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Ghosts of Atlantis

How the Echoes of Lost Civilizations Influence Our Modern World

Published by Bear & Company
Distributed by Simon & Schuster

An intensive investigation into the evidence for a forgotten fountainhead of civilization lost at the end of the last ice age

• Reveals evidence of advanced ancient technology, anomalous ancient maps, time travel, crystal science, ancient Armageddon, and Atlantis in the Bible

• Explores the true age of the Sphinx, the Stone Age high-tech found at Gobekli Tepe, the truth of Rapa Nui (Easter Island), the Zep Tepi monuments of Egypt, the mysteries of the Gulf of Cambay, and what lies beneath the ice of Antarctica

• Examines the advanced knowledge of the ancients and how the search for Atlantis and other lost worlds reflects the search for the lost soul of humanity

We live within the ruins of an ancient civilization whose vast size has rendered it invisible. Remembered in myth as Atlantis, Lemuria, or other lost world archetypes, the remains of this advanced civilization have lain buried for millennia beneath the deserts and oceans of the world, leaving us many mysterious and inexplicable clues.

Investigating the perennial myth of a forgotten fountainhead of civilization, J. Douglas Kenyon presents extensive physical and spiritual evidence of a lost great culture, the collective amnesia that wiped it from planetary memory, and the countless ways ancient catastrophes still haunt modern civilization. He explores evidence of advanced ancient technology, anomalous ancient maps, extraterrestrial influence, time travel, crystal science, and the true age of the Sphinx. He examines evidence of Atlantis in the Bible and ancient Armageddon, the Stone Age high-tech found at Gobekli Tepe, the truth of Rapa Nui (Easter Island), the Zep Tepi monuments of Egypt, the mysteries of the Gulf of Cambay, and what lies beneath the ice of Antarctica. He looks at extinction events, Earth’s connection with Mars, and how our DNA reveals that humanity has had enough time to evolve civilization and lose it more than once.

Exploring the advanced esoteric and spiritual knowledge of the ancients, Kenyon shows that the search for Atlantis and other lost worlds reflects the search for the lost soul of humanity. Drawing upon Velikovsky’s notion of a species-wide amnesia caused by the trauma of losing an entire civilization, he reveals how the virtual ruins of a lost history are buried deep in our collective unconscious, constantly tugging at our awareness. As Kenyon reveals, by overcoming “the Great Forgetting,” humanity can find its way out of the haunted labyrinth in which we find ourselves lost today and rediscover the heights of spiritual and technological advancement of our ancient ancestors.

From Chapter 1.

The Atlantis of Our Dreams


In the Atlantis myth itself we are left with a persistent tale that, while widely shared, is seldom taken seriously. Yet, no matter how much it is dismissed by academic authorities as nothing more than a kind of cartoon, its deep effect on our culture is undeniable. And while legitimate debate over the facts may rage, some of us believe that deep in the ocean of humanity’s unconscious are the virtual remains of a lost history that still makes its demands on our thoughts and sensibilities.

The notion of a great lost civilization and our society’s demonstrable amnesia on the subject eventually inspired me to launch a bi-monthly magazine focusing on ancient mysteries, unexplained anomalies, and future science, which I dubbed Atlantis Rising. After 25 years of continuous publication and several spin-off books and videos, in the spring of 2019 we closed our doors. But I continue to believe that the echoes of long forgotten worlds still reverberate and if we could only translate their siren songs we might exorcise some of the strange ghosts that trouble us yet.

Planetary Amnesia

Probably no one in the past seventy years is more directly linked with the notion that Earth’s forgotten history has been punctuated by memory-destroying catastrophic events than Immanuael Velikovsky.

When the late Russian/American scientist’s Worlds in Collision was published in 1950 it caused a sensation. His subsequent titles Earth in Upheaval and Ages in Chaos further elaborated his ideas and expanded the controversy. Here was a scientist of considerable authority suggesting, among other things, that Earth and Venus might once have collided, leaving a vast chaotic aftermath that could have done much to explain our peculiar history. For such arguments, Velikovsky was, ever afterward, roundly ridiculed. Surprisingly, though, many of his predictions have now been verified, and some of his critics, including the late Carl Sagan, have since been forced to concede that he might, after all, in some ways, have been on to something.

