Monthly Archives: February 2016

Who Chooses the Shaman?


As I mentioned in my last post, I am in the process of reading Mike Clelland’s fascinating book The Messengers: Owls, Synchronicity and the UFO Abductee. I have still not quite completed the book but I am finding it to be a very interesting read.  Mr. Clelland is obviously an intensely thoughtful man who has spend a lot of time considering and researching the subject of his book and the experiences that he describes will leave even the skepdebunkers hard pressed to produce any reasonable explanation of events.

Despite his obviously careful research and contact with First Nation elders, Mr. Clellaand does persist in making one statement throughout the book that puzzles me.  He claims, repeatedly, that the elders of a First Nation tribe choose who becomes a shaman.

This is simply not the case.  While the elders and medicine people of the tribe may recognize the ‘symptoms’ in a member who may become a shaman, it is the spirits who actually choose the new shaman and test him or her.  Only people who pass this extreme test, usually an illness, near death experience, mental breakdown or other assessment that pushes the candidate to the edge of their physical and/or mental endurance, may go on to become shaman.  It is only after the spirits have accepted the new shaman that he or she can go on to train with the existing medicine person.

It is well demonstrated that the role of shaman (or medicine person, if you prefer) is not sought after amongst the tribes and, often, the person who has this communication with the spirits has to be dragged into the new role almost literally kicking and screaming.  The role of shaman – outlier to a tribe, a person who lives in a liminal state through out his or her life, one who is respected but also feared by the group – is not a role that any human could assign.  An elder or even an existing medicine person can no more make an individual what Frank Fools Crow, the famous Lakota medicine man, called an “eagle bone whistle” (a clear channel for communication with the spirit world) than I can construct a computer (and, believe me, that is not going to happen anytime soon).

Having said that, I do agree with Mr. Clelland that, given our utterly materialistic culture, there is really no socially accepted way for one to become any sort of a spirit worker these days and, at the same time, there is a crying need for such people.  I believe, with Mr. Clelland, that some of the experiencers that he describes may be called out by the spirits and that their experiences may be the test which takes them into the spirit world.  Far be it from me to oppose this idea and the good that may have come from some of these abductions events in the form of energy healers, counselors, body workers and others who moved into the healing arts because of these life occurrences.  My own journey into the esoteric has certainly had its parallels to the shamanic initiation though I make no claim to being a shaman.

The fact remains though that many of the experiencers of abduction events do not fare so well.  I suppose that one could make the argument that these are people who failed the ‘shaman’ test but, if that is the case then why are these people still having events?  Why have the spirits not moved on to other, more viable candidates?  And why do they continue to terrorize and traumatize people for not apparent good reason?

While I am prepared to admit that there may be a percentage of abductees who are undergoing a sort of shamanic initiation and that those initiations may be recognized by the fruits of the experience, I still maintain that many abduction experiences are being carried out by beings that do not have the best interests of the experiencers or humanity in mind.   Those abductors may be humans of one group or the other or they may be etheric predators as outlined in my previous work but either way, I think we have to be very careful about ascribing any kind of positive ‘spin’ to the abduction phenomenon.



Thoughts on The Messengers by Mike Clelland

Before I start today’s post, I want to put a plug in for another of my favorite podcasts – Expanded Perspectives.  Being a Texas native myself, listening to Cam and Kyle each week helps me keep the Texas twang in reserve here in the land of the drawl.  This ‘cast covers a huge amount of ground ranging from ‘alternative’ history to Sasquatch into hauntings and on to UFO lore.  The hosts obviously love what they do and they are excellent storytellers to boot.  Highly recommended, please check out the podcast if you are so inclined.


I have had occasion, in the past week, to hear author Mike Clelland speak about his new book, The Messengers: Owls, Synchronicity and the UFO Abductee and I actually took enough interest to pick up the book and begin reading it.  I have not completed the text but I can tell you that this book is well written and fascinating from the very beginning, chock full of stories that will make the reader take a closer look at their concept of reality.

And that is exactly what a book of this sort should do.  Mr. Clelland understands that he does not know and understands that the strange things that are happening to him and to his percipients are mysterious, that, indeed, they are a mystery in the old sense of the word.  If one goes all the way back to the Greek root mystes, one finds that the word refers to an initiate, an individual who has undergone the rites of one of several sacred places, most notably Eleusis.

In much the same way, those who are undergoing these experiences are undergoing their own initiation.  Sometimes beginning in childhood, these individuals are moving from a life of the ordinary and materialistic into a life where the Otherworld can break into their consciousness and effect that reality at any time.

