Saturday, August 16, 2014

Drumming & Squatching

Cliff Barackman and I have known each other since he first moved to Portland, Oregon. He’s a consummate guitarist. I happen to know my way around the drum set, so we’ve “jammed” together for years, playing jazz, Latin, and Old Time music—in addition to camping in the woods from time to time, as well as hanging out in town.

White Eagle Saloon, Portland OR
In July of 2012, I had the pleasure of accompanying Cliff’s playing on his seven string guitar during a performance that was recorded for an episode of Finding Bigfoot. We performed at a local (reputedly haunted) tavern in Portland called The White Eagle, along with Andy, who also owns a seven string guitar. Both he and Cliff trade bass parts because they can, and it’s cool to be weirdly versatile. Incidently, Finding Bigfoot is now the Number One show on Animal Planet network.

Cliff, Andy, and Kirk (on drums) at the White Eagle Saloon last summer
Ye Olde Stomping Grounds in Seattle U District
Kirk building a tree fort for his eight year-old nephews

Craig Flippy shot the cover photograph for Kultus. Craig is a film maker. He's very talented and creative. If you haven't seen Bigfoot Road Trip, starring Cliff Barackman and Craig, definitely check it out. Craig produces the videos, and Cliff plays a leading role in storyboarding each episode.

Cliff, Guy Edwards, and Kirk. Guy Edwards designed the cover for Kultus. He also set up this blog. Guy is an expert at promotion, graphic design, and he's also a damned good artist. Currently, he and I are working on a comic book together.

Here is a blogsquatch. Just kidding, it's Guy Edwards. Before the weather turned cold, I took him to a hotspot near Goat Mountain, Oregon. We didn't hear any knocks that day, but the bigfoot "vibe" was strong.
Craig sits in the passenger seat while Cliff drives, and in the driver's seat when it comes to pointing a film camera at Cliff and everything else in bigfoot hot spots. The project is kind of a "two man band." Impressive. If you haven't seen it, definitely order yourself a copy. The tone is light and funny at times, and scholarly at times. A grab bag for the squatch curious and also for the veteran bigfooter. These days, Craig is also a cast member on Finding Bigfoot.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Squatching: In the Eye of the Beholder

Children have a unique way of viewing the world, and their interpretations of the sasquatch phenomenon is no exception. I find the above drawings from a display at the Discovery Center in The Dalles, Oregon, to be quite refreshing. They are all so different!

Such art dramatically contrasts that of coloring books. Oh, how I despise coloring books. I hated them as a child, and, as an adult, I loathe seeing children forced to color in between other people's lines! All too often, such "art" is thinly veiled advertising of one sort of another, which merely ads creative insult to artistic injury.

Bravo for individuality! Bravisimo to those who start "from scratch." There is no such thing as a "blank canvas." White pages are merely the opportunity to externalize what already exists in the conscious and the subconscious minds of those who seek to represent hidden treasures.

We are all artists and snippets of life are our canvases. If you have a friend or a family member that is new to this earth, why not encourage him or her to draw something fresh and new today?

There's no better time than the present. And, while you're at it, why not externalize the inner child-like artist in yourself, no matter what your present day age?

When it comes to squatching (or bigfooting to use another verb), the impressions we gather "in the field" can be quite personal. No matter what the "hard sciences" like to assert, encountering a creature as unusual as a sasquatch is not always a strictly objective experience: rather, it can be a deeply subjective in nature, drawing upon one's intuition, as well as his or her five senses. 

For some people, witnessing a sasquatch is tantamount to crossing paths with a god . . . to others, a demon, and to yet others still, a relict species of hominid. All interpretations are valid, and all of them are valuable, in their own ways.

By that, I mean that, in order to understand what sasquatches may represent, we need to keep an open mind. I've heard a group of witnesses, every member of whom observed the same sasquatch, each come away from the experience with fairly different impressions.

Native American legends and tribal elders tend to corroborate the way sasquatches can "walk between worlds," and touch each and every human slightly differently in their mind's eye. It's no accident that quite a large percentage of native cultures that hail from areas where sasquatches live tend to think of them as shape shifters.

Often, children have the most intuitive sightings of all. And that's no accident: they haven't been indoctrinated yet to interpret experiences in a uniform manner to everyone else. When it comes to squatching, this lack of objectivity can actually be an advantage!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Collectivism is Relative?

Charles Fort: The man who dared ask "why?" His questions were based upon hard, scientific data.