Velikovsky, a psychoanalyst and associate of Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung, offered great insight into the psycho/sociological impacts of cataclysmic events. The psychological condition and case history of planet Earth is, he said, one of “amnesia.” The planet, he believed, is in a near-psychotic state, left so by traumatic events of an almost unimaginable magnitude. We must now wonder: have we compulsively closed our eyes to certain painful realities? Have we, moreover, cloaked that intentional blindness with an aura of authority, thus, effectively turning things upside down?

The victim of a near-fatal trauma is driven, apparently by fear, both conscious and unconscious, to exorcise the record of such experiences, lest he be overwhelmed. To fully forget such an experience, though, it turns out, is not such an easy thing. There are heavy consequences. Much more than the record of the trauma can be lost. In fact the very identity--what some would call the soul--can be a casualty.

What is true on an individual level, Velikovsky believed, was also true on a collective level. The process might move more slowly and allow for personal exceptions, but the institutions of society would, in time, come to reflect and to enforce a deep collective subconscious wish that, for the good of all, certain doors stay closed and certain inconvenient, and terrifying, facts stay forgotten.

Along the way the incoherent fragments of a lost identity--the artifacts of forgotten worlds--haunt our dreams. Whispering sadly of a lost state of grace, we spin tragic tales of a “Garden of Eden” from which we have been ejected by some cruel and heartless god. Driven by ancient longings, we have carried on--often blindly--in the attempt to penetrate at last the darkness and to learn the secret of our birth--our origin.

The Mythic Records

Until we uncover something more concrete, some wonder if the guidance we need could be found in our myths, legends, and dreams--also termed the universal unconscious. Could our planet’s tragic history be unraveled from such subjective records?

Giorgio de Santillana, an authority on the history of science at M.I.T., hypothesized in his great work Hamlet's Mill that an advanced scientific knowledge had been encoded into ancient myth and star lore. Clearly written into the mythology of many societies are stories of cataclysmic destruction.

If we accept that mythology may have originated with highly advanced people, then we have to think about what the myths are saying, that a great cataclysm struck the world and destroyed an advanced civilization and a golden age of mankind. And, moreover, the bad cataclysm may be a recurrent feature in the life of the Earth. The messages from many ancient sources, including the Bible, some believe point to a recurrence of such a cataclysm in our lifetime.

When the violent death of an entire civilization has proved too painful to deal with consciously, society has often suppressed the memory--by force of inquisition or academic sanction, depending on your historic period. Nevertheless we are driven by irresistible subconscious forces to reenact the ancient tragedy again and again until the spell is broken and at last we awaken from our coma.

For almost a quarter-century, J. Douglas Kenyon was the editor and publisher of Atlantis Rising magazine. He is the author and editor of several books, including Forbidden History and Forbidden Science, and the writer, producer, and narrator of several documentary films, including Technologies of the Gods, Clash of the Geniuses, and The Atlantis Connection. He lives in Florida.

“A great new addition to the world of ancient mysteries, opening a fascinating chapter in the mysteries of Atlantis.”

– Andrew Collins, author of Göbekli Tepe: Genesis of the Gods

Ghosts of Atlantis introduces a thought-provoking sampling of Atlantean themes and their ramifications. With his inviting style, Kenyon explores Atlantis in popular culture and our subconscious, archaeological and scientific evidence for forgotten civilizations, religious implications, conspiracy theories, extraterrestrials, time travel, cosmic catastrophes, and much more. Ghosts of Atlantis provides numerous insights and a fascinating path to navigate through the Atlantis phenomena.”

– Robert M. Schoch, Ph.D., author of Forgotten Civilization

“Kenyon has a superior perspective on the history and progress of alternative viewpoints. Ghosts of Atlantis is a valuable and timely contribution to the field--it brilliantly elucidates how similar the fundamental ideological forces in the world play out, regardless of the period of time or culture we live in. Beautifully written.”

