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NHNE Special Report
The NewHeavenNewEarth
Earth Changes Composite Map
ORIGINAL EDITION, Published January, 1995
REVISED EDITION, Published January, 1997
© Copyright 1995, 1997 by NewHeavenNewEarth

Research: David Sunfellow, Thomas J. Dunn, Robert Perry
Illustrations: David Sunfellow, Robert Perry
Text: David Sunfellow, Robert Perry



Contents:

Introduction

About The Sources We Used

Common Points

Possible Explanations

Conclusion

ADDITIONAL INSIGHTS & INFORMATION:

"Pole Shift Torpedoed by Author"
by David Sunfellow

"Sorting it All Out"
by David Sunfellow

"Geological Issues"
by Deborah K.B. Chaplin & David Sunfellow

"Cracks in the Psychic World View"
by Robert Perry

SOURCES

NHNE CREDITS




• Introduction

Many sources, psychic and otherwise, have long predicted catastrophic physical changes for America. How many of these predicted changes are the same, or similar? And how many of these predicted changes are likely to happen? These are the questions we set out to answer.

In preparing our composite map, we examined eight different sources of information: "We are the Earthquake Generation" by Jeffrey Goodman, "The Survivor," published by Donovan Quarmby, "The Half Times" by Don Daughtry, "Surviving Catastrophic Changes" by G. Cope Schellhorn, "Daybreak, the Dawning Ember" by Mary Summer Rain, "Black Dawn, Bright Day" by Sun Bear and Wabun Wind, the "I Am America Map" by Lori Adaile Toye, and Gordon-Michael Scallion's "Future Map of the United States: 1998-2001." In the end, the only sources that we felt were complete and/or credible enough to report on, were the maps produced by Goodman, Scallion, and Toye. Our composite map is, therefore, based on maps produced by these three sources. Although our composite map is not an exact reproduction of these three sources, we have reproduced their maps accurately enough to show how and where their predictions complement and differ from one another.


• About The Sources We Used


1. WE ARE THE EARTHQUAKE GENERATION

This book was originally published in 1978. Dr. Jeffrey Goodman, Ph.D. collected predictions from seven well–known psychics. Although not completely unanimous in their predictions, Goodman found that the psychics "were predicting the same earth changes." His seven psychics were: Edgar Cayce, the famous American trance psychic who lived from 1877 to 1945; Aron Abrahamsen, a contemporary psychic in the Cayce mold; Beverly Jaegers, a psychometrist; Bella Karish, a psychic noted for her medical skills; Rev. Ray Elkins, apparently a spirit medium; Clarisa Bernhardt, famous for earthquake predictions; and Susan Harris, a psychologist (not a psychic) who hypnotically progressed normal subjects into the future and asked them what they saw.


2. FUTURE MAP OF THE UNITED STATES: 1998-2001
(1993 Version)

Gordon-Michael Scallion is the most well-known and widely-publicized of today's American psychics. His specific predictions, as well as the overall content of his visions, follow closely in the footsteps of the famed Virginia Beach psychic, Edgar Cayce.

According to Scallion, his psychic gifts were triggered by an experience he had in 1979. After admitting himself to a hospital for a sudden, unexplained illness, a woman appeared to him in a vision and made a series of short-term and long-term predictions. Among other things, the woman said that beginning in the late 1980s there would be major earth changes. These changes would begin, she said, with earthquakes, volcanic activities and tsunamis. By the 1990s, they would spread to the whole planet and would increase in intensity with each passing year. She called these changes a "Tribulation."
Now, almost two decades after his initial experience, Scallion claims that his visions come to him both spontaneously and as a deliberate, conscious process of inner seeking. The earth changes map that Scallion publishes is a finely-chiseled reproduction of the many, suspiciously-consistent visions he claims to receive. Scallion first published his earth changes map in 1982. Since then, he has made four revisions that we are aware of, in 1991, 1992, 1993, and 1997. His most recent version is called "Future Map of North America." As its name suggests, this new version includes Alaska, Hawaii, Canada, Mexico and Central America.


3. I AM AMERICA

In 1983, Lori Adaile Toye had a recurring dream in which four white–robed beings unraveled a map showing a drastically altered United States. Five years later, a friend urged her to reconstruct this map. In over 80 sessions, she contacted the four beings through a meditative state, and guided by them, she and her friend meticulously constructed the I AM AMERICA map. She has now founded the I AM AMERICA organization in Payson, Arizona, to "provide help during the time of changes."


• Common Points

The three maps we have selected have the following points in common. These commonalities are also shared by many other sources (including maps by trance psychic Don Daughtry and maps from the book, "The Survivor"):

- West Coast Inundation

The most striking thing about all of these maps is the massive chunk taken out of the West Coast. Even though the size and shape of this chunk varies greatly, all of these sources predict major changes to the West Coast of the United States.

- The Great Lakes & Mississippi River Valley

The Great Lakes are foreseen as growing in size and becoming a single massive inland lake. This then drains through the Mississippi Valley into the Gulf of Mexico, dramatically widening the Mississippi River. A partial exception to this view is the I AM AMERICA MAP, which, though it predicts the swelling of both the Great Lakes and the Mississippi, predicts that only Lake Michigan will drain through the Mississippi and only temporarily.

- East Coast Inundations

The maps all see inundations along the East Coast, though far less severe than that foreseen for the West Coast:

--All of the maps foresee the destruction of New York City
--Two of the maps foresee major inundations of New England
--Two of the maps foresee inundation along the coastline of Georgia and the Carolinas
--All of the maps foresee inundation somewhere along the Florida coast. Two maps foresee the southern tip disappearing.


