Compared to the sales success of the erotic romance novel Fifty Shades of Grey, my second book Proving God (which won three awards) has had relatively anemic results. As an author/publisher I have to be keenly aware of what “sells.”
With the advent of e-books, erotic novels no longer have to be kept in a brown paper bag. But something else has emerged from the increased success of this unique publishing niche. Although Fifty Shades of Grey has been called “mommy porn” I don’t believe for one minute that “sex” is driving sales. Rather, I think that romance, relationship building and emotional intensity (passion) underlie the plot.
In other words, erotic novels are filling some hole in people’s lives. The word “love” comes to mind but this word has been overused and has become too general a term. Where one finds his or her “intensity of feelings” is a better descriptive of what a person loves. This “emotional intensity” is what vivifies us and makes us feel alive. It is what we inwardly strive for.
Different people have their emotional intensity (embrace of life) vested in different things. This is exactly what I discuss in my book Proving God. Like Fifty Shades of Gre,y my book is also a book about love issues—how love powers the laws of the universe and powers the laws of our individual lives.
Scientist/theologian Emanuel Swedenborg as well as George Gurdjieff said that most humans hide their principle of intensity (love) in their subconscious or inner person. (The reason for this is that we humans have learned to put up a false front or masked personality when we interface with the world—eventually this false activity gains a life of its own and covers up our true inner being.) Also, modern education fails to reach this deeper level of the human psyche and spirit so this important level of our very essence remains uncared for and deformed. This can have disastrous consequences—in this world and in the next. Unfortunately, because of our inner deformity, many of us have our intensity of feelings locked into some hurtful and harmful things.
When we die we carry this emotional deformity (which defines the quality of our innermost being) into the spiritual realm. In the spiritual world, that which gives us our greatest intensity of feelings determines what eternal abode we will gravitate to. If we are unconscious about or “asleep to” the nature of our true passions, we cannot hold them up for rational examination and therefore are thrown to the winds as far as our spirits are concerned.
The true purpose of religion is to offer guidance for identifying that which gives us our greatest intensity of feelings and to bring this emotional reality within the cleansing sphere of God’s tenets and true heavenly love. At least, Fifty Shades of Grey is waking up, and bringing to the surface, some overlooked and ignored aspect of the human psyche.
I wonder if I should write an erotic romance novel and sneak in some spiritual wisdom? After all, one has to go where the eyes are.