Sunday, 10 May 2020

The Great Pyramid’s Blessed Curse: Climbing To The Top And Beyond

The Great Pyramid of Egypt

 “The Kingdom of Heaven is within you;
and whosoever shall know himself shall find it.”

― Ancient Egyptian proverb 

It all started with a true story from when I was 19 years old and living in Cairo, Egypt. It involves being out at night with a close friend and his girlfriend when for some reason we got bored and wanted to do something different and wild. My buddy had done it before so he introduced the idea to me. Being at that psycho-metamorphosis stage of my life, I loved it and, with alacrity, agreed on our late night endeavour.

The adventurous, bonkers thought was to climb The Great Pyramid of Khufu (Cheops) in Giza, very late at night and after a few drinks at the club. Yes sir. The rush I had on the way there was indescribable. Not knowing what to expect added mystery to the whole experience to-be. Little did I know that this one night will have a profound impact on my life. And I am hereby sharing this amusing ride with you.

The following exposé was originally written in 2012 and published on Conscious Live News. A tab bit of editorial polishing along some extra photos and here is the new enhanced version of The Great Pyramid’s Blessed Curse: Climbing To The Top And Beyond. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed living and writing it.   

The year was 1996 when climbing had already been made illegal by then. We hence needed to make sure we got to our destination undetected. We couldn’t use the main entrance since there is a police check point. So we had to park the car and turn around before going through the surrounding poor village where the Pyramids’ guards and the people working in the nearby horse stables live with their families.

We were crouching and tip-toeing on the ruined walls when all of a sudden some stray dogs started barking — breaking the eerie silence of the night. We froze as we heard some commotion; a few men came out with long sticks, probably thinking we may be some thieves. But I guess that judging by our appearance, in addition to having a blonde girl with us, weren’t exactly what those people feared. Just by telling them we were here to climb the Pyramid, they amiably directed us to the “easiest” way up and wished us good luck. I believe it was the Southwest corner.

Missing Capstone along the flagpole to mark the original height of the pyramid (146.59 meters - 490 feet) placed by two astonomer in 1874
Missing capstone along the flagpole to mark the original height
of the Great Pyramid (146.59 meters - 490 feet) placed by two astronomers in 1874

Stairways To The Missing Heavens

After 45 minutes of climbing the humongous limestone blocks I wanted to end this unusual late night exercise. The blocks are estimated to be numbered 2,300,000 and weighing from 2 to 30 tons each, with some reaching a staggering 70 tons. The climbing itself was not what I was there for, so I gave it an extra push and was finally the first to reach the summit.

To my absolute surprise I was not alone! Three young Asian men were already there on top of the only remaining structure of the seven Wonders of the Ancient World… in the middle of the night. I remember it took me some confused moments to really grasp the unexpected sight. Am I tripping? Is this actually happening? I wondered to myself. Of course I said hello and did my courteous part towards the nocturnal tourists while trying to appear not shocked at all. Until my friends joined and were obviously equally astonished.

With a few English sentences we understood they were Japanese researchers who are in Egypt only to climb the Great Pyramid. Five minutes later, three more Japanese — who knew the first ones — joined and the nine of us comfortably shared the uneven rocky square space which is approximately 9x9 meters (30x30 feet). Also right there on the very top we shared a special smoke I had brought along. Though I remember only two partook in the celebration. Now how many people did something like that throughout the entire history of humanity and of this magnanimous wonder. 

The first simple yet striking personal discovery made after reaching the summit was the flagpole that was there to mark the original height of the pyramid. It was said to have been 146.59 meters (490 feet); now due to erosion it’s around 139 meters. Since I was a child and my father would point at the peak from below, explaining what those tiny sticks were; though I always thought of them as made of steel or some other metal. Somehow the image fitted more in my developing mind. In reality, this seven-meter flag pole or mast is made of four long pieces of wood stuck together at the top — in a Native Americans’ tepee-style. It was actually placed there by two astronomers in 1874 to show where the original apex would have been if the top cover was there.

The reason why the cover known as the capstone (or top-stone) is missing remains shrouded in mystery to this day. Ironically, if it were there, none of us would have ever enjoyed this experience as it would have been practically impossible to reach or stay at the summit. According to visitors’ accounts dating back to the historian Diodorus Siculus in 60 BCE, the capstone had always been absent.

Some theorists suggest that since it was most probably highly decorated with special limestone and even gold, chances are it was the first to be looted or possibly vandalised. The only problem would be that a capstone so immense and heavy cannot be easily removed or destroyed. I think it would have actually been close to impossible to do so without causing substantial apparent damage to the rest of the pyramid.

It is known that upon completion, the Great Pyramid and both its siblings were surfaced by white ‘casing stones,’ or flat-topped blocks of highly polished white limestone, adorned with drawings and hieroglyphic writings inscribed in gold. It is also known that in 1301 A.D, a massive earthquake loosened many of the outer casing stones, which were later carted away by Bahri Sultan Al-Nasir Nasir-ad-Din al-Hasan in 1356 in order to build the mosques and fortresses of old Cairo. Apart from the capstone of King Khafre’s (Chefren) pyramid which is somehow still covered in the ancient lighter limestone, all what visibly remains today from the three monuments is the underlying step-pyramid core structures.

Others claim that the Great Pyramid was never completed just like the seven-stepped Tower of Babel before it. But there seem to be a problem with this notion due to simple logical reasoning. Now, according to the fifth century BCE Greek historian, Herodotus, it took 30 years to complete the Great Pyramid — 20 years for building the structure plus 10 years prior to prepare the ground, the causeway, the passages, and the underground chambers. If a certain golden civilisation spent three decades mastering such an immaculately massive project with all its puzzling and flawlessly intricate details, why would they willingly leave it uncovered knowing that the capstone represented the last step and was actually considered the most important part of the construction?

