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Book Review ~ Hidden Experience, by Mike Clelland

“Hidden Experience: collected writings from ten years of blogging 2009-2019,” by Mike Clelland, shares “the strange challenges of otherworldly contact, where confronting the darkest unknowns can ultimately lead to transformation.” The supposed theme of this book is a question about UFO abduction, but really, the question could be any huge, foundation-shattering and life-altering realization triggered by dreams, confusing events, and truly uncanny coincidences.

As the posts and years go by, Mike wrestles with existential crises, clinical depression, and deep inner healing. We follow the development of close soul friendships, as well as the loss of friends through death. We see how Mike’s public grappling with personal trauma and the Big Questions opens doors for others to share their stories, too. And we see how some relationships break rather than expand into larger implications. These are universal human experiences on the path of self discovery — told in an intimate, vulnerable way, often in real time.

Full disclosure: I know Mike Clelland, because he spent years interviewing me for a chapter in his “Stories from the Messengers” book and more recently for “The Unseen” podcast. Although I know Mike and consider his work a sacred path, I do not follow his blog. I check in once in awhile, but for me much of this material was new. It doesn’t read in chronological blog order. Rather, he thematically collates the posts and includes comments and updates from across the years. He also shares his own 2019 take on earlier experiences, revealing how the meanings of synchronicities, relationships and mysterious events can unfold and change across time.

The time looping and spiral journey nature of this book also models a process for embracing the “little things” that connect us to the Great Mystery, and to each other. By sharing so many of his own specific memories, details, timestamps, and experiences, Mike taps into the universal. Though true, the book kind of reads like an epistolary novel. My favorite parts are the hypnosis transcripts, his eulogies, and especially the passages about his friendship with the late Mac Tonnies. A tension between mind and heart runs throughout, yet despite the struggle, his heart keeps shining.

The Introduction begins with Joseph Campbell’s quote: “We must be willing to let go of the life we planned so as to have the life that is waiting for us.” In the Conclusion, Mike says, “Recently, someone asked me how my life has changed because of these experiences. I thought for a moment and said, ‘I now live in a magical universe.’ I meant that, I see reality as something much richer and more mysterious than I could have ever conceived.” The final page of the book echoes a vivid dream of Mike’s from 2012, posted on his 50th birthday. In all bold letters, it says: “Follow your heart.”

“Hidden Experience” is about the spiritual journey and continuing to find the courage to walk it — one step or quantum leap at a time. Highly recommended!

Ray Grasse: Secrets of the Esoteric Tradition, Part 1: Karma, Reincarnation and the Soul

This is a fabulous lecture on astrology: personal, collective and universal. In simple terms, it covers topics like synchronicity, Jungian analysis, prediction, human evolution, and free will. Thanks to Ann Kreilkamp‘s insomnia for this one!

Steven Forrest ~ Healing the Collective Hurt

Astrologer Steven Forrest’s latest newsletter really highlights and explains October’s energies as they relate to the Moon’s Nodes — those spots associated with individual and collective karma and life path. Wherever our own natal North and South Nodes are, we still inhabit a collective realm. For some people, the current Node positions are extremely relevant in composite or progressed charts, even if you know nothing of astrology. Because these energies get triggered from deep, dark, chthonic healing Scorpio, paying attention to the heads up makes sense. You can read Steven’s stellar insights here.

Michigan Staycation with Friends

Just wanted to post a little update about the wonderful time we spent with David’s old friends (now mine, too) from Amsterdam. David played driver and tour guide, giving us all a full, yet delightful week, perfectly paced and musically curated. Most people don’t know that David owns thousands of CD’s from around the world, and one of his favorite creative outlets is finding just the right versions of songs in just the right order to set the mood. We have “musical wallpaper” for our home and thousands of songs at his fingertips in the car.