I often wonder what would happen if abductees were placed in a magical or shamanic training program when they began to have their experiences.  I cannot help but wonder if they would not quickly learn to turn the experience off when it was unwanted and move more deeply into it when they had the time and space to explore that mystery.  I suspect that some interesting developments in the abductee world would ensue.

Mr. Clelland states, in the interviews I have heard and in the book, that his experiences and those of others seem to be directed by a consciousness that is trying to get their attention.  I strongly suspect that he is correct and, like the oracles of old, some training would allow these folks to get in contact with whatever is trying to get their attention.

I would be remiss if I did not share my own owl experience at this point.  I was in my early 30’s so this was over 20 years ago but I remember the event clearly.   I was working security for a large bank operations center in Arizona and, on this night, I had drawn patrol duty so I was spending a lot of time walking the building and driving our golf cart over to an out building to check its perimeter.  During this time, I was very actively engaged in learning ceremonial magic, practicing various rituals regularly and reading a lot on the subject.

As I drove back from the out building, I turned onto the street behind the operations center and noted something on the street in the golf cart’s dim headlights.  It appeared to be a rag or piece of debris but I slowed, just to be cautious and, as I neared the object, it ruffled its wing feathers and then turned directly toward me.  The object was a small burrowing owl, common in that area, but the bird was not behaving normally at all.  It sat squarely in front of my golf cart and refused to move, staring at me with the intensity that only an owl can manage.  I am not sure how long we sat there but I remember thinking that this creature’s presence was a clear sign to me to keep exploring.

Now, I really do feel that this was a ‘real’ owl and not some sort of screen memory but this event has stayed with me just as my first encounter with my shamanic power animal has.  If you want to be truly amazed by the richness of owl encounters and lore as well as reading some incredible synchronicity narratives, Mr. Clelland’s book is a great place to start.

Warning: Black Eyed Kids


I was very disturbed to read the following account about Black Eyed Kids in Week in Weird.  I was so disturbed, in fact, that I wanted to take a good look at this case.  I did some trance work as well as asking one of my spirit helpers about the event and can share the following with you.

If you are not conversant with the Black Eye Kid (BEK) phenomenon, please do a search on the term.  You will find any number of interesting stories about these beings.  I am going to assume that most of my readers know about BEK’s and are familiar with the sighting pattern.  I want to go on to what I learned in my more esoteric research.

Lesson 1 – the BEK is not a creature to be trifled with.  Despite the fact that these beings appear to people in the guise of children, they are extremely dangerous and need to be avoided if at all possible.  The BEK (or at least the BEK’s in this report) is a species of Intruder (those beings capable of coming through the astral, into the etheric and attaining some measure of physical manifestation when conditions are right) that you might think of as vampiric.  No, they are not the source of the vampire legend, that is another story entirely, but they are creatures that seek to steal the life force from living things and humans are the choicest morsels on their menu.  Interestingly, this vampiric behavior seems to be part of their growth cycle (note the ‘parents’ who came to pick them up in the report) and these creatures really are the young of more vicious predators.

Lesson 2 – NEVER, for any reason, invite one of these creatures into your home or vehicle.  Every witness in these cases has experienced cold terror once they have determined that are not dealing with human children.  This is the body’s and your psychic sense’s way of telling you to get away from the source of your discomfort IMMEDIATELY.  I would rather be pranked by kids wearing contact lenses than take the chance of inviting one of these beings into a place where I might be vulnerable.

Lesson 3 – It really is true that these creatures can not enter without an invitation.  I can not be entirely sure why this is but I theorize that it has something to do with the space being wholly yours (especially in the case of a home) and the young ones not having the strength to penetrate that barrier as yet.  As we well know, when the Intruders get older, they are quite capable of penetrating the boundaries of a home.

Now, in this case where the BEK’s, have gotten into a home and the residents are now suffering ill effects, I spoke with one of my helpers, whom I will call B (and to whom I offer thanks in the public forum).  She says that the ill effects these people are suffering are caused by the shredding of the energy body in the attack; they are quite literally leaking vital force and the BEK’s in questions have attached to them to keep ‘feeding’.  The couple require the services of a skilled energy healer who can a) remove and banish the attachments, b) do first aid on the energy body to seal any leaks and c) work with them over time to re-build their auras.

