A legacy from the past
© Brian Allan 2000
The pyramids stand on the Giza plateau, mute, stone sentinels observing the passing millennia, gigantic, enigmatic avatars, hoarding some ultimate secret. Knowledge allegedly kept hidden from mankind until we evolve sufficiently to understand its implications and power. They have been a source of puzzlement and speculation since their construction aeons ago. Everything about them, from the lost secrets and semi mystical techniques used in their construction, to their true function, is shrouded in mystery and speculation. Even today there is no single convincing explanation regarding the reason for their existence.
Burial chambers for the Pharaohs, god kings of Egypt? Possibly. A representation on Earth of the heavenly sword belt in the constellation Orion, thus maintaining the often seen magical symbolism of 'as above, so below'? Perhaps. A lost library of arcane knowledge proving the existence of the mythical people of Atlantis? Maybe. A repository containing the lost origins of mankind? Conceivably. The theories and the justifications for them are almost as numerous as the massive stone blocks used in their construction.
For conventional archaeologists and Egyptologists the answers are simple clear cut and straightforward. They date from circa 3,500 BC and were designed purely as tombs, although not one shred of material evidence to support this opinion has been found in any of them. No mummified remains, no canopic jars, weapons, wealth, statuary or any of the other items normally accompanying the dead to the afterlife. In recent years, research into the origin and meaning of the pyramids has increasingly been shrouded in silence, stalling, disinformation and bureaucracy originating from the Egyptian Department of Antiquities. Admittedly, this is in some ways quite understandable given the intense interest and increasingly bizarre claims made for them.
Nevertheless, the fact remains, if they were not designed as tombs, then what was their intended function. It is here that we must keep our imaginations in check and remain within the bounds of what is feasible, although even here there are a few intriguing theories. The popular imagery of the pyramids is for most people, probably attributable to interpretations of the Pharaohs and their lavish death ceremonies as portrayed in the cinema. The pomp and grandeur and vast funerary processions of citizens and slaves, the imposing, brooding strength of the pyramids themselves. Added to this, there is more than a hint of the supernatural, of transcending death itself, all of this is engraved in the public psyche. It is fair to say that no one is neutral about the pyramids; there is a spark or curiosity and interest in all of us. It is why they are still one of the wonders of the ancient world.
The most intense speculation has always stemmed from the dozens of occult groups who see the pyramids as a source of immense, untapped power waiting to be released. In the late 1800's and early 1900's, occult organisations like 'The Golden Dawn' used many of the trappings and imagery associated with ancient Egypt, from the hierarchy of priests to the modes of dress. Self-appointed magicians, for example the notorious 'Great Beast' Aleister Crowley (himself a former leader of the Golden Dawn), styled his workings and ceremonies after the manner of the Egyptians.
How he achieved this is not clear since the majority of his rituals are based in equal parts on tradition, guesswork and inspiration rather than hard fact. Crowley, a self proclaimed master of the occult, claimed that the secrets were passed to him by an being called 'Aiwass' while communing with 'the secret masters' and 'higher entities' during trance states. In his biography, Crowley tells of spending a night meditating in the Kings chamber of the Great Pyramid alone with his wife. During his meditation, he recounts how, after extinguishing all lights, they were still able to see clearly enough to read from a blue glow of spiritual energy radiating from the walls of the chamber. The glow faded as dawn broke. It is claims like these that helped develop a vigorous industry around ancient Egypt and the pyramids in particular.
As far as how they were constructed is concerned, one thing is certain, if this was achieved solely by manpower and sheer brute force, then it was the single greatest achievement of mankind. It is doubtful that even today, without using battalions of heavy construction equipment, that the project could be successfully undertaken. The logistics alone are mind numbing, to accommodate and feed armies of workers, to supply building equipment, to provide the raw materials for construction, to maintain motivation. It is known that the majority of workers on the project were free men, not slaves or bondsmen, but masons who sold their skills and knowledge. I do not wish in any way to diminish the knowledge, skills and abilities of our forefathers, but even in modern terms such a project is nigh on impossible and over three thousand years ago it defies comprehension, there has to be a missing element.
