploration of consciousness ideas, some high strangeness, and weird happenings. What is most striking is how ordinary our lives are and how these experiences happen to regular people doing regular things.

Well, maybe they aren't regular people after all, or afterwards.

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Captivating!

I binged this. The narration done by the author puts you in the space of hearing these accounts first hand. He has very eloquently painted the picture of what it is to come to the realization that there is high strangeness in your life. It can be a long and winding road of mysterious markers and crumbs designed to wake you up. This collection of accounts paints the picture of what it is to notice the signs and how it changes your life. This is a great read for the curious reader and/or for those seeking and trying to make some sense of their own mysterious happenings. I really enjoyed this book and look forward to more work from the author.

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great book

it puts all the phenomenon that one encounters in this subject, I know I have!

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In the Tradition of John Keel and Whitley Strieber

Stories from the Messengers is carefully documented, thought-provoking, and occasionally even a little mind-bending. Clelland writes in the tradition of notable figures in the UFO field John Keel and Whitley Strieber, demonstrating the courage to embrace the high strangeness and compelling synchronicities common in the lives of close encounter witnesses. In the case of this book, unexpected owl sightings and behavior are explored in correlation to UFO activity. To those questioning whether the author is indulging in confirmation bias, finding owls where he wishes to find them, the volume of evidence he presents speaks for itself that there does appear to be a surprising connection. Lastly, hearing the material read by the author himself is a great bonus. An outstanding well-written audiobook for the open-minded.

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Fascinating stories

I bought Mike Clelland's first book, The Messengers, and really enjoyed reading it. When I heard that he had an audiobook available of book no. 2 , a deeper look into the stories, I put it on my wish list right away. Mike has a good voice for audio as I know from his podcast series. If you are unfamiliar with his podcast, you should take a listen to the archive. I finally got the book on audible and it took me awhile to finish because it is long and so full of fascinating stories. It was really great for commuting. I highly recommend this book. There are multiple reasons to give it a read or listen. 1. If you are interested in ufos or paranormal. 2. If you can agree with the statement "the world is a much weirder place than it appears to be" and 3. If you have had any odd encounters with owls, you will want to read this book.

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I've read enough to this is an important study

Strangley, I came across Mike Clelland after looking up Super Natural from Whitley Strieber and Jeff Kripal but was confused about Graham Hancock's Supernatural of similar title and instead saw the piercing eyes of an owl on the cover of The Messengers and had to learn more. I'm glad I did dive into this end of the fringe as there most certainly is a phenomenon that Mike has tirelessly demonstrated in these books and his website and appearances on podcasts. Truly this revelation of a connection to the deeper reality will be something you can't under. Required reading of anyone interested in the UFO abductee phenomenon. A great read and a great performance by the author.

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Fantastic and Fascinating Stories

I have been a fan of Mike Clelland’s blog, the Hidden Experience, for a number of years, and this book, and The Messengers, to which this is a companion piece, are fascinating insights into the elusive connection between owl encounters and the UFO phenomenon. There is such a wealth of anecdotes out there connecting the two, and his research compiling these stories has been an incredible feat. These are human stories, brushes with the inexplicable and unusual, manifesting in powerful religious experiences and transformative moments in people’s lives. The author reads these stories wonderfully, with a warm, avuncular voice that is equally calming and engaging. I highly recommend this book to anyone who is as fascinated with magic, high strangeness, and the generally unexplainable side of the world we live in.

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Between the known and unknown lie the owls

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this audiobook from the author’s blog with the understanding I would write a review. The author did not require that I write something specific, simply that I give a review.

“Stories from the Messengers”, a companion piece to Mike Clelland’s “The Messengers”, is a deeper examination of the intersection between owls, UFOs, and the divine. Clelland relates the tales of UFO experiencers and possible abductees. Clelland, often himself a figure in these stories, tells their tales with an earnest and emotional honesty that highlights the strangeness of the experiences on display. UFOs, owls, deer, glowing orbs, little gray men, big green men, laying of hands, strange visions, Jesus and Mary, it’s all in there and more.

The book is extremely subjective, being an anthology of recollections and introspections. Clelland makes no claim of answers and ultimately offers none. We, like the kindred spirits in this book, have to find our own answers, filtered through our own experiences and beliefs.

To long time UFOlogists, there is little new ground covered here. But that’s not really the point. Clelland uses the book to help others sort through confusing and potentially traumatic experiences. It’s a work of empathy, and a work of understanding.

For those seeking scientific explanations, look elsewhere. Clelland doesn’t even attempt to reconcile the high strangeness in this book with conventional science. For those who feel inspired to look within, they may find that inspiration in this collection of stories, and perhaps in the wings of the owl.

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Unique and absorbing

I found that I enjoyed the book even more than I expected for reasons that still surprise me, as I continue to revisit specific stories. Mike is a gifted storyteller and his commitment to the people who contributed their experiences speaks to his integrity and adds a deeper, unique authenticity to each story. Having listened to his podcast interviews for years, I looked forward to hearing the sound of his voice again. His reading of the stories feels like a labor of love, and is a wonderful bonus for anyone who has followed his work.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-17-18

Fascinating Important Book

Mike Clelland narrates this, his own book, in his gentle hypnotic voice and it is great for that. You can hear his pain, bewilderment and raw honesty. I have been aware of Mike for some time and to me it is absolutely clear that there is something important here. Very strange and challenging but real and important. Have a listen. You’ll be glad you did.