Today, I’m tackling the subject of Atlantis – which is a vast subject, and a whole lot of people have opinions about it – so I’m aware that it’s going to be hard to really do it justice or cover every single facet of it. The purpose of this blog post is to share a few of the things I’ve picked up with regard to the fabled continent, and to offer tips on how other people can reach their own understanding of it. I completely understand why many people believe that Atlantis didn’t exist. This blog post is for those who do feel drawn to explore that legend, over and over again – even when the contradictory theories they find really frustrate them, even when the whole thing seems ludicrous, even when they want to go away and do something else and ignore the entire story completely. I’ve been there. ❤️
The first thing that has to be acknowledged with regard to Atlantis is that virtually no cold, hard evidence exists.
A variety of possible locations have been proposed – the Bimini Wall near the Bahamas, the Azores, Santorini – but nothing can be objectively verified. Plato’s writings on Atlantis state that the whole continent perished ‘in a single day and night of misfortune,’ which could be interpreted as literal, or could be interpreted as a dramatic flourish on his part. However long it actually took, though, the continent was destroyed: Plato makes that very clear.
Nature can very quickly take over artificial structures and erase all evidence of human occupation, if it is given enough time to do so. When we leave a building vacant, for example, structural disintegration sets in rapidly. Grass soon springs up through concrete, the building falls into a state of disrepair, the roof starts to collapse.
So it’s not surprising that no structure or artefact can be proven, beyond a sliver of doubt, to belong to Atlantis.
Virtually nothing about Atlantis can be said to come from a place of cold, hard, objective fact, yet humanity is continually drawn back to that legend, searching for answers to modern dilemmas in the distant past, where it is difficult to separate fact from fiction. Within the spiritual community, the information gap that exists with regard to Atlantis has largely been filled by channeled material, based on intuition.
I do feel that a lot of profound truths have been handed down in that way, but the inherent challenge of working with channelled material is that as human beings, we all have to pass information through our own filters of perception. We can certainly open our minds, be aware of our own biases and ensure that our filters are as clear as possible, but our experiences and beliefs are always going to affect the amount of information we’re able to understand. Things can get lost in translation. Things can get misinterpreted.
So what does all the contradictory channeled information mean for people who do feel drawn to the Atlantean story? What if you would like to read what others have said about it, but you don’t know how to use that information to help you access your own truth?
One thing that can be done is to look for commonalities – recurring themes that show up over and over again across a range of different sources. Wherever you see broad consensus on some aspect of the story, that can often be taken as a sign that different channellers are perceiving whatever that is with a high degree of accuracy.
One recurring theme which is really beautiful – and is a theme that I connect to very strongly – is that long before its fall, Atlantis experienced a Golden Age of peace and harmony. There was no complex political system or social hierarchy in place at that time, and people were free to express themselves in a way that made them truly happy.
Another recurring idea about Atlantis is that its golden era was followed by a downward spiral in consciousness. Sometimes that decline is portrayed as a continuous, non-stop process of things getting worse and worse, but I believe that the journey of consciousness rarely, if ever, follows a straight-line pattern. We tend to double back on ourselves a lot and repeat things we’ve done before and do all kinds of interesting loops. The sense I have of this situation is that there were many points during Atlantis’ downward cycle where conditions were better than they had been during the time period that had immediately preceded it.
I’ve often seen people become very confused by the very different timelines offered by different authors and channellers.
A range of figures have been put forward with regard to the length of the Atlantean civilisation as a whole – I’ve seen 100,000 years, 150,000 years, 200,000 and more. The one area of consensus I’ve found is that the final flood occurred at the point in time that we as modern people would describe as 10,000 BCE.
That’s the crux of it: what we as modern people understand about time.
That’s the reason so many people have put forward widely divergent timelines for the length of the Atlantean civilisation.
It is my belief that time was understood in a different way in Atlantis, largely because people lived significantly longer and healthier lives, and they operated from a more advanced state of awareness than we can access today.
