In the first half, author and investment advisor, Catherine Austin Fitts, shared her unique perspective on how to navigate the opportunities and risks in the global financial system and political economy, and protect one's personal assets. In the last 20 years we've been through a "financial coup d'etat," and a lot of people have been hurt by this hidden system of finance, and black budget expenditures, she said. Right now, there's a big discrepancy in what we earn in our savings, and what we pay to borrow, "and that's part of what's destroying the middle class in this country," Fitts continued.
One of the biggest trends we're seeing is a re-balancing of the global economy-- the GDP in India per person is around $5,000, while in the US it's around $53,000-- "we are going through a process where someday those numbers will be the same," plus by 2020, 80% of the world population will have a smart phone and that will lead to revolutionary changes, she remarked. Currently, the US dollar's rise in value is putting pressure on newly advanced economies such as the BRIC nations, and could cause them to have slowdowns, as their debt is based in dollars, she explained. Fitts also expressed concern about the rising gap between the haves and have nots-- "we have literally financed a breakaway civilization," an ultra wealthy group that operates outside the laws of sovereign nations.
In the latter half, well-known voice of occult and esoteric ideas, Mitch Horowitz, discussed the life, readings, and prophecies of Edgar Cayce (1877 - 1945). Known as the 'sleeping prophet,' Cayce gave more than 14,000 readings while in a trance state, many of them relating to people's health, with accurate diagnoses and helpful treatment suggestions. Though some of his earth changes prophecies have not occurred in the time frame he suggested, other of his claims such as that the ancient Egyptian civilization was far older than archaeologists commonly believe, may yet prove to be true, Horowitz remarked.
Cayce was among the first to cite ideas and beliefs which proved to be highly influential in new age and esoteric thinking decades after his death, Horowitz noted. These included:
- dream analysis and symbolism, dream therapy
- ways to meditate and practice yoga
- use of western astrology
- the power of the mind-- "mind is the builder" was one of his quotes
- aliens or ETs come from other dimensions
- coined the term "channel" in reference to communication from spiritual beings
- specific diet recommendations such as eating a few raw almonds each day