Only 38 miles due east of Miami lay the tiny Bimini Islands, part of the Bahamas, where crystal azure blue waters may be hiding the mystery of a sunken civilization known as Atlantis.
Greek philosopher Plato supplied first accounts of Atlantis in the 4th century BC. In Plato's dialogues Timaeus and Critias, Atlantis is described as a vast paradise in the great ocean beyond the pillars of Hercules. For generations there was peace and the people were true and noble and they showed gentleness and wisdom. But at the end the Atlantean society began to decay, the divine wisdom began to weaken and fade and it became diluted with lawlessness, ambition, greed and power. During the last days of Atlantis, about 12,000 years ago, the Atlanteans had lost their virtue and were amassing armies to conquer the world when the Earth shook and the islands disappeared into the depths of the sea. Atlantis was a civilization unequalled in the world, yet it is said it have vanished in little more than a single day, leaving not a trace of its past glory.
In 1930, Edgar Cayce, one of America's most famous and well documented psychics, predicted that the remains of Atlantis would be found near Bimini in '68,'69. According to Edgar Cayce, many people living today are former Atlanteans, who are drawn back at this time to receive enlightenment and to help heal themselves and this ancient site from past turmoil. Edgar Cayce also predicted that a Healing Well on Bimini would be discovered and the healing waters could be developed into a center for regeneration and healing as well as, a center for archaeological research.
In 1612 an Indian legend was translated that described an island called " Bemene" , where old people could bath and emerge young once more. Spanish explorer, Ponce de Leon, searched for " Bemene" and the fountain of Youth in vain. On " Bimini" a small spring has been discovered that contained some levels of lithium where some people have reported an increase of well-being, euphoria and alleviation of certain ailments like arthritis.
Bimini glistens like a jewel in the azure Gulf Stream and its layers of legends such as the road site and its huge megalithic stones, the healing waters of the legendary Fountains of Youth, Atlantean myths and deep underwater caves are all fuse in a dynamic crucible of energy and lore waiting to be explored.
In September of 1968, on Bimini, a most exciting discovery was made. Dr Mason Valentine, zoologist, paleontologist, geologist, and underwater archaeologist was guided by Bonefish Sam to a shore reef for some diving. When he looked down he saw hundreds of flat rocks eight to ten feet square arranged in regular patterns about a thousand yards from shore in about 10 feet of water. Today his discovery is called the " Bimini Road" and it is approximately 300 feet wide and 1600 feet long forming a " J" pattern.
Mason wrote, " I was amazed to discern an extensive pavement of rectangles and occasionally polygonal flat stones of varying size and thickness, obviously arranged and accurately aligned to form convincing engineering courses. These stones had evidently been submerged over a long span of time for the edges of some had become rounded giving the blocks the appearance of giant loaves of bread or pillows. My personal feeling is that the whole fantastic complex represents the intelligent utilization by ancient man of material provided by nature and appropriate for the creation of some sort of ceremonial center" .
After researching the area, Dr. Valentine has refuted the scientific claims that the road site is natural beach rock by explaining that many of the stones are of flint-hard micrite, unlike soft beach rock that the stones do not follow the curving beach rock lines that some of the enormous flat stones are propped up at the corners by pillar stones like dolmens and one end of the complex swings into a beautiful curved corner before vanishing under the sand. Dr. Valentine has studied the Bahamas for 30 years and has numerous sites for potential investigation. Dr. Valentine’s discovery in 1968 occurred precisely the time that Edgar Cayce had predicted that the remains of Atlantis would be found near Bimini.
Since that time many others have studied this amazing complex. Veteran French engineer, diver and pilot Dimitri Rebikoff, a pioneer of underwater photography and inventor of the Pegasus, an underwater platform, has carried out underwater and aerial photo mapping of the Bimini Site. Dimitri Rebikoff, President of the Institute of Underwater Technology has compiled a stereoscopic mosaic survey of the Bimini Road and continued to investigate the support pillars under some of the huge blocks.
In 1974 Dr. David Zink, prehistorian, and explorer came to Bimini to investigate the mysterious stones. Dr Zink has conducted extensive underwater surveying and archaeological work on Bimini that has included professional surveys, use of side-scan sonar and nuclear activation analysis. His scientific approach of exploring ancient mysteries has utilized U.S. Navy divers, as well as psychics in conjunction with standard archaeological practices. Dr Zink has led 10 expeditions to Bimini and is author of The Ancient Stones Speak and The Stones of Atlantis. More of Dr. Zink’s discoveries are discussed in his revised 1990 edition of The Stones of Atlantis. Dr Zink has concluded the site was built by man as a megalithic temple similar to Stonehenge. Below is a drawing of the stones in the Bimini Road, " The J Formation" , was complied by Dr. David Zink and can be found on pages 25 and 26 of his book, " The Stones Of Atlantis."