Come what may, we always have the ability to "Question Reality." The world is seldom portrayed accurately by any sort of organized institution of any kind, and there is a very good reason for this: collectivism is a myth. It simply cannot exist on any sort of grand scale without a few supremely powerful people (or non-human entities) controlling the masses.
With enough scrutiny, and a truly autonomous way to analyze the results, common reality quickly breaks down. The imagined wall between natural and supernatural falls into rubble. This barrier is suppositional, not actual. 
Collective reality is a relative state of mind. It exists because we have been indoctrinated as children to subscribe to whatever prevailing Dogma du Jour happens to be the order of the age. That is why the most powerful (human) forces on earth recognize the profundity of the Latin phrase, Ordo ab Chao (Order out of Chaos).
The very idea of "order" is a relative concept that evokes spiritually idealistic meanings. Perhaps it is not surprising that order in this material realm always takes the form of laws, and laws are merely the extension of whomever or whatever holds the reigns of power. This precept can be observed in government, religion, and nature. Any electron microscope will demonstrate how dependent matter truly is upon our expectations for it. 
The poet, William Blake, once wrote, "There is no natural religion." The same can be said for the supernatural: there is no supernatural, for the boundary between the mundane and the extraordinary is suppositional in nature.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

The Djinn-Bigfoot Connection

After bigfooting for over two decades, I can say with some measure of confidence that the creatures share a great deal with myths, eyewitness accounts, and historical descriptions of djinn in (the above) book. Most Americans would be surprised to learn that djinn are widely believed to be huge and hairy in their natural (materialized) state, which they typically prefer to keep hidden from humans. Otherwise, they are thought to remain invisible like ghosts.
Are all bigfoots djinn? Certainly not. But a fair number of bigfoot sightings might actually involve run-ins with the djinn, which often prefer to live in precisely the sort of remote places where sasquatches are said to reside. More than a few sasquatch encounters have taken place in old Indian burial grounds, pioneer graveyards, rural garbage dumps, rock quarries, clear cuts, flood plains, swamps, wet lands, derelict mine shafts, sites of previous car crashes, sites of previous plane crashes, sites of Indian massacres, remote shooting ranges, so-called "haunted" places, and other wastelands. 
That's why my novel is called "Kultus," which literally means, in the Chinook dialect, "no good place." Native Americans generally tried to avoid contact with sasquatches and the places where such creatures tended to be found. In fact, such places were often quarantined by tribes that did not allow their people to go there. Why? Because curious interlopers might bring bad shape-shifting spirits back with them (djinn) and curse the tribe with bad luck, or worse.
I must say, that I've encountered more than a few bigfooters with chronically bad luck, ill health, and even mental problems. Most of them did not start out that way in life. Going into the forest on a quest for an encounter with a bigfoot is enough to make many native Americans shake their heads sadly. And the same can be said in the Middle East when Westerns come in search for djinn.
Let it be known: djinn are not exclusive to the Middle East. People from that part of the world believe that djinn live all around the globe. If you've ever encountered a ghost, or you know somebody that has, it's worth picking up a book about the djinn. It might answer more questions in your life than you thought needed answering. And if you happen to be a long-time bigfooter, this prognostication goes double to you, my friend.

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Bigfoot Energy & Synergy

Bigfoots: what you see is what they get

So you want to go bigfooting, eh? Cool. Before you get suckered into a lifestyle with unrealistic expectations and rules to live by, it's worth remembering that there aren't any hard and fast rules. Facilitating a squatch encounter can be as individual as the many different ways that people attempt to facilitate contact with ghosts, for instance.

Yes, believe it or not, in my opinion, sasquatches actually have quite a bit in common with ghosts. They can fully materialize, but I tend to side with Native Americans in concluding that they can also come and go from our dimension. That's why they tend to be so elusive.

If you want to split hairs, I would even go out on a limb and say that bigfoots are more like djinn than ghosts, but we needn't go there since most Americans aren't very familiar with the djinn, at least not directly. Humans in general tend to confuse all sorts of supernatural things and muddle them altogether in a category called "the supernatural." How very convenient for beings like the djinn! It makes their work far easier. As for Americans, our culture has been steered clear of pondering djinn until now. Fictional novels and films about realistic representations of the djinn are finally being published and produced.

As for so-called "ghosts," personally, I do not believe they are the souls of dead people who haven't yet passed on. But we shall save my personal experiences in this regard for another blog entry! Sufffice it to say, that people who have been exposed to ghostly encounters are far more prone to encounter bigfoots, as well as being far more likely to seek out bigfoot activity without even knowing the reasons why. In a great many cases, ghosts are actually djinn, and so are bigfoots!

Squatching is more mental than most people realize. Your thoughts definitely will have an impact on what you experience. As I've said, there are no hard and fast rules when it comes to bigfooting. For some, this involves walking great distances with all sorts of fancy equipment, while to others, it involves an inner journey that starts with "letting go" of mundane reality and letting one's astral self out to roam.

Obviously, it's important to gravitate towards places that have recently produced activity, such as knocking, calls, physical evidence such as footprints and tree breaks, as well as sightings.

For most people, deliberately searching for, and finding, a bigfoot, is harder than plucking a four leafed clover with their eyes blindfolded, but never mind the odds. Intuition can bridge this gap.

