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The View Over Atlantis Hardcover – July 18, 1983

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Across much of the earth are ancient earthworks and stone monuments built for an unknown purpose. Their shared features suggest that they were originally part of a world wide system; and John Mitchell argues that they served the elemental science of the archaic civilization which Plato referred to as Atlantis. In this connection the most significant modern discovery is that of 'leys, ' the mysterious network of straight lines which link the ancient places of Britian and have their counterparts in China, Australia, South America and elsewhere. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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John Michell's is the author of Who Wrote Shakespeare?, The New View Over Atlantis, A Little History of Astro-Archaeology, among many other books. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson Ltd (July 18, 1983)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0500013020
  • ISBN-13: 978-0500013021
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.3 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,198,685 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a seminal work in the rediscovery of earth mysteries and sacred geometry in both contents and style. It is a complete re-writing of the author's first version "The View Over Atlantis", which literally "broke the ground" and introduced the New Age movement to Ley Lines and other "Earth Mysteries", and sacred geometry. By following the stories of the re-discovery of the megalithic temples of England, the author leads us into the very spirit of finding the keys to ancient mysteries. He continues, through the proportions of the Great Pyramid and Stonehenge, Plato's Atlantis and the gnostic codes of the Book of Revelation to the most astounding and original discovery - the "New Jerusalem Diagram". This diagram, derived from both abstract geometry and the actual earth and lunar measures proves the key for almost all the great monuments of antiquity - and a key for mankind's future. One of the most original books written this cen! tury.
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Like many other readers, I agree with the reviewer who said that this book has 'revolutionary implications' for humanity and the sciences. I read the first edition - years back, and in its own way, it changed my entire perspective on life. One reviewer abandoned it as 'hippy dippy' nonsense - but, such ideas have been heeded and used in Asia, for millennia. Sorry, but 'hippies' did not invent it. Until modern times, such wisdom regulated the lay out of temples, even whole towns in Asia. Rather like acupuncture - the principles involved with 'feng-shui - ley-lines (lung-mei in China) defy strict logic - but, they can be divined in other ways - and work!

A word of caution, however. More than a few people refer to this lost-art as 'earth science' - but, that's too simplistic. From the Chinese point of view, it is an interplay between celestial and terrestrial energy (chi), and it seems that the caucasian practitioners of yore viewed it the same way.

It is not entirely lost to Western people. When push comes to shove, hard-headed business people in Australia have paid diviners to 'dowse' for water - and they are usually successful. 'Dowsing' is but one element - but it is a good place to put 'theory' to the test. As supplementary reading, I recommend Guy Underwood's 'Patterns of the Past' - because he 'dowsed' and mapped the energy-fields around many megalithic sites, cathedrals etc. - with fascinating results. At one time, the Russian Academy of Science sponsored research into such things, finding what were termed 'black pools' - nodes of negative energy which exerted a harmful effect upon humans, animals and plants. John Michell's 'The View Over Atlantis' was a ground-breaking work - and it is good to see this new edition.
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An excellent synthesis of the diverse phenomena that fall under the subject 'earth mysteries'. If you are new to this field or have been looking into one area or another about earth mysteries, this work will give you new insights or a better overview. I strongly recommend it.
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I found this book very exciting and thought provoking. I also found it very frustrating. As in all (or at least many) of the 'left of center' scientific endeavors, the views of the proponents seem to be so obvious and make so much sense, that I don't understand why the mainstream establishment doesn't get on it and do their thing?

Michell puts forth a lot of very detailed, specific information here. It's not hearsay. It's quantifiable. I imagine a huge team made up of archeologists, mathematicians, astronomers, astrologers, physicists and God knows who else to converge on this and pull all this disparate information into a cohesive whole. It's not like they are starting from scratch. A huge amount of work has already been done. Much of what they need to do is verify it and put the pieces of the puzzle together.

What Michell is saying here is that, more than likely, there was a worldwide civilization thousands of years ago who very well understood the magnetic forces in the Earth and, not only the movement of the cosmos, but its effect on our planet. And they seemed to understand it down to the minutia. They were unbelievably advanced but in a way that has nothing to do with what we consider advanced. I don't know about you but I find this to be important beyond the meaning of the word. Understanding this would completely change nearly everything we thought we knew about our history.

Truthfully, some of this got past me. He has some passages involving math (not my strongest subject) that I simply did not understand, and he didn't do a tremendous job explaining it. That aside, I find this book of incredible importance.
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I first read John Michell's "The New View Over Atlantis" about 25 years ago. I was too young to appreciate it at the time; to me it seemed like hippy nonsense trying to pass itself off as some kind of ancient science through the allure of Arthurian legend. Reading it again many years later, I was able to appreciate that a great deal of ancient wisdom is passed down through generations of ignorance precisely because it was successfully hidden and blended into myth and legend. Many numbers, and the relationships between them, are significant not because they are derived from the words and numbers our ancestors choose to use - but very much the other way around - our ancestors derived words and numerical relationships from observing and measuring the earth and the heavens.

In "The Dimensions of Paradise" Michell continues to expound on a lifelong theme - that ancient civilizations had an incredible level of science and technology. Specifically, they understood geometry and mathematics, used them to obtain accurate measurements of the earth, the moon, and the sun, along with the distances between them. The ancients did not merely know these measurements (better than we did until perhaps 1950) and express them in their original units of measure; they created systems of measurement based on known lengths, defining units in proportion to the cosmos. So it is should not be surprising to see examples where our ancestors used these measures and relationships to build monuments around the world. It was not just a vain attempt to recreate heaven on Earth; it demonstrates harmonics that work on the scale of stars and planets and moons, right down to pleasing forms in pyramids, temples, and calendar-stones.
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