Owl synchronicities are quite common within the UFO/ET experiencer population. Owls have also shown up in reverse speech analysis years ago, by a former colleague and experiencer named Pat Mason back in 1998. I also interviewed Reverse Speech Expert David Oates in 1998 for a British magazine called Alien Encounters Magazine. The article is entitled, “The Resurrection of Truth: Reverse Speech Analysis–The Ultimate Truth Detector. This article was published in 1998, issue #25. The article is no longer available online through my web site, so I wanted to quote some pertinent excerpts from this interview as it relates to owl synchronicities, archetypes and metaphors of the subconscious mind.
One of the things that caught my attention years ago was how metaphors and archetypes showed up in reverse speech, and how these can indicate whether or not someone is telling the truth, or whether they may be communicating something they think to be true but, in fact, may be some form of internal conflict. One of the things David Oates told me about reverse speech was that it is, “man’s sixth sense”. Reverse speech communicates the true hidden thoughts, desires and motivations from the unconscious. According to Oates, language is bi-level, forwards and backwards. In his own words (pg 31) he states,
“The process of spoken language is two-fold. As the human brain is constructing the sounds of speech, it puts these sounds together in such a way that we are delivering two messages at the same time. One is forward–conscious speech, and the other is reverse–the unconscious. It is a natural function of the language and the mind. We are all speaking and hearing reverse phrases from one another every day. It’s a part of what intuition is all about. If we get a gut feeling or a sense of what something is about, we can track this back to reverse speech. There are whole backwards conversations going on all the time.”
I asked David, “What scientific research led you to the conclusion that reverse speech reveals hidden unconscious motivations, desires and thoughts?” He responded,
“We’ve done EEG tests on people while listening to a soundtrack (normal taped speech), without telling the person where (on the tape) the reversals were found. The EEG showed that the brain was stimulated in the parts that we were addressing when the reversals were played. Also, the tests showed rapid activity between the right and left hemispheres of the brain from the moment the reversal started until it ended. This proved that the human brain receives and responds to reversals in a communicative fashion. The implications of this are monumental.”
Reverse speech is not about the words of the speech but more of the tonality. It sounds melodious and has a sing-song quality to it as well. And, according to Oates, the more emotionality of a person, the more reversals will be found within the speech. He also said that dry, intellectual conversation or things like speeches or memorized talks contain less reversals. Oates went on to to say,
“We believe that reverse speech is generated in the right hemisphere of the brain because of high emotional situations, the reversals occur once every 2 or 3 seconds. When you get to a public speech, especially the one that has been scripted or when people are highly left-brained the reversals will drop off to once every 30-40 seconds. If there are no reversals or the reversals are dropping off in frequency, then I know they are telling a story they’ve told time and time again.”
In my own estimation, our souls and what is within our own subconscious minds are always communicating to one another, whether we are conscious of this or not. And we do know that soul communication, dream imagery or reverse speech will often communicate in archetypes and metaphors.
David Oates had his own UFO sighting in Bonsall, CA around that same time period and did a reversal of speech analysis about his own experience. I also asked him many pertinent questions about reverse speech which I believe are very important in understanding how and why archetypes show up within reverse speech and what this means. Oates told me, “I’ve done reversals on a woman who was molested as a child, yet had no conscious memory of the events. In her reversals she made graphic descriptions of the perpetrator. I’ve had people reveal names of relatives, bank accounts, hidden-agendas and behaviors that were later confirmed by the individual. But I have had people who come to me claiming to have had a particular experience and they didn’t. In the reversals all you get is a jumble of metaphors, which tells me they are not telling a true story, even if they believe it to be true. It is an unconscious manifestation of some deep internal conflict. If something is true, the reversal will give accurate direct information confirming it. If it’s a lie, the reverse speech will flat out say it’s a lie, or give motives why the person is lying.
If it is a fantasy or delusion the reversals tend to come out in deep metaphors, lots of “Lancelot is wounded”, “goddess”, “stuck in the spear”, “sword”. The unconscious mind is speaking in pictures, metaphors, and archetypes, much like in dreams.”