On another front, B advised that this couple seek immediate magical remediation for the breach in their house defenses.  I would recommend looking at my very early post Grays – Part 3 for some useful information on preventing, repelling and dispersing etheric manifestations.  I would strongly recommend placing cold iron at all entries to the homes, smudging with sage to prevent manifestation and the wearing of silver to repel the Intruders.  Having a house blessing done in the faith of choice is not a bad idea either and I might even stage a family reunion in the house to re-assert the sense of home that has been breached by the experience.  And, if they are so inclined, the couple could certainly learn a simple banishing ritual to be used regularly in the home to reinforce its boundaries.

To my readers, again, let me stress that if you should encounter one of these creatures, get away as quickly as you can or, if you are in your own home, firmly tell the thing they are not welcome in your home and close the door.  They may knock and plead but, if they refuse to go, call law enforcement.  If they are pranksters, they will flee and if they are Other, you will either glean witnesses for the event or the BEK will be gone before the police arrive.  A win/win situation, in either event.

New Orleans Voodoo Spiritual Temple


I do not typically espouse causes on this blog but, in this case, I feel an inner need to put the energy out to assist this organization.  Those of you who have been to New Orleans understand that their interpretation of African spiritual traditions is a vein that runs deep in the soul of the city.  The Voodoo Spiritual Temple is a deep part of this soul and they have recently undergone a terrible setback – a fire that destroyed the cultural center attached to the temple and damaged the temple itself.

New Orleans is a special place.  I had a chance to prowl the French Quarter on foot for a week, a couple of years back, and other than the ancient temples I visited in Japan, I have never stepped foot in a more magical place.  Voodoo is a part of that magic and the Temple is a strong part of the Voodoo of New Orleans.  Please go to the Temple’s website to learn more about what they do and how you can support them in the their re-building efforts.

Some Thoughts on Manwolf Reports in PA


If you happen to be a follower of Lon Strickler’s famed Phantoms and Monsters blog, you have no doubt noted that there has been a distinct uptick in sighting of upright bi-pedal canids in Pennsylvania in recent months.  I have a weakness for all things werewolf /  shapeshifter so it seems fitting that my first post back address this phenomenon.

First of all, I had a chance to listen to Mr. Strickler and his colleague, Butch Witkowski, discussing these cases on Beyond the Edge Radio the other day.  Mr. Witkowski noted that he had been in contact with First Nation elders of the Tsalagi (Cherokee) nation and that they had told him, without reservation, that he was tracking a skinwalker.  I believe that they might have mentioned to him that he was crazy for doing such a thing.

Perhaps it was simply my perception but Mr. Witkowski seemed a little dismissive of this warning in the interview.  I would encourage him not to be and I will explain more about that in a moment.  Suffice to say, that if a medicine person tells you something is dangerous, you can bet your ass that he or she is correct.  While I am not certain that these beings are skinwalkers as I know them (I am more familiar with the skinwalker of the desert Southwest), I am sure that this elder was trying to drive home to Mr. Witkowski the seriousness of his warning.  The being that we think of as a manwolf or dogman can be a dangerous creature to pursue.  I would strongly advise Mr. Witkowski to wear the protective amulet given to him by the People, and, should he come into contact with one of these beings, to keep a respectful distance.

Here’s why.

I had been considering the manwolf ‘uprising’ in Pennsylvania for several days and, as often happens when I have something percolating, I found an answer in meditation.  This morning (Friday 29 January), as I allowed myself to sink into the quiet, I became aware of spirits around me, specifically those of my ancestors.  For some reason, when the ancestors come to play, it is almost always my First Nations ancestors who appear.  I do not have a lot of Native blood but apparently there is enough for ‘them’ to pay attention to me.

As I said, I felt the ancestors come in and then one of the guardian spirits that I work with came and dragged me off to show me something.  In this case, I was given to understand that this related directly to the manwolf epidemic in PA.  I was shown an “Indian Mound” in vision and then a hole in the side of that mound with a shovel sticking in the dirt.  The message was plain: someone had opened one of these mounds and released the spirits that guard it.

I agree with one of Linda Godfrey’s theories; some of the manwolves are ancient guardians bound to these mounds and assigned to protect them.  These beings are fierce and, depending on the amount of energy they have accrued to themselves, I think it highly likely that they could manifest physically, even if only for short periods of time.  This being (or beings) is not pleased with what has been done and will not rest until it either sees the mound sealed in a sacred manner or it runs out of energy to manifest.  It may be appearing to people to scare them and feed on that energy.

My advice to the investigators of this case: tread softly, especially if you see a manwolf, and see if you can find the source of the creatures disturbance.  As with certain hauntings which are exacerbated by renovation in the home, this creature has had its ‘nest’ kicked over and is not at all happy about it.