Many of the ancient civilizations, such as the Egyptians and Maya, seemed to spring from nowhere, fully formed. Both of these, I believe, were in fact Lemurian colonies, as was also Atlantis. Lemuria served as the blueprint for all of humanity and civilization on Earth. Her influence was not confined to her own borders, but spread throughout the world, through her series of daughter empires which were formed during the latter stages of her evolution.

The continent of Lemuria is also referred to as Mu, meaning motherland; hence it is often referred to as the umbilicus of man. Lemuria was the most significant of all pre-historical civilizations on Earth, which flourished for over 850,000 years. Today these two names are used interchangeably to describe the lost island continent.

Evidence suggests that a vast Pacific continent did exist in ancient times. This has been given various names, including Pacifica, Oceana and Lemuria. This landmass is believed to have sunk many millions of years ago. The evidence though suggests otherwise.

Botanist Joseph Dalton Hooker concluded that the Indian Ocean islands were the peaks of this lost continent. He also believed, from studying the distribution of conifers, that Australia, Fiji and New Zealand were once part of this same landmass. Remains of extensive forestation from the sea bed between Panama and the Galapagos Islands would seem to back up this theory. Since these are not ancient species, the land that bore them must have disappeared quite recently, during the late Pleistocene Epoch, which ended approximately 10,000 years ago. Lemuria at that time was a great continent stretching across the Indian and Pacific Oceans to North America.

Around 82,000 BCE the land began to break up, as the parts connected to Asia and Africa sank to form a series of swamp infested islands, the remnants of which are Indonesia and Australia. Easter Island is thought to be one of the few remaining portions of the lost motherland. It lies 2300 miles west of South America, approximately halfway between Chile and Tahiti, and is best known for its huge stone carved figures, known as Moai. The island is known by the natives as Te Pito o TeHenua, meaning ‘the navel of the world’. The lost continent of Lemuria has also been referred to as the umbilicus of mankind. The statues though are not the island’s only mystery.

Archaeologist Robert Stacy-Judd reported that the natives of Easter Island believed that they were living on the peak of a holy mountain called Mu. Could this be the same Mu as the motherland of Lemuria? Virginia Essene and Sheldon Nidle state in their book, You Are Becoming a Galactic Human, that Easter Island served as a transfer point for information between the southern section of Lemuria and its scientific headquarters on the island of Hawaii.

Most channelled sources, with the notable exception of Helena Blavatsky, place Lemuria firmly in the Pacific Ocean. Blavatsky was a somewhat colourful and controversial figure. Born in the Ukraine of noble parentage, she had supernatural powers from an early age. After an early failed marriage in 1849, she began 20 years of extensive travel, bringing her into contact with mystical traditions throughout the Orient.

She emigrated to New York in 1873, and soon impressed people with her psychic abilities, including levitation and materialization (the ability to produce physical objects from nowhere). It was while living in New York in 1875, that she founded the Theosophical Society with Henry Steel Olcott, William Quan Judge and several others.

The Secret Doctrine is perhaps her best known work. This lengthy title, encompassing several volumes, makes reference to the unknown history of Earth and the spiritual evolution of mankind, with particular reference to both Lemuria and Atlantis.

Blavatsky claimed to have learned much of this information from the Book of Dzyan (pronounced Zion), said to have been composed in Atlantis and shown to her by the Mahatmas. Lemuria is said to have been home to the third root race of man (with Atlantis as the fourth), located in the Indian Ocean between Malaysia and Madagascar. Many of these ideas may have been obtained from various Sanskrit legends, from her travels through India and Tibet.

Surprisingly, many scientists concurred with Blavatsky’s views – of the location if not the ideology. A number of geological and archaeological studies during the mid-nineteenth century indicated that the Indian Ocean was once above water. Around the same time, a group of small nocturnal animals known as lemurs were found living on Madagascar and New Guinea. The scientists therefore reasoned that the surrounding Ocean must once have been above water. Zoologist Philip L Sclater named this sunken land Lemuria. The Australian Aborigines are said to represent the last remnants of this forgotten race. Saint Germain confirmed, through Azena Ramanda, that both Australia and New Zealand were at one time part of the Lemurian continent.

Colonel James Churchward is perhaps the best known Lemurian scholar. He first learnt of Lemuria during his youth in India, when a Hindu Priest taught him to decipher an ancient form of symbolic writing known as Naacal. The Priest showed Churchward several sacred tablets, which had been carefully hidden inside the Temple archives for many thousands of years. From studying these records, Churchward learnt that an extensive civilization called Mu had once flourished within the Pacific Ocean. The Naacals were said to be a Priestly Brotherhood, sent from Mu to her various colonies, to teach sacred writings, religions and sciences.

Churchward believed that the lost continent was 5000 miles long by 3000 miles wide, located in the southeast Pacific Ocean. He wrote that Lemuria encompassed vast stretches of the Pacific, from Hawaii to Fiji in the south, and Easter Island to the Mariannas in the west, including the Society, Cook and Marquesas Islands. During its history, Churchward determined that Mu had been subject to four major cataclysms, around 800,000 BCE, 200,000 BCE, 80,000 BCE, and finally, 10,000 BCE when it sank, taking 64 million lives with it.