Moreover, since no hieroglyphics or writings have ever been recovered from inside the Great Pyramid — other than the very few written later and not by the pyramid builders — then if the reason why the capstone isn’t there was, for instance, due to a sudden catastrophic event, the later literature would have noted it. Ancient Egyptians usually documented major historical events; and it seems reasonable that we would have found some clues somewhere by now. Especially that King Khufu belonged to the Fourth Dynasty and was followed by 26 other dynasties; in addition to the late Argead and the Ptolemaic dynasties, which ended with Ptolemy XV — the three-year old infant son of Cleopatra VII who was proclaimed co-ruler with her before Rome took over in 30 BCE.

Still, nothing of importance about the missing capstone has been mentioned during all this time. And until today, no one knows what happened to it; the same can be said about any mummified remains of Khufu. Some believe that the full power of the pyramid would only be completed with its capstone; that the true story of the Great Pyramid might never unfold as long as it’s missing.

There is a mainstream conviction that little is known about Khufu or The Pyramid because the tomb has been robbed before it was first entered during the Arab reign by Caliph Al Mamoun in the ninth century. He was the one to break through the masonry since its original closing. The only thing found was in the King’s chamber: Not a regular sarcophagus, but a granite “box” that was rude, unfinished, broken from one corner, and without a lid or any inscription. As seen in the below photo, certainly not King-like. Why and how leave an unfinished box, steal a ten-ton cover, make the tremendous effort of taking it out through the narrow passages of the pyramid and then close the 20-ton swivel door? Definitely not some ‘grave robbers’.

Unfinished box with a broken corner and with no lid or inscriptions only thing found inside the King’s Chamber
The unfinished box with a broken corner and with no lid or inscriptions was
only thing found inside the King’s Chamber

However, the gap here is by the thousands of years. Could it be some later dynasties that stole or destroyed all the remains? But what would be their motif? And if really stolen, then where are the remains?

I often wonder if some secrets were not concealed during the time of Khufu himself; as I equally wonder if they possessed certain profound knowledge of pivotal importance which we still haven’t found.

With all the different theories and beliefs, the question if the pyramid did truly belong to Khufu is often raised and is definitely worth reflecting upon. What we know is significantly little; and the fact that all the found writings originate from a much different script and language than ours — which have been unspoken and dead for over 2500 years — makes deciphering quite an elusive task, while leaving us questioning its accuracy.

From a linguistic point of view, it seems essential to consider that such scripts have gone through major transformations throughout the ages to get to how we understand them today; from Hieroglyphic to Hieratic, then from Demotic to the Greek-alphabet Coptic. In fact, according to the Egyptian scientist and author Dr. Moustafa Mahmoud in his educational documentary The Amazing Pyramid, the word “Khufu” itself translates into “God Almighty,” which might not necessarily be the name of the buried Pharaoh. But could very possibly be a spell or an oath of protection. If the word God is written on my tomb, it certainly does not mean that God himself is in the tomb, no?

Again, the many centuries made it almost impossible to reach any assertion. I truly hope one day during my lifetime this enigmatic riddle would be resolved.

Metal sticks on the summit was what this four-year-old kiddo had in mind
with mother in February 1981 probably during my first trip to the area

The Energy at the Top of the World

Back to our story…

It was a slightly windy night when we spent about an hour and a half overlooking the breathtaking view from atop, entranced by sheer sublime beauty. I will always remember that otherworldly moment when I lay down with eyes closed and traveled back in time, thinking of all the people who once stood there, who they were and how different was life then. And of course, how many people [in the history of mankind] enjoyed special smokes on that very top.

I found myself wondering about the mysteries — discovered and still undiscovered — in the ellaborate subterranean darkened chambers and puzzling secret passages scattered underneath us. And of course, the ferocious Sphinx guarding the entire area. I also thought about the other 137 pyramids throughout Egypt and the areas surrounding them, which we still don’t know much about. Sudan, in actual fact, has even more pyramids. 

Most importantly, I was inherently curious to know how such a gigantic, expansive construction was built; how on earth could they move a 70-ton stone like the one covering the King’s chamber without any machinery, trucks, or modern technology then accurately fit it with such extreme high precision and with meticulously calculated angles. The granite of the King’s chamber was actually transported from Aswan, hundreds of Kilometers away, through the Nile. The idea seems so mind-bending to some people, they had to attribute the efforts to ancient aliens.

Quantum anti-matter anti-gravity supernatural mind powers mayhap?

Remembering how this inspiring and majestic colossal pyramid survived more than five thousand years — maybe even more according to some theories — I was overwhelmed by a great sense of awe and admiration to those mighty Ancient Egyptians. When I opened my eyes and gazed at the stars they knew so much about, I couldn’t help but question the source of all the great knowledge they possessed. Other than the skillful construction, they pioneered in an abundance of fields like medicine, agriculture, and astrology. What they left us represent the cornerstone foundations of many of the sciences we know of today.

Sitting on the uneven ancient rocks for some time and touching it with my hands, I felt an unusual ‘energy’ emanating from the area, At the time, younger me was overwhelmed by the whole experience so didn’t think much about it. But I sort of knew down deep inside there was something different about the place, something intriguing. Soon after, I got interested in researching the history of the pyramids, educating myself on various related subjects — including Earth’s electromagnetic field, the Schumann Resonances, and Pyramidology.

One of them was the peculiar unexplained correlation of the three pyramids of Giza with the Orion belt constellation. Along with four more pyramids found in Dahshour and nearby the Giza area, all seven pyramids fit the exact mirror image of Orion, which was associated with the Egyptian god Osiris. Not only that, but with the same scaled proportions; the Nile river and how it was located back then matches our own Milky Way galaxy in the sky.

