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“Working with Naomi was like

having someone who is for  you, 

who keeps seeing you and

accepting you. I couldn't have

written the book without Naomi.  

She is truly my fairy godmother

of writing.

~ Katayoon Zandvakili: author,

My Beautiful Impostor









"Naomi has provided unwavering support, profound mirroring, and

has gently guided and encouraged

me, again and again, to write from the place of my true and authentic self.

In the process, I have come into relationship with my deepest

creative self, after a lifetime of longing and disconnection from it. This gift beyond measure I attribute

in large part to Naomi's soulful,

loving, supportive and wise guidance."

~ Carolyn Shoshana Fershtman,

Ph.D., Psychologist; author,

Carrying Joseph's Bones









“Naomi Rose has been instrumental

in keeping the project of the book

I'm writing alive. Her insight, understanding, encouragement,

and caring have helped me to remove confusion, show me a path, and keep me inspired and going. No one else I know could have aided me in such a way.”

~ Billy Weprin, author,

Gifts of the Day















































































“ Naomi encouraged me to do the joyful thing, instead of the things I think I should do. This was very affirming. And I felt heard, in a very strong initial way. It's different from trying to write a book on my own, because it feels like what I'm doing

is being done in relationship. ”

~ Shirley R. McGinnis, author, Sometimes Love Is Enough










"You have been utterly exceptional.

I cannot imagine another editor on

the planet who could step into my shoes and edit esoteric material as beautifully and sincerely as

you did."

  ~ Rebecca Field, author,

To Choose the Fire of the Cosmos




































as well as a book developer, writer, editor, and publisher.  She has sung with such choruses as the San Francisco Choral Society,

Voci Women's Choral Ensemble,

and Trinity Lyric Opera, among


She also has been a soloist at sacred services and intimate spiritual gatherings.

She plays the dulcimer and piano.

"Diamonds at Our Feet" is the best song that has come through her,

to date.
























































"Rose gets it right about what

freezes up the imagination and passion, and she offers good

insights to help one get over the challenge of the blank page.

Starting Your Book is the nurturing teacher you always dreamed of that would coax and praise you to reveal your heart."~ Linda Eckmann















"A finely crafted literary work.

Naomi is a princess weaving straw into gold, using her experiences and interpretations of deprivation and tragedy as the path to the

abundance of The Mother

within herself.

There are very few books being written today that come close to

this kind of genius."

—Judith Avalon, author, Entering into the Heart of The Mother:



"The Portable Blessings Ledger

turns our relationship with money upside-down!

This financial roadmap guides you

to a place where money is the vessel that illuminates your inner wisdom, brings peace to your home and

family, and expresses your deepest values in the world. What a gift!"

~ Hal Brill, president, Natural Investment Services, Inc;

co-author, Investing

with Your Values




“Claudio Naranjo is at the forefront

of those seeking to transform the world. For anyone wanting to make a difference for the better, Healing Civilization is a must-read!”

— Michael Toms, President and

Host, New Dimensions Radio





"A daring, taboo-breaking, visceral, intensely moving novel. It's impossible not to get wrapped up in the characters and their passions,

only to be surprised again and again. You won't be able to let go of this book, any more than it will let go of you. Highly recommended!"

—Jodie Forrest, author, The Ascendant, and The Rhymer and the Ravens



Writing from the Deeper Self

"Bringing Your Treasures into the World . . ."

Naomi Rose
Book Developer

(510) 653-ROSE / (510) 653-7673 

This page features the most recent

Writing from the Deeper Self newsletter,

put out by Naomi Rose to her readership.

To go to the Home Page of the Writing from the Deeper Self website, click here.

To see the earlier, archived newsletter articles, click here.


August 2012


Inspired Quotes on Writing:

From the ridiculous to the sublime



For this issue of the Writing from the Deeper Self newsletter, I thought it would be fun and interesting to read what a wide spectrum of writers have said about writing.

As you read these quotes, you may want to note what they open up in you.

I have tried to be balanced, here. The category of "Writing Is Heaven," for example, is equilibrized by "Writing Is Hell." (Sometimes it's a relief ~ if not an actual inspiration ~ to learn the difficulties others go through.)

In the spirit of last month's guest article by Marcia Yudkin on "Slow Writing" and the value of being an introvert, let's start you off with a quote from Ursula K. LeGuin:

“Hardly anybody ever writes anything nice about introverts. Extroverts rule. This is rather odd when you realize that about nineteen writers out of twenty are introverts. We have been taught to be ashamed of not being 'outgoing'. But a writer's job is ingoing.”  

Enjoy going in.



Writing as Meditation

“Learn how to meditate on paper. Drawing and writing are forms of meditation. Learn how to contemplate works of art.” ... “Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.”

— Thomas Merton (1915 – 1968)

Writing as a Spiritual Journey

“As long as there are people who are trying to realize the divine in themselves, there shall be hope in the world.”