• Possible Explanations

When confronted with several different maps predicting such staggering and unconventional changes, yet being so strikingly similar, it is hard to not take them seriously. It is their agreement that is so impressive. Yet does this agreement necessarily mean that such changes will occur? For instance, of the 18 dramatic predictions given for the 1980–1985 period by the psychics of WE ARE THE EARTHQUAKE GENERATION, only one has even arguably come true: Increasingly harsh weather patterns. Ten years later the rest of the predictions, most involving the rising or falling of land masses, remain unfulfilled.

And what is true of Goodman's dramatic predictions, is also true of the predictions presently being made by Gordon-Michael Scallion and Lori Adaile Toye.

Using his offline newsletter, THE EARTH CHANGES REPORT (ECR), pre-recorded 900 number phone messages, frequent appearances on nationally televised shows like "Sightings," "Encounters" and "Ancient Prophecies," guest appearances on "The Art Bell Radio Show," interviews with mainstream television reporters, and his own radio show, Scallion has repeatedly issued dramatic predictions that have failed to manifest. In the April 1995 issue of ECR for instance, Scallion boldly declared, "I see a portion of the Imperial Valley under water this year. I see no turning back now. I believe all my predictions will occur regarding the West Coast. My visions are now in full color with no alternative aspects, or realities, to shift to. In other words, events will now unfold with no possibility of change. I suggest everyone living on the West Coast pay attention to their dreams and intuitive sense. Time is now very short. Earth changes in the year 1995 will create new maps of the West Coast." Faced with a growing number of failed predictions, Scallion's response has been consistent: he fails to publicly acknowledge just how wrong he has been and he quietly moves the dates back for his predicted disasters. His current "Future Map of North America" for instance, no longer predicts the world to be remade by 2001 as he did in earlier versions. Instead, Scallion says the changes will not be complete until 2012 (a figure widely quoted in New Age circles that relates to the supposed ending of ancient Mayan calendar).

Toye, on the other hand, has taken another approach. Instead of publishing one map that details the fate of North America and another one that details the fate of the world (Scallion also publishes a large map of global geological changes called "Future Map of the World"), Toye now publishes FIVE VERSIONS of her I AM AMERICA map, with each map representing a different level of earth changes activity, depending on how humanity responds to the ecological and spiritual warnings that are now occurring. In Toye's "best-case" scenario, much of California and New York would be spared, while in the "worst-case," North America would be split in two and hardly anything would remain beyond the Appalachian and Rocky Mountain ridges. Toye has also begun to move away from viewing her maps as actual physical predictions and, instead, is saying that she feels her maps are more symbolic, than literal.

While it is clear now than that the predictions issued by these three sources have all failed to take place as originally predicted, how do we account for all three sources predicting the same basic events?
Here are some hypotheses:


1. They all read Cayce.

While other psychics predicted massive global change before Edgar Cayce, Cayce was the first to predict the series of catastrophic earth changes mentioned in many of today's earth change scenarios -- especially as they relate to America. Over the past few decades, his predictions have received a great deal of publicity and notoriety. Among people interested in the realm of the psychic, these predictions are common knowledge. It is conceivable that through direct or indirect exposure all of the psychics associated with these maps have been unconsciously (or perhaps consciously) influenced by Cayce and the particular series of geological changes he first outlined in the early 1930's. What this would mean is that all of these maps are based on a single source of information, rather than multiple sources of independent information. If this is the case, then we are only really dealing with ONE source predicting catastrophic change -- which, of course, is much easier to dismiss than many different sources.

For the record, here is one of Cayce's most celebrated earth change predictions:

"As to the changes physical again: The earth will be broken up in the western portion of America. The greater portion of Japan must go into the sea. The upper portion of Europe will be changed as in the twinkling of an eye. Land will appear off the east coast of America. There will be the upheavals in the Arctic and in the Antarctic that will make for the eruption of volcanoes in the torrid areas, and there will be the shifting then of the poles --- so that where there has been those of a frigid or the semi-tropical will become the more tropical, and moss and fern will grow. And these will begin in those periods in '58 to '98, when these will be proclaimed as the periods when His light will be seen again in the clouds. As to times, as to seasons, as to places, ALONE is it given to those who have named the Name --- and who bear the mark of those of His calling and His election in their bodies. To them it shall be given." (Edgar Cayce Reading #3976-15, 1/19/34)


2. The maps represent collective doomsday expectations.

It is safe to say that the idea of global catastrophe is an archetype in the human psyche. Our culture is permeated with doomsday expectations. Also, visions of global destruction seem to be readily accessible in certain altered states of consciousness. Perhaps the psychics behind these maps are simply tapping into this doomsday archetype. Under this theory, however, it is hard to explain why the psychics would come up with such similar maps. Perhaps, while tapping into the doomsday archetype, they are also psychically sensing points of seismic stress on our continent. Their unconscious may be using those points of stress to help them specifically flesh out the general doomsday theme. This scenario would explain the correspondence between "The Seismic Risk Map" (pictured alongside our composite map) and the psychics' maps without validating the latter. In this scenario, the predicted changes do not happen, but instead are a bizarre mixture of psychological archetypes and valid scientific information.


3. The geologic changes pictured are symbols for inner changes.

Perhaps the psychics are sensing valid changes in the consciousness of humanity that are approaching. These psychological and social changes are then being mistranslated into geologic changes by the unconscious minds of the psychics. As in the previous hypothesis, they are using psychically–derived geologic information as a template for fleshing out their visions. In this scenario, the geologic changes do not happen, but in a sense the predictions do come true –– in the form of inner upheavals that permanently change our world.


