Tyrrell, G N M - The Personality of Man – Socrates and the nature of inspiration
Type of Spiritual Experience
A description of the experience
The Personality of Man - G N M Tyrrell
It is a highly significant, though generally neglected, fact that those creations of the human mind, which have borne pre-eminently the stamp of originality and greatness, have not come from within the region of consciousness. They have come from beyond consciousness, knocking at its door for admittance: they have flowed into it, sometimes slowly as if by seepage, but often with a burst of overwhelming power.
This fact did not escape the keen observation of Socrates: "I soon found," he said, "that it is not by wisdom that the poets create their works, but by a certain natural power and by inspiration, like soothsayers and prophets, who say many fine things, but who understand nothing of what they say."