More thorough information about this specific topic is covered in the Alexandria-born Robert Bauval’s bestseller, The Orion Mystery, as well as in the BBC documentary, The Great Pyramid: Gateway to the Stars, both from 1994.

It was also further discussed in the more recent five-episode documentary, The Pyramid Code, which explores the pyramid fields and the ancient temples in Egypt, as well as ancient megalithic sites around the world looking for clues to matriarchal consciousness, ancient knowledge, and sophisticated technology.

The Pyramids at sunset: Autochromes taken by Gervais Courtellemont and W. Robert Moore for National Geographic
Not so long ago when the Nile was passing right by the Pyramids.
Autochrome of the Sunset over the Pyramids area, taken by Gervais Courtellemont
and W. Robert Moore for National Geographic, 1920s Egypt in Colours

Another related subject which has always interested me was the Curse of the Pharaohs. I believe that the curiosity started as far back as when I first read Tintin et Les Cigares du Pharaons as a young boy.

I learned later that the belief in those curses were brought to many people’s attention in 1922 when Archaeologist and Egyptologist Sir Howard Carter first opened the tomb of Tutankhamun. Discovered in the Valley of The Kings in modern day Luxor, it was the most intact Pharaonic tomb ever to be found, which had laid nearly undisturbed for more than three thousand years.

Inexplicably, the excavations were soon followed by the death of eight of Carter’s team members including his own employer, Lord Carnarvon, who died due to an infection from a mosquito bite in his cheek. At the exact moment of his death, all the lights in Cairo mysteriously went out. Then at two in the morning that same night Lord Carnavron’s own dog howled and dropped dead. Carter’s canary was also attacked in its cage and died in the mouth of a cobra — the symbol of the Egyptian Monarchy.

Death Shall Come on Swift Wings To Him Who Disturbs the Peace of the King” was engraved on the exterior of King Tutankhamen’s Tomb. Uncanny.

However, since the mid-twentieth century, many authors and documentaries have argued that curses are ‘real’ in the sense of being caused by scientifically explicable causes such as bacteria or radiation. As usual with the Ancient Egyptians, the mystery remained unraveled. But the correlations were too ‘real’ not to think about them, and even too eccentric to be considered coincidences.

Amusingly, I later found that Howard Carter was referenced in Hergé’s Tintin et Les Sept Boules de Cristal published in 1944. He was also honoured by Google back in 2012 on his birthday on May 9th by a “tomb-doodle”.

British archaeologist and Egyptologist, Howard Carter, upon the opening of
Tutankhamun’s tomb and sarcophagus in the Valley of Kings, 1922

Back to Reality

Back again…

We decided to leave right after the morning prayers, which could be heard through the Cairo’s 1000 minarets. Going down for another 45 minutes with our backs to the pyramid was a little harder than the way up, even slightly more frightening. To remain in focus, I often had to remind myself that it was not a Nintendo game and that I only had one life to spare. The sun started to rise as the darkness faded, uncovering our camouflage. Halfway through, a lonesome policeman below spotted us before shouting something. Of course there were no other options but to keep descending while brainstorming what to say.

Once down, he wanted to take us to the police station. Our averagely-clever alibi was to pretend that my friend was a tour guide and his girlfriend and I were French tourists. To play the role well, we started blabbing in French as the “tour guide” was trying to convince him of our victimless crime. Five minutes through, the policeman was still arguing, even refusing a small bribe. So I had to interfere and blurted out in Arabic:

Listen man, I’m Egyptian like you. If you want to get people down, there are six Japanese men up there, go get them.”

Shocked, the poor guy froze for a moment, mumbled then left all grumpy and bribe-less.

Interestingly, years later with the widespread of the Internet, I found that young Japanese men wrote a guide on how to climb the Great Pyramid based on personal accounts and advices from successful climbers — written both in Japanese and English. Their motto to overcome the climb is “Never Give Up”. I wonder if our guests had anything to do with it.

It was 6 a.m. already when I went home to find my caring mother waiting by the door, drinking her too-early coffee and looking like she’s been worried sick. I recall my father being away, which was precisely how I could get away with such occasional after-hour adventures. Being the peaceful pre-mobile phone era — yes, I’m not that young — I also recall the poor woman had to call a couple of my friends, at home and quite late at night, just to ask about my whereabouts.  

I was all white and dusty from the climbing and all I could say to her before heading to shower was that we went horseback-riding at the Pyramids. 

One year later, I proudly confessed to both of my parents, which was of course met with: “My son has lost his mind” and “You could have easily killed yourself”. Both statements are somewhat true. But I hold that a life without trying new things and/or adrenaline-fuelled adventures is not really a life worth living. My motto is “Never give up and you will reach your destination.

Until today my only wish was having a camera back then to document and commemorate this uncommon happening, along our craziness, too. A picture from the top would have been a stunningly surreal Kodak moment, the photographer in me keeps reminiscing; even to the extent of considering the possibility of re-doing it someday armed with a camera. Writing this piece is the only evidence I’m leaving for our descendants, along with my friends’ testimonies.

Nevertheless, I felt exceptionally fortunate to share this rare encounter with my friends, knowing that not too many people have had the chance to do it. Actually we were the only ones in our circle who reached the summit of the Great Pyramid. It affected me in a truly profound way and left me feeling alive, rejuvenated, and with an ever-increasing curiosity to know more about Ancient Egypt and its intriguing golden civilisation.

Two centuries ago: Great grandfather, Hussein Cherif (middle), with friends during an excursion to the Pyramids, circa 1890s.

Post-Climb Mania

With my growing interest in the endless mysterious tales surrounding Ancient Egyptians, soon after the same friend, Abbas, introduced me to a cool American researcher named Larry Dean Hunter. He was then hired by Richard Hoagland’s Enterprise mission — a space research institute that covers NASA, Cydonia, the Face on Mars, space anomalies, and unusual activities at the pyramids.

