The Religion of the Sun

//The Religion of the Sun
The Religion of the Sun2018-09-04T09:50:31+00:00

14 to 19 thousand people gathered to watch the summer solstice sunrise at Stonehenge in England in 2005. There is a large and growing return to the ancient remnants of the Religion of the Sun. Photo by Andrew Dunn reproduced under CC BY-SA 2.0

The Religion of the Sun was the religion taken around the world by the legendary wisdom bringers who helped re-initiate civilization in disparate parts of the world following the great flood recorded in hundreds of ancient myths. This flood likely occurred around 9,600 BC, which is the date that coincides with that given for the destruction of the lost civilization of Atlantis by Plato, and the massive rise in temperatures and sea levels that occurred at the end of the last ice age.

These wisdom bringers set out with the mission to reseed spiritual knowledge across the globe. They have been known by many different names in different cultures – such as Osiris in Egypt, Quetzalcoatl in Mexico, and the Apkallu in Mesopotamia. The knowledge they gave was the Religion of the Sun, as well as all the knowledge of civilization needed to create stable societies to thus support its practice. Following this, a global culture and civilization arose which had adopted the Religion of the Sun, and further spread it across the earth – both by land and sea. This culture appears to have originated from around the region of the Black Sea (the Caucasus and Anatolian region), where the megaliths of Gobekli Tepe have now been discovered, and are historically referred to as the Aryans, and today as Indo-Europeans.

The Religion of the Sun is an ancient spiritual practice. In it the sun and stars are seen as the highest source of light, having higher dimensional aspects where they are connected to the light of consciousness each one carries within, and to the greater light of each one’s higher/inner Being. The path of the sun throughout the year illustrates the inward path someone can take to reunite with their higher Being, which is why many ancient peoples ritualistically celebrated the solstices and equinoxes, aligned their sacred sites to the sun, and why their great teachers and major deities experienced their main life events at these times of year.

While the evidence for the existence of the Religion of the Sun has remained in scattered remnants left behind in various ancient texts, codices, megalithic sites, and symbols, the actual information of how to practice the religion itself in any coherent and meaningful form had become lost over thousands of years of suppression and persecution.

In 2011, my husband Mark and I began researching the ancient traditions connected with the celebration of the solstices and equinoxes, and began releasing web articles explaining the meaning of each solstice and equinox in which we would combine my research into ancient sites, texts, and traditions from around the world, with my husband’s esoteric knowledge. Like this, we began reconstructing the actual meaning of these events, until realizing that the path of the sun throughout the year actually correlates with the path to awakening/liberation/self-realization/enlightenment/salvation/immortality etc., alluded to in many ancient wisdom traditions, and which my husband had been walking since 1990. Based on the symbolic meaning of these times of year, Mark created ceremonies for each of them.

In 2013 we revised and compiled these web articles and released them as a free eBook titled The Path of the Spiritual Sun, explaining within it that there had once been a solar religion practiced across many parts of the world in ancient times, which had given rise to the building of many of the world’s most enigmatic sacred sites, like the Great Pyramids of Egypt, the statues of Easter Island, Stonehenge in England, and countless others. We began referring to this religion as “the Religion of the Sun” – a term we coined ourselves, but later discovered had been used by a handful of people over the last few centuries, including Thomas Paine – one of the founding fathers of the United States. By this time I had done a massive amount of research by reading scores of ancient texts and researching the alignments of scores of ancient sites. Out of this, we included hundreds of excerpts from ancient texts as well as illustrations of ancient sites and symbols in our book as supporting evidence.

In 2016, while researching ancient sites on the internet, I stumbled across the website of Martin Doutre of Initially I  had thought that the many different cultures evidenced as practicing the Religion of the Sun in some form had done so independently of one another. In his work, Martin painstakingly analyses the measurements used in the building and laying out of many ancient sites in different parts of the world, and demonstrates that they used the same standard measurement system, and thus were built or were influenced by a global sea-faring civilization. Although Martin does not discuss the Religion of the Sun, he analyses many of the ancient sites built by its practitioners. After reading his work, Mark and I realized that the traces of the ancient Religion of the Sun that we had been researching and studying had originated from the same source in remote times, and had once been the religion of a post ice-age global culture and civilization now lost. Mark and I named this civilization “The Lost Civilization of the Sun.”

Months later, Mark and I released an updated edition of The Path of the Spiritual Sun, which was now in paperback, to include a chapter titled ‘The Lost Civilization of the Sun’ in which we shared our findings on this lost civilization – tracing it as much as we could throughout the world, and sourcing its origin in a group of wisdom bringers who are likely to have been survivors of Atlantis. Since then, I’ve read the works of authors such as Thor Heyerdahl, Graham Hancock, Dr David Frawley, and Gordon Kennedy, whose research has confirmed and added detail to what we had first realized in 2016 about the existence a lost civilization.

