In the first half, investment advisor Catherine Austin Fitts appeared in studio, for a discussion about the top financial trends impacting Americans. She noted that after decades, interest rates are beginning to trickle upward, which could affect mortgages, credit cards, and the bond market. In fact, if you have a variable rate mortgage, now would be a good time to refinance, she suggested. Earnings have been coming from companies borrowing money on the bond market and then buying back their own stock, but with the rise in interest rates, they may have to resort to layoffs instead, she explained. Federal, state, and local government spending has also been financed by the bond market, and with rising interest rates, they'll have to cut back their budgets, she added.
Rather than being saddled with huge student loan debts, she advised students and parents to carefully consider how they're underwriting an education. Students can go to less expensive institutions and work their way through school, she remarked. Weather is a wildcard, and a drought in the western United States could adversely affect agriculture, and thus the economy, she said. In terms of personal investments, any particular asset can be in the doghouse, so it's important to diversify, Fitts recommended. The positive aspect to the economy is a movement toward reinvesting and rebuilding the industrial base in America, as a well as a drop in oil and gas prices due to increased self sufficiency, she detailed.
In the latter half, medium James Van Praagh addressed such topics as the afterlife, communication with spirits, and reincarnation. He spoke about the passing of psychic Sylvia Browne, whom he'd known for years. "Sylvia was unique...she's written so many books on the [psychic] subject, and opened up a lot of people's hearts and minds to this work," he commented. He also talked about his collaboration with Doreen Virtue on their book How to Heal a Grieving Heart, written after they both went through a devastating loss around the same time. The grieving process and the range of emotions one goes through can be difficult, even if one is prepared for the death of a loved one, he noted.
In his communications with spirits of the deceased, they often express regrets about how they lived their lives, adding that if they had the knowledge they've gleaned from the Other Side, they would have behaved differently. Spirits often communicate via the dream state, and keeping a dream journal can improve recall, he shared. The hardest part of his job, said Van Praagh, is not relaying messages from the spirit world, but that the living often don't realize their own innate gifts and abilities, which he picks up from their auras and energies. This summer, Van Praagh and medium Mavis Pittilla will lead a 'Talking to Heaven' workshopaboard a cruise ship to Alaska.
Astronomy Professor Andrew Fraknoi has been following the story of whether Comet ISON will be a "comet of the century" or a possible flop. He shares with us a stunning photo recently taken by British amateur astronomer Damian Peach.
Adventurer, author and investigator Graham Hancock discussed evidence for a lost great civilization that may have existed as far back as 20,000 years ago, and had sophisticated abilities and technologies. Moses was the inheritor of technological artifacts such as the Ark of the Covenant which came from the lost civilization, he postulated. According to biblical texts, 50,000 Philistines that walked past the opened Ark that was stolen from Moses, ended up dying from cancerous tumors, which suggests it gave off some kind of radiation after its gold lid was taken off, Hancock said. Rather than looking to ETs to explain such ancient mysteries, he believes they were creations of the lost civilization, and we have become "a species with amnesia."
Another piece of evidence are maps of Antarctica from the 1500 & 1600s which show the continent as much larger than it is today. "What these maps suggest is that our Earth was mapped by some seafaring civilization with a considerable degree of accuracy during the last Ice Age when indeed Antarctica was much larger than it is today," and these maps were then copied by mapmakers in historical times, he outlined. Hancock believes that around 13,000 years ago a global cataclysm took place when Earth was hit by a fragmented comet that caused massive flooding, and was followed by a 1,000 year period of freezing conditions due to the formation of a dust cloud that enveloped the planet.
He spoke of the mysterious Gobekli Tepe site in Turkey, a giant series of megalithic circles proven to be 12,000+ years old. "I think in Gobekli Tepe we're looking at the fingerprints of the survivors of a lost civilization-- it was their project to attempt to restart civilization."Gunung Padang in Indonesia, a site similar to Gobekli Tepe, may date back as far as 20,000 years, he marveled. Hancock also touched on his new novel War God which deals with the Spanish conquest of Mexico, the ancient Aztecs, and supernatural forces.
First hour guest, space historian Robert Zimmerman talked about two new Mars probes, one just launched by NASA called MAVEN, and another recently sent by India. While the two missions have similar purposes, they each have different sensors and instruments to look at the climate and atmosphere. This may help scientists determine why the environment became so desolate on the Red Planet, when it once possibly had oceans, and a thicker atmosphere. The findings may also reflect on how climate change works on Earth, he added.
Joanne DiMaggio has been professionally pursuing past-life research and therapy for over 25 years, and founded PLEXUS (Past Life Exploration, Understanding and Sharing). She discussed techniques for accessing past lives, as well as how to do 'soul writing.' Conducted in a type of meditative state, soul writing is done with the eyes half closed, sitting with a pen and paper or even at a keyboard. "You just trust the process and get out of the way. Don't manipulate or force your words...allow the message to proceed," she stated. Don't let your internal editor get in the way about spelling and grammar, as you allow the stream of consciousness writing to come through, she continued.
A long-time student of the work of Edgar Cayce, DiMaggio noted that Cayce differentiated between inspirational or soul writing and what is known as 'automatic writing.' Sharing some similarities to the Ouija board, automatic writing stems from an outside source, and "Cayce was concerned that there might be some low level entities trying to come through. When you open yourself to this work, that's why a prayer of protection, or white light protection is so important," to safeguard you from outside energies, she explained.
When DiMaggio regresses clients into past life explorations, she has them visualize walking up a stairs to a historic hotel lobby, where on either side is a hallway with a row of doors, and behind each is one of their past lives. "I instruct their souls to stop them in front of the door leading to the lifetime that is most impacting them now," she detailed. In her research and work, she was intrigued to discover cases of spontaneous healing associated with past life recall, as well as evidence that different people reincarnate in specific soul groups.
First hour guest, Oscar winning actress Shirley MacLaine shared recollections from her life and career, and discussed her latest book, What If..., in which she speculates on spiritual questions. She spoke about her fascination with UFOs, and said she saw a lot of craft in the sky in Peru and other countries in South America, where it looks like "highways in the sky." She wondered why the UFO cover-up was so important, and suggested that JFK was planning to order a serious investigation into the subject. MacLaine also talked about her friendship with Stephen Hawking, and how he believes he may be the reincarnation of Sir Isaac Newton.