Exploring the Chakra System of the Nile
with famed Egyptologist Ahmed Fayed
by Diane M. Cooper
Our roving correspondent Diane M. Cooper has led expeditions to many of the world's Sacred Sites, including tours guided by one of the world's most important archeologists, Ahmed Fayed. Here, Diane talks to Ahmed about Ancient Egypt as the center of the Earth, and the relationship of Egypt's ancient sites to the chakra system of the human body.
Diane: Ahmed, I understand the temple sites along the River Nile correspond with energy points along the human body. Would you explain this please?
Ahmed: The ancient Egyptians believed that the River Nile represented the backbone of the human body. The temples were placed to correspond with the major chakras existing along this "backbone." To best explain this, we begin to the South.
Aswan, a major city along the Nile, is considered the Root Chakra. The main god of Aswan is Khnum, the ram-headed god — the god of creation who sits on the potter's wheel and forms and makes individuals out of clay (see bas relief above).
When visiting Aswan, many people experience what we might call "a new birth."
I'll give you two historical examples.
One story involves a very wealthy man — his wealth was legendary. In 1945, when he was 25 years old, he was "weighed by diamonds," as they say — they put him on one side of the scale and his wealth in diamonds on the other. His name was Agha Khan. Agha Khan was afflicted with an extreme case of arthritis, and had traveled to many places in the world in search of healing. After no results, it was suggested that he travel to Aswan. There, he took sand baths, and was healed. He experienced a new birth. Because of this, he chose to be buried in Aswan when he died. His shrine overlooks the city of Aswan, and up until a few years ago was open to the public.
Another story involves a military man, Britain's General Kitchner, who had a direct confrontation with the French under Major J. Marchand. The French were attempting to occupy South Sudan at the time.
On his way back from Sudan, after placing Sudan back in the hands of the British, General Kitchner stopped near the site where Agha Khan had been healed, and as a result of his experiences there he gave up his military career.
We don't know exactly what happened, but we do know that he began to do many humanitarian endeavers. He also established one of the best botanical gardens in Egypt, which was said to be dedicated to his "sweet sixteen." The botanical garden which he established is named after him, and is on Lord Kitchner Island in Aswan.
In my career, I've met many, many people like those two I mentioned above, who have gone to Aswan and experienced a new birth. Many have written me following a visit that their lives were never the same after that.
As we move away from Aswan, we go to the site of the temple of Ko Mombo — at the Navel Chakra. This temple is dedicated to two gods, Sobek and Ra Hr Akhty. Sobek is the crocodile god, representing the lower self, and the god Ra Hr Akhty — Horus Who Is In the Horizon (or heaven) — represents the Higher Self. Here in Ko Mombo we can see the struggle between the higher and lower selves depicted on the temple walls.
In this temple is a crypt where you swim with the crocodiles to overcome your fear and negativity. I believe this was mentioned in Drunvalo's book, The Flower of Life. The inscriptions in this temple mention the god Imhotep, whom the ancient Egyptians considered to be the god of medicine. We find many inscriptions on the floor of the temple which shows people coming here to seek healing.
As we move to Edfu — still in the area of the Navel Chakra — we see the struggle of good and evil. The story involves Isis, Osirus, Set, and Horus. When Osirus was killed by his brother Set over the kingship of Egypt, Horus, the son of Osirus, took over the job of getting rid of his evil uncle, Set.
In the story on the walls of the temple, the god Thoth, the god of science and intelligence, is reading a rolled papyrus. Behind the god Thoth is the god Horus, and behind Horus, his mother, Isis, who is lifting his arm as a sign of support.
As the story goes on, we see Horus in a boat, with Set being represented by a crocodile. We see Horus trying to stab the crocodile with a spear. In further scenes, the crocodile takes on another form, that of a hippopotamus. Horus tries to kill the hippopotamus.
Then the hippopotamus takes on yet another form, that of a pig. Amazingly, we see the pig under water. Because we know a pig cannot live under water, when we see this depiction we know it represents hidden things, or emotions. In the end, Horus overcomes the pig and takes the pig to an altar. There we see the pig chained. We also see the High priest holding a knife, but the knife is not at the neck of the pig — it is at its back. This is a metaphor on how you can get rid of your negativity — the evil side — on the altar.
Diane: Could you explain this for me?