Our visit’s selections ranged from 80’s and 90’s to classical, to obscure 70’s and lots of German and Swedish hits. Seth (pronounced “Set”) works in the music industry, so they’ve shared music over the years. Seth’s actually the person who sent David the song “Haus Am See,” which became the name of the blue house I rented as an office in Goshen. If I had to choose one song to sum up our time together, it would be The Hot Sardines, “Bei Mir Bistu Shoen”:

Dorothea (Dor-o-TAY-uh) is an artist and a psychological therapist, so she and I have lots in common. Somehow, everything worked out with everyone very much enjoying everyone else. David and Seth hadn’t seen each other or even connected at all in the past 6.5 years due to life’s craziness and I had never met Seth or Dorothea. We kind of marveled at how risky them traveling to stay with us for a week was, but from the moment they arrived, everything just clicked. So much laughter, love and fun. Seth’s North Node is right on David’s Sun, so they have one of those fated friendships that endures long times apart and fits even as they change and grow.

This visit’s activities included multiple trips to Lake Michigan — sunset at St. Joe’s while driving home from O’Hare …

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… walks and swim at Holland, Michigan: Continue reading

Ann Kreilkamp ~ Fall Equinox 2019 features strong cardinal T-cross, setting in motion strong initiatives over the next three months

I had to post this piece by Ann Kreilkamp, since it goes so strongly with the NINE dead raccoons I commented about in the intro to my reblog of Tania Marie’s today. Even at five raccoons, I had received the message “end of all masks,” but nine really finalizes that sense. Nine signifies the end of a cycle, and this turn from Summer into the more interior Autumn also ends a cycle, while being part of a larger one. In her article, Ann says, “It may be that the title of Jonathan Franzen’s recent piece, in the New Yorker, is the most meaningful question we can ask.”

What If We Stopped Pretending

This theme keeps repeating itself in myriad ways. In any case, here’s Ann Kreilkamp sharing some insights about the astro-weather and significance of this Autumn Equinox.

Ann Kreilkamp ~ Fall Equinox 2019 features strong cardinal T-cross, setting in motion strong initiatives over the next three months

The Autumn Equinox occurs when the Sun hits 0°00 Libra, signalling that from now on, the nights will begin to grow longer than the days. They’ve been lengthening ever since Summer Solstice, three months ago, but only at Equinox are day and night equal.

Symbolically, we might think of this equinox time as a balancing act, between light and dark — within ourselves, and within our world. How much vile, long-standing corruption will continue to be exposed over these next three months? And yes, it will no doubt grow exponentially, until December 21, when, at the Winter Solstice, the Sun finally appears to stop, turn, and begin to grow longer than the night.

If you think back, on December 21, 2017, President Trump issued the Executive Order Blocking Property of Persons Involving Serious Human Rights Abuse or Corruption. 

What will come to light at this year’s Winter Solstice, two years, and one Mars cycle, later?

The coming darkness is inside us, remember. Whatever we see in the outer world, especially if it “triggers” us into hate or fear, is likely a projection, something within ourselves that we have thrown out into the world, and seek to blame, to judge, to eradicate. Always, when dealing with polarities of any kind, the key is balance, the alchemical integration of opposites within ourselves. In order to do that we must admit all those aspects of ourselves that we don’t like, or that we usually keep hidden, or in denied form. The key is to expand enough so that we may inhabit the space between any two polarities.

The 2019 Fall Equinox sports an unusually strong cardinal T-cross (at least three planets, two of them opposite, and one 90° from both poles): Moon/North Node at 14-15° Cancer opposite Saturn/South Node/Pluto at 13°, 14° and 20° Capricorn, square Mercury at 14° Libra. Plus, in Bloomington, where I live, the Ascendant is at 16° Leo, Jupiter at 17° Sagittarius, and Neptune at 16° Pisces, the three together creating what I call a “triangle of continuous growth,” and also configured with that T-cross. So, all in all, we have Moon/Nodes/Saturn/Pluto/Ascendant/Jupiter/Neptune, all needing to work together, within the 13°-20° degree area of their respective signs.

That the karmic, restructuring, death/rebirth Saturn/Pluto conjunction is involved is significant. And by the way, Greta Thunberg, poster girl of the Climate Strike movement,  time of birth unknown, has her Sun at 12° Capricorn, and Moon somewhere nearby. The Cult of Greta, whether or not she’s being used as a battering ram by forces beyond her understanding or control, may prove to be a phenomenon even bigger than we now realize as we head towards the finale of this every-35-year Saturn/Pluto process, the conjunction of these planets in January 2020.