We all know, logically, what a second, a minute or an hour means to us. Even within that construct we’ve invented, though, we can still feel a sense of flexibility, and an understanding not just about the quantity of time that’s passing, but also the quality of that time, and how that deeply alters our perception of the quantity. Just think about how time flies when you’re having fun and time drags when you’re bored out of your mind.
We’ve all reached a worldwide agreement on what a year means to us in modern society: it’s the (approximately) 365 days it takes for the Earth to complete its orbital journey around the sun. We do get a buildup of extra time that isn’t accounted for, which we resolve every four years by having a February 29th.
The question for me is this: did the Atlanteans have the exact same understanding of what a day, a year or an hour meant to them? I believe that the answer there is no.
If so, what units of time did they live by, and is it possible for us to understand what they were? Did their method of measuring time stay the same throughout the entire length of the civilisation, or did it go through changes?
When intuitives ask themselves how long Atlantis lasted, and they try to get a very firm answer on that, what they can do is access a particular block of time and then put a number on whatever that feels like to them – whether it’s 100,000 years, 200,000 or something else. They are absolutely correct in their interpretation of how that time period feels to them. It’s important to bear in mind, though, that what a modern-day person experiences as a year, a day, or an hour is not the same as how the Atlanteans would have experienced their own units of time.
I believe that our concepts don’t translate very well into the Atlantean system, given their significantly longer life expectancies and the sense I have that they were aware of themselves moving through time in a more fluid and flexible way. People can absolutely disagree with me on that: it’s just that when I first came across all these different theories about timing, and saw the various numbers that were out there, I asked for clarification – and I wasn’t given a number of my own. Instead, I was guided to tune into the Atlantean time system and get a sense of how it differed from ours in many ways.
I can only get a vague understanding about that, so it’s not something I feel equipped to explain very well, but one thing I can say is that it feels way less rigid than our current one. That’s why I don’t even try to translate how I feel about it into a specific number that would make sense from a modern-day perspective. Whenever I try, it feels like a futile effort. Having said that, I completely respect other people who’ve put forward figures that feel most accurate for them. If the timing thing is something you feel drawn to explore, and you do resonate with one specific block of time that has been proposed, then go with that. Always be guided by what feels right for you.
The precise timing of any event is notoriously tricky for intuitive people to pin down. This is never more true than when we’re looking into Atlantis, or any other civilisation where physical evidence has been destroyed.
That leads me on to another thing I would love to discuss, which is basically about how our intuitive and rational faculties often need to work together when we’re unravelling what we feel to be the truth. When we look into any long-forgotten period of human history, and facts aren’t clearly laid out for us, we really need to hone our intuitive faculties. We need to rapidly develop a sense for when it’s appropriate to engage your rational mind, and when it isn’t.
The process I’ve gone through to reach my own understanding about Atlantis has often involved being super-analytical: going through authors’ bibliographies, cross-referencing their sources, paying close attention to footnotes and endnotes, making lots of nice charts and graphs … and tracing certain ideas back to their original source, as far as I can.
Whenever I’m guided to be in that rational space, I know that the purpose of it is to help me place channeled material into its historical context. It’s helped me to see how certain concepts that came through closely reflected ideas that were prevalent in society at the time they were channeled.
There was a real explosion of interest in the Atlantean story during the nineteenth and early twentieth century. Many amazing channellers came through at that time. Regardless of whether you agree with everything that people like Helena Blavatsky or Edgar Cayce said – and I don’t agree with everything they said – those people deserve to be recognised for the work they did. They put themselves out there during a time when it was totally taboo to discuss any spiritual topics that didn’t fall within the constraints of mainstream religion. They channeled some incredible information, they were willing to be seen as unhinged by everyone around them, and they birthed the New Age or independent spirituality movement as we know it today.
At the same time, it’s important not to put them on a pedestal. They were products of their time and their culture, as we all are.