Ahmed: If you kill an animal, traditionally you cannot do it from the back. You kill it by cutting the artery at the jugular or the left front leg.
But in this image, we see that the high priest has chained the pig, the pig is standing, and the knife is pointed at the back. So I think it is a metaphor saying you can get rid of your sins on an altar.
When you sin, what do you do? You go to an altar, and you confess.
Diane: Does that also mean becoming conscious of your actions?
Ahmed: Yes. You go to an altar, to a special place to connect to God, and acknowledge what you have done. Many of the temples had an altar in the Holy of Holies.
Diane: Where do we go next?
Ahmed: After the naval we move on to Luxor — or Thebes, as it was called. This is the Solar Plexus Chakra. Again, we see the struggle between the higher and lower energies.
Luxor temple represents and speaks of times that are similar to those in which we live today. We can see in the tombs that people were partying and drinking. Even homosexuality is represented. We see the temple's residents living in big palaces, and being more into the carnal life than the spiritual world. We see they had the luxuries of life. They were wealthy and they had everything — but were far away from God.
The high priests were using the people to gain wealth and to elevate their own egos.
After a time, there came a special king. The people had been doing crazy things in the name of the god Amon (academically, it is spelled "Imn," or "Emn"), and the high priests were continuing to abuse the people. The king became angry about the corruption and decided to move the center of his kingdom to another place.
The god Amon appeared in the middle kingdom around the year 1720 BC. God Amon means "infinity" and means "invisible god." The name became popular when the first king of the Eleventh Dynasty took his name as Imn Hat, which means "Amon in the front," or "Amon at the beginning." Amon is one of the manifestations of the god Ra, who is later called Amon Ra.
In the texts it says that the king went into a land that had never known sin. There, he established six boundary steles, or sacred tablets, and he swore on these steles that he would never go back to the South — meaning back to Luxor. He called the new city Akhat Aton or "the horizon of Aton." It was also called Tell El Amarna, and is the Heart Chakra.
Because of his anger at the debauchery of the current religion, this king also changed his name from Amonhotep IV (Imn Hotep IV) to Akhnaton, which means "the beneficiary of Aton." He also removed all mention of the god Amon from the temples and statuary.
In antiquity the sun had three names. Early in the morning it was called Kheper, which is represented by the scarab. In the middle of the day, when it was in its strongest form, the sun was called Ra. At sunset — when the sun was setting and gentle — it was called Aton. So Aton was one of the forms of the sun god. Akhnaton believed in the concept of one God and the Law of One, so he took the name from the god's form at sunset — the sun in its gentle form.
Some people say that when Ahknaton swore on the steles that he would never leave this place, he was the first one to start the concept of the monastic life.
From Tell El Armarna, we go to Sakkara, which is at the Throat Chakra. Here, in the complex of King Zoser, you can stand on one side of the complex and whisper, and a person over 40 feet away will be able hear you as though you were standing quite near.
Sakkara is the old capital that was called Memphis, or Mnfr — which means the "White Beautiful Wall." We know that the kings of the First, Second, and Third Dynasties built tombs in Sakkara and Abydos. Abydos was considered the Mecca of ancient Egypt.
Around the year 2900 BC, Imhotep was the high priest, an architect and a physician whom the people worshipped as the god himself. Even when the Greeks and Romans came to Egypt, more than 2000 years later, they still referred to Imhotep as the god of medicine. Imhotep built the Steppe Pyramid for his master, King Zoser.
According to archeologists, the Steppe Pyramid was the first pyramid built in Egypt, and the first project made completely out of limestone.
If we move a little north, we arrive at Giza, or the Brow Chakra.
The Giza pyramids are considered to be the center of the world, and the ancient Egyptians talked about a hidden record in the area of the Sphinx.
The Westcar Papyrus tells us that King Khufu of the Great Pyramid was told by his son about a magician by the name of Diedi who could tell the future. Diedie came before the king, and the king asked him about the future. Diedie said that King Khufu would rule, that his son would rule, and his grandson, as well. He also said there was a hidden box of the god Thoth, and that the person who would find the box would be king of Egypt.
The papyrus tells us that a king by the name of Usrkaf found the box, but hid it again. Most Egyptologists believe that this box is hidden somewhere in the area of the Sphinx.