Thomas Merton, Tales of Wonder:

Adventures Chasing the Divine, an Autobiography

“We are a species that needs and wants to understand who we are. Sheep lice do not seem to share this longing, which is one reason why they write so little.”

Anne Lamott

“Writing a novel is like driving a car at night. You can only see as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way.”

E. L. Doctorow

“The author must keep his mouth shut when his work starts to speak.”

Friederich Nietzsche

“It is good to have an end to journey towards; but it is the journey that matters in the end.”

Ursula K. LeGuin


Writing and the Reader

“Have something to say, and say it as clearly as you can. That is the only secret.”

Matthew Arnold

“The virtue of books is to be readable.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Readers, after all, are making the world with you. You give them the materials, but it's the readers who build that world in their own minds.”

Ursula Le Guin

“Write what you want to read. The person you know best in this world is you. Listen to yourself. If you are excited by what you are writing, you have a much better chance of putting that excitement over to a reader.”

Robin McKinley

“Anything you have to acquire a taste for was not meant to be eaten."

Eddie Murphy

“If you try to please audiences, uncritically accepting their tastes, it can only mean that you have no respect for them: that you simply want to collect their money.”

Andrei Tarkovsky

“Thank your readers and the critics who praise you, and then ignore them. Write for the most intelligent, wittiest, wisest audience in the universe: Write to please yourself.”

Harlan Ellison

“Close the door. Write with no one looking over your shoulder. Don't try to figure out what other people want to hear from you; figure out what you have to say. It's the one and only thing you have to offer.”

Barbara Kingsolver


"Writing Is Heaven"

“The number one thing I am earnestly attracted to is intelligence. Writers are thus the pinnacle of intelligence. While actors are great and awesome, writers literally create new worlds from scratch. What is sexier than that? Personally, I don't know why every person out there isn't dating a writer.”

Rachel Bloom

“For your born writer, nothing is so healing as the realization that he has come upon the right word.

Catherine Drinker Bowen

“Writing wasn't easy to start. After I finally did it, I realized it was the most direct contact possible with the part of myself I thought I had lost, and which I constantly find new things from. Writing also includes the possibility of living many lives as well as living in any time or world possible. I can satisfy my enthusiasm for research, but jump like a calf outside the strict boundaries of science. I can speak about things that are important to me and somebody listens. It's wonderful!”

Virpi Hämeen-Anttila (Finnish writer,

recipient of the Eino Leino Prize in 2002)


“I write to tell stories. I believe that there some professions in the world that will last forever: doctor or a nurse, teacher, builder and a storyteller. I write also to become myself, more so day by day. Writing is a way to shape out visible and invisible, in myself as well as in the world.”

Eppu Nuotio ((Finnish actress, author, screenwriter,

playwright and columnist)


“I learned that you should feel when writing, not like Lord Byron on a mountain top, but like a child stringing beads in kindergarten—happy, absorbed, and quietly putting one bead on after another.”

—Brenda Ueland (author, If You Want to Write )

"Writing Is Hell"

“The work never matches the dream of perfection the artist has to start with.”

William Faulkner

“I am irritated by my own writing. I am like a violinist whose ear is true, but whose fingers refuse to reproduce precisely the sound he hears within.”

Gustave Flaubert

“It's tougher than Himalayan yak jerky in January. But, as any creative person will tell you, there are days when there's absolutely nothing sweeter than creating something from nothing.”

Richard Krzemien

“A writer is a person for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people.”

Thomas Mann

“A blank piece of paper is God's way of telling us how hard it to be God.”

Sidney Sheldon

“I was working on the proof of one of my poems all the morning, and took out a comma. In the afternoon I put it back again.”

Oscar Wilde

“Easy reading is damned hard writing.”


“God sells us all things at the price of the labor.”

Leonardo da Vinci

(or maybe this one belongs in “Writing Is Heaven”)

“I love being a writer. What I can't stand is the paperwork.”

Peter de Vries

Inspired Creating

(This one is about music, but it's so rich, I can't resist:)

“YOUNG ADMIRER: Papa Bach, how do you manage to think of all these new tunes?

J.S. BACH: My dear fellow, I have no need to think of them. I have the greatest difficulty not to step on them when I get out of bed in the morning and start moving around my room.”

—Laurens van der Post, Jung and the Story of Our Time (1975)

And Finally....

“Being a good writer is 3% talent, 97% not being distracted by the Internet.” Anonymous




Writing from the Deeper Self

Bringing your treasures into the world...

If you have a book in your heart, I would be delighted to help you bring it out.

The lovely thing about how I work with the "Writing from the Deeper Self" approach is that you are at least as important as the book that comes out of you. This is not one of those situations where we come up with an outline and you fill it out. It's a deep and wonderful process of discovery ~ not only "What do I want to say?" but also "What is the beauty and value I am in touch with as the book reveals itself in and through me?"