While feeding his own passion, Larry stimulated our sense of wonder and curiosity as he was the first to open our eyes on many things the average young Egyptian didn’t know much about — especially when the Internet was still taking its nascent steps. He always told us that the youth needed to educate themselves about Ancient Egyptians since it is the direct ancestral link to our own historical heritage. He also told us that not everything is known to the public and how there are some secrets still kept unrevealed, intentionally in some cases and unintentionally in others.

For three years Abbas and I use to meet Larry in the surrounding areas of the Giza pyramid complex when every few months he would come for research visits and stay with local friends. He was actually somewhat of a celebrity in the area. I remember enjoying many highly captivating, eye-opening conversations. Oftentimes while horseback-riding between the Giza plateau and Sakkara under the glorious full moon.

Another night sometime late in 1997, the three of us even climbed the third pyramid of Menkaure (Mykerinus) together. Though that was a much easier task than overcoming its bigger and older sibling. You can see the three of us in the photo below along two American researchers who had come to Egypt with Larry. It is known that the top of the second Pyramid of Khafre cannot be reached as it’s the steepest of the three pyramids. As mentioned earlier, it is also the only one still covered in the ancient lighter limestone.

Slowly but surely, we realised that what we were taught at schools about the pyramids being burial complexes for the dead was too conventional while lacking any sort of reflective imagination. And since no mummies were ever found inside, some contemporary theorists refuted this idea, not believing this was their initial or sole function.

As the language and scripts changed multiple times over the different ages, it remains quite plausible that what is known today had been misinterpreted. It is also known of Pharaohs who deliberately destroyed everything the previous dynasty(ies) has/have built or achieved. They likely also concealed any found knowledge to use it for their own advantage, such as controlling people for example. Besides, history books are more often than not written by the victors. So there is also that.

Again, we’re talking about thousands of years here and it’s practically impossible to unveil much. But we can keep trying by asking questions.

Great Pyramid from above

Around this same time with Larry, we got to personally know a 50-year-old man who lived and worked in the area. He one day shared with us that many years prior, a prominent official who was then the head of antiquities in Egypt and an American archaeologist friend took him to a nearby site in the area of Abusir, where there had been an excavation project led by a foreign research expedition. Then they ordered him to dig in a specific spot. After some brief effort, three sarcophagi were found and removed. Yet, only one made it to the public through the media. It looks like the official and his friend kept two of the sarcophagi while looking like international heroes who made an unraveling discovery. The then-young man was given 500 L.E (around $30 in 2020’s rates) to keep his mouth shut.

I choose not to disclose the names of both men, for now at least. One, because I know their families. Two, because despite having heard similar stories about them from elsewhere, I cannot confirm the above testimony.

Now, as the same climbing friend reminded me lately, such reoccurring incidents distort our true understanding of history. According to the man, the three found sarcophagi belonged to a king, a queen, and a child; by revealing only part of the truth, the discovery’s recorded data will be missing and consequently misinterpreted, while the factual evidence will probably remain forever lost.

Let us remember that a distorted truth or half-truth is much worse than no truth. Echoing with George Bernard Shaw words: “Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”

The incomplete story of our missing capstone has quite a similar effect, leaving us with a mirage of interpretations to an incomplete puzzle.

Unfortunately, there is an enormous global black market for Ancient Egyptians’ mummies, relics, and ancient artefacts among other antiquities. Found or stolen, there is indeed an active trade going on, likely involving billions of dollars. So stories like these have been happening for a long time; they are, in fact, still happening.

In 2017, five years after first publishing this piece, an entire diplomatic shipping container full of Ancient Egyptian artefacts dating back to various historical eras was smuggled outside of Egypt through Alexandria. While heading to Italy it was fortunately interrupted by Spanish police.

The recovered items included canopic jars — vessels or containers used during the process of mummification where the internal organs would be kept. According to Italian media, also five mummy masks, a statue of the goddess Isis, a black granite bust of goddess Sekhmet, a limestone head of god Amun, and a wooden sarcophagus. Plus over 21,000 golden coins along 151 miniature figurines. In addition to various alabaster and clay vases, pottery vessels, and ceramic tiles dating to the Islamic period as well as bronze and limestone statuettes. Quite the priceless collection, which any kind of money should not be able to acquire. Unsurprisingly, the operation was endorsed by yet another VIP government official. Surprise! This time the authority figure involved — there is always at least one — was an ex-Italian diplomat who ended up in prison.

Can you begin to imagine how many containers inevitably made it out of Egypt throughout the past, say, hundred years? It actually hurts just thinking about such inimical acts. The decent universal thing to do is to totally forbid buying and selling any type of invaluable historical antiquity, especially stolen ones.

Regrettably, this does not resonate with the philosophy of notable British auction house Christie’s. For in 2019 they sold a brown quartzite head of the God Amen with the features of the Pharaoh Tutankhamen (circa 1333-1323 BCE). For around US$ 6 million. Seriously. Who can really put a tag on a few-thousand-year-old artistic sculpture. As, where does the “market value” of such a sale comes from?

Egypt tried to stop the sale and reclaim its possession, but
Christie’s went along with the auction anyways. The country followed by taking legal action and filing a lawsuit against the auction house, in hope to repatriate the antiquity and bring it home... where it belongs.   

My buddy Abbas and myself in grey T-shirts along Larry Hunter and two American
researchers the other night we climbed the pyramid of Menkaure
— Cairo, 1997

Some Bizarre Facts

I was almost positive whatever I had felt back then when connecting with the Great Pyramid during our nocturnal climb must have had some sort of explanation. Though at the time there was no tangible answer. I heard that being the historical megalithic structure that it is, and being geometrically shaped in the form of a pyramid, may indeed be the cause of a certain energy field that we may not know of. But I needed evidence and I needed facts. So this healthy curiosity led me to read several publications and watch more documentaries. And what I found was truly astounding.