4. The predicted changes will really happen.

In this scenario the psychics are right. In a few short years the U.S. will look much like their maps. Their timing may be off, but then timing always seems to be the weak point in psychic predictions. Even valid predictions have been wrong about timing.


5. Some combination of the above hypotheses.

Perhaps the truth will turn out to be a combination of two, three or all of the above hypotheses. Perhaps, for instance, only minor geologic changes will happen, but in conjunction with major inner changes.


6. Something else is producing these maps and dire predictions.

There almost certainly are important hypotheses that have not occurred to us.


• Conclusion

When this report was first published in 1995, we ended it saying, "We had hoped that some kind of iron-clad pattern would emerge that would dramatically support OR clearly refute the predictions of massive geological change in America. No such pattern emerged. There are too many loose ends to make any kind of absolute statement."

Now, however, after carefully researching various aspects of this situation, including current geological and seismic data, it is clear that the dramatic geological changes predicted by the sources mentioned above are in error. To be more specific, the possibility that our planet is going to undergo a global geological catastrophe is exceedingly remote. Unless we get smacked by a comet (as some psychics have predicted), bounced into by the Martian moon, "Phobos" (as Scallion has predicted), or assaulted by some other presently unforeseen force that is powerful enough to unleash global calamities, the chance of our world being ripped a part at the seams by geological disturbances is almost nil. Here's the earthquake and volcano evidence that should send most (if not all) cataclysmic-minded psychics back to the drawing board:


Earthquake UNITED STATES GEOLOGICAL SURVEY (USGS) Frequently Asked Questions:

http://quake.wr.usgs.gov/more/eqfaq.html

Q. Will California eventually fall into the ocean?

A. No. The motion of plates will not make California sink -- California is moving horizontally along the San Andreas fault and up around the Transverse Ranges.

Q. Are earthquakes on the increase?

A. We continue to hear from people throughout the world that earthquakes are on the increase, and it may seem that we are having more earthquakes. However, earthquakes of magnitude 7.0 or greater have remained fairly constant throughout this century and according to records have actually seemed to decrease in recent years.

Q. How many earthquakes does THE NATIONAL EARTHQUAKE INFORMATION CENTER report yearly?

A. The NEIC now locates about 12,000 to 14,000 earthquakes yearly, or approximately 35 a day.


Frequency of Occurrence of Earthquakes
USGS NATIONAL EARTHQUAKE INFORMATION CENTER


Title Magnitude Annual Average

Great = 8 and higher = 1
Major = 7 to 7.9 = 18
Strong = 6 to 6.9 = 120
Moderate = 5 to 5.9 = 800
Light = 4 to 4.9 = 6,200 (estimated)
Minor = 3 to 3.9 = 49,000 (estimated)


Yearly Number of Earthquakes Worldwide, 7.0 & Greater (Average 19 per year)
USGS NATIONAL EARTHQUAKE INFORMATION CENTER


1980 = 18
1981 = 14
1982 = 10
1983 = 15
1984 = 8
1985 = 15
1986 = 6
1987 = 11
1988 = 8
1989 = 7
1990 = 12
1991 = 11
1992 = 23
1993 = 16
1994 = 15
1995 = 25
1996 = 21

The most 7.0 and larger earthquakes tracked since 1900 occurred in 1943. There were 41 that year. Significantly, the years from 1934 to 1951 all exceeded the average annual rate of 19 earthquakes per year. The average rate of earthquakes greater than 7.0 for these years was 27. While the yearly number of earthquakes worldwide 5.0 and smaller has increased, the USGS says this is because earthquake tracking equipment has improved and earthquake tracking stations are located in more places around the world (in 1931 there were 350 tracking stations, while today there are over 4,000).

What is true of earthquakes is also true of volcanoes. According to a spokesperson for the SMITHSONIAN VOLCANISM NETWORK, "Our analysis DOES NOT support [the idea that volcanism is increasing] in any way, although with the encouragement of the SMITHSONIAN (and many other factors), reporting of small eruptions has increased in this century."

On the other hand, we do believe there is a strong possibility that some kind of stripped-down version of major geological change could take place. Scientists in California and Japan have long predicted that both of these geological hot spots are overdue for major earthquakes. Recent studies also indicate that New York is ripe for a major earthquake and that if even a 6.0 or larger quake struck the area, the nature of the land and current building codes would make it a major disaster.

Dannion Brinkley's predictions also support the possibility that the U.S. may experience some kind of major earthquake activity near the turn of the century. In 1994, Brinkley published a book detailing two remarkable near-death experiences. Called, "Saved by the Light," Brinkley's first book became a national best-seller and established him as one of the most original, enigmatic and thought-provoking people ever to appear in the human potential movement.

While a growing number of people are reporting near-death experiences, Brinkley's story contained several aspects that placed him in a category all by himself. In addition to passing through the classic phases associated with near-death experiences, Brinkley also received a series of 117 dramatic predictions, 95 of which he claims have come true. One of these predictions follows:

"But the end of America as a world power came as visions of two horrendous earthquakes in which buildings were swaying and toppling over like child's wooden blocks. I knew that these quakes happened some time before the end of the century, but couldn't tell where they took place. I do remember seeing a large body of water that was probably a river. The cost of rebuilding these destroyed cities would be the final straw for our government, now so financially broken that it would hardly be able to keep itself alive. The voice in the vision told me that it would be this way while images from the box showed Americans starving and lined up for food."