One current theory championed by American engineer Tom Danley, postulates that the stones were 'floated' into place using a technique he calls 'sonic levitation'. Danley has studied this technology for years based on earlier pioneering work with infasonics carried out by French researcher Vladimir Garveau during the 1950's. In the case of Garveau, the use of infrasound was developed with military applications in mind. Various governments are still carrying out the infrasound projects covertly and there is every reason to believe that they are used as part of crowd control techniques. Danley believes that an allied technology was employed by the ancient Egyptians to vibrate the stone blocks at a high frequency, thereby rendering them effectively weightless.
Allegedly, there are contemporary hieroglyphic references to a mysterious 'Staff of Ra' indicating that it was used in some manner by a caste of priests who struck the stone blocks with the staff making them weightless. It is reasonable to assume that there must have been more than one such device to deal with the vast number of blocks involved. Remarkable as this suggestion is there is an even more bizarre function attributed to the pyramids. Danley took sound measurements within the Great Pyramid, also known as the Cheops Pyramid, using amplifiers and speakers in the so-called 'relieving chambers' above the Kings chamber. After measuring the frequency generated, (16Hz) which is below the range of human hearing, he found that it corresponded to the F sharp chord.
Based on this discovery, the purpose of the cavities above the Kings Chambers, originally assumed to have been constructed to spread the structural stresses within the Pyramid, may have had an entirely different function. This purpose, strange though it may seem, may have been 'tune' the structure to a specific frequency. The ancient Egyptians recognised this frequency as a harmonic of the planet. Danley also speculates that when the original limestone cladding was in place and the sides of the pyramid was smooth, the wind blowing over the entrances to the so called 'aligning shafts' would create a musical note, similar to that produced by blowing over the neck of a bottle. Yet another connection is evident with the witchdoctors and shamen of the indigenous North American tribes who tuned their ceremonial flutes to...yes, F sharp.
How did another race separated by thousands of miles and centuries in time come to the same conclusion, what fundamental truth is demonstrated here? There is every possibility that this essential commonality stretches back, long before the pyramids, and while this surely cannot have been the only reason for their construction, it does appear to be a factor encapsulated within them. There is yet another bizarre facet to this enigma, modern parallels with the low frequency sound produced by the unusual configuration of chambers within the pyramid. The occurrence of electronic voice phenomenon, (EVP), where tapes left to record in empty rooms, are found to have strange sounds and voices (believed to be messages from the dead) recorded on them. These messages are normally only audible when the tapes are analysed and processed using the lower end of the frequency spectrum, around 10 to 40 Hz.
Modern naval communications with submarine fleets use sophisticated, extra low frequency transmitters, (ELF), 10 to 30 Hz. More worryingly, the previously mentioned 1950's researcher Vladimir Garveau discovered that low frequency sound between 5 to 7 Hz could kill. The composer Wagner wrote a musical score featuring a section designed to represent an earthquake, at…16Hz, this was before there was a device capable of reproducing the sound. The piece was performed in its entirety only recently using a specially designed PA system to reproduce the low frequencies.
The audience of course could not hear the notes, they were not intended to, but they could feel them. Is it possible that this knowledge was displayed in biblical descriptions of Joshua using sound to cause the destruction of the Jericho's walls? Once again, we appear to be re-discovering technologies and techniques that were know to our ancestors. What function did the sounds generated by the pyramids serve, communication? A paean in celebration of the planet, a deliberate and ostentatious display of technological and spiritual prowess, a little of all of them? Perhaps. Before leaving these bizarre synchronicities, it is interesting to note that the natural frequency generated by waves beating on the shore is, yes…16Hz.
At present, the 'New Egyptology' and an almost complete re-evaluation of once 'sacred cows' is now commonplace. Following the discovery made by German scientist Rudolph Gantenbrink of a door within a small shaft leading upwards from the Kings Chamber, there have been claims and counter claims of what may or may not be happening. Interestingly, the discovery made by Gantenbrink using his specially designed, camera carrying robot Upuaut 2', has proved a major source of embarrassment for him. He neither sought nor enjoys the notoriety that it brought. The headlong charge of New Egyptology does neither falter nor appear to have any one particular leader, rather, there is a small cabal consisting of writers, media interests and esoteric societies.
Currently, the interest of two authors, Graham Hancock and Robert Bauval, appears founded, not on an extraterrestrial basis, but rather on a 'missing link', a vanished civilisation that supplied information and technology used in both the construction of the pyramids and the Sphinx. Their claims are reinforced by the (disputed) evidence of archaeologist John Anthony West who dates the Giza complex back to 10,500 BC, rather than the more conventional dating of 3,500 BC. West bases his claims on erosion patterns formed on the flanks of the Sphinx, which he claims were caused by a lengthy period of rainfall.
