The Experience: Updates Are Flying In

experience-adFor those of you who don’t know, I have been hosting a podcast at www.unknowncountry.com for a little under a year now. My show is called The Experience and it is mainly concerned with speaking to experiencers of high strangeness from around the world. As of this writing I have broadcast 42 episodes. I find it strange, then, that just in the last few weeks, 5 guests have written to give me updates on their experiences. One name Stephen actually came back on the show to talk about his latest find: evidence that a dream he had a number of years ago where he found himself in an afterlife waystation speaking to dead people was more than dream. He has been doing some snooping and recently discovered that 2 of the deceased people who told him how they died and where were real. He found their death notice in a newspaper article with photographs. He sent me this article and assures me that these are the people from his dream. I have no reason to distrust him.

There was  another episode about dreams, this one involving a man who had one recurring dream about our future from the ages of 13 to 19 that has been coming true over the years, bit by bit. He wrote to me with evidence that one of the final three details of the dream is unfolding right now.

Then there was Steve who considers himself a skeptic even though he experiences psi phenomena. He called to tell me that he had another psychic hit recently. This occurred as he was speaking with a woman he barely knew about a wedding when he all of a sudden blurted out, “You better not forget the water guns.” As the seemingly incongruous words flew from his mouth, he suspected they were a psychic hit on something yet to be revealed. Startled that he knew about the water guns, because how could he possibly, she made the reveal: the wedding reception was to have a childlike theme involving a large quantity of water guns, which she had yet to purchase. That’s fairly specific wouldn’t you say?

The other 2 guests have written to tell me that since doing their episodes they’ve had memories of forgotten encounters with the highly strange surface and are considering coming back on to talk about them.

I don’t know what this deluge means, if anything. Probably it means it takes a while for things to gestate once you’ve exposed these experiences to the public, and so new flowers are just now breaching the soil at the same time, so to speak. Or it’s completely meaningless coincidence. One of the two. Either way, I find the growth and evolution of not just this show but people within the show, guests of the show, a fascinating thing to observe. A phenomenon within itself. And perhaps the only true meaning we can derive from extraordinary experiences as a whole.

Maybe shows like these are not about entertaining an audience, winning over skeptics, or even providing therapeutic value to experiencers. Maybe there’s a web being spun made from the silk of personal epiphanies. And maybe that is enough.

Karen Cavalli on The Experience

lettheminA great dialogue between Let Them In: 30 Years of Secret Experiences author Karen Cavalli and I is happening right now on The Experience. This is an interview I approached with trepidation, unsure what to make of the notion of letting them in and/or an experiencer offering guidance. What does guidance mean when it comes to alleged aliens and assorted paranormal phenomena? I feared it would end up me wading through New Age nonsense. I was wrong. In fact, I quite like Karen’s approach.

I’m always saying we have to know what we are before we can ask what the other is. Part of that might have to do with femininity/masculinity. Not male/female specifically, mind you. But just masculinity/femininity.

This is not a topic discussed on the show, but between this week’s and next week’s episodes I wonder if this isn’t something worth discussing in the future. It could be another factor (besides fear) in why some of us take the UFO/ghost “hunter” approach and some try to find deeper personal meaning in our experiences.

For now… on with the show!

http://www.unknowncountry.com/experience/latest

The Experience – Hawaiian Style

ocean pondLast week saw the premiere of my new show on unknowncountry.com, The Experience. It is still available to listen to or download. In it, I ask experiencer of high strangeness Joe Gooch whether he feels special in any way–blessed or cursed–given that his life is so markedly different from the norm. (And, oh yeah, because he was told by a psychic medium that he’d one day be a powerful and famous medium himself. Hasn’t happened. Yet.)

This week, I’ll take you on a completely different journey no less fascinating. They say you have to start near to go far. It doesn’t get any nearer than my adoptive state, Hawaii. Hawaii is like a crossroads for high strangeness phenomena. We’ve got it all and then some: coordinated ghosts called “Night Marchers,” UFOs, giant fireballs, faerie-like wee people called “Menehune,” the volcano goddess, Pele, and enough “ask and ye shall receive” synchronicity action to build the plot of LOST around.

My question is, something like the Menehune is actually rooted in history. Who were these people? How did they end up mythologized? And if it’s just folklore, then why do people report encounters with them to this day? We’ll get to the bottom of this with an alternative history lesson from “Jacki,” a local who has seen it all and understands this place on more levels than anyone I’ve met.

Your Hawaiian vacation starts Wednesday, only at www.unknowncountry.com.