Why do we take Brinkley's predictions so seriously? Of all the psychics and psychic predictions that we have tracked, Brinkley is the only one who has a demonstratable record of solid hits. His past hits are backed up by Raymond Moody, the world's foremost expert on near-death experiences (Moody took notes of Brinkley's predictions shortly after his first near-death experience in 1975). And we have tracked two major hits since Brinkley's best-selling book was first published.


 

Editor's Comment - 9/8/2003:

Since the revised edition of this report was published, Dannion Brinkley's credibility has come under fire by Raymond Moody and others. In his 1999 book, "The Last Laugh", Moody had this to say about Brinkley's prophetic abilities:

"Many prophets seem to foresee mostly drastic kinds of unpleasantness, and the majority of Dannion's foreseeings were the typical soothsayer fare -- looming famine, war, economic depression, societal disarray.

"In the mid-1970's, when I first heard these foretellings, I was smug. As an avid, in-depth follower of current events, I felt sure the world was in for a big shake-up, a conclusion I based on simple extrapolation from bad news of those days -- the nuclear arms race, rampant poverty in the third world, carelessness about the environment, and burgeoning overpopulation -- not on psychic forewarnings. I also knew enough about psychiatry to perceive that most Americans were hiding their heads in the sand about global developments. And I had heard several other near-death experients recite their own awesome, end-time visions of gloom and doom that were parallel to Dannion's. I surmised that sometimes, when people realized that they were on the verge of death, their defensive structures collapsed and their thoughts raced ahead from what was then the state of world affairs to make the likely inference: a worldwide calamity was in the offing.

"Subsequently, however, I admit I have been a bit unsettled by the uncanny accuracy of some of those experients' forecasts. In 1975, my friend Vi Horton correctly foretold (from her near-death vision) the exact year, nature, and outcome of the revolution in South Africa. And in April 1976 Dannion told me that in his vision he had foreseen that in 1990 there would be a breakdown of the Soviet Union and that there would be food riots there. I recall that incident so vividly because what he said struck me as silly and absurd; I took his seriousness about the pronouncements as evidence that the bolt of electricity had disrupted his brain circuitry. Imagine my surprise fourteen years later when the event transpired just as he had forespoken it. There have been many other instances, too, when he issued predictions that seemed totally off the wall at the time, only to be fulfilled later with chilling precision.

"Then I must go on immediately to add that I have seen and heard him pronounce many other prophecies, detailing even the day, month, or year of their forthcoming, and all in the same preemptory voice and manner of all-confident authority, that never did materialize as he said they would.

"Not only that, but he has continued to prophesize ever since his near-death experience took place in September 1975 because he believes that his close call with death empowered him to read minds and to peer into the future. And his display of mind reading is among the best and most convincing I have ever witnessed. Time after time, I have seen folks' jaws drop, or tears well up in their eyes, as Dannion, a total stranger to them, correctly rattles off the details of their personal circumstances, even their deep inner secrets.

"For years, I have been baffled by his amazing talent for seeming to know things about others that he seemingly would have no way of knowing. That is why I encouraged him to get his story into print. I introduced him to the persons who arranged for its publication.

"But I had envisioned a different presentation; for a long time, I have wanted to see Dannion in a face-off with the Amazing Randi or other sigh cop, such as Dr. Ray Hyman, a psychologist who specializes in putting claims of telepathic powers to the test. I still hope that some day such a confrontation will come to pass. Since the release of his book, though, a couple of parapsychologically-minded investigators have assessed Dannion's skills, and they profess to be as perplexed by him as I am.

"Whatever the eventual outcome of the wrangling about Dannion among parapsychologists, sigh cops, and funda-Christians, however, it won't many any difference to the many admirers and fans who have gathered around him. They will continue to believe he can read minds and foresee the future. Nor is Dannion ever bothered for a minute by any of his misforeseeings, for when prophecies fail, fresh ones soon are heard tripping from his tongue to replace the worn-out ones."

 



Our conclusion, then, is that the kind of pole-shifting, all-out global catastrophes predicted by Goodman, Scallion, Toye, Cayce and others are wishful thinking: our world is not in danger of being ripped to shreds by planetary geological changes, nor are we likely to see current land masses falling into the sea, while new land masses rise from the depths of the ocean. We do, however, believe it is possible for a couple of major earthquakes to strike before the turn of the century which could potentially cause the stock market to crash, world economy to fail, and many nations, including America, to experience severe hardship. Furthermore, we also believe it is possible that these earthquakes could strike in areas that Cayce and others said would experience severe earthquakes, especially since modern seismologists are saying major quakes in some of these areas are overdue.

Time will tell.


- ADDITIONAL INSIGHTS & INFORMATION:

In October of 1996, we published a Special Report entitled, "Letters about Geological Cataclysmic Global Upheaval." Consisting of a series of letters to and from our readers, these letters were later followed by an article that appeared in News Brief 36 (November 15, 1996) that dealt with John White's current views on the likelihood of a pole shift. The author of "Pole Shift," White popularized the idea that our planet was approaching a geological apocalypse near the turn of the century. Beginning with the article on John White, our discussion of geological earth changes concludes with three letters that appeared in our October 1996 Special Report.