These weather conditions (he alleges) only existed circa 10,500 BC. Hancock and Bauval believe that Gantenbrink's discovery of the door in the Cheops Pyramid contains evidence that will prove this theory correct. Unfortunately, to date, according to official statements from the Egyptian authorities, no further excavations based on this find have been carried out. On the other hand, another author, Robert Temple believes that there is evidence linking the layout on the plateau to the star Sirius, saying the Pyramids are arranged so the 'ventilation shafts ' in the sides align with this and other stars at specific times. There is also intense speculation that the door discovered by Gantenbrink leads to a chamber containing a statue of Osiris staring for eternity with sightless eyes at the constellation of Orion. There is no reason to reject this proposition out of hand because it is just as valid as some of the other claims.
Another outspoken commentator is filmmaker Boris Said, whose company, 'Magic Eye Productions' filmed West's investigations for the programme 'Secrets of the Sphinx', has followed developments on the plateau for several years. Of the organisations with a vested interest in the current situation is the 'A.R.E' ('The Association for Enlightenment and Research'), which is effectively the mouthpiece for the Edgar Cayce Society. Cayce, the so called 'sleeping prophet' made various prophecies regarding the pyramids, mainly concerning a hidden 'hall of records' beneath the Sphinx and its relationship to the lost continent of Atlantis.
The secretive Freemasons likewise are deeply interested in the current proceedings, understandably so since the society traces its origins and rituals to pre-Pharonic times via the Knights Templar. Other groups with a vested interest are, The Schor Foundation, and the Stanford Research Institute, (SRI). Their agendas however are not as straightforward as that of ARE. So far as can be ascertained, ARE only wish to find the Hall of Records (and its contents), thus authenticating the prophecies of Edgar Cayce. The Schor Foundation is also searching for the Hall of Records, and apparently a network of secret tunnels that connect the pyramids and the Sphinx. The Stanford Research Institute (a American non-governmental organisation) on the other hand has a different agenda entirely. Allegedly, they, with the funding of the CIA, are using the results of US government sponsored psychic experiments in RV (remote viewing) to gain an insight into what is hidden there, curiously, the SRI has at various times received funding from the ARE for certain projects at Giza.
The involvement of the CIA and the Pentagon in searches and excavations on the plateau is curious, since it raises several important issues. What interest could an organisation like the CIA have in the Giza complex? Is it possible that there is some basis in the Cayce prophecies and there are fundamental secrets affecting mankind hidden away within and below the bulk of the Great Pyramid? Other tantalising hints of secret agendas have emerged following the emergence of Dr. James Hurtak an American philosopher and mystic. Hurtak, author of the highly unusual work 'The Keys of Enoch', is an exceptionally gifted and intelligent man who founded the Academy for Future Sciences (AFFS), but it is at this point that things go well beyond the realms of convention. I should perhaps point out that Dr Hurtak claims to have the truths advocated in Keys of Enoch given to him by none other than the prophet Enoch himself
Hurtak believes absolutely that our destinies are ultimately guided by a benign extraterrestrial agency, the mysterious and enigmatic 'Council of Nine'. This discarnate entity is reputedly nine separate aspects (or facets) of one collective entity, in effect gestalt intelligence. It also appears to have direct parallels with the pantheon of Egyptian deities. This bizarre group intelligence is situated on board what is assumed to be a sentient spacecraft, 'Spectra'. The emergence of the 'Council of Nine' brings an entirely different dimension (literally) to these procedings. Pioneering parapsychologist Andrija Puharich was the first to comment on their existence. While Puharich was carrying out research with prominent psychics, 'The Nine' made them selves known via an Indian Mystic, a Dr D.G. Vinod. By their own words, the nine according to Puharich are another name for, or aspect of, God. There are claims that this enigmatic group have been working for the ultimate benefit of mankind since the beginning of time.