In 2017 I then began making videos based on our findings, and supported by my own reading of over a hundred ancient texts, research into ancient sites and traditions, and the research of other authors who have presented their own findings on lost civilizations.

However, there is a difference between our methods of study, and those of purely academic researchers. We not only write about the Religion of the Sun, and research its evidence throughout history, but we also practice it. Many people think you find out about things just by reading, but there is a limit to how much you can find out by reading alone. Ancient mystics discovered their knowledge through experience – one which is inner/metaphysical. The Religion of the Sun is a metaphysical practice, and thus someone can only truly uncover and understand its practice through practicing it themselves.

My husband was able to recreate its practice and explain the deeper meaning of its texts and symbols, not just from studying and researching its ancient remnants, but from his actual practice of it. These ancient practices include those such as alchemy, self-knowledge, and out-of-body experiences. Having this esoteric or inner knowledge means that someone can essentially experience the same metaphysical experiences the ancient practitioners of the Religion of the Sun did, and thus can penetrate into the true meaning of the symbols and writings they left behind, even when they are currently obscured or misunderstood. One can see and experience things such as hell – called Xibalbá, Narakam, Diyu, and Helheim/Nifel-heim etc. in different ancient traditions, meet the beings now called gods who founded the Religion of the Sun in ancient times, and see some of these beings in higher dimensions still using the ancient sites they created while alive on earth to initiate those worthy into deeper knowledge.

Since releasing videos, I’ve had a number of different people come to the channel because they’ve had an experience with the being who in Norse tradition became known as Odin – to some he appeared in a dream; another he led out of a coma. I’ve also had the great fortune of meeting the Being known as Odin in an out-of-body experience. This is the Religion of the Sun at work – it’s a living practice, where the traditions of old are not locked in the past, but are alive as they once were, when the wisest of our ancestors were in touch with the other worlds, and through it’s practice, we can be too.

~ Lara Atwood


  1. Paty November 2, 2018 at 11:36 am - Reply

    It was very enjoyable and enlightening to read this, thank you Lara.

    You have made something which can seem quite far and distant into something that is very practical and achievable to experience.

  2. Karim October 8, 2018 at 3:37 pm - Reply

    There is quite the real magical sensation in now seeing that the great ancient myths, the allusions to a closer presence of the divine on earth, sacred knowledge practised on bigger scales etc., – through the work of uncovering – are unveiling themselves to have been real. To see that our earth had such a mysterious, spiritual and inspiring past makes it seem like it is actually a very special place. In contrast to a dull ‘nothing to find there but primitiveness’ belief of the ways of the past. The modern world can’t see their deeper knowledge because we lost it ourselves.

    It’s also wonderful to read about this journey of yours Lara, and Mark, in being on that wave of uncovering.

    What you mention in the last few paragraphs appeals a lot to me.To me this is different than intellectual research out of a curiosity or just an interest. Recently I was considering whether I should take on looking at a certain topic, as it’s a fairly well known one already. Then I had a dream where I could see that lots of people in modern times had investigated it, however they were doing this for the sake ‘researching’, trail hunting in a ‘Sherlock Holmes’ kind of way or out of other interests which limited them to superficiality according to their purpose. I realised this was something very different to someone who moves out of a purpose of unearthing the knowledge for the sake of making its practice alive.
    There are lots of fragments of knowledge out there, someone armed with the inner knowledge and greater purpose, can go into those fragments, uncover and shed light on them and connect them back to that root of knowledge of the inner practice. Then it’s no longer an isolated fragment of knowledge but becomes connected to a branch, which traces to the main tree of the knowledge of awakening.

    Seeing this research endeavour as something ‘separate’ from ourselves won’t amount to much I believe. However if we make the genuine effort to learn about something in order to uncover it, really delving in and putting our heart in, then not only will we acquire knowledge useful for others, it is through those very things that we ourselves! come to learn about the inner principles contained therein! The bar for this kind of researching is quite high, to be able to connect our current inner work to the level where we can understand the knowledge of the ancients, but here our efforts and divine help come into play, and if we can start doing it we bring our research to life! and make it ALIVE in ourselves.

    And not to forget, of course, the huge potential and implications for everyone, for humanity. Showing a past and a truth so different to the way people perceive it now. …..So what, what for? :- ) To me it’s because it shows that the divine, recognized in the past though forgotten today, is real— and that it’s a wonder, and for us to experience.

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