"Pole Shift Torpedoed by Author," by David Sunfellow
"Sorting it All Out," by David Sunfellow
"Geological Issues,"
by Deborah K.B. Chaplin & David Sunfellow
"Cracks in the Psychic World View,"
by Robert Perry

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POLE SHIFT TORPEDOED BY AUTHOR

By David Sunfellow
From NHNE News Brief 36
Friday, November 15, 1996

When John White first published "Pole Shift" in 1980, his book sent re-affirming shocks waves through the earth changes community. Many earth change believers (including this reporter) believed White's book "proved" that Edgar Cayce, and a host of other psychics, had correctly foreseen a global catastrophe that would destroy much of the planet along with major portions of the human race. White's book was particularly powerful because it was written by a man with serious professional credentials and, perhaps more importantly, because it seamlessly wed modern scientific data with contemporary psychics and ancient myths and prophecies. While White refused to say in "Pole Shift" that he was absolutely certain that a pole shift was coming, he left no doubt that he thought one might strike sometime near the year 2000.

Now, however, White has publicly said that he doesn't believe there is going to be a pole shift -- at least the kind of cataclysmic variety envisioned by Cayce, Gordon-Michael Scallion, and others. And while "Pole Shift" is still selling like hot cakes (it is presently being published by the A.R.E., Edgar Cayce's organization), the 1995 edition now contains an epilogue that discusses why a pole shift WON'T be visiting planet Earth anytime soon. White also challenged the themes championed in "Pole Shift" in another book of his published in 1990, "The Meeting of Science and Spirit." In that book he writes, "On the basis of a decade's hindsight, I think that the possibility of a catastrophic pole shift at the end of this century is increasingly unlikely. To be more precise, I do not think a pole shift will occur as predicted."

Since then, White has apparently become even more convinced that a pole shift won't happen. In an interview that appears in the current issue of ATLANTIS RISING (Number 9), White called the possibility of a geological pole shift around the year 2000 "nonsense and fantasy." Furthermore, he also believes that there has probably NEVER been a pole shift, although he doesn't rule out the possibility that it could occur someday in the distant future. White is, however, careful to distinguish the difference between a magnetic pole shift and a geological one. While acknowledging that there have been at least 181 occasions recognized by science when the magnetic field of the Earth has completely collapsed and re-established itself in the opposite polarity, White says that these reversals were never accompanied by catastrophes. "Or," says White, "certainly not catastrophes of the sort predicted by pole shift theorists and predictors." White also said that as far as he knows, such magnetic shifts do not occur on any cyclical basis, nor are they triggered by outer-space events.
Why, exactly, does White believe a pole shift won't happen?

First, White says that the precursor events foreseen by Cayce, and a host of other psychics, have not taken place as predicted.

Second, White believes the Piri Reis Map (a Renaissance map found by Charles Hapgood in the LIBRARY OF CONGRESS in 1959) and a map drawn by Oronteus Finaeus in 1532 are not accurate maps of an ice-free Antarctica. Pole-shift theorists have cited them as evidence that the continent was free of thick layers of ice and snow within the last 12,000 years and that its current ice-locked condition happened very quickly (perhaps in hours or days). Modern subglacial topographic maps indicate the ancient maps are not exact renditions of what actually lies beneath Antarctica's ice, nor do they account for what the subglacial topography of Antarctica would actually look like if massive amounts of ice and snow were removed and the land rebounded from the weight (isostatic rebound): Antarctica would be raised as much as 3,100 feet in the interior and 160 feet along the coasts. Thus, while both of these maps may have been efforts to guess at what the land mass of Antarctica looked like, neither was drawn by someone who actually saw an ice-free Antarctica. Some researchers believe that the maps are based on observations of early Portuguese sailers who may have discovered Antarctica before 1513. The Piri Reis map even contains comments that strongly suggest it drew at least part of its inspiration from early, possibly secret, Portuguese records. If these maps are, indeed, based on Portuguese voyages, then the idea that Antarctica was mapped by ancient, technologically advanced civilizations (from earth or elsewhere) is also effectively discounted.

Third, the discovery of wooly mammoths that appear to have been instantly frozen, some with flowers in their mouths and stomaches, has been one of the strongest arguments pole-shift theorists have used to support an instantaneous flipping of the poles -- or slipping of the earth's crust. White now believes, as do many others who have seriously studied this peculiar phenomenon, that every argument put forward by pole shift theorists to explain this phenomenon, has been effectively refuted by ordinary explanations.

To name a few:

1. The new science of taphonomy (the study of the processes an animal goes through from the time it starts to die until its remains are finally embedded in a geological stratum) demonstrates that mammoths died not as the result of disastrous temperature change, but from asphyxia (i.e., drowning in an icy stream, suffocating in a landslide, etc.);

2. Mammoth flesh is not so well preserved as has been claimed, but rather the flesh had begun to putrefy BEFORE being frozen in permafrost;

3. Mammoths were adapted to cold conditions (pole-shift theorists typically believe they weren't -- they argue mammoths lived in warmer climates that were instantly blanketed by arctic conditions);

4. There is documented evidence that flowers and other vegetation do not require dramatic flash-freezes to be perfectly preserved (more mundane circumstances have produced this phenomenon);

5. Radiocarbon dating of frozen mammoths indicates that they were not all frozen in a single catastrophic moment -- rather, their freezings were spread out over a much longer time period.

Fourth, while the mechanics of ice ages are still not fully understood, current evidence argues against pole shifts being their triggering mechanism. In "The Meeting of Science and Spirit," White itemizes the arguments for pole-shift-induced ice ages as well as current research calling these arguments into question. His conclusion: "Altogether then, the latest evidence weighs against pole shifts, although the onset of deglaciation is [still] unexplained." Significantly, White does not rule out pole shifts as a triggering mechanism in his 1990 book and, in fact, says that he believes at least one theory of crustal displacement deserves serious consideration.

