Ready For Jerocktober? (Pre-sorry….)

Aloha, Gang!

As you can’t help but know by now, my new book is out over at Amazon, waiting for you to read it. Another season of Our Undoing Radio has come and gone. And ye olde Paratopia keeps coming. I don’t listen to many of them as I put them out but when I do I appreciate them in new ways. Last week’s was the infamous Scott Lilienfeld episode. This is the show wherein we ask an extremely famous doctor in his field all about hypnosis and even pose some questions about the David Jacobs/Emma Woods hypnosis session clip where he tries to convince her that she has multiple personality disorder because aliens are starting to catch on to who he is and what he does, and he wants to throw them off his scent as an abduction researcher by throwing her under the bus. Because… you know… that’s how advanced telepathic aliens work. They only read the subject’s mind and only her hypnosis sessions. Or something.

As I listen to that episode now, I hear something else pretty amazing. I remember how proud Jeff was to have gotten Lilienfeld to do the show. It took some convincing. Ultimately, this convincing was built on the premise that Jeff was sane and honest and could be trusted not to screw this guy over with a lame true believer conversation that would waste his time. So, what I hear now is the best expert we could hope to talk to about hypnosis, memory, and human psychology–a man who, unbeknownst to me, at least, was also a ‘professional” skeptic–being kind of forced to listen to and reconcile with Jeff’s consciously-recalled experiences after Jeff had earned his trust and after both of us had shown we were rational enough to do away with hypnosis and terribly abusive pseudo-research. Think about how rare that is. As in, I don’t think it has happened since. It wasn’t a gotcha interview between two experiencers and a skeptic. it was a human conversation between three people.

There is not a show in existence where the host is willing to be that vulnerable. And it wasn’t premeditated. That’s just who Jeff was. He was like a little kid who couldn’t wait to finally have adult conversations with adults no matter if they ended up burning him or not. Fear of how negatively a person might react never stopped him from having the conversation. And to his great credit, Lilienfeld didn’t burn him. He couldn’t. He knew what we all know: Jeff was telling the truth and was sane.

As I continue to slog on from the periphery of ufology, I sometimes have to remind myself that even my experiences exist. Not that they’re real–I know they are real, whatever “real” means. But I sometimes get so caught up in calling out nonsense and con artists and even trying to teach an audience what it means to have the type of deeply inquisitive mind these subjects demand that I forget, Oh, right. This isn’t all garbage cases and shallow thinking. These phenomena exist. An intelligence reaches out to us, and, as Jeff used to say, “What you give is what you get.” If you want honest and deep you have to give honestly and deeply.

In other news, next month you will be hearing a lot more from me. I’ll be Whitley Strieber’s guest on Dreamland the 3rd week of October, I believe it is. Remember the big announcement I said I was going to make a few posts back? You’ll hear that announcement in the beginning of the interview, so do tune it!

Furthermore, I’m thinking about maaaaaybe doing another new Paratopia special. I have a long story to share and explore with you, I just don’t know where I want to do that yet. I’m leaning toward Paratopia because I also want to share a couple of the “Shroudman” revelations Jeff was told we could talk about publicly but never did. He would tell people one on one but never to an audience. I think it’s time to talk about those.

Furthermost, if you can’t get enough of my glorious voice and want to hear me make it babble for 2 hours, forty-five minutes, you don’t have to wait until October. You can listen to a man named Vuk question-bomb me into submission on the Tracing Owls podcast, which I have hyperlinked for your convenience. At some point in there I say that I am done talking about hypnosis and also my own experiences.

I mean it. I’m done. Sort of.

I will only talk about them in the future if there is something new and relevant to say about hypnosis or, in the case of my experiences, if whomever is interviewing me wants to use them as a springboard for some type of deeper discussion, perhaps to test a theory or make a point. Just rehashing what happened to me is not fruitful anymore. We have to move this conversation on. It’s stale. It’s dying. I either quit or help breathe new life into it. Let’s go with life, since… you know… we’re alive.

Also, because a week after my announcement I will be completely taking over ufology when I… Oh, you’ll just have to listen to Dreamland to find out!

Alright. That’s all I’ve got. ‘Til next time… adieu.

So, My Interview For Dreamland Took A Turn

Next time you think the world is coming to an end or is so out of control with corruption that it can’t possibly have anything to do with you, ask yourself why bottled water exists.