That the Moon in Cancer, the sign of home and family, including the human family and our Mother Earth, is involved in the T-cross brings the emotions to bear upon the situation. And that Mercury is involved brings feelings to the surface, communicated through words. It may be that the title of Jonathan Franzen’s recent piece, in the New Yorker, is the most meaningful question we can ask.

What If We Stopped Pretending

Once again, during this fraught time of likely many forceful initiations, let me counsel balance: balance within and without. Balance above and below. Balance between thought and action, between dark and light. Between male and female, between me and you.

“The opposite of one great truth is another great truth” — Niels Bohr.

Fall Colors in Fading Light

David and I have guests arriving from Amsterdam on Monday. Half-Dutch David has known Seth for 33 years, since his two years in Amsterdam after college, and they used to visit each other when David flew regularly to Europe for work. They’ve not seen each other in six plus years since David changed jobs, and I’ve never met Seth or his wife Dorothea. We’re all excited for this synchronously manifested time together.

From Monday, September 16 through Sunday, September 22, we’ll use our house as home base for all sorts of day trip adventures, and they’ll pass through again later the following week. All of which means I will have no session availability and very minimal email time for the next week. I will check emails at least once per day, and people can schedule sessions for later this month and into October. I won’t be blogging unless something really nudges me to do so.

I thought I’d leave everyone with a taste of Autumn beauty before the coming Fall Equinox. I know many clients, friends and myself experienced a bittersweet week — a time of rich growth and harvests, but also recognition that with growth comes change. I spent many sessions comforting sobbing clients during the Pisces Moon. Some felt embarrassed or confused by such powerful emotions, while others know they carry multitudes within them. To me, it all felt perfectly timed with the changing seasons here in the Northern Hemisphere.

“This, too, shall pass” is always true, whether joy or pain, spring blossoms, summer fruit, or fall colors and frostbitten plants. When the land goes to sleep in winter, it regenerates itself for spring. Meanwhile, I invite you to enjoy the moment wherever you are. Here’s how things look and feel this late afternoon at Dra’Faven:

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Wishing you all a gorgeous week! Enjoy some of that Aries Moon vigor. That Pisces phase was intense! Much love and catch you on the other side of the Equinox …

Powerful Full Moon in Pisces

The Moon entered Pisces at 5:52 a.m. Eastern US Daylight Savings Time. I hadn’t planned to write about the coming powerful Full Moon in Pisces, but a beautiful dream, client sessions, and so many synchronicities urged me to give everyone a heads up. As the Moon makes its way through this sign of dreams, mysticism and intuition, pay particular attention to dreams (awake, asleep and especially somewhere in between wakefulness and sleep).

In the early morning hours of Wednesday, September 11, I awoke from the most amazing dream. I wanted to go back to sleep, because I’ve been in a period of high strangeness, little sleep and major insights. I felt well rested and whole when I awoke, but I wanted to roll over, feel into the deliciousness of the dream and go right back to sleep. Instead, I received the persistent message to get up and record the dream in an email to a friend, but to send the email to myself instead of the friend so that I had the timestamp.

Odd instructions, right? And hey, if I’m not even sending the email to the person it’s addressed to, why can’t I just write it when I wake up in the morning. I would NOT forget this dream. It’s one of those dreams that stays with you — that you return to again and again. At least, that’s how it felt to me. I’ve had a few of those in my lifetime, and they continue to inspire a sense of awe and wonder whenever something triggers me to recall them.

I tried to ignore the message to get up, because I really wanted to sleep and just “be” in the dream. I rolled onto my side, but the message came stronger. The image of the dream played over and over in the background like a silent and holy soundtrack. Major synaesthesia (blending of senses — color of sound, vibrational harmony) pervaded my awareness, but that annoying voice overlay wouldn’t let me back into the silence: “Get up now. Record the dream. Email it to yourself.” Over and over like a nagging child pulling at the fringes of my brain. Arggh! Those Dream Guys never quit. Just write the damn thing so you can get some sleep. After five or ten minutes of this annoyance –still overlaid with the beauty and harmony of the dream scene, which kept replaying itself — I went to my office and dutifully sat in the dark, in front of my laptop.

Here’s what I wrote: Continue reading