David Oates own UFO Reversal Experience:
F: “…This is a true one, it happened to me last week. I will never forget this until the day I die…”
Reversal: It was so big.
F: “…I’ve got a house on top of a hill, you can see right down to the cost line, it’s a beautiful place…”
Reversal: Believe me.
F: “…so I walked out of the house, I’ll never forget this, it was the most incredible thing…”
Reversal: They pull you with Samson’s soul. Have to recognize that it was so big.
I asked David if reverse speech reflects personal growth and the spiritual realm. I wanted to know if especially enlightened spiritual individuals reveal spiritual mysteries through reverse speech. He replied, “Yes, that is my own personal interest. It is a direct access to the soul. Not a session goes by that the word “Soul” does not come up. Reverse speech describes the state of the soul. One of the things that was a shock to me is that the soul can be sick or healthy. We’ve had reversals that said, “I need a new soul, ” or, “our planet is sick”. Reverse speech tells us about Heaven and God, and the interaction that side of life has with us.”
I also wanted to know more about metaphors and levels of communication revealed in reverse speech. And, according to Oates, metaphors come in a structural or archetypal way, or in an operational way. Operational is basically how an archetypal metaphor will operate. He told me,
“In the deep unconscious there are prime metaphors. At the base of the structure of the psyche, all of the human behavior, thought and emotion is instigated by metaphors. Metaphors have a life in their own right. They are living entities in and of themselves like Jungian archetypes. (EL– Remember this in light of what Steve Richards of Holographic Kinetics says of unconscious thoughts and conflicts becoming living entities ) The metaphors create behavior. The way they interact with each other depends on the behavior that is created. I call these structural or archetypal metaphors. The operational metaphors are how the archetype operates. Let’s suppose there is someone who has three structural metaphors that say, wolf, goddess and Satan. The wolf is a hunter and protector. Satan is aggressive and angry. Goddess is hope for the future. ( EL–This is interesting when one considers the Wisdom Goddess mythos of the living planet Sofia/Gaia within the Gnostic narrative of the Aeon Sophia’s history and of the Anthropos–humanity.)
Oates goes on, “If the wolf and goddess work together they will have a behavior of love and compassion. If wolf and Satan work together then aggression and anger is the generated behavioral pattern. Operational metaphors describe how behavior plays itself out according to the way the structural metaphors interact. There are great similarities between reverse speech and Jungian archetypes. Some metaphors are unique to the individual much like in dream symbology. In reverse speech we have a reference point of the forward speech to confirm much of the meaning. I see the same metaphors over and over again in the same context for many other people. The structural metaphors always communicate truth with a capital T. Operational metaphors are different. Even if a person believes they are lying, the structural metaphor will not support that lie. An incongruity will represent that.
In terms of levels of communication Oates stated, “There are three levels of reverse speech communication: conscious thoughts and those just below the surface of consciousness and the collective unconscious.”
If this is true, then there can be a therapeutic value to understand and even consciously change our own “metaphors and archetypes”.
Oates theorized that we indeed can work to change this imagery within our own conscious and subconscious minds through a development of a technique he calls metaphoric restructuring. He elaborated on this by saying,
“Reverse speech goes far deeper than any other techniques known. (EL-within traditional psychotherapy) and accesses the core structures of the mind immediately. The information can sometimes be shocking and disturbing for certain people, and I found that most of my clients were unable to instigate their own behavioral changes.”
He went on to describe how such a technique would work. “The theory I proposed in my experiments stated that at the deepest levels of consciousness the mind thinks and organizes human behavior through a series of pictures and images, like an internal movie. The images are simply made audible in reverse speech. On this basis I then proposed that if we were to change the picture of the movie plot or the metaphor, then it was possible that this change might also change the behavior or personality that the picture actually represented.”