I learned that the design of the pyramid encodes fundamental mathematical information about many forms and functions of the universe. The following are some of those mystifying factual measurements.

• The Great Pyramid is located at the exact center of the land mass of the earth.

With it corners aligned with the four cardinal compass point, it is the most accurately aligned structure in existence facing true north with only 3/60th of a degree of error. The position of the North Pole moves over time and the pyramid was probably exactly aligned at one time.

• I also learned that the numbers Pi (3.14) and Phi (1.618 or the Golden Ratio) are repeatedly expressed in all the fundamental shapes, proportions and measurements of the construction. In other words, Scared Geometry.

For example, twice the length of one side of the Great Pyramid divided by its height equals Pi; and the height to base ratio is 0.636, which indicates that it is indeed a Golden Triangle, at least to within three significant decimal places of accuracy.

• The Great pyramid is the only pyramid to have been built with its four faces slightly concave.

With the centers of the four sides intended with an extraordinary degree of precision, it is the only eight-sided pyramid in the world. The effect is not visible from the ground or from a distance, but only from the air, and only under proper lighting conditions ― specifically during the spring and autumn equinoxes. This was accidentally discovered in 1940s by a British Air Force pilot named P. Groves who took the now-famous picture from above.

• The cornerstone foundations of the structure have ball and socket capabilities for dealing with heat expansion and earthquakes. No wonder it’s still intact after all those thousands of years.

• Due to the large amount of stone mass, the interior temperature is constant and equals the average temperature of the earth; 20 Degrees Celsius (68 Degrees Fahrenheit).

 • In addition to being one of the seven pyramids that correlate with the Orion constellation, another perplexing fact is how the southern shaft in the King’s Chamber pointed to the star Al Nitak (Zeta Orionis) in the constellation Orion, while the southern shaft in the Queen’s Chamber pointed to the star Sirius, circa 2450 BCE ― Sirius was associated with the Egyptian goddess Isis. The Descending Passage pointed to the pole star Alpha Draconis, circa 2170-2144 BCE. This was the North Star at that point in time, and no other star has aligned with the passage since then.

• The height of the pyramid times 10**9 equals average distance to sun. The length of the Jubilee passage times 7 times 10**7 is the mean distance to the moon. And the curvature designed into the faces of the pyramid exactly matches the radius of the earth.

• As illustrated in the documentary The Revelation of the Pyramid, If two circles are drawn, one around the Great Pyramid’s outside base and one on the inside, and the smaller circle length is subtracted from the larger circle length, it would give us a figure that is equivalent to the speed of light (299, 792, 458 m/s). However, the contemporary unit of measurement that is the meter was not defined until 1771; Ancient Egyptians measured in cubits ― between 444 mm and 529.2 mm long. Also the numbers were enthusiastically rounded up. So this one seems to be pure coincidence.

The above scrupulous, mind-blowing facts are only a fraction of what I could fit in this exposé. Yet there is an endless number of documentaries and publications revealing similar information all over the Internet for all to see. Some more trustworthy than others, so beware what to believe. 

Many mainstream scientists disregard all this information, stubbornly insisting they are mere meaningless coincidences. With such facts, numbers, and calculations, a perspicacious mind may be naturally inclined to wonder if there is no bigger meaning.

Could all the precise mathematical, geophysical, and astronomical measurements, which took 30 years to complete, solely exist for such a purpose as a burial site of a dead Pharaoh? As noted, not a single mummy was found inside the pyramid ― not even remains of one ― nor they were any writings or inscriptions on any of the walls. Why would they bother so much about the flawless extra-complex precision and angles then? What did they know or believe about the universe which made them synchronise with such correlations? And what was the pyramid’s true reason for being?

Now, if perhaps the pyramid was built as some kind of ode to the universe, how did they find out about the calculations? 

Because of all these unanswered queries, some went further trying to make sense of all the information by claiming it was ancient aliens who built the pyramids. Others believe aliens helped humanity in the building. As magical as it sounds, there is no evidence to support any of that.

Then there are those who claim it was slaves who built the pyramid. But again, we know from recorded data that the builders were paid wages ― in the form of bread and beer rations. So these are nothing but unproven opinions.

In fact, these opinions discredit Ancient Egyptians and the magnanimous effort they have made to create these marvels out of nothing. 

As for most of the academic community and orthodox Egyptology and Archeology, they still have no further explanations other than the pyramid being just a tomb. 

While energetic gateways to the stars and spiritual portals to other transcendental dimensions may only seem like Hollywood’s science-fiction mythical fantasy productions to some. For others they are still more plausible. Considering that our Milky Way Galaxy ― consisting of all the planets, solar system, and billions of stars ― is just one of an estimate of 100 billion other galaxies that we know of in the universe; equally considering how a whole five millennia ago Ancient Egyptians knew quite a lot about stars and constellations. This leaves us with limitless possibilities which can only tickle the imagination. For imagination coupled with curiosity are humankind’s gateway to brilliance, and without them we wouldn’t achieve much. So with all the knowledge those advanced true believers of spiritual immortality, the underworld, and the after-life once possessed, we should all keep an open mind while striving to find more rational explanations and deeper truths.

Few months following publishing this piece I remember coming across a documentary titled Zero Point : Volume I - Messages From The Past. In it, British investigative writer Graham Hancock was speaking more or less the same language, which made me somewhat ecstatic. Hancock happened to have co-authored three books with the aforementioned Robert Bauval.