I’m sure that in a hundred years’ time, people will laugh heartily at some of the things we currently believe. So when we read information about Atlantis that was brought forward a hundred years ago or two hundred years ago, and we see how biases from those eras could have made their way into the work, it’s important not to be super harsh towards people who lived back then. It is what it is. We’re all engaged in a process of refining our understandings of life and taking in new information as time goes on.
One example of a subject where I was guided to do some analytical research was the thorny issue of race in Atlantis. There are a lot of opinions out there on this, many of which are diametrically opposed to each other. Some people have claimed that every race under the sun was represented in Atlantis, and others have claimed that only one racial group existed there.
Make up your own mind on that. Understand that other people might have their own reasons for viewing things differently. For example, when someone says that people in Atlantis all looked a certain way, that person may well have lived in an area of the continent where the residents predominantly did look like that. Their connection to this particular group of people is what helps them to place a context around their own experience, so that is the group they most need to tune into. If you remember just one group as well, then that’s the group you most need to tune into. We all see exactly what we need to see.
I recognise that this topic may be deeply uncomfortable for some people, but I feel it is important to say this – to get it out – so here goes.
I believe that a lot of channelled information on Atlantean races was influenced by the theory of eugenics, or racial hygiene. Eugenics was a well-respected academic field throughout Europe, the U.S. and other areas of the world in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. Many people felt that it was a good thing. They really believed that if they just tried to isolate certain characteristics that were supposed to be associated with certain races or social classes, and gradually phased them out of society, this was what would make everyone happiest. Hitler took that to a more extreme place than most, but he didn’t pluck his ideas out of thin air. The Nazis could never have risen to power if the ideology they promoted wasn’t already widely accepted in society.
Discrimination of any kind is a sign of how disintegrated we have become as a species, how disconnected we feel from each other, and how invested we are in the ‘us-and-them’ frame of mind. The theory of eugenics has been widely debunked and discredited, thankfully, but we’re still wrestling with the fallout of it in many ways.
One thing I’ve picked up on with regard to this difficult issue is that while many theories on Atlantean races that came forward in the 1800s and 1900s were influenced by the eugenics movement, the eugenics movement was itself an echo of an ideology that arose in Atlantis, when society was very disintegrated and a whole lot of things were falling apart. There’s a real sense of mirroring going on here: a sense that we double back on ourselves and replay the same lesson over and over again. Our failure to learn that lesson has led to many tragic consequences. It’s time for us to break that cycle now.
For any lovely spiritual nerds who are eager to start doing homework, I’ve listed resources on Atlantis below. 😊
You’re inevitably going to find some resources that resonate with you and some that don’t. Constantly ask yourself, ‘what feels right to me?’ and don’t worry if you disagree with certain things. You are bound to come across many weird and wonderful assertions. 😂 Look for the glimpses of truth that mean something to you. If one thing that’s said in one book gives you an intuitive hit, that’s what you need to focus on. Sit with that – reflect on it – and allow anything else you need to know to come to you, in whatever way is right.
One thing I would really recommend is keeping a journal of some kind. It can be very helpful to have a notebook on hand where you can jot down words, phrases, or images that come to you, even if they don’t make a lot of sense at the time. Take as much time as you need to mull things over. Maybe all of the answers won’t come at once, and that’s okay.
Keep your discernment switch firmly in the ‘on’ position when you read through any of these resources, but keep your heart and mind open too. Let the inspiration flow as it will. Be ready to feel whatever glimpses of truth you need. ❤️
- Plato’s writings on Atlantis – as well as a large selection of 19th-century and early 20th-century texts by Ignatius Donnelly, Helena Blavatsky and more – are available for free here.
- Edgar Cayce’s channellings on Atlantis are available via this link, while the ebook format is available here.
- The Lost Lands by Lucy Cavendish
- Atlantis: Insights From a Lost Civilisation by Shirley Andrews
- Discover Atlantis by Diana Cooper and Shaaron Hutton
- Atlantis Rising by Patricia Cori
- Atlantis and Lemuria: The Lost Continents Revealed by Tom Moore
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