Gregory and Laura Little
John Van Auken is a well-known lecturer on the ‘readings’ of Edgar Cayce. He is a Director at the Edgar Cayce organization, the Association for Research and Enlightenment (A.R.E) having been associated with the A.R.E. since the late 1960s. He is the author of many books dealing with mysticism and ancient mysteries. He co-authored with Greg and Lora Little, Edgar Cayce’s Atlantis and Ancient South America. The latter mentions Plato just once, while an article on Van Auken’s own website(a) entitled Atlantis & Mu (Lemuria) has Plato completely ignored, which in my opinion leaves him unfit to discuss Atlantis. The article has been removed since.
Even more disturbing is his association with the rather dubious ‘diploma mill’, The International Metaphysical University(b), considered by some(c)(d) to be fraudulent.
Some years ago Van Auken was challenged by William Hutton to give the references of the six Cayce ‘readings’ that he had referred to in a lecture. The readings did not exist and the best that Van Auken could do was claim to have “misspoken”(e)!
(c) http://www.examiner.com/article/fraud-the-paranormal-field-goes-up-a-few-degrees (offline May 2015)
(d) http://www.newagefraud.org/smf/index.php?topic=2697.0 (link broken Nov. 2019)
A.R.E. (Association for Research & Enlightenment Inc.) promotes the
cause of Edgar Cayce in particular his Atlantis prophecies. Their headquarters are in Virginia Beach, Virginia and operates on a multi-million dollar budget. A.R.E. has also been associated, somewhat controversially, with investigations on the Giza plateau, with view to substantiating Cayce’s claim of a Hall of Records existing near the Sphinx. Cayce also claimed that a second and third ‘Hall of Records’ was situated in the Bahamas and the Yucatan(c), while Joseph Robert Jochmans has suggested(b) the possibility of a fourth ‘Hall’.
A.R.E. purchased the library and papers of the late Egerton Sykes, the well-known British Atlantis investigator and have now made them available to other researchers in Virginia Beach.
A husband and wife team, Dr. Gregory and Laura Little, have carried out underwater investigations in the Bahamas, seeking evidence of Atlantis there. They also produce a monthly newsletter for the Association called “Ancient Mysteries” and are authors of many books and articles. A.R.E. also supports an Ancient Mysteries website(a).