7.4 – THE GENIUS FACTOR (11.21.14)

SOURCE OF INSPIRATION [5c]

The Louvre. Paris, France. This historic museum houses perhaps the most significant legal text in the ancient world. This stele features the Babylonian god Shamash talking to King Hammurabi, and below them, carved in cuneiform text, are the laws they gave to their people. It is called the Code of Hammurabi.

“Hammurabi, without a doubt, was one of the great geniuses of the ancient world, and of course, he’s famous, not just for being the ruler of ancient Babylonia, but for coming up with what is called the Code of Hammurabi, which was the first written legal record.”

Brian J. McVeigh, Ph.D. (Anthropologist)

“It’s a primitive document, compared to what we have now, but he had a whole system of order and how taxes were collected and various civil principles and the rather famous punishment an eye for an eye, which has been modified over the years, but that he had a system.”

– Jonathan Young, Ph.D.
(Founding Curator, Joseph Campbell Archives)

The Code of Hammurabi begins with a prologue, in which the king boasts of his great deeds, but he also writes that the code itself was dictated to him by the Babylonian god Shamash.

“The great King Hammurabi went into a trance, and God began dictating this incredible document and channeling it through the great King Hammurabi, who was speaking it in a voice very unlike his own, language unlike his own. It’s all coming from God. And when Hammurabi wakes up from his trance, the scribes read it back to him, and he has no memory of dictating it. It all came from God, and it is brilliant. An important part is that Hammurabi did not claim authorship. He knew this was not of his making, of his intelligence.”

– Jonathan Young, Ph.D.
(Founding Curator, Joseph Campbell Archives)

“The system of law that comes through the Code of Hammurabi is so intrinsic to the basic moral understandings of how to run a society that much of it is still preserved in some form in our modern day legal system. This suggests that the Code of Hammurabi comes from a very advanced point of origin.”

David Wilcock (Author/Filmmaker),
(Author, The Source Field Investigations),
(The Synchronicity Key)

The story behind the Code of Hammurabi is not unique. In the ancient world, moments of genius, including basic religious beliefs and scientific principles from Greece and Rome to India and China were often said to have been inspired by divine voices.

“Think about it: Moses, Abraham, Noah, the prophets, Jesus. A lot of the laws, the rules, the customs, the traditions that we have are based upon individuals claiming to have been told something by a deity. And it’s not just the Judeo-Christian tradition. I would argue that in every culture, you’ve got a lot of laws that are essentially traced back to people claiming to have been told something by a being who’s not of this world.”

Robert Cargill, Ph.D.
(Former: Biblical Archaeologist, UCLA),
(Current: Asst. Prof. of Classic & Religious Studies,
Univ. of Iowa)

Is it possible that the course of human civilization has been determined not by history’s most profound thinkers, but by some external force that was guiding them? The ancients were convinced they knew the answer. In fact, the Latin word “genius” is where the term “genie”, or supernatural creature, comes from.

“In the ancient world, the idea of genius had much more autonomy than our modern view. The genii, which had a life of its own, a kind of spiritual demon, entered you. You had a relationship with the genii, and it was really the source of the brilliance. You were a channel, you were a host, you were involved, but it was not as personal and the ownership wasn’t as great.”

– Jonathan Young, Ph.D.
(Founding Curator, Joseph Campbell Archives)

“The Greeks believed that they were inspired by the muses. So, what caused a musician to come up with a new tune? What caused a writer to come up with a new story? It was the spirit of a muse that went inside the person and caused that person to become creative and we see that in the word “inspire”, in spirit. When we are inspired, we are filled with spirit. And we create those things.”

– Sabina Magliocco, Ph.D.
(Prof. of Anthropology & Folklore, CSU Northridge)

In Alexandria, Egyptians founded what would become the greatest library in the ancient world by erecting a temple to the muses and asking them to fill their library with wisdom.

“When we say that “I’m looking for my muse,” you are looking for the key with which to unlock this kingdom of creativity that resides within each and every living being. Is it possible, by reaching this altered state of consciousness, to come in contact with beings or with entities that are of those different realms? I think that this is possible.”

– Giorgio A. Tsoukalos
(Publisher, Legendary Times Magazine)

Could it be that the forces of inspiration that the ancients attributed to the gods really did emanate from an otherworldly source, as Ancient Astronaut Theorists suggest?

“In the ancient world, it was really believed that people were influenced from outside to have special thoughts, to have special inspiration and genius-type ideas, and it was coming from outside of you. So, you have to wonder if these ideas aren’t possibly some kind of thoughts that are being projected into your mind, possibly by extraterrestrials.”

David Childress (Author, Technology of the Gods)

“Perhaps behind all of this is a belief that people were directly influenced by extraterrestrial beings who gave them immense inspiration or profound knowledge that then they were able to share with others.”

– William Henry (Author / Investigative Mythologist),
(Author, Freedom’s Gate), (The Judgment Day Device),
(Lost Secrets of the Watchers), (The Secret of Sion),
(Egypt: The Greatest Show on Earth)

Is it possible that the geniuses of the ancient world, and even those among us today, receive their inspiration from otherworldly forces? Perhaps further evidence can be found by exploring Hindu teachings that say wisdom can often come to us in our dreams.

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