Around the same time I also remember joining a Facebook group called The Khemit School of Ancient Mysticism. Khemit is the ancient name of Egypt while Khemitology is the field of study into the alternative view of its history of research. It was founded by Abd’el Hakim Awyan, whom Larry knew in person and had told us about. What attracted me is how Khemitology seems more rich, mystical, and spiritual; also how it contradicts the academic field of Egyptology. Academia, after all, can very well be looked upon as a corporation of controlled knowledge in which no one is allowed to think outside of its preconceived box.

On a parallel note, check
Choosing Art Over Corporate and Academia to know why I personally did just that. 

One more related topic to come across then was the mysterious Cocaine Mummies. What an intriguing topic that truly is. You see, two of the substances found in those mummies were known to be derived only from American plants — cocaine from Erythroxylon coca as well as nicotine from Nicotiana tabacum. If such compounds found their way to Egypt before Columbus, then mayhap transatlantic journeys were an actual possibility. Until today, no one has a solid answer or explanation.

Secret Societies and Science

What I found quite fascinating as well is how Freemasonry and the occult have always been rooted in Egyptian and Babylonian mysticism, including our glorious Great Pyramid.

Free Masons hold seasonal, semi-secretive gatherings at the pyramid because they believe in its power. While the Illuminati’s symbol is the singular all-seeing eye, dubbed the Eye of Providence, framed inside a pyramid’s capstone symbolising the enlightened few, i.e. The Illuminati. A favourite topic for conspiracy theorists. The origin of this eye can actually be traced back to a much earlier powerful symbol in Egyptian mythology: The Eye of Horus, also known as Wadjet. Even appearing in both Buddhist and Hindu doctrine as the all-seeing third eye that watches over the world.

While the actual capstone of the Great Pyramid may be missing, we find it depicted in abundance elsewhere. Along the same Eye of Providence, the triangle can be seen on every dollar bill; even part of the Great Seal of the United States. The 13-stepped pyramid apparently represents the incomplete mankind while the “all-knowing” eye in the above detached capstone represents those who reign in power over the world and control its masses — supposedly through occultism. In Christian symbolism, the triangular capstone represents the Holy Trinity.

Speaking of ancient symbols, The Archaic Origin of the Swastika Symbol [with Photos] is yet another exposé of mine which you may dig.

Also on the dollar bill we can read “Novus Ordo Seclorum”, which translates into “New Order Of The Ages. It is synonymous with The “New World Order” some world leaders like the Bushes often fantasised about. It is well known that The Bush family are active members of the secret society Skull And Bone. Along The Rockefeller, The Rothschild, and several more bloodlines, they are the ones who seemingly dominate over the world today from behind closed doors. Which reminds me of the quote: “If my sons did not want wars, there would be none” by Gutle Schnaper, Mayer Amschel Rothschild’s wife. And that was before her death in 1849.

Now, when one percent of the population disproportionally owns 40 percent of our planet’s wealth and the power that comes along with it, we have to ask if that’s not what’s happening in the world today? How did it get to that? 

Could it be just another coincidence that the pyramid is linked to some secret societies while also depicted in their symbology? The reality is, they do reign over the world. They control the oil, the media, all major corporations, the wars and arms, Big Pharma and drugs, the global monetary system and banks. It’s actually quite absurd when thinking about how they are the ones who have been largely deciding the fate of humanity for some time now. No conspiracies here, for this is the actuality of things.

It was thought-provoking to learn from David Rothkopf, the American author who wrote the controversial book Superclass, that there are only about 6,000 people who are members of this “Superclass” running the world — economically and politically. That is one individual for every million.

It is equally well known that these societies believe in opening portals between dimensions and practice ancient occultist rituals to reach the New World Order; of course with them as its leaders. Could there be some kind of arcane knowledge they possess or certain ‘energy’ they attempt to control that is related to our missing capstone and Ancient Egyptians who for thousands of years did also rule over the world?

Perhaps there exists some forbidden knowledge granting this elite minority such substantial power and superiority, making them control the world in such an obviously-unjust way. If there is, then it must have started a long time ago.

Having that said, now that I am older and hopefully also wiser I personally no longer believe we are so controlled in such a sense, by anyone. It is, in fact, disempowering to think as such. For we are as free as much as we believe to be. And, at the very end, we create our own reality; we are our very own authority. Then again, the “enlightened” earthlings are those who are the richest and most powerful? Are we sure about that?

In search of a clearer understanding, I finally wanted to know what science has to say.

While doing some research before writing this investigative exposé, I came across a German-born British inventor by the name of Sir William Siemens (1823-1883). He once climbed to the top of the Great Pyramid, taking a bottle of wine along. It seems that everybody wants to party once they got there. But instead of having six Japanese men to share a toast with, trouble ensued. 

One of the local guides with Siemens noticed that when raising his hands with outspread fingers, he could hear an acute ringing noise. Siemens then raised his own forefinger and felt a distinctive pickling sensation. When he tried to take a sip from the wine he received an electric shock. Being a scientist, he moistened a newspaper and wrapped it around the wine bottle to convert it into a Leyden jar, or a device that ‘stores’ static electricity between two electrodes on the inside and outside of a glass jar — an early form of capacitor. When he held it above his head, sparks were emitted from the bottle. This frightened one of the guides who thought Siemens was up to some witchcraft and attempted to seize his companion. Siemens then pointed the bottle towards the guide, which gave him such a shock that knocked him to the ground, almost rendering him unconscious.

The guide should have opted for a sip of wine instead. I wonder if they did consume the bottle after all. 

The energy I felt must have been real.

Random toast in 1940 by what appears to be a group of foreigners
plus one guide at the very back who is the only one drinking Coca Cola
rather than booze. Salute!

As demonstrated by Dr. Moustafa Mahmoud in the Amazing Pyramid documentary, studies showed that meat, milk or fruits kept in the King’s chamber of the Great Pyramid will not rot. The same for seeds planted inside which will grow faster than if they were outside.