Noting that White is placing more reliance on scientific evidence than on psychic clairvoyant prophecies, ATLANTIS RISING asked him why:

"I'm not a scientist. I'm only a student of science. But I have enormous respect for the scientific method as a way of probing reality and ascertaining the truth of something. Science has its limits, and spiritual truths will not be proven definitely by science. On the other hand, science does have a lot to say that can help us to assess the validity of reported spiritual truths. In a world of spirituality, there's a strong tendency for people to cross over the line from having an open mind to having a hole in the head."

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John White has degrees from Dartmouth and Yale, and has been writing, teaching and lecturing on diverse New Age subjects since the 1960s. In 1972, he joined with Apollo 14 astronaut Edgar Mitchell to found THE INSTITUTE OF NOETIC SCIENCE. He is also the author of several books, including "Pole Shift," "Frontiers of Consciousness," "Future Science," "Kundalini, Evolution and Enlightenment," and "The Meeting of Science and Spirit." Since 1983, White has also organized and hosted an annual conference called "The UFO Experience" in North Haven, Connecticut.

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SORTING IT ALL OUT
By David Sunfellow
From "Letters about Geological Cataclysmic Global Upheaval"
Saturday, October 26, 1996

So, are worldwide catastrophic geological changes going to tear our planet to pieces in the next couple of years? Are islands and continents going to rise and fall? Will the poles shift? Will super-mega quakes, ferocious volcanoes and mile-high tidal waves rage across the Earth?

You already know what I think (there might be isolated geological changes, but there aren't going to be any planetary-wide ones). In a minute, we'll be taking a look at what some of the rest of you think.

Before we do, though, I want to draw your attention to another, more fundamental concern: Can human beings receive guidance from God/Spirit that is accurate and reliable?

At this late stage of the global geological catastrophe game, it is already clear that many of the predictions made by our most celebrated psychics and soothsayers are wrong. And while many people might justify their poor track record saying that our prayers, or some significant change in human attitudes or behavior, prevented their predictions from unfolding as predicted, I don't think their misses can be explained so easily. Prayers and changes in thought and action can undoubtably help avert all kinds of disasters in our personal and collective life, but what about the possibility that these psychics were wrong? That they misread and/or misunderstood what they were seeing? That, in some cases, they may have even fabricated their visions?

Like many of you, I have spent many years attempting to receive guidance from God and follow it. Sometimes I have received guidance that proved to be stunningly accurate, while other times I have received guidance that proved to be stunningly wrong. I know, therefore, that it is possible to receive guidance that is true and helpful and, at the same time, guidance that isn't. I also know it is very possible to receive solid guidance and twist it to fit preconceived (and erroneous) conclusions.

And what is true of me, also seems to be true of others. Since very few of us are truly pure, open channels to the divine, we can expect whatever impulses come to us to filter through our personalities, fears, biases, belief systems, cultural conditioning and other human imperfections. We can also expect many of the impulses that come to us to originate from places within us that are far from divine, even though they may feel genuinely inspired at the time.

Because of the jungle of forces within us that are both producing and interpreting guidance, discernment is critically important. It would be nice if there was a simple way to sort it all out, but for most of us, there isn't. Real discernment is a deep, complicated, multi-faceted process. And while there are those rare moments when a flash of inspiration strikes that requires no further processing, most of the time, receiving and acting on guidance is an ongoing, ever-evolving process: We receive an inspiration, think about it, apply it in some way, see the results, make adjustments, receive more guidance, see a few holes, notice some inconsistencies and loose ends, make some more adjustments, say a few prayers, receive some more guidance, and so it goes. Our guidance develops, deepens and unfolds as we do.

As flexible as this process is, there still seem to be a few helpful guidelines:

1. Since no one on this planet is perfect (or they wouldn't be here), no form of guidance and no channel of information (psychic or otherwise) is free from error. We should, therefore, treat all forms of guidance accordingly: nothing should be swallowed hook, line and sinker, and we should always be on the lookout for things that don't quite sound (or feel) "right." In a similar vein, it is my personal conviction that we should regard any person, or source of information that claims to be perfect (either overtly through bold declarations, or subtly through airs of superiority) with exceedingly-great apprehension.

2. Since all guidance comes to us through human instruments, the human instruments in question are a major part of the process. Their moral character, their open-mindedness, their sincere desire to receive AND LIVE the Highest, deeply affects the guidance they receive. More to the point, if someone is dishonest, unethical, unstable, brazenly egotistical in his or her dealings with themselves and others in the outer world, you can be sure the same kind of forces are also affecting and influencing whatever guidance they may be receiving. If the person in question is especially unstable, it is entirely possible they are fabricating their inner experiences and/or seriously embellishing them. I have, in fact, personally known psychics (including very well-known ones) who have done this. Psychics, in other words, are not immune to being dishonest and since many of their other-worldly claims cannot be put to the test as easily as other, more earth-based claims can, the psychic arena is an easy place for misinformation to thrive.

3. When guidance comes to us in one form (say a voice, or intuition), we should learn to check it out with other forms of guidance. If, for instance, we have a strong intuition about something that dreams, I-Ching readings and synchronicities call into question, then we should take a closer look at what we think we are receiving. If the guidance we are receiving is truly inspired, other forms of guidance should back it up. If they don't, something is amiss.

4. Whenever possible, we should involve other trusted human beings in our process. The more sincere, honest, open, genuinely-seeking people we have looking at a particular situation, the more likely we are to get a solid, well-rounded answer. In a similar vein, the more isolated our process is, the more possible it is for us to make an error. While there are a few extraordinary exceptions, history is littered with would-be prophets who received solitary visions that led multitudes of unquestioning people to ruin.