In my work with Pat Mason in 1998 we discovered several reverse speech phrases of alien abductee/experiencers that demonstrated archetypes and metaphors like owl, wolf and also spiritual mysteries. In Mike Clelland’s experiences, he also has found numerous synchronicities related to owls in conjunction with UFO and alien encounters. See his blog post at:
http://hiddenexperience.blogspot.com/2013/08/i-finally-pulled-owl-card.html Mike Clelland also wrote an excellent essay entitled, “Synchronicity and the UFO Abductee” in the book “The Synch Book 2“(Sync Book Press, 2012).
These specific reversals were found by Pat Mason and were published in the aforementioned Alien Encounters Magazine, Issue # 25:
(pg. 33): Two experiencers discussing alien abductions, dreams, memories:
F: “Oh, that’s interesting. Maybe he (the UFO investigator) was too embarrassed to have another woman (abductee) call or something…”
Here is a reversal showing soul truth speaking mysteries:
Reversal: God throw off to move in with the mystery of mysteries. Teach babies to set that up.
Here the abductee is describing how within the alien abduction phenomena there is a truth detracting element to keep people distracted and away from the truth. We can see the archetype of the wolf emerging as the woman’s hunter and protector.
F: “Part of it is truth detracting, trying to get people away from…”
Reversal: My fair wolf speaking up. He passed his truth to the girl.
Here, is a reversal which pertains to spiritual mysteries as David Oates has also found.
F: “Well, cause the more information, the less fear, you know.”
Reversal: Find the area of seven. The chamber filled with the choir
F: ” I don’t know, all I have is a weird dream memory and…
Reversal: They amend these dreams…if they make “em, I’m learning.
F: “I guess psychically, you know, the girl saw something like a reptilian (alien). Psychically with the third eye, but I didn’t see it and she saw it. ”
Reversal: In the darkness…we seem to help the aliens.
F: “Cause she remembers an orange light, right?”
Reversal: Care. The owls knew it was their memory ship.
F: “Yeah, cause I have, uh…”
Reversal: Ride on the grey.
F: “The truth is the truth. It needs to be there, you know.”
Reversal: Why in the grey deep seed. They pierced us, they pierced us, hey.
In two reversals the word “grey” is found, which in my opinion, refers to the Grey aliens, and how they embedded or pierced us somehow. I recall in Peggy Kane’s reverse speech work, she had the repeated metaphor of “net” show up in conjunction with aliens, dark entities or forces. As if some kind of “net” is imposed over the person to keep them entrapped under some form of control or deception.
In more of Pat Mason’s work she found references to the owl archetype several times with an abductee in conversation. In an online article entitled, “Encounters with the Unknown: Hidden Messages” Pat Mason discovered many reversals that were quite revealing.
F: Yeah, there were more than – there were probably about …
Reversal: I got worth. Then who are they?
F: “… pretty lights …”
Reversal: The owl lead her.
F: “He took me …” (into the ship)
Reversal: He who pushed it.
F: ”… and having this face with these two eyes …”
Reversal: See owl. Wishes you could see it. Send me back a net.
Mary is wondering about the fluorescence. She asks:
F: “Is it, can it be normal?”
Reversal: No mere image, is it?
Mary is talking about showing her therapist the glow under a black light:
F: “If he could find out information”
Reversal: Sham. Come right out with it.
EL–I actually remembered this case and the flouresence which was present and emitting naturally from this abductee’s body. We had the sample tested by some local scientists they knew in their area. They told her it was coumadin, a dye which is also found in “rat poisen”. But here it appears that something about this situation or testing was a sham. But in the earlier reversal, the owl reference indicated an alien “calling” within the fluorescence marking. If you notice the owl archetype in the other phrases, it comes up with reference to seeing a floating orange light. In another reference with her memory of being led by a being into a ship, the owl metaphor comes up again as this “being”. Mary, the woman who was describing her alien encounter talked about seeing a face “with these two eyes”, the alien being. It was again reversed as the owl archetype. In another reference to “the lights” before the abduction, it again reverses back to the owls who are leading her. For the full article, see: http://members.tripod.com/~Patricia_Mason/mary.html
In the alien abduction experience much of it is recalled in dream memories and flashbacks. I know in many cases of alien abduction the aliens employ screen memories. This was found often within Barbara Bartholic’s work in hypnotic regressions of alien abductees. If you may have noticed in one phrase, the reversal indicated that the aliens “amend these dreams”. The dreams of abductions, our memories and how they interact with us. This can make alien abduction experience recalled from vivid dreams difficult to trust if, in fact, they do change the dream imagery so that we believe one thing, when in fact they are doing something else. They can appear as large owls in abduction related dreams, and this has happened in my own experience several years ago. Bud Hopkins and other alien abduction researchers have noted how large animals with big black eyes or huge owl figures show up before an alien encounter. But I wondered, “why the owl archetype? What does the archetype mean in Jungian terms or shamanic animal powers or allies?”