Pyramid Power was first discussed by a French occultist, Antoine Bovis, in the 1930s. Later, by a Czechoslovakian radio engineer named Karel Drbal, who made a small model with the same proportions of the Great Pyramid and proved that with the right alignment to the North, a razor blade placed in the upper third area will keep its sharpness much more than a regular blade. He explained that without any mechanical, thermal, chemical or electrical energy, the pyramid shape draws the electromagnetic field of the Earth, which maintains the sharpness of the blade while stopping the food from rotting. It is reported that Drbal shaved with one blade 200 times. He also obtained a patent for the invention, even though the whole concept of his breakthrough discovery was openly borrowed from Ancient Egyptians.

A little skeptic, Dr. Mahmoud repeated the experiment himself with a red apple to find that instead of the usual one week, it remained intact for three months; not fresh but still red and definitely not rotten. He also repeated it with milk, which was transformed to yoghurt with time and never went bad.

More extensive researches were done by the Architect and Egyptologist Dr. Sayed Karim. His son, Dr. Ibrahim Karim, later proved that the subtle energy caused by the geometrical figure is what stops the replication of bacteria since it has preservation properties, hence the food doesn’t rot. He is also the founder of BioGeometry, the science dealing with the energy of shape used for balancing — a sort of Ancient Egyptian Feng Shui, if you will. Both scientists have many publications about this new yet ancient interesting field, with the latest being a book by Dr. Ibrahim called BioGeometry: Back To a Future For Mankind.

Having said that, if we now know that the Great Pyramid is indeed capable of producing and transmitting electromagnetic frequencies, perhaps it was initially intended to conduct or transfer energy; like a sort of a power plant. Underneath the Giza plateau are various underground water channels, which could have been used as a power source, as an electrical current known as physio-electricity. Physio-electricity can be defined as electricity obtained from the natural physical movements with the help of certain harnessing devices.

Just like the case with any matters that come from outside our norm and perhaps are also not fully understood, some conventional scholars consider these speculations to be pseudo-scientific based on sensational and inaccurate hypotheses. Mayhap more evidence will be revealed in the future to change such perspective. One must also consider that not many have climbed the Great Pyramid or have tried to “connect” with it first to be absolutely certain.

Generally speaking, there are some people, especially in academia, who refuse to even consider other possibilities. For they fear to entertain ideas that clash with their own beliefs, traditions, and privileges. In that regard, it seems to be indeed true that science is often misused, as Carl Sagan once said. To never consider the possibility that one could be wrong is, in fact, not scientific. This could eventually lead to scientism: not much different than any dogmatic religion.

Now, looking at how Graham Hancock and Robert Bauval are openly hated by conventional Egyptologists for daring to think outside the box and for asking questions should be a clue of how confined their thinking is. You do not have to agree with everything anyone says; simply let them say whatever they want without attempting to censor them and without getting defensive; then reply, counter, and retort all you want. Not angrily storm out of a debate with the man before even starting — as Zahi Hawass did Here. In truth, the act of censoring others stems from nothing but fear. Again, fear from what we do not know, the unknown. Interestingly, Hawass disliked Larry as well, probably for the same reason(s).  

You see, the true beauty of science is that it is a constant revolutionary act in itself. As a tool, it is a tentative, uncertain endeavour, which is always subject to revisions. True, unbiased science is not ashamed to admit that it doesn’t know all the answers; for it systematically self-corrects. That is how it keeps breaking new frontiers in our knowledge of reality; keeps improving and developing — forever evolving just like Mother Nature. For scientific truth is rarely final, but it is persistently evolving. Let us again remember that many great discoveries started out as mistakes and irresponsible dreams. Resonating with Jules Verne’s words: “Science, my lad, is made up of mistakes, but they are mistakes which it is useful to make, because they lead little by little to the truth.”

When pondering the topic of the pyramids I like to remember yet another quote by the genius inventor, physicist, and futurist Nikola Tesla: “If you want to find the secrets of the universe, think in terms of energy, frequency and vibration.”

The energy was indeed real, but how did the Ancient Egyptians know about it thousands of years ago makes it seem unreal.

Geometrical shape keeps certain foods from rotting

Later Repercussions

Being the raconteur that I am, of course this story became one of my favorites which I have told it many times throughout the past while. 15 long years have passed when I had just joined a Multinational company — my last job in the matrix. On my fourth day, the CEO called me to his office to say there are people from our head office with their clients who are hunting for a bi-lingual trainer for their new project launch in Canada. They would like to see me talk for ten minutes in English and French about whatever subject I may chose. I agreed and went to Google, trying to think of worthwhile ideas and prepare myself for the presentation. Then, this wicked real-life story just instinctively popped into my head, which I knew I could tell well.

As soon as I went into the meeting room I introduced myself to the audience, drew a pyramid on the board, and asked them what it was. When someone mentioned a triangle, I smilingly replied that, being in Egypt, the guess could be a little more accurate. Then I heard ‘a pyramid’. I had already grabbed their attention while also crushing the ice, and was ready to share my story in a mix of both languages: The climb. The six Japanese researchers. The descent by sunrise. The policeman. My mother. The presentation ended in about 10 minutes. They clapped and were all smiles before I greeted them and excused myself, chin up and quite satisfied with my performance.

The story was certainly not the kind they would hear in an average business interview. Also probably the natural way it was presented along my good command of the languages are what sold it, and myself with it.

Two days later was the weekend when I received a call from the CEO’s assistant: “We need your passport. You’re going to Canada on Monday for one month.

Aside the fact that I had just joined them and to make it even more odd, I was going to Toronto — in an all-paid for trip — while the company has offices in 60-something other cities spread across 48 countries; yet this is where my then partner lived. Uhu.