It has been 23 years since the discovery of the Bimini Road Site and much has happened. In the last two decades advances in technology, breakthroughs in consciousness and the greater understanding of the sophistication of prehistoric civilizations have occurred. Intrigued with the vast amount of speculations, I located Dr. David Zink in 1988, and we agreed to create a program on Bimini with Joan Hanley. We came together and created Quest for Atlantis. We developed a conference with a multilevel approach that included on-site investigation, underwater exploration, aerial fly-bys and Healing Well experiences.
During the 1989 project, our group headed out for Paradise Point looking for the ancient stones in the vast ocean. Visibility was unlimited as our diving boat stopped and the divers and snorkelers entered the water. We were amazed at the incredible site we saw. Large regular boulders far more impressive than we had imagined - all fitted neatly in rows extending beyond our sight. Later during the conference while conducting aerial fly-bys with Dimitri Rebikoff as pilot, members of the flight observed a mysterious fish like mound over 500 feet long in the mist of the mangrove swamp. Although there were reports of a fish mound before they did not appear on any maps.
Enthusiasm was high as the group pondered the significance of a possible man made mound similar to the earthen works of the American Mound Builders on this remote island in the Bahamas. Later in the week we headed out for the Legendary Healing Well known as the legendary Fountain of Youth. The ocean shimmered in various colors of unbelievable hues of blue as we left for the Northeast tip of the island. We arrived at a dense mangrove forest and anchored in shallow water. A narrow path had been cut and we carefully waded through the root-tangled path that led to a small pond.
The surface was warm seawater flowing over the cool springs below. The water was abnormally buoyant and we floated effortlessly in the small pond. After getting used to the greenish water and the initial giggles, a peaceful feeling came over us. We meditated allowing the sense of well being to enfold our bodies. We left feeling a profound sense of peace and balance. Even though my silver rings had turned blackish my back and sore muscles felt relaxed and renewed.
After the conference one of our clients Raymond E. Leigh, a land surveyor commissioned a Miami aerial surveying firm to take infrared aerial photographs over Bimini at various heights. In the process of exploring the fish-mound from the air he discovered a rectangular mound and a cat mound. By conducting an in depth study of the mathematical data on Bimini, Raymond feels he has found similarities between ancient units of measurement. The fish fin has an east-west orientation. Calculations of the various dimensions of the mounds and painstaking analysis of the aerial photos revealed a recognition Golden Section (1 to 0.618) in the geometry of the Bimini Mounds.
In May 1990, and 1991 Quest for Atlantis II and III again brought diverse expertise together. Vanda Osmon Joy Travel, Joan Hanley, Dr. Doug Richards, zoologist and Director of Research for Atlantis University created these conferences. Various explorers with diverse expertise attended. The conference focused on investigating the mounds after securing a research permit, a search for other healing wells and interviews with the elders of the island to preserve their stories and experiences. Many of us agreed to continue and come together to do research projects in the area around Bimini and the Gulf Stream. After the conferences many like-minded research join together for future research projects.
The time of revealing ancient records is dawning. The Quests were filled with adventure and opportunities in mind body and spirit to assimilate and integrate greater wholeness. The Quest is to touch something of the Divine and move from seeking to deep inner knowingness. The Quest stirs each generation. It asks us to remember and bring forth the truth about our spiritual and historical heritage. Old forms are giving way to new possibilities and the key to the new forms is in personal and group empowerment that include freedom and self-expression, integrity, partnership, trust, compassion and action. We are all learning to understand the process of shared vision and right human relationship with each other.
Mystery and controversy still surrounds the discovery of the Road site. Is it man made in ancient times or a natural formation of beach rock? The Bimini Road Site has launched a multitude of questions that still continues to this day. If these sites are proved to be man made structure they will help shed more light on our ancient past and who really discovered the New World.
I know in my heart that the Healing Well is real like so many other sacred waters in the world. I known there is definitely something very old in and around Bimini waiting for discovery in the deep gulf streams waters. I know there are many who have dedicated their lives and resources to research the evidence on this small island and there are many more to follow. The people drawn to Bimini and these projects are drawn together by a deep bond and a love of mysteries, prehistory and Atlantis lore. The full realization of what the Lost Atlantean wisdom represents also contains the seed of hope. Can we live together in harmony with universal energies? I know by bringing diverse disciplines and expertise together in a co-operative spirit we can help solve the mysteries of the past and realize greater peace and global understanding.
