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Wednesday, September 16, 2009

William Henry Accusing Dan Brown of Stealing His Ideas? Yes and No.

I got a newsletter e-mail from William Henry today. I've heard Henry on Coast to Coast AM and was very impressed and decided to sign up (free). Let me also preface this by admitting two things:
1. I have never read any of William Henry's books. I've only heard him speaking on the radio and I've seen clips from his movies/documentaries online.
2. I have never read any of Dan Brown's novels, although I have seen the Da Vinci Code movie many times.

I am posting the entire e-mail (well, the first portion which he devoted to the topic of Dan Brown's new novel) so you can see what I'm saying. Also note that I will highlight in red what I want to really point out:

Hello Everyone,
 
What would it mean to discover that the U.S. Capitol is a temple of ascension, one that can be used to tap into a Higher Power? Today, it means everything! 
 
Well, I'm thrilled to announce that I was right. As I've been saying for months, Dan Brown's new book is about  the Dome of the U.S. Capitol and The Apotheosis of George Washington painting.  In his new book, The Lost Symbol,  Brown sends symbolist Robert Langdon in search of an ancient portal in the U.S. Capitol and points to the Apothesosis as the key to the portal and to transforming men into gods.
 
If this sounds familiar its because this is EXACTLY what I said in my presentations "MORPH" and "The American Rite" from last October and November respectively. As I write in my new book, Freedom's Gate: The Lost Symbols in U.S. Capitol , co-authored with Dr. Mark Gray, this painting and the Capitol Dome encodes nothing less than a path to individual empowerment, ascension and true Freedom.
 
Am I the source for Dan Brown's Capitol concepts for The Lost Symbol (which Brown didn't finish till February, 2009)? His publisher, Doubleday, all but confirmed this on The Lost Symbol's Facebook page, which was set-up to provide clues to the subject matter of the then forthcoming book. I was the August 2 clue (one of the first). They provided a link to my article "The U.S. Capitol and the Temple in Man," which spells out the facts on Brown's fiction. 
 
After reading The Lost Symbol, all I can say is that if Dan Brown didn't use my work, then this is a case of a truly astonishing synchronicity. We have come to the exact same unique conclusions about the Capitol (it's a stargate) and its primary painting (it encodes the secret of our transformation) at exactly the same time. The connection between my research and what Brown presents is obvious to those who know my work. The final scene at the end of the book and its setting is straight out of my American Rite presentation. 
 
Here's a sampling of the emails I received from my readers yesterday:
 
"Just wanted to say how cool it is that the new Dan Brown book starts out so close to your research."
 
"I'm up to Chapter 14. Are you sure that Dan Brown or his wife did not attend one of your lectures....seems he is following along with your thought process and observations."
 
"Read Dan Brown's book. Basically nothing new, nothing original, ripped you and some other people off for ideas. Can't believe I read the whole thing.
 
My co-author, Dr. Mark Gray, and I have zero interest in challenging Mr. Brown in any way. We simply want people to know that the story about the Capitol holding the key to higher consciousness is TRUE. Our book, FREEDOM'S GATE, and my presentations MORPH and THE AMERICAN RITE, contain the facts from which Brown's fiction was derived. We hope his work will lift our own.
 
I'm asking for your help in spreading this word. I'm asking for your support in any way you can provide. If you can order FREEDOM'S GATE, MORPH or THE AMERICAN RITE please do. If you can support us in other ways it will be amazingly appreciated.
 
As I've said before, it's time for the real owners to visit the U.S. Capitol and find out what's really going on inside the Temple of Liberty. It's time to open our minds even further. Open our hearts wider. Open the doors to the true spirit of peace, love, wisdom and power in Freedom's Gate. It's time to "Om the Dome."
 I'm not refuting that Henry doesn't want to "challenge" Dan Brown but I just got the feeling that Henry was covertly antagonizing Dan Brown.  And maybe this is all he can do, because remember, Dan Brown won a copyright infringement case in August 2008 brought on against him by Holy Blood, Holy Grail authors Michael Baigent and Richard Leigh. There was another copyright infringement lawsuit he won prior to this one! So it seems that Henry may be on to something: Dan Brown uses what other researchers worked hard coming up with on their own, in his own novels without really giving much credit. That of course would kind of piss me off too.
This is a lot coming from someone who respects Henry's research and hard work and from someone who has had people steal her content/ideas over the years (and I'm not just talking about this blog either!) But I feel like this e-mail was challenging Brown, and he could have done it directly, like I always do (so long as I have a means of reaching the thief.) He should have just said it straight out, directly to Dan Brown. I'm sure Henry (author) can easily reach Dan Brown (author) through their agents or what have you.

That said, I will continue to watch the movie adaptations of Browns fictional novels and perhaps even read some of them, bought used or borrowed from the library of course. (I just feel like some people make more money than they should for what they do.) And perhaps I will find time to read through some of Henry's works too.

As a side note: I would respect Dan Brown more if instead of, or along with, writing fictional stories and alluding to these conspiracies, he would write non-fiction work. I think he'd be more respected if he did that. And the whole "this is all just fiction" argument wouldn't be brought up as much. And if fiction is all he is capable of writing, fine. I like fiction. I'm just thinking about how Brown's books are used in debates on topics of holy bloodline conspiracy theory, etc. Maybe his works shouldn't be used when debating or discussing these topics because they are categorized as fiction. Wouldn't it be like using Nabokov's Lolita to argue a case about child molesters? It probably wouldn't sit well with most people, and rightly so.


Also, here's the documentary Illuminating Angels and Demons in its entirety below:




2 comments:

  1. William Henry not jumping onto a lawsuit bandwagon does not surprise me. Sadly, Dan Brown not crediting William Henry doesn't surprise me, either. Brown is not on par with Henry - he lacks Henry's courage, insight and intellect. What Brown possesses is a financially motivated support network eager to buy the stories he crafts from existing materials.

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  2. I think I'd have to agree with you. Although, I did find the Da Vinci Code movie entertaining (I'm not even sure how closely Ron Howard stuck to Brown's book to be honest!) :)

    Thanks for the comment, DancinCrone.

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