The trip was a success and I fell in love with the city, which made me return six months later for a vacation. Another six months I decided to leave Egypt for TO. Throughout three years there, away from all my comfort zone, I reinvented myself, taking arts in general and writing in particular as vocations. 

O‘ Life.
The odds make me wonder if it was one of The Great Pyramid’s Blessed Curse.

A little more than a year later in 2012 I decided to write this piece, which was published on Conscious Life News — first, in its entirety, then as shorter excerpts. It was my first “research” exposé as well as the first to exceed 5,500 words. So it remains dear to me. As noted earlier, what you are mid reading herein is the newly polished version of 2020. 

With Yanni, one of the big guys of the company who was based in Greece,
at the Cairo Marriott a week before joining them in August 2009

The Open End

Pyramids are considered the most remarkable historical structures known to man that have fascinated the entire world for thousands of years. They have always represented the advancement, greatness, and ingenuity of those ancient civilisations. Such marvels have captured the imagination of scientists, explorers, occultists, adventurers, and curious enthusiasts alike; from history and scientific discoveries in many fields, to cultic symbolism, numerology, popular culture, and to personal experiences.

While Mesopotamian’s ziggurats, and the pyramids of Mexico, Peru, Nubia and China each tell the story of their builders and contemporaries, the Great Pyramid of Khufu and its missing capstone continues to be the most audacious, august, and mysterious of all.

The more we learn about the mystifying Ancient Egyptians, the more our curiosity and bewilderment increase. And even in today’s world of science and technology, we still do not know much about them. In fact, we have more unanswered questions now than we did a century ago. Still, unanswered questions are far less dangerous than unquestioned answers.

The pyramids are of pivotal importance for tourism in Egypt; for they represent a main source of national income. Apart from being a major component of the culture and history of the country. I truly hope they are all well taken care of. Be it new supervised excavations, further scientific research or routine restoration work, the chief focus should be on preserving such historical monuments, which were the cornerstone of this mighty civilisation.

After all, the pyramids did survive for more than five thousand years. So it is our duty towards humanity our one and only World Order and towards the generations to come to make sure they carry on being as mesmerising and as intact to the whole world. All the while striving to find more clues, explanations, and deeper truths.

Another useful step would be tightening the security on historical Ancient Egyptian items. Be it customs or around museums. Doing so may help annihilate the baneful existing black market. So much has been smuggled out of the country already. The time has come to say enough.   

Will we ever decipher the codes, reveal the secrets, and unravel the mysteries of this great long-lasting civilisation which reigned over the ancient world for so long? I sure hope so.

While the subject appears to always be shadowed by mystical tales and uncertain theories, I’m almost sûr et certain more discoveries will follow in the next decades. Captivated by its charmingly obscure secrets, some people dedicate their entire lives to studying and researching the pyramids, and I can definitely relate. Since it would be impossible to cover this rich, broad topic in a single piece or even a single book, I’ll end it with some wise words the same climbing friend, Abbas, who was living in Mexico when I was in Canada had sent me for my then birthday:

“Keep that fire going on, for you will always reach your pyramid; there is one everywhere you go awaiting for you to climb it.”

Interestingly, in 2014 him and I met again in Los Angeles where we spent the following few years climbing yet another pyramid: a rather metaphoric one this time involving knowing our true selves to reach the Kingdom of Heaven. 

Then one night in 2016, him and Larry Dean Hunter passed by my place in Venice Beach for one heck of a reunion — 20 years after our climbing days. There was so much to talk and reminisce about, we must have spent about six or seven hours without taking a pause. There is absolutely nothing like finding those whose passions vibe with yours.  

Along my few days at the Don Jail, Surviving Sakarana (Hyoscyamus muticus), and Out-of-Body Experience and Ego Death on a “Heroic Dose” of Mushrooms, climbing to the top of the Great Pyramid undoubtedly remains one of my top five wacky life rides... for now. 

 Old friends reunited: With Ahmed Abbas and Larry Hunter in 2016 in Venice Beach, California


Book by Robert Bauval: The Orion Mystery

Book by David Rothkopf: Superclass

Book by Dr. Ibrahim Karim: BioGeometry: Back To a Future For Mankind

Documentary with Dr. Moustafa Mahmoud (Arabic): The Amazing Pyramid 

BBC documentary: The Great Pyramid: Gateway to the Stars 

Documentary: The Pyramid Code

Documentary: The Revelation of the Pyramid 

Documentary by Graham Hancock: Zero Point : Volume I - Messages From The Past 

Talk by Abd’el Hakim Awyan

Article with stolen container items: Italian media 

Article for legal action against Christie’s sale of King Tut Sculpture 

Facebook group:
The Khemit School of Ancient Mysticism

Video of Zahi Hawas refusing to debate Graham Hancock or Robert Bauval 

One Lucky Soul Article: Choosing Art Over Corporate and Academia 
One Lucky Soul Photo-article: 1920s Egypt in Colours 

One Lucky Soul Photo-article: The Archaic Origin of the Swastika Symbol [with Photos]


Surviving the Madness of Sakarana — Hyoscyamus muticus

Banged Up Abroad — My Few Days @ The Don Jail  

Out-of-Body Experience and Ego Death on a “Heroic Dose” of Mushrooms

The Archaic Origin of the Swastika Symbol [with Photos]

Choosing Art Over Corporate and Academia  

My Great Uncle The Spy — The Suspenseful Life of Refaat Al-Gammal (aka Jack Beton)

The Night We Turned ‘Beast Mode’ On 

Stop-n-Search That Hippy

The Night I Became a Stripper 

Not Sleeping With a French Hooker at 14
Funny Drug-Related Stories

Funny Drug-Related Stories 2

Funny Hotel-Related Stories

Placebo Effect & The LSD Prank

A Dollar & Thirty Four Cents in Me Pocket and Feeling Fine  

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