When the magician was talking about this box, the papyrus shows King Khufu as being seated. Then King Khufu stands up and bends forward in respect to the god Thoth and the importance of the box. The box represents the knowledge of the god Thoth. Today, we refer to the location of the secret knowledge as "the hidden chamber" or "the Hall of Records."
In many, many glyphs you see the king holding the crook or the HaKa. If you use your imagination, you can see that the base of the HaKa represents the Base Chakra, and that the curve of the staff ends up at the Brow Chakra, or the Third Eye. Thus, we say that to go to the Brow Chakra, you must come close to the Crown Chakra. Some people believe that the Crook, or the HaKa, is the symbol for raising the energy up the spine.
Since the brow, or Giza, is close to the Crown Chakra, we say that when you are at Giza you are close to the Angelic Kingdom — and because of this, you can tune in to the Hall of Records, or the Akashic Records. This is why many people believe that the Hall of Records is in the area of the Great Pyramid and the Sphinx.
Sometimes, I contemplate and ask myself if the Ancients were talking about physical records or the Akashic Records. Is it possible that the Hall of Records we are trying to find at some physical location really exists only in the spiritual realms?
In talking about the location of the Hall of Records, I always use the example of the movie The Wizard of Oz. You have Dorothy, who has lost her way and is following the Yellow Brick Road. She meets the Lion, the Scarecrow, and the Tin Man. At the end of the journey, the Lion finds that he has courage, the Scarecrow finds that he has brains, and the Tin Man finds that he has a heart. They find the phony man behind the curtain who was supposed to have the answers. And, ultimately, they find that they always had everything within them already. Perhaps this is what we will discover concerning the Hall of Records — that the answers are within.
After we are finished with the Brow Chakra, we go on to the Crown Chakra. There are two schools of thought on this. One is that the Crown Chakra is in Heliopolis. The word polis in Greek means city, and helios means sun. The Sun City. We know from documentation that Heliopolis was the city of the god Ra — the Sun God. Of course, if you raise your energy to Heliopolis, or to that level, you don't belong here on earth, you are in the Angelic Kingdom. You are with the gods, or you are a god.
Diane: You and I have worked together on numerous occasions to bring people to Egypt. All of these trips have been spiritually based. What kind of experiences happen to people who visit these sites yet who are not interested in spirituality?
Ahmed: I've been working with people for close to thirty years, and about sixty percent of my business comes from metaphysical groups. The other forty percent comes from culturally-based groups. Over time, I've noticed how coming to Egypt and visiting certain sites can really affect people, even if they are not metaphysically aware. This has happened not just a few times but many times.
As an example, I had a man who said that all he wanted to do was stay on the cruise ship, relax, and have a drink while the others visited the temple sites.
However, one day this man decided to join us, and came to the temple at Abydos. And in the middle of my explanations, this man, who previously had not been interested in anything spiritual, began crying in the temple. He was moved to tears. Thereafter, this man was the first to go into the temples, and he arranged to stay another week so he could go back and visit the temples he had missed.
I can tell you many more stories of people who didn't know a thing about metaphysics and yet had something significant happen to them while visiting the ancient sites of Egypt.
Hugh Lynn Cayce, the son of Edgar Cayce, wrote an autobiography called All About My Father's Business. In this book, he speaks of an experience at Abu Simbel, and another at Abydos, where he saw his future. This "seeing" has happened to many people, particularly at Abydos.
Diane: In your opinion, are these "seeings" a result of the energies existing at these sites?
Diane: So are you suggesting that the Ancients were able to perceive the power in these places, and thus built their temples based on what they experienced?
Ahmed: Yes. We have ancient temples built on top of even more ancient temples. For instance, there is a foundational temple under the current temple at Dendera. At one point, archeologists had to decide if we should tear down the temple above and dig to see what is below, or leave it as it is. So far, it remains as is.
Another example of a temple built upon another temple is at Karnak. Here, a French architect by the name of Legrain, noticing that there was salt residue on the walls, decided to conduct an experiment to see what happened with the salt. During the flood season, he allowed the flood waters to flood the temple.
As a result, a massive wall fell down, and when this happened they found, in the foundation of this wall, stones dating back to the time of King Akhenaton. Of course, Akhenaton is never mentioned in the King's list, because he was considered a heretic king, and so he was unknown for a long time. It was only when this catastrophe happened that Akhenaton's existance was discovered.
So it was then known that the Ancients tore down the temples of previous rulers they didn't like and used the stones in the foundations of new buildings.
