In the first half, editor in chief of Tarcher/Penguin Books, and well-known voice of occult and esoteric ideas, Mitch Horowitz, discussed the core discovery of the 21st century: how thought controls reality. He reported on the new wave of studies in the placebo effect, neuroplasticity, and psychical research that is confirming what mystics have known for centuries: our minds have reality-shaping powers, and what we think plays a major part in what happens to us. One interesting study showed that if you put elderly people in an environment that evoked their youth and reminded them of an earlier time, they actually showed measurable improvements in such things as their health, muscle tone, weight, and blood pressure, he reported.
In the science of neuroplasticity, brain scans are demonstrating that "if you can deliberately and continually redirect your thoughts on certain patterns, it will actually alter the physical makeup of your brain, and alter the neural pathways," he continued. The hypnopompic state (immediately following sleep) is a great time to employ a visualization, affirmation, or prayer, as the mind is particularly impressionable then, Horowitz revealed. He also talked about "scientific prayer" which involves praying for ideas and virtues rather than material possessions, and summoning the emotions to reach a fuller and greater life, such as espoused in some of the great religious traditions.
Appearing during the third hour, researcher Richard Sauder spoke about underwater bases associated with UFOs, as well as the secret government, and a coming economic implosion. The late investigator and cryptozoologist Ivan T. Sanderson concluded that underwater UFOs were real and operated by undersea inhabitants, said Sauder, who added that Lake Erie is a hotspot for such activity. There are underground salt deposits in the lake area, which are easier to drill into and create caverns than regular rock, he explained. Intriguingly, he also suggested that the underground bases may be connected with time travel, as water has many unusual properties and it may somehow facilitate the malleability of time.
Last hour guest, paranormal expert Joshua P. Warren talked about a 1997 UFO crash in Puerto Rico, which he recently investigated and found some anomalies at the site, such as an odd cactus that may have radioactive traces. The site, which is near one of the oldest mountains in the Caribbean, is also where a Mothman-like creature called the Gargola (gargoyle) has been spotted, he said. This July, Warren will be hosting a special Wishing Machine workshop in Asheville, North Carolina.