You can never know until you try to see the squatch for the trees. For such is the power of "gnosis." In German, the word for science is literally "knowledge craft." I like that impression very much. It helps to break through the crust of crustiness, as well as the hierarchy of egotism.

For what good is science to squatching, or reaching for the stars, if we lose the power to dream? I don't believe in accidental discoveries. Rather, I believe in the power of serendipity. Purposeful, as well as intuitive, knowledge craft can take on many forms and functions, and lest we forget, there are children among us who can help to lead even the most stalwart curmudgeons back into the magical realm of gnosis. The Greek root of education means to "draw out," not to cram a bunch of facts and figures into one's brain.

So . . . maybe it's time to take it on the arches, and go squatching. What do you say?  More times than not, witnesses (even those carrying cameras) do not take home the "money shot" of a forest giant. Considering how many people encounter sasquatches every year, this might seem hard to believe . . . until one considers what Native Americans tend to think about our big brothers of the woods (that they represent more than meets the eye, or the ear, or the nose).

How many people who live in haunted houses manage to catch ghosts on film? Not many. Ahhhh, now you're starting to catch on. Djinn are rumored to live all over the planet, from the deepest seas to the most populous cities. How many photographs of them have you seen? And how about a djinn body? Well, that might prove to be difficult since they are shape shifters and can come and go from matter to plasma energy.

Most people would be disheartened to learn that successful bigfooting involves more conjuring and less hard science. I'm talking about bigfooting that gets results consistently here. This is a fact that a great many bigfooters understandably disagree with, and for good reason: who wants to confront the strong possibility that bigfoots are shape shifting entities made of plasma, which are capable of materializing into the forms of large hairy "giants."
Still, the strong possibility does exist. Contacting sasquatches mentally and with certain types of rituals DO generate results, time and time again. In fact, such invocations are a very ancient form of science called magick. It took me over two decades to learn this hard lesson and once I did, I pretty much gave up my search for bigfoots. I have absolutely NO desire to invoke djinn. What I did want to do was to contact a parallel species of hominid that could have been very ancient indeed. 
The vast majority of all bigfooters (the ones that mange to somehow keep up their pursuit over years) never learn this link (to the djinn) or even come close to figuring out such "riddles in the dark," and I feel bad for them because many of them are being victimized. They are barking up the right tree for the wrong reasons and with the wrong tools at their disposal. This leaves them quite vulnerable to the spirits that play with them like big dangerous cats.
I have seen more than a few lives ruined by contact with "unclean" spirits that hook them to return again and again, no matter if these bigfooters lose their spouses, their money, their jobs, and even their sanity. Of course, the spirits almost never reveal themselves, and if they do it is in predictable forms that bigfooters expect to see.
Why? Because their minds are literally open books for the spirits to take advantage of. This goes double for "paranormal" bigfooters that labor under the delusion that they are pursuing great and noble beings, stewards of the planet, bla bla bla. Especially those unwise enough to engage in telepathy and remote viewing on a regular basis with the "benevolent" bigfoots that are, in reality, anything but friendly, altruistic, or well-meaning, although some djinns do have a moral code they must follow, even though it doesn't really bode well for humans any more than our codes of conduct bode well for the cattle we raise on ranches.
Still interested in going bigfooting? Yes? Well, get back to me if you get "lucky" and actually encounter one. Most people chicken out for the rest of their lives if they get a taste of the real thing. It's a lot different than an episode of Finding Bigfoot, that's for sure!

Our sense of reality certainly seems to change upon encountering a being that is not of this world. Then again, what is our reality, exactly? A great many philosophers have argued that common experience is determined by mundane expectations. Expectations often precede encounters with supernatural beings. Bigfoots are well aware of the complex interrelationship between thought and experience.

You might even say they are masters of transforming their experiences by utilizing mental constructs and tools, so to speak. They can also transform the experiences of human beings, and this can be quite disconcerting to a person that has been indoctrinated all of his or her life to believe that material existence is, of necessity, separate from one's state of mind (expectations and beliefs).

When our eyes are opened to the transmundane, the world has not changed; it is our individual vantage point that has undergone a transformation. Plus que les choses changent plus que de rester le même: the more that things change, the more they stay the same.

Contrary to what your parents probably taught you as a child, ghosts ARE real and what you think (focus on / attract) CAN hurt you. On the positive side, your safety can also be ensured through a few sensible precautions when in the presence of a djinn/sasquatch. I will save that lesson for another blog entry! Happy squatching!

Please don't blame your parents for misinforming you of some very important childlike insights. It's no accident that our society shirks such primally universal instincts: the financial kingpins that run Planet Earth know exactly what they are doing because they are very much involved in the ancient occult sciences (magick).

Friday, August 8, 2014

Nice Mounds, Mima!