A number of mediums and psychics claim to have channelled the Nine, including Uri Geller and Phyllis Schlemmer. It is perhaps significant that Geller, after agreeing to work under hypnosis and trance to channel the Nine, eventually distanced himself from the project. This was possibly as a direct result of his claimed involvement with the CIA on one of their many clandestine intelligence-gathering projects. Phyllis Schlemmer on the other hand had no such restrictions or reservations and continued to communicate with the entities and channel their teachings for some considerable time. Schlemmer was given paramount importance in one of the accounts written concerning the philosophy of the Nine, the most notable being the book, 'The Only Planet of Choice'.
One of the main points to emerge from the Nine was, millennia ago, they left a store of knowledge hidden beneath the Giza plateau, which was to be used as part of the final 'awakening' of mankind. This 'awakening' would, according to the Nine, raise man to a new level of spiritual awareness to the point where we as a race would be welcomed into a benevolent galactic federation. Although much of this may seem a little, shall we say, unusual, there are some interesting points to consider. The ancient Egyptians called their Gods of Heliopolis The Nine, which directly compares with the Old Testament's description of Gods, called 'The Elohim'. A conduit through which the Nine spoke gave its name as Ra, the name later adopted by the Egyptians for their sun god. It is also around this time that another figure emerges in the form of Richard Hoagland, chief proponent of 'The Face on Mars'.
The 'face' refers to an unusual photograph taken by the Viking 1 probe in 1976 when in Mars orbit. The photograph (of the Martian Cydonia plain) appears to include among other things, the image of a face, a massive sculpture thousands of years old wearing Pharonic nemes type headwear, seemingly terraformed into the landscape and gazing impassively out into space. There are also images of what are claimed to be pyramids, buildings and a 'city'. Hoagland suggests that there may be direct link between these images and the structures on the Giza plateau. To be fair, both the face and headgear seem unmistakable in the enhanced Viking photographs, but in later images from 'Global Surveyor' in 1998, the image looks almost unrecognisable, perhaps deliberately so.
The overall co-ordinator and focus of these individuals and groups is the former Director-General of the Giza plateau, now director of The Supreme Council of Antiquities, Dr. Zahi Hawass. This was the man who controlled what went on at the plateau, the good Dr. Hawass although presenting an avuncular figure is also something of an enigma. Indeed, it sometimes appears that he is a pawn in someone else's game rather than a main player He has also made a series of statements regarding the work and findings made, some of these are not necessarily accurate. For example, Gantenbrinks discovery, according to Hawass, has never been developed although there is plenty of circumstantial evidence that it has. The engineer Tom Danley reports seeing signs of tunnelling at the so-called relieving chambers above the Kings Chamber.
This tunnel would have intersected the small tunnel and door found by Gantenbrink. Nor does it stop there; the alleged cavity beneath the Sphinx is supposedly accessed by a choice of tunnels in the body of the Sphinx, one on the chest and one in the rump. Dr. Hawass must be aware of this; Boris Said has filmed him as part of a promotional film standing in the entry. There is supposedly yet another access point termed 'The Water Shaft' beneath the causeway leading from the pyramids to the Sphinx. According to some of the available evidence, this gives access to a large subterranean temple complex beneath the Sphinx itself. Currently, there is a whisper that the cavity beneath the Sphinx has already been opened, and not one chamber, but three have been discovered.
As to the contents, we can only surmise since there is no corroborating evidence. The great pyramid was closed to the public for almost two years, ostensibly for cleaning and refurbishment. The culprit was allegedly a build up of grime and dirt on the walls and roof from the exhalations of countless visitors over the centuries. The timing of this was very convenient coinciding as it did with the follow up to the discovery of Gantenbrink's chamber. If any covert internal excavations were made there was no risk of discovery by the public.
The outcome is from the public's point of view most unsatisfactory. If there was a new find made, why not tell the world? It is generally acknowledged that the Pyramids and Sphinx, although situated in Egypt, are the property of the world, not the possessions of the Egyptian Government alone. Of course, we expect them to care for this unique treasure and keep it from harm, but we also expect to be kept informed of any developments or alterations.
I believe that we also have
the right to know why clandestine groups like the CIA are involved with
ancient monuments, what possible motive can they have for funding research
there. One explanation must relate to military (or defence) applications
in one of the alleged discoveries, or should we think the unthinkable.
Is there really evidence of a lost civilisation, perhaps even a space faring
race who passed on their skills and knowledge to our ancestors, perhaps
even made us in their image? If this is the case we have a right to know,
we have every right in the world to learn of our creators, our ancestors
and parents, for surely, we are their children.
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