In this way, not only do you get to write the book of your heart, but you also get to (metaphorically) become a precious book that you never quite read before until now. It is astonishing, what can come out of you under the right conditions.

I do my best to provide those "right conditions."

Blessed with a keen and subtle ability to listen to what lies within you, and to mirror it back so that you can know, receive, and acknowledge it, I nurture and guide you in the process of deep book-writing so that you feel increasingly confident in finding your way through what often begins as the unknown. Bringing a wealth of experience to support you ~ including 30 years in the publications field, including as a book editor ~ I help you to birth the book of your heart, and in the process to become more of your true self, as well as to honor the beauty of your artistic nature.


  • I work with clients in person at my Oakland, CA studio. For those out of the San Francisco Bay Area, we work together by phone and email.
  • Sessions are 1 hour, unless longer sessions are desired.
  • How often to meet depends on how intensely or relaxedly you want to proceed with your book. A popular format is to meet every other week. Some clients prefer once a week. Some prefer once a month. (I do not recommend meeting less often than once a month.)
  • Fee: A popular package is $250 for two 1-hour sessions/month, plus unlimited email (including writing and correspondence). There are other formats as well.

For more information on Writing from the Deeper Self and my work as a book developer, see this very website:

Contact me to explore writing the book of your heart with my guidance and support. A 30-minute phone call will tell you if this is right for you.


Phone: 510/653-7673 (510/653-ROSE)

The book of your heart awaits you!





Rose Press: Books & Other Fragrant Offerings to Bring You Home to Yourself offers you books in three series: “The Creative Process,” “Money & the Inner Life,” and “Healing.” Each one of these books will assist your flowering.

"The Creative Process” Series:

Starting Your Book

A Guide to Navigating the Blank Page

by Attending to What's Inside You

by Naomi Rose

Starting Your Book


For more details / to purchase, click here.


Process Notebook

for use with Starting Your Book

by Naomi Rose

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For more details / to purchase, click here.



The“Money & the Inner Life” Series:


The Feminine Path to Money

by Naomi Rose

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For more details / to purchase, click here.



The Portable Blessings Ledger:

A Way to Keep Track of Your Finances

and Bring Meaning and Heart to Your Dealings with Money

by Naomi Rose

For more details / to purchase, click here.



The“Healing” Series:

Healing Civilization

by Claudio Naranjo, MD

Healing Civilzation

For more details / to purchase, click here.


Dark Innocence

(Book One of The Star-Seer's Prophecy)

by Rahima Warren, MFT (ret.)


For more details / to purchase, click here.






For those who would rather listen . . .

A brand-new offering,

now some Rose Press books also come in audio-book form,

so you can listen while commuting,


or simply leaning back with closed eyes in your favorite chair

and letting your mind and imagination fill in the details

as only it can.

The following are currently available as audiobook CDs:


"The Promise of Music" 

by Naomi Rose

Read and sung by the author

A story of music and love, and how love can sweep you up into its music so that even shopping in the supermarket is a transfigured experience, "The Promise of Music" will inspire you not only to remember  your own first love, but also to open to your inherent relationship with the Divine.

For more details / to purchase, click here.




The Feminine Path to Money  

by Naomi Rose

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Read by the author

MotherWealth weaves a magical story of how the death of an old sense of self can bring an endless ocean of treasures from within ~ including money.  This inside-out approach to money takes into account the inner life that holds the key to our fortunes , and offers a much-needed perspective on why the soulless patriarchal model of money isn't working ~ and what will.

You don't have to “Go Out” and get it. You just have to be Home to receive it.

For more details / to purchase, click here.




Flower Essence Remedies for Writers & Readers

For Writers: 

Nine specially blended remedies

to help your writing journey bloom.

  • "The Writer's Muse" 

  • "Confident Expressions" 

  • "Flow"  

  • "Seeing the Big Picture" 

  • "Coming in Closer: A Feeling for Detail" 

  • "Self-Compassion: Rewriting the Past" 
  •  "Going the Distance" 
  • "Revision: The Gift of Refinement"
  • "Shining Star: Letting Your Light Come All the Way into the World"


For Readers:

These wonderful flower essence remedies help you

absorb and literally digest the nourishment

of the Rose Press books you read.

  • "The Reader's Gift" (for reading any book)
  • "You Are the Treasure You Seek" (goes with Starting Your Book)
  • "MotherWealth" (goes with MotherWealth)
  • "Being Will Bring You All You Need" (goes with Living in MotherWealth)
  • "The Joys of Keeping Track" (goes with The Portable Blessings Ledger)
  • "The Inner Family" (goes with Healing Civilization)
  • "Forgiveness & Self-Forgiveness" (goes with Dark Innocence)

For more details on all these essences / to purchase, click here.


Flowers are your healing friends.

Call on them when writing the book of your heart.


May your garden bloom!



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