Those of you who have been following the blog of late know that I’ve been having some fun cleaning out my old drafts and writing tidbits that didn’t make it into my new book. The above quote is me cleaning out old drafts and was going to be the whole of this post. But, I just wrapped an interview with Whitley Strieber for his show, Dreamland, which will air November 27th. It took an unexpected turn for me when he described where I live in Hawaii, painting a picture of a dangerous, beautiful place at the edge of the country and the end of the world. This is accurate, no question. It brought to mind another truth about the place that overlays the entirety of this island chain, which is that it is the heart of Aloha spirit. 

Looooong before I arrived, believe it or not, other people lived here. They are called “Hawaiians.” They, like me, originally moved here by choice. And they carry with them the Aloha spirit, which is another way of saying an open heart, a love for life, and a real care for the land and the sea born of relationship, not a savior complex. 

This place is Heaven; this place is Death. What is it about this drastic place of stark contrasts that attracts such Love?

The Isle of Hawaii is a series of active volcanoes. It is the creator of life and the killer of life. It is the creator of customs and culture and ways, and the destroyer of same. You cannot live here for long without that impenetrable sense of love and caring, which informs how you understand this direct, perpetual lesson in impermanence.

And Love is you, anyway, so why not embrace it? As I said on the show, though it may not feel like it, Love transcends and includes all–including you, the person blocking out Love to find it. You are it. And you don’t have to be this seeking illusion anymore.

It’s probably easier to put off understanding yourself as you truly are when you feel like you’ve got time for that in the future. When you live on a volcano? … Not so much. In fact, to truly live here and understand what living means, it helps when you arrive leading with that Love, not seeking it. This is the difference between a people who calmly clean their homes, open their doors, and invite Pele’s lava in, knowing that it will take their homes in a burst of flame, and people who scream and flail and have a mental breakdown because their home owner’s insurance won’t cover this.

How do you weigh these two minds?

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“Who are you in this moment?” That is the context of my podcast, The Experience, moving forward, no matter what the theme of each episode is. We all are at the end of the world and the edge of our country. The country is broken–the system, yes, and about half the people, too. And while Mamma Earth with be just fine, our time here, as we are, is up. The environment is altering us-as-we-are out of existence. The craziness you see around you is what happens when people try to remain as they are while Earth demands different.

It’s funny. Whitley asked me why I am here. Like, what am I doing here? It’s a tough question for me because I talk about all sorts of “crazy” experiences I’ve had and the “crazy,” likely permanent, state of my existence that seems to have nothing to do with Love. And then I end on Love. It seems to make no sense, which you’d expect from crazy.

Sane/crazy, sense/nonsense–Love transcends and includes it all. What else is there to talk about when we cannot get that fundamental right? Where else can we end up when that fundamental is us?

I, for one,  will not ruin Love just to declare, I exist and this is who I am and why I am here.

Because I exist. And this is who I am. 

It’s why I’m here.

I see what I did there, too!

The Great 2019 Shakeup

Aloha, Readers of Blog:

There is no such thing as time and yet a new year is upon us. Figure that one out. While you’re figuring, please allow me to tell you what I’ve figured out I must do for 2019: more undoing. Our Undoing, to be exact. No, this isn’t going to be another clever advertisement blog post for my website, www.ourundoing.com. It’s going to be a clever advertisement for my website www.ourundoing.com and its accompanying podcast, Our Undoing Radio.

But it’s also something else. Something more. And we all know that less is more, so let me also announce that I will be cutting back The Experience podcast to a 2-hour monthly extravaganza. I am accepting proposals for a new weekly show on Whitley Strieber’s behalf. If you are a podcaster, are familiar with UnknownCountry.com, and interested, please contact me: jeremy@unknowncountry.com to pitch your idea. It must be original, not whatever show you are currently doing, if you’re doing one now. (For detailed info, please read this post.)

What will I be doing with my more time that doesn’t exist, you ask? Glad you did. I’ll be producing live events here in Hawaii for OurUndoing.com. Some of these will be for the ever-evolving Our Undoing Radio show and some will be exclusively for members. So, if you’ve been hedging on becoming a member, now is the time. And if you’ve been hedging on giving Our Undoing Radio a shot–or gave it a listen and thought it wasn’t for you–well, I’ll be writing another post soon explaining why you may want to subscribe now, regardless. (Hint: After season 2, it will become something else you might be interested in. But also, if you listen attentively to the first 2 seasons? YOU might become someone else you might be interested in. I’m just sayin’.)

Whelp, time’s up. Time to go. Go timelessly into the night that doesn’t exist, because… reasons. See you soon with another cleverly disguised OurUndoing.com membership drive. And when that doesn’t work, I’ll lower the price. Just kidding.

Pay up.