In Native American medicine, the animal powers, spirits and allies can manifest in ones experience through various means. They can repeatedly appear in physical life in association with certain patterns, in dreams, synchronicities, as power animal retrievals, or in medicine card displays. Animal medicine, according to authors Jamie Sams and David Carson, (Medicine Cards, St Martins Press, 1999) is anything that can improve one’s connection to the Great Mystery and to all of life. This includes healing of mind, body and of spirit. This medicine is also anything that brings personal power, strength and understanding.(pg. 13) Animals in nature can relay messages to us through their habit patterns or essence of being, oftentimes in the dream world or Nagual, but they can appear in other ways in physical life (the tonal) or within appearances through synchronistic experiences. Lessons can be learned from many animal powers and one can call upon the power of a particular animal to gain understanding and wisdom in the great mystery of life. Depending on the context in which the animal appears and ones own personal lesson and internal archetypal symbology, determines what meaning it may have for you.
In my personal experience with a power animal retrieval by an authentic shaman, the animal communicated to me a unique medicine that revealed itself in its own way. In other words, there may be general meanings you can read or find in books such as the Animal Medicine cards, but real life experience with an authentic power animal is really what one should go by in terms of its medicine for you and your own unique journey with this animal spirit ally.
In the Animal Medicine cards by Jamie Sams and David Carson the Owl’s main characteristic message is: Deception. On Pg. 121 it reads,
“Owl medicine is symbolically associated with clairvoyance, astral projection and magic, both black and white. Owl is called Night Eagle on several medicine wheels used by Amerindian teachers. Traditionally Owl sits in the East, the place of Illumination.”
In essence, Owl is a predatory creature which hunts at night. They see clearly in the night and their feathers are silent. You cannot hear the Owl and some Native Americans feared the Owl and called its feathers deception feathers. The authors say that this owl is oftentimes the medicine of sorcerers and witches and if these birds gather around you alot, you may be drawn to the magical practices. A warning is also given that one should resist any temptation to practice black magic or any art that takes energy away from another being. “However, even if Owl is your medicine it doesn’t necessarily mean you are a black magician or sorcerer. Owls nature is to see what others cannot which is the essence of true wisdom. Where others are deceived, Owl sees and knows what is there”. (pg.121)
In other cultures like ancient Greece, the Goddess Athena was associated with an Owl on her shoulder. Owl teaches unseen truths and can enable one to perceive the whole truth. Basically people with Owl medicine can see through people and their ulterior motives and not be deceived as easily as others. Conversely, if Owl shows up in a contrary position in the medicine card spread, or under unique adverse circumstances, its appearance can also mean you have been greatly deceived by either yourself or another. Perhaps witchcraft or black magic is being used against you. It can be saying to you to look deeper into yourself about what you are “in the dark about” or even to look at your own darkness, shadow and blind spots.
I’ve found that doing research into others’, personal experiences with animal powers is more accurate than a few books on animal totems or medicine cards. Biographies of shamans, saints, witches, yogis and even your own personal experiences will teach you how these power animals and medicine apply to you or a particular situation. I believe that we can have our own unique dream symbology as well as sharing a collective, archetypal internal imagery. This is represented in dreams, shamanic vision quests, or even through reverse speech, as well as personal synchronicities.
For more information on Owls and Witchcraft, and owl significance in countries all over the world see: http://www.controverscial.com/Animals%20and%20Witchcraft_Owl.htm