Diane: So they kept rebuilding on the same sites?
Diane: Are there any records that say how they determined where these sites were to be?
Ahmed: No. The only thing we can speculate is that they did not build these things hypothetically.
For example, I was talking about the god Khnum, the ram-headed god. If you are a potter, and you have clay on the potter's wheel, you don't say, "Well I have this clay and it will form itself." You have to have something in mind to form from the clay.
The ancient Egyptians had something in mind.
Diane: But when someone visits Egypt, it doesn't really matter if they know the details of these sites? They are affected whether they realize it or not?
Diane: So in your studies, you've been trained in traditional Egyptology, but it sounds like you've done your own metaphysical research as well.
Ahmed: Of course. It was my destiny. I came from an archaeological family.
When I first came to the United States, I worked with the Cayce foundation, and was sponsored by Edgar Cayce's son, Hugh Lynn. Sometimes, he would ask me about something metaphysical, and in those days I would say that it was just a bunch of weird stuff. But with study I have found out many things.
Diane: Why do you think Egypt is considered a "sacred" site instead of just an ancient one.
Ahmed: First of all, it is the center of the world.
Diane: Is this scientifically documented?
Ahmed: Yes. Egypt is one of the countries which lies on two continents. Two-thirds of Egypt is in Africa, and one-third is in Asia.
We also know that the positioning of the Great Pyramid in relationship to the earth's poles is very important, and we know that the River Nile is the longest river in the world.
Also, Egypt links one part of the world with another via the Betiousieres canal, which connects the Mediterranean to the Red Sea via the River Nile and later, in 1882, gave birth to the Suez Canal.
Diane: But there must be other reasons? Most people aren't aware of these facts, yet the Egyptian sites remain sacred to many.
Ahmed: Well, I think it is because the ancient Egyptians left behind a legacy — artifacts that we can see and feel. Also, remember that this place was a school where people went to get their education. Plato and Socrates went to the schools of Egypt. Moses was educated in the temples of Egypt. The same thing happens now, with the United States. People travel from all over the world to be educated here.
Diane: Many of our readers are interested in the new discoveries around the Giza plateau. What do you know about the search for the Hall of Records and the cities below the Sphinx?
Ahmed: I think the discovery of the Hall of Records will occur when things are at their darkest — when we are ready to "push the button," so to speak.
These records will be discovered, and it will be a warning light telling us, "Behave! Love one another! Live in harmony, otherwise you're going to blow up this planet like the people before you did."
The ancient Egyptians knew things that even we do not know here in the twenty-first century. Modern scientists are puzzled as to how the Great Pyramid of Giza was built. With all of our modern technology, we are still not able to build anything like this. How did they lift up those thousand-ton stones? You need at least three or four gigantic cranes to do this, and we haven't found any cranes buried in the sand. It's really a mystery.
Then there is the technology of embalming. We know the chemicals, but we don't really know exactly how they did it. And, more importantly, they knew the secrets of the soul. I can show you where these things are spoken of in the ancient texts.
But it seems that when they reached this point, they misused the natural laws. And vanished!
Diane: So knowledge is like a double-edged sword. You can use it for good or evil.
Ahmed: That's it. We have no explanation for the disappearance of this entire civilization. Something must have happened.
Diane: So you're saying that it wasn't just a process of one king coming after another, and then one pharaoh after another, and then the Romans came, and the times changed, et cetera. You are truly saying that a whole civilization disappeared? Poof? Gone?
Diane: Couldn't we say that it just got more modernized?
Ahmed: But how did we lose the language of hieroglyphs? It was 1823 when Jean Francois Champollion came and deciphered the Rosetta stone. We are talking about an entire language thousands of years old which was not understood until less than two hundred years ago. And you also have to ask why the Romans didn't continue building pyramids or obelisks. Everything just stopped.
Diane: So you're saying that the records abruptly end as well?
Ahmed: Yes. It is really amazing. Something happened, a catastrophe perhaps, and they lost everything: the language, traditions, civilization, you name it.
You can't just go from the technology they had back then to something primitive without speculating that something drastic took place.
Diane: Did they record the secrets of the soul?
Ahmed: No, but they talked about it.
We know that when a person became ill, a statue of clay was made, and the soul of the person was transferred to the statue, and the statue became alive. We know that they were really well skilled in magic.