.." Today the possibilities of new discoveries as we search for the truth are limitless. It seems that mystery and imagination are vital in rediscovering the clues of the past. Paradoxically as science advances its storehouse of knowledge ever more creative imagination and spirit are needed." Albert Einstein in 1930.
This article was prepared in 1992 by Vanda Osmon, researcher, global networker and owner of Joy Travel, journeys for the Heart and Soul. Vanda specializes in creating journeys with a holistic perspective with opportunities to make to profound connection with the spirit of the land and with inner wisdom. For more information contact Vanda Osmon, Joy Travel, 648 Corte Loren, San Marcos, Calif. 92069 phone/fax 760 944-9915 or 1 800 569-5010. firstname.lastname@example.org and see her web site www.joytravelonline.com
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The Atlantis Organization TAO created by William Donato has developed a non-profit corporation APEX Institute with Vanda Osmon and Tom Vanderveer. Our mission is an educational research organization whose purpose is to conduct ongoing multidisciplinary research using state of the art technology to scientifically seek out new evidence for the existence of ancient civilizations, objectively verify relevant data, and enrich our understanding of humanity’s common heritage. Any donations or contributions now qualify for a tax deduction. Contact Vanda Osmon 1 800 569-5010 or 760 944-9915.
RECENT DISCOVERIES IN CUBA – Science – Reuters
Thursday December 6 11:13 AM ET
Explorers View 'Lost City' Ruins Under Caribbean By Andrew Cawthorne HAVANA (Reuters) - Explorers using a miniature submarine to probe the sea floor off the coast of Cuba said on Thursday they had confirmed the discovery of stone structures deep below the ocean surface that may have been built by an unknown human civilization thousands of years ago. Researchers with a Canadian exploration company said they filmed over the summer ruins of a possible submerged ``lost city'' off the Guanahacabibes Peninsula on the Caribbean island's western tip. The researchers cautioned that they did not fully understand the nature of their find and planned to return in January for further analysis, the expedition leader said on Thursday. The explorers said they believed the mysterious structures, discovered at the astounding depth of around 2,100 feet and laid out like an urban area, could have been built at least 6,000 years ago. That would be about 1,500 years earlier than the great Giza pyramids of Egypt.
``It's a really wonderful structure which looks like it could have been a large urban center,'' said Soviet-born Canadian ocean engineer Paulina Zelitsky, from British Columbia-based Advanced Digital Communications (ADC). ``
However, it would be totally irresponsible to say what it was before we have evidence,'' Zelitsky told Reuters. Zelitsky said the structures may have been built by unknown people when the current sea-floor actually was above the surface. She said volcanic activity may explain how the site ended up at great depths below the Caribbean Sea.
In July 2000, ADC researchers using sophisticated side-scan sonar equipment identified a large underwater plateau with clear images of symmetrically organized stone structures that looked like an urban development partly covered by sand. From above, the shapes resembled pyramids, roads and buildings, they said.
``ULISES'' ASSISTS UNDERWATER ODYSSEY, This past July, ADC researchers, along with the firm's Cuban partner and experts from the Cuban Academy of Sciences, returned to the site in their ship ``Ulises.'' They said they sent a miniature, unmanned submarine called a Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) down to film parts of the 7.7-square-mile area.
Those images confirmed the presence of huge, smooth, cut granite-like blocks in perpendicular and circular formations, some in pyramid shapes, the researchers said. Most of the blocks, measuring between about 6.5 and 16 feet in length, were exposed some stacked one on another, the researchers said. Others were covered in sediment and the fine, white sands that characteriszes the area, the researchers said.
The intriguing discovery provided evidence that Cuba at one time was joined to mainland Latin America via a strip of land from the Yucatan Peninsula, the researchers said.
" There are many new hypotheses about land movement and colonialization, and what we are seeing here should provide very interesting new information, " Zelitsky said.
ADC’s deep-water equipment includes a satellite-integrated ocean bottom positioning system, high-precision side-scan double –frequency sonar, and the ROV. The company currently is commissioning what is calls the world’s first custom-designed ocean excavator for marine archeology to begin work both at the Guanahacabibes site and at ship wrecks. For the remaining portion of the this story see Yahoo News 12/6/2001 – Science-Reuters
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