Put on your hiking boots this summer and "pound the round mounds"

I'm always surprised how few Northwesterners know about a very strange geographic anomaly right in their own backyards, relatively speaking.

Yes, I'm talking about the infamous Mima Mounds. At one time, they dominated a significant percentage of the topography of Washington State. These days, due to agriculture and development, the mounds occupy a smaller but still fairly substantial amount of space.

As to how much space, Wiki and Google aren't very helpful. I can remember when Wiki used to list the relative square miles, but now that data has been removed, instead replaced by the size of each mound (3-50 meters in height).

Well, I've visited the Mima Mounds in Washington, and I'm happy to report they're all about the same size as far as the eye can see. Wiki has become unaccountably vague as of late when it comes to "all things Mima." 

In my eyes, this could mean that the powers that be have actually turned up more facts about the mounds than they are willing to share; even while the mounds' existence is being played up in the media, cold hard facts about them are becoming, well, buried, at least to some extent.

As for what formed the infamous mounds, I've heard explanations ranging from giant prehistorical gophers to natural erosion around vegetation caused by rain and winds. Then, of course, there are folks like Thom Powell, a notorious bigfoot investigator, who has confided to me that he believes the mounds are actually tailings dumped from underground alien bases deep in the earth through the use of materialization technology, not unlike the transporters on Star Trek.

Since Star Trek has been used by RAND and several other organizations as a platform for externalizing technology that will one day be mainstreamed (cell phones with flip tops, fax machines, flat screen television monitors, the list goes on and on), I'm not going to throw out the alien hybrid baby with the bathwater just yet. But I'm not convinced of its veracity, either. Too many variables equal wild hypotheses that bloom like purple haze in one's imagination.

When viewed from the air, the mounds almost remind me of electron microscope photos of certain types of insect skin, such as that of fleas and dust mites.

As for "hard science," it isn't very helpful when it comes to the mounds, either. “My sense of the literature is that people look at the mounds and think they’re faunally generated by default,” study co-author Michael Cramer, a biologist at the University of Cape Town in South Africa, told Live Science. “Many [scientific] papers are written in such a way that vegetation patterning isn’t mentioned.”

“We’re suggesting that people should have a more balanced view and entertain the possibility that vegetation could be behind mound formation,” Cramer added, almost as an afterthought.

Personally, when I view the Mima mounds from aerial photographs, I think of middle school physics classes in which I played around with piles of iron filings and a magnet. But hey, that's just my two cents. Are the mounds made of rock with an unusually high iron content? Beats the heck out of me.

As for bigfoot sightings near the mounds, there have been more than a few over the years. More than can be explained by the location, which isn't terribly deep in the wilderness and is hedged in by roads and houses on many sides.

My favorite reported bigfoot sighting involved a couple in their early 20's that was in the area visiting a local fair. After the rides had closed, past sunset, the couple was walking through a part of the fair grounds that bordered a tract of woods. Much to their surprise, they were allegedly approached by a large female sasquatch wearing brightly colored rubber boots and frayed panty hose! Ha! How's that for a bizarre twist on the more mundane reports surrounding the infamous Mima Mounds?

You won't read the "bigfoot in drag" account in Huffington Post, although, the online publication does sport a regular bigfoot column these days.

What you will find in Huff Post is an article or two that mentions how the "Mima" phenomenon is not limited to Southwestern Washington. It can be found in California and other parts of North America, as well.

"Scotty? Beam up my grassy mounds. Kirk out."

Saturday, August 2, 2014

The Times They Are A-Squatchin

The field of bigfooting has changed a great deal in the last five years. Just last week, I was dishing up some dinner at the hot food bar and the salad bar at New Season’s Market. I happened to be wearing a t-shirt with a graphic of a bigfoot along with the words, “Gone Squatchin’.”  Three people stopped me to voice their approval and to chat about bigfoot.
Let me tell you, after having been an avid squatcher for most of my life, that moment was surreal. It signaled a tipping point in our culture, at least here in America, although I suspect Australia, Canada, and Europe are not far behind.

The fact that three people stopped me was interesting. One of the people (a male store clerk in his early 20’s) wanted to know more about bigfoot and the fact that I was wearing the shirt somehow signaled to him that I knew more than a little about the subject.  He was busy at work, and kept looking over his shoulder to make sure a supervisor was not “clocking him” for chatting too long with a customer, but his enthusiasm and wonder about the subject was obvious.

I mentioned a few places within an hour’s drive of Portland, Oregon, where he stood a fairly good chance in ten trips of being around a bigfoot during one of the trips. The odds gave him pause. I could tell by the surprised look on his face.

“Bigfooting is hard work,” I told him. Despite ten percent odds, he wasn’t daunted. “I’m going to try it,” he said, as he rushed back to where he’d been standing a few minutes earlier, tending the imported cheese cooler.