Of course, you know the story of Moses when the priests came before the pharaoh and turned the staff into a snake.
Diane: So that is why so many of the statues in Egypt are defaced?
Ahmed: Yes. If the soul comes back and it cannot find the mummy, it will rejoin the statue and the statue becomes alive. So the worst thing you can do to a statue is to break the nose off, because it is believed that the soul goes in and out through the nose. We have found a whole collection of statues known as the Statues of the Curse. They would put spells on them to hurt their enemies.
Diane: Kind of like voodoo dolls?
Ahmed: Yes. You'll have to wait for my book, Diane! I discuss this at length.
Diane: When is your book coming?
Ahmed: I've finished about one-fourth of it, so pretty soon.
Diane: Some of the discoveries around the Giza plateau — are they significant in moving towards understanding the mysteries of the soul?
Diane: So most of that is yet to be revealed?
Ahmed: Yes. We have not yet discovered the city of the people who constructed the Great Pyramid.
Diane: Based on our previous discussion, do you think it exists?
Ahmed: Well, as I say, we haven't found it yet. Egyptologist say they have found it, but they haven't. They don't really have anyone professional to say, "Show me a cartouche of Khufu." We've found other cartouches in the current discoveries, but nothing representing Khufu, who is said to be the builder of the Great Pyramid.
Diane: I've always felt that the beings on the walls of the temples actually looked the way they are portrayed.
Ahmed: It's possible. But truly it doesn't matter what they looked like. What matters is the message that was written.
Diane: What was this message?
Ahmed: The ancient Egyptians were saying, "God is everywhere. God is surrounding you, God is within you." The message was that we can see God everywhere. Today's religions tend to say that God is somewhere outside ourselves.
For example, here is what the Ancients said about Amon-Ra, as recorded on the walls of Karnak Temple.
Amon is the father of fathers, the mother of mothers.
The Sun is my right eye, the Moon is my left eye.
I am the air which moves in every direction,
And which you cannot see, which moves freely.
The Sun is my right eye, the Moon is my left eye.
I may open my mouth so that others can speak.
I may open my eyes so that others can see.
And the Nile is birthed from under my sandals.
If you translate the word Amon it means "the invisible God."
And let me ask you this. What do you say at the end of your prayers?
Ahmed: What do Christians say at the end of their prayers? What do Jews say at the end of their prayers? What do Moslems say at the end of their prayers? Amen.
This word is added on to every prayer. It is not part of the original script, and this is so in every religion. If you translate Amon, it means "the invisible God." He is everywhere, in the sun and in the moon. I believe that the addition of the word "amen" to these prayers comes from ancient Egypt or before, and references the god Amon.
Diane: So they are invoking the God who is in every thing.
Ahmed: Correct. Amon is invisible, but is in everything. He is in the sun, in the moon, in every thought, He is everywhere.
Ahmed Fayed, M.A., is a world-renowned Egyptologist, archaeologist, and lecturer. He has been the official Egyptologist for the Edgar Cayce Foundation for the past 20 years, and has guided Egyptian tours for such notables as Drunvalo Melchizedek and Lady Diana.
A citizen of both Egypt and the United States, Ahmed is fluent in five languages. He possesses an integrity, humility, and compassion that endears him to those who meet him — and he is also able to open doors to sacred spaces that are not readily accessible to the public.
Ahmed is a fifth-generation Egyptologist who actually grew up next door to the Sphinx. A graduate of Cairo University, he did postgraduate studies there in ancient history and egyptology. He is widely sought after in the United States as a speaker about Egypt and as a tour guide to the Egyptian Sacred Sites.
Those interested in obtaining information about tours to Egypt may leave a message at 561-848-1155.
1. Agha Khan was an honorific title bestowed upon heirs to this originally Persian dynasty. Ahmed Fayed is referring to Agha Kahn III, 1877 – 1957. [Ed.]
2. The Ancient Secret of the Flower of Life Volume II, by Drunvalo Melchizedek.
3. For a discussion of these kinds of phenomena around Sacred Sites, see Drunvalo's article about Vortex energy.
4. But not, apparently, as the king's tomb, for Ahmed commented that today's archeologists do not know in which tomb King Zoser himself is buried. [Ed.]
5. Fayed said that they also found a place known as the Red Chapel, dedicated to Queen Hatshepshut. [Ed.]
6. See the Rosetta Stone.