– Chris Dunn, author of Lost Technologies of Ancient Egypt

Ghosts of Atlantis takes the reader on a magical mystery tour through many of the great puzzles and enigmas of our world, expertly weaving them together into a cohesive and alternative picture of our most ancient past. A deeply thought-provoking compendium that updates and reenergizes this long-running debate and will surely keep alive the age-old question of humanity’s lost past and its true origins. A tour de force that delivers a timely wake-up call to scientism in all its forms; a work that will surely be discussed and debated for many years to come.”

– Scott Creighton, author of The Great Pyramid Void Enigma

“Kenyon has written the widest-ranging, most comprehensive, and most convincing argument that a prehistoric civilization actually existed and was all but erased from human memory by a natural catastrophe. A must-read.”

– Gregory L. Little, Ed.D., coauthor of Denisovan Origins

“No one handles the mysteries of protohistory more deftly than Doug Kenyon. He has done more than any single individual in recent time to uncover the secrets of planet Earth, once and for all dispelling the orthodox myth of a barbaric ‘Stone Age.’ His new book is a magnificent synopsis of our knowledge of the advanced arts and sciences of lost civilizations.”

– Susan Martinez, Ph.D., author of The Mysterious Origins of Hybrid Man

“Skillful writing guides us smoothly through complex subjects toward an exciting place where mysticism and materialism might intersect to provide a greater understanding of the universe. An exciting book, wrapping deep subjects in a fascinating style that invites you to delve into the writer’s intriguing multiverse vision.”

– Rand Flem-Ath, coauthor of Atlantis beneath the Ice

“Kenyon offers us a thorough, up-to-date survey of the current state of the world of alternative science. He’s an accomplished researcher and author, as is convincingly demonstrated by this book. May the ghosts of Atlantis continue to haunt a world gone astray!”

– Michael A. Cremo, author of Forbidden Archeology

“Ghost of Atlantis is a fascinating read, integrating many threads of research. This book allows for hope--we’ve collectively forgotten much wisdom, yet it’s not too late to recognize our spiritual nature and choose to build a higher civilization.”

– Jeane Manning, author of The Coming Energy Revolution

“A riveting read. Kenyon presents nonstop and impossible-to-ignore evidence for humanity’s amnesia and offers compelling arguments for what lost memory means to humanity--we ignore the truth of the past at our peril.”

– Julie Loar, author of Goddesses for Every Day

“Kenyon has an ability no one else has--to pull in the fullness of place, timeframe, story, and fact so a larger view emerges. Ghost of Atlantis is his capstone. This one book ties together how the many worlds of the past reveal the singular path we humans have taken since the beginnings of all beginnings. I give Doug a huge thank-you for what he has done in this incredible book.”

– P. M. H. Atwater, L.H.D., author of The Forever Angels

"J. Douglas Kenyon, former editor and publisher of Atlantis Rising magazine and the author and editor of several books, such as Forbidden History and Forbidden Science, sifts through the global evidence mixed with inexplicable clues that may suggest how once upon a time, long, long ago, there existed remarkable ancient civilizations that were destroyed by catastrophes. He explores the myths of Atlantis, Lemuria and other legends for their possible clues. He casts a wide net in his determined search for the forgotten truth of these ancient worlds and their inhabitants, from archaeological findings, referencing anomalous ancient maps and technology, to crystal science, and, alas, he even explores the possibilities of time travel and ET influences."

– Brent Raynes, Alternate Perceptions Magazine

"A crucial and topical thread running through this new book is how many researchers seeking genuine scientific advancement are thwarted by the reductionist-materialist paradigm of the establishment."

– Geoff Ward, writer, poet, tutor and mentor in literature and creative writing

"A comprehensive book indicating evidence for a lost great culture and the way in which it still haunts the collective unconscious, even though much of the story is not taken seriously in academic circles."

– David Lorimer, Paradigm Explorer

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