5. And, finally, no matter how clear a particular piece of guidance may seem, or how strongly we feel that we understand it completely, we should always be open to having overlooked, misunderstood, or misinterpreted what we have received. True spiritual impulses are renowned for their dazzling unpredictability. At every step of the process -- before getting guidance, after getting it and in the middle of trying to apply it -- we should be poised to move in directions we aren't aware of and don't expect. Similarly, if truly being guided is what we are after, then we must make our search for the truth our highest priority and be willing to admit we are wrong -- which, for most of us, will be a fairly common occurrence if we are seriously seeking the truth and owning up to the blind spots that are part of being a human being on planet Earth.

So there's a few guidelines that I have found to be true and helpful in my journey.

A major goal of NHNE is to create a global system of people who can help discern the truth about many of the impulses that are appearing in the world today. When new (or old) impulses arise, we want to be able to discern how authentic they are. In time, we hope to draw together some of the best people on the planet -- from many diverse fields and perspectives -- to do this. Diving into the topic of cataclysmic geological change is a good example. Instead of simply relying on psychics and their predictions, we are also looking to geologists, scientists, psychologists, reporters, long-time seekers, common, everyday folks, to get to the bottom of the issue. And while it will probably take us a little while to get our act together, in time we hope to have a truly marvelous system in place for discerning the true nature of our experiences on this planet.

And with that, let's put a few more pieces of our truth-seeking system together by looking at what some of you had to say about the threat of worldwide geological changes...

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GEOLOGICAL ISSUES

By Deborah K.B. Chaplin & David Sunfellow
From "Letters about Geological Cataclysmic Global Upheaval"
Saturday, October 26, 1996

Deborah K.B. Chaplin Writes:

A comment on the geology issues: A slowing down of earthquakes can be an ominous thing! It can be the foretelling of big ones to come. Small earthquakes serve to relieve the pressures of the Earth gradually. If there are none, pressures may be building, especially in those faults that are not well lubricated by water, etc.

Also, changes to this planet have been quick, even evolutionary changes. Changes happen suddenly and then plateau. This has been a topic of evolutionists for several decades now. "Punctuated equilibrium" is one term for it.


David Sunfellow Responds:

Excellent letter, Deborah.

A few counter points:

1. The psychics we were referring to all indicated that there would be a global increase in earthquake and volcanic activity. This was one of the things these sources said would happen before the poles shifted. They did not say there would be a lull over a couple decades and then, just before the year 2000, we would be inundated, out of the blue, with 8.0, 9.0 and greater earthquakes. So however you look at this, they were wrong on this point.

2. Along with a general increase in earthquake and volcanic activity worldwide, these sources also indicated the intensity of earthquakes and volcanic eruptions would be quite extraordinary -- waves of 8.0, 9.0 and larger quakes would strike repeatedly, while massive amounts of volcanic ash would fill the atmosphere. Nothing of the sort has happened. Current earthquake averages haven't even matched the most active years of this century, let alone unleashed forces the likes of which we've never seen.

3. The idea that major volcanic and earthquake activity is often preceded by quiet periods is usually associated with specific regions of the planet. Specific areas (like California) get quiet and then, as you pointed out, get very active. In a larger sense, I realize the Earth, as a whole, has also gone through quiet periods and then become active. The Earth, as a whole, does, however, not appear to be in one of these "calm-before-the-storm" periods. Rather, it seems to be moving along a rather typical -- non-dramatic, nothing-out-of-the-ordinary -- path of geological activity.

In short, the extraordinary earthquake and volcanic activity predicted by these psychics was supposed to climax in a pole shift in about three years from now. Again, the idea was that things would build and build and build, getting worse and worse and worse, until the poles shifted (or the crust slipped -- depending on what psychic you talked to). And again, this is not happening. Theoretically, the next three years (or in Edgar Cayce's case, the next two years -- his time frame was from '58 to '98), could see massive volcanic eruptions and a series of massive super-quakes the likes of which we've never seen in recorded history. In this case, the psychics would be correct about the general time frame, but still in error about how it unfolded.

With the exception of the instant geological changes that were unleashed when our planet was hit by asteroids, I know of no other reliably documented case for such instant changes -- i.e., continents or large chunks of land rising and falling instantly, or, even, the crust slipping (you probably know that current research has been sorely challenged many of the key points for crustal displacement).

I've also heard that geologists have determined that sea beds and continents are composed of fundamentally different kinds of rocks, and that there are no large areas of continent-type rock present on the ocean bottom (meaning, if these geologists are correct, that there is no Atlantis or any other sunk continent under the ocean waiting to rise again). While specific areas of continents have been both above and beneath sea level, entire continents apparently have not. They have moved (via some kind of continental drift mechanism), but not risen and fallen as many psychics have suggested.

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CRACKS IN THE PSYCHIC WORLD VIEW
By Robert Perry
From "Letters about Geological Cataclysmic Global Upheaval"
Saturday, October 26, 1996

I have always been in support of NHNE's critical eye towards psychic predictions. I was especially glad to see the article, "Global Geological Changes Unlikely," in News Brief 31 (October 11, 1996). I would like here to offer my personal perspective on psychic predictions of massive geologic upheavals.

For many years I strongly believed in the predicted Earth changes. For a while I stored dehydrated food (it has since gone bad). I congregated with others who believed in these changes (such as NHNE publisher, David Sunfellow). Something like starting an IRA (Individual Retirement Account) seemed totally pointless (now, I'm not so sure). I envisioned human history as rushing headlong toward an imminent death and rebirth. I based my life on information from higher levels, which came through a chorus of channels with a stunning unanimity.

