Compassion (Death of the Hired Man)

January 28, 2017
Whitley offers a discussion of compassion based around one of Anne Strieber’s most beloved poems, "The Death of the Hired Man" by Robert Frost. She thinks of the poem as one of the great texts about compassion, what it is, how it works, why it matters and, above all, how to live the kind of ... continued

Poems from a Life

August 20, 2015
These are poems from the life and love that Anne and I shared together. I very, very rarely read my poems and have never published them, but I want to read them now. As the file is only 10 minutes long, there is no low-bandwidth version. continued

Flight 370: Where is It? In the Ocean, in the Hands of Terrorists or Something Even Stranger?

March 28, 2014
There are three possible answers to the question of what happened to Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. The first is that, either due to criminal activity or some sort of catastrophe, it has crashed into the Indian Ocean. The second is that it is in the hands of terrorists. The third is that an anomalous event has taken ... continued

Dark Memories, Dark Suspicions: Whitley Strieber Remembers the JFK Assassination

November 23, 2013
Whitley Strieber tells the story of his personal connection to the assassination of John F. Kennedy and offers some uniquely powerful insights into the meaning of this tragic event, which has had a truly enormous impact on our history. This candid talk is full of surprising information as well as the kind of insight that ... continued

Poems Hidden in My Heart

November 9, 2013
Over the course of my life, poems have been essential and they have been formative. They are interwoven with my close encounter experiences, because it is only in the ideas and feelings evoked by poems–both dark and light–that I can find sufficient complexity and resonance to enable me to think meaningfully about this greatest of ... continued

Meditation Group First Year, Full Set of Meditations

October 16, 2013
The full set of meditations from the first year of Whitley’s Mediation Group. continued

Endless Violence and Endless Peace, Finding Balance

September 17, 2013
Mass murder appears to be the latest fad. We flood our minds with dreadful ‘news’ day in and day out, one disaster after another. There are so many dead bodies that empathy is simply whittled away. We’re numbed. Worse, there appears to be no way out, no surcease, only more and more and more that is ... continued

A New Series of Bible Readings, Part 1

April 19, 2013
Whitley Strieber begins this new series of bible readings with Psalm 31, which is what he took with him during the long struggle of presenting Communion to the public and enduring waves of laughter and criticism, while at the same time going out night after night to seek and sometimes meet the visitors. continued

Commentary on Pain

March 30, 2013
For many years, I have been curious about my story Pain. I have seen that it contained much unconscious knowledge of the close encounter experience. It was the last piece of creative writing I did before I became conscious of what had happened to me on December 26, 1985. In fact, the experience actually happened ... continued

Pain, a Short Story by Whitley Strieber

March 12, 2013
Pain was written between mid-December 1985 and mid-January 1986. It is the last thing I wrote before becoming conscious of the close encounter experience I had on December 26, 1985. While I was writing it, uneasy and confused memories of that experience were flowing through my mind, and I was beginning the process of research that ... continued