A Mystic in Egypt
- Paul Brunton in the Great Pyramid
of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, Egypt's Great Pyramid is thought by
Egyptologists to have been built by the pharaoh Cheops
(Khufu), a 4th Dynasty ruler of Egypt, somewhere between 2589-2566 BC. It
is situated on a plateau on the edge of the desert about five miles west of
Giza, and marks the zenith of pyramid-building in respect of both size and
quality. It has been estimated that in its original complete condition the
pyramid contained about 2,300,000 separate blocks, each averaging around two and
a half tons in weight andreaching a maximum of fifteen tons. It has been
established that the original measurements of the base of the great Egyptian
monument were north, 755.43 feet; south, 756.08 feet; east, 755.88 feet; west,
755.77 feet. When complete the pyramid rose to a height of 481.4 feet, the top
31 feet of which are now missing.
Ancient Egyptian monuments, especially the Great Sphinx and
the Great Pyramid, have a mystery and a fascination that fuel not only the
imagination, but controversy too. Connections with Atlantis, aliens, and ancient
astrology have all been enthusiastically suggested in numerous books and even more
enthusiastically denied out of hand by Egyptologists in others. One of the first
in the modern era to take an active interest in the mystical side of ancient
Egypt and its monuments was English journalist Paul Brunton.
Paul Brunton in Egypt
Brunton (1898-1981) was a British philosopher, mystic, and
traveler who left a successful journalistic career to pursue the his own
spiritual quest, living among yogis, mystics, and holy men, and studying various
Eastern and Western esoteric /
In his book A Search in Secret Egypt, he
describes how, when travelling in Egypt in the 1930s he resolved to spend a
night alone in the King's Chamber inside the Great Pyramid. 'To
sit, awake and alert, for twelve hours in the King's Chamber, while the slow
darkness moved across the African world', as he put it. Apparently, Napoleon,
when conquering Egypt in the 1790s, had also spent a night alone inside the
However, Brunton immediately met with problems when asking
for permission from the Egyptian government, who owned the Great Pyramid. After
being sent back and forth between the Egyptian Department of Antiquities and the
Police Department he finally secured written permission for his eccentric
request from the Commandant of the Cairo City Police.
So, early one evening he reported to the Mena Police
station, signed a book which made the police solely responsible for his
safety until the following day, and was led to the Pyramid by a police
constable, who gave instructions to the armed guard outside the building. Brunton was
then locked inside the structure with an iron grill. He would be one of
the last to get permission to spend the night inside Egypt's most famous
Astral Projection inside the Great
Once inside Brunton made his way slowly through the
galleries to the King's Chamber. The Chamber is constructed entirely of granite,
and measures 34 feet 4 inches from east to west, 17 feet 2 inches from north to
south, and is 19 feet 1 inch in height. The only object inside the King's Chamber is a lidless
rectangular granite sarcophagus, situated next to the west wall of the chamber
and aligned north-south. This once perhaps contained the king's body
enclosed within an inner coffin of wood. Brunton sat by this granite coffer and
put out his light. He had fasted for three days before the experience to make
himself more receptive to whatever he might encounter during his vigil. He
waited in the total silence and darkness, as remote from the outside world as if he
were on the moon.
Hours passed slowly by and in the increasing cold of the
chamber Bruton began to feel that there were hostile forces around him,
eerie shadows crowded in on him from all sides and a dark apparition advanced menacingly
towards him. All the legends of evil ghosts haunting the areas around the
pyramids told to him by Arab villagers came to his mind. Soon there was a
circle of antagonistic beings surrounding him, 'monstrous elemental creations,
evil horrors of the underworld' as he described them. Despite being seized by
panic Brunton resisted the temptation to turn on the flashlight and decided to
see it through. It was this determination that saved him. The elementals
disappeared quite suddenly, and all was dark and quiet again.
afterwards phantoms of a different aspect appeared - benevolent beings in the ceremonial dress
of ancient Egyptian high priests. The ancient apparitions led him through secret
passages within the Pyramid to a Hall of Learning, equating to a mystical
journey within the mind.
This mystical experience
apparently also involved
astral projection. Brunton
describes feeling paralyzed, his own spirit leaving his physical body and going
to the 'regions beyond death'. He felt as if he were passing upwards through a
narrow hole (also described in shamanic tradition) and becoming a pure mental
being with a sense of existence many times more vivid than when in his physical
body. He described gazing down on his prone lifeless form and noted a train of
faint silvery light projecting itself from his spiritual to his physical body.
This 'cord' is mentioned by many people who have experienced astral projection.
He was given various information by his ancient guides, including the fact that the Pyramid was built in the
time of Atlantis, and that the Pyramid's secret chambers and ancient records were all
contained within himself.
He returned to normal consciousness quite suddenly, convinced
that he had undergone some kind of initiation ceremony. Interestingly enough,
it was the belief of occultists like Madame Blavatsky that priests of the
Egyptian Mysteries used the Great Pyramid to initiate candidates into the
experience of astral projection and the truth of life after death.
This experience of Paul Brunton in the Great Pyramid is of
course impossible to prove or quantify, and of no value to Egyptologists, who
along with most scientists would see it as completely subjective, with no
objective 'reality' involved at all. But
perhaps, on that strange night in the King's Chamber all those years ago, Paul
Brunton came closer to finding a key to the mystical aspects of the Great Pyramid than anyone
Sources & Further Reading
Brunton, Paul. A Search in Secret Egypt. London,
David, Rosalie. Religion and Magic in Ancient
Egypt. London, Penguin Books. 2002, pp102, 394.
Edwards, I.E.S. The Pyramids of Egypt. London,
Penguin Books. 1993 (revised edn.)
Gordon, S. The Paranormal. An
Illustrated Encyclopedia. London, Headline, 1992, pp270-275.
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