The author/publisher relationship is an image and likeness of the human will and understanding

qpvoltaire1I know this because I am an author and publisher as well as enjoying both a human will (love) and human understanding (intellect).

An author represents the human will because he or she is the heart and life of the book project. A publisher brings the author’s passion into the world. This means bringing form to the author’s wishes. What is rarely considered is that bringing form to some desire or affection is to put constraints and limits on that desire.

For instance, time and space constrain a book to a certain size and number of pages. Available funds for printing, marketing and publicity also constitute constraints.

This is a universal principle. All love and energy is under some law—otherwise they have no way to exist. The constraints of law determine the parameters and measure of something’s existence.

As an author I am currently looking at my fourth book, just back from the printer. My author’s heart wants tell everybody about it—immediately! But my publishing intellect tells me that I must take all the proper steps first. Gr-r-r-r-r-r!

These steps (constraints) involve additions on my website, creating bookmarks and sell sheetss, attending trade shows, and seeking the proper reviews. All this must happen in a three-month period before the release of the book to the public. Conflicts result. There is give and take between the author’s heart and the publisher’s intellect all the way through fruition of the project.

According to scientist/theologian Emanuel Swedenborg, spiritual principles can be found in all topics. (Theologically speaking, Jehovah God represents the author mode of the Divine and Jesus the publisher mode of the Divine). I have not only identified this archetypical design of God’s Love and Wisdom in the author/publisher relationship but also the spiritual suffering required in the process of unifying and harmonizing them both!

In Holy Scripture, Jesus’ life on earth and ultimate Glorification represented this sacred suffering!

As above, so below.

About thegodguy

EDWARD F. SYLVIA, M.T.S. Philosopher/Theologian Edward F. Sylvia attended the School of Visual Arts in New York and received his Master of Theological Studies at the Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, CA and a Certificate of Swedenborgian Studies from the Swedenborgian House of Studies. He is a member of the Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences (C.T.N.S.) and the Swedenborg Scientific Association (S.S.A.). Award-winning author of "Sermon From the Compost Pile: Seven Steps Toward Creating An Inner Garden" and "Proving God," which fulfills a continuing vision that God’s fingerprints of love can be found everywhere in the manifest universe. His most recent book, "Swedenborg & Gurdjieff: The Missing Links" is an edgy collection of anti-intuitive essays for personal transformation that challenges and inspires. He has been a student of the ideas of both Emanuel Swedenborg and George I. Gurdjieff for over thirty years. Read more about TheGodGuy, his books and his ideas at
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2 Responses to The author/publisher relationship is an image and likeness of the human will and understanding

  1. Carla Friedrich says:

    So curious! And looking forward to it!

    • thegodguy says:

      Dear Carla,

      It is a great temptation for me (and my ego) to start talking about the new book right now – before getting my “ducks in a row.” But it may take another week or two before I start showing it off. You will enjoy the book (as well as other Swedenborgians and even lots of non-Swedenborgians)!

      Spiritually yours,

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