Yet I also based my life on reason, and because of this, cracks began appearing in my vision of a cataclysmic future. I saw prediction after prediction fail. I saw timetables continually set back. Most disturbing to me was that psychics were predicting geologic events that went way beyond the normal, and even the possible (as measured by geologists). And yet I never saw anything happen that has not been happening regularly for countless centuries. In over 15 years I did not see a single coastline altered by earthquakes. I began to believe the scientists, who said that continents simply do not fall into the ocean like that.

Even before I began doubting the vision of a geologically-disastrous future, I doubted the psychics’ vision of the past. Carbon dating of the Great Pyramid did not support the psychic view that it was built in 10,000 B.C. by a spiritually-advanced civilization, but instead supported the standard Egyptological view -- which put it 7,000 years later. Research into the human chromosome traced Native American ancestry back, not to a fabled Atlantis, but to Asia -- as the anthropologists had always maintained. I had an increasingly-sinking feeling that whenever evidence and reason met face to face with the psychic view of history, the psychics lost.

Eventually, I started to re-examine the entire phenomenon of psychically-derived history. The standard timeline that I knew of went like this: In the distant past there was the Golden Age of Atlantis and Lemuria, characterized by heightened spiritual awareness and psychic powers, as well as advanced New Age technology. This Golden Age, however, perished in natural cataclysms brought on by the sins of the people. Since then, civilization has slowly built up again until we are now facing another terrestrial cataclysm, again brought on by the sins of the people. Land masses will fall into the sea, ancient continents rise from the ocean floor, and the Earth tumble in space. Though this will decimate civilization, it will immediately propel us into a new Golden Age of spiritual awareness, psychic powers and New Age technology. As cataclysm had ended the first Golden Age, so, just as abruptly, it will ignite another one.

There is a lot that could be said about this psychic vision of history. The first thing I want to say is that I think it is simply not true. I seriously doubt that there was an Atlantis or Lemuria. I am certain that California is not going to fall into the ocean (I have $100 riding on this with a friend). And I am willing to bet that May 5, 2000 (the commonly predicted date of the pole shift) will be one of the most forgettable days in history.

If, for the moment, we grant that this timeline is not true, where does it come from? Why does it come through so many people, often independently? To answer that, ask yourself this question: Have you ever seen anything like this vision before? If you step back far enough and blur your eyes a bit, doesn't this vision start to look suspiciously familiar?

To me, it looks like a universal archetype, which can be found in ancient mythology, in conventional religious prophecy, and in New Age predictions, and which goes something like this: Once man lived in a Golden Age of peace and harmony. Then by his sins he fell from this, which gave rise to how things are now, to our despoiled and sinful current age. Yet a cleansing is coming, in which God will punish the wicked, lay low the powerful, exalt the holy but powerless ones (the ones making these prophecies), and catapult us into a new Golden Age.

Is it so hard to imagine what might produce such an archetype? I don't think so. There is profound psychic stress generated by the conflict between what is and what ought to be -- at least as we see those things. The vast gap between them is so anguishing that the mind craves relief. It fantasizes about a time when what ought to be was the norm. And it yearns for what ought to be to dramatically re-assert itself, to swoop in, wipe out what is, and re-establish its utopian kingdom.

What if these urges have over time built up an archetype in the human unconscious, a place where you can go and experience visions of all this coming to pass? What if, in a certain sector of this unconscious place, this vision will get dished up for you in fantastic geologic imagery, in which nature itself rises up to cleanse this sinful age? And what if, to flesh this vision out, the unconscious will draw upon valid -- perhaps psychically-obtained -- information about seismic activity and tectonic stress points?

This is my current best guess about what is going on with psychic predictions of geologic upheaval. I am sure there is much more going on than this; even I have additional, more complex views. But I suspect that this is a huge part of it.

I guess I sound somewhat like a traitor to my own spiritual roots. Yet, I remain deeply and humbly indebted to many channels, not the least of which is the great Edgar Cayce. I think that psychically-derived information is often remarkably accurate and helpful. I think that human channels have brought through some of the greatest spiritual wisdom and philosophic truth that humanity has seen. Yet I think that psychic history, by and large, is profoundly mistaken. I do think that history is a great drama of coming into harmony with reality and God, a drama which is overseen and guided by a divine plan. Yet I don't think it is a simple process of rocketing back into Eden through a dramatic divine cleansing of the
Earth. Rather, I think it is a slow maturational process, in which there are no guilty sinners, in which we will of our own free will rise above the messes we have made, and in which God never swoops in -- because He is always there.

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You may also want to check out the following on the award-winning NHNE Web site:

NHNE Special Report:
A Review of Scallion's Predictions for 1995:

www.nhne.com/scallion95review.html

NHNE News Brief 31:
www.nhne.com/nhnenb31.html

NHNE Special Report:
"Letters about Geological Cataclysmic Global Upheaval": www.nhne.com/geoletters.html

NHNE Special Report:
“Earth Changes & Millennium Fever":
www.nhne.com/srmillenniumfever.html


SOURCES:


FUTURE MAP OF THE UNITED STATES: 1998-2001
By Gordon-Michael Scallion
Matrix Institute, Inc.
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WWW: http://www.ecrnews.com/

I AM AMERICA
By Lori Adaile Toye
P.O. Box 2511
Payson, AZ, USA 85547
Toll-Free: (800) 930-1341
Phone: (520) 474-1341

WE ARE THE EARTHQUAKE GENERATION
By Jeffrey Goodman
Berkley Books
200 Madison Avenue
New York, NY, USA 10016


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