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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  

 

 


Writing from the Deeper Self

"Bringing Your Treasures into the World . . ."


Naomi Rose
Book Developer

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

naomirosedeepwrite@yahoo.com 

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.

 

February 2012

NEWSLETTER

        1. Feature Article: "Pressing" the Essence into Beautiful Books:

                     Writing a book from the Deeper Self, and reading Rose Press books

           2. Rose Press Books & Flower Essence Remedies

               "The Creative Process" Series / The "Money & the Inner Life" Series /

                The "Healing" Series / Flower Essence Remedies for Writers &

                 Readers

1. Feature Article ~

“PRESSING" THE ESSENCE INTO BEAUTIFUL BOOKS:

Writing a book from the deeper Self,

and reading Rose Press Books

When I first became a publisher and needed a name for it, I decided on Rose Press not just because of my last name, and not even just because of loving flowers (later, I would find the wonderful old proverb, “A book is a garden carried in your pocket”), but also because of the “press” part.

A press is part of a distillery, the process that turns raw materials (grapes, fruits, even roses) into an essence: wine, brandy, perfume. A press is also what enables printmaking: the original plate is drawn on (an etching on copper or zinc; a woodcut; a linoleum cut; a lithographic stone), treated chemically to hold the drawing fast, inked, and then run through a press with great force per square inch, resulting in a print on paper that will be pretty much the same from the first print to the last (even the 200th).

 

This pressing part has fascinated me for most of my adult life. A visual artist in my youth, I spent many happy hours in printmaking classes, incising the etching plates with my drawings, then watching as the developmental process took place through the acid bath, etching grooves at the site of the drawing. Inking the etched plates, then wiping off the plate with a soft cloth so that the only ink that remained was inside the etched grooves, I could not wait to take the plate to the printing press, place it face-up, and lay on top of it a dampened sheet of printing paper, and start the press going. As its rollers applied pressure to the dampened paper, the paper would be forced into contact with the inked etched-grooves; and when the rollers had passed over the paper all the way, I could pull the print off the plate, hold it up, and see my original drawing now appearing on the paper. And not just one time, but as many times as I wanted; hundreds, even.

 

What I loved about this pressing process, as it pertained to printmaking, was that I could put my entire self into the original drawing ~ hold back nothing, give it everything ~ and then, like little emissaries of itself, it could be duplicated, multiplied indefinitely, and it would still (with a few exceptions, depending on things like the thickness of the ink, each time) look exactly like the original. Unlike a painting, where you could give your all (or not) for one, and only one, “product” ~ which you could keep or sell, but not both ~ with printmaking, you could have your cake and eat it too. You could treat your original as if it were the painting of your heart, giving time and attention to it as if to your greatest masterpiece, and then sell the prints ~ give away the prints ~ keep the prints, all. You could be the creator living with your creation; commercial, selling your creation; and simply generous, giving your creation, perhaps many times over.

 

So when I needed to choose a name for my then-new publishing house, and Rose Press arose as a possibility, the joy of pressing prints was already in my memory and body. And when it occurred to me to find out how roses, themselves, were used to make rose perfume, my research revealed that pressing played an essential part in the distillation process. The image of women and men gathering the equivalent of 10,000 rose petals while it was still dark outside, easing them into cloth bags, and this fragrant cargo being taken to an alembic distillery (usually copper), where a combination of heat and water or solvent “pressed” the oil out of the petals drop by drop, until out of those 10,000 petals just 1 pound of rose perfume resulted, fascinated me ~ and reminded me of what it was like to write a book from the deeper Self.

So Rose Press it was.

 

It is one thing to write a book from the intellect, with its ready-made structures (e.g., “Step 1,” “Step 2”) and to some degree self-enclosed world (one idea requiring another by dint of logic). Not to diminish the value of books written from the intellect ~ we, and I, read them often, seeking knowledge, how-to's, and so on. But to write a book from the all of you, from the depth of you, bringing into the process more than you ever expected would want to come along for the journey and show itself to you ~ this is a different process and product altogether. And why it seems to me that it actually is a distilling process ~ apart from the distillation and refinement that organically comes with revision ~ is because when all of you comes into the creative act, bringing forth not only esthetic and artistic aspects of your soul but also:

  • your longings,
  • your knowings,
  • your not-knowings,
  • your embarrassments (but those, available to be transformed by compassion),
  • your wisdom (perhaps showing itself there for the first time in that way),
  • your soaring imagination,
  • your feet-on-the-ground experiencing,
  • your seeming dead-ends,
  • your U-turns,
  • your beginning-agains,
  • your despair,
  • your prayers,
  • your beauty,
  • your glory,
  • your gift,

then all of this eventually sifts itself so that the more turgid, unmoving, weighty, clumpy parts fall to the bottom, and the essence of your beautiful effort rises to the top ~ like cream, like wine, like the best, $500-an-ounce perfume. A marathon of sorts writing a book from the deeper Self is; but in completing it, you have done more than get yourself in shape, or achieve beyond your former horizon; you have distilled, for yourself and anyone else who is open to it, all of this inner movement towards lasting beauty. When a great wine is drunk, the taste of it is there in the moment, then gone quickly, perhaps a memory of having enjoyed it remaining as proof of the experience. But when a great book-writing journey is packaged in a book, when it is read it makes an indelible impression on the mind, heart, even soul of the reader ~ “etching” in some understanding, some image holding promise, some heart-quality that will actually become part of the fabric of your being. Memory of it might fade from the foreground of your awareness, but still it will be there inside you, subtly working to bring you closer to what you value most, whether you are even aware of it or not.

 

To put this kind of distillation between covers as a book, and to offer it to the world, through Rose Press: this is both a kind of gardening of the soul, and being gardened. “A book is a garden carried in your pocket,” says the old proverb (sometimes attributed as Chinese, other times as Arabic). It really can be true. When a person takes on the holy task of writing a book from the deeper Self ~ as I am privileged to say many of my clients have, and as I have, myself ~ then something flowers, if the writer stays with it and gives everything to it. Something flowers in the writer, something flowers in the writing, and something flowers in the reader. It is all one single impulse to come true, and everyone benefits in the end, as well as along the way.

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Copyright © 2012 by Naomi Rose. All rights reserved.

2. Rose Press Books & Flower Essence Remedies

"The Creative Process" Series /

The "Money & the Inner Life" Series /

The "Healing" Series /

Flower Essence Remedies for Writers & Readers

RosePress

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.

In “The Creative Process” Series, we have my book, Starting Your Book: A Guide to Navigating the Blank Page by Attending to What's Inside You, and the Process Notebook.

Starting Your Book

A Guide to Navigating the Blank Page

by Attending to What's Inside You

Starting Your Book

This book is a mirror in which to see your own treasures, and to truly realize that you (not techniques) are the most essential thing about writing your book. When you can make contact with your limitless inner treasures (by slowing down and listening, for example; by finding your unique creative pathways; by being willing to not know everything right away), there actually is no effort to writing. It comes as a natural outgrowth of your openness, your willingness, your interest, and what your heart wants to speak. Starting Your Book is the nurturing teacher you always dreamed of that would coax and praise you to reveal your heart.” ~ Linda Eckmann

This book is available in print for $17.95, and as an ebook for $12.95.

For more details / to purchase, click here.

Process Notebook

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This Process Notebook accompanies Starting Your Book, and enables you to go more deeply into this “attending to what's inside you” process, and actually track your own creative process as you write your book. In this way, you become more at home with, and intimate with, the unique creative person you are, and therefore can more easily navigate writing a book (or anything else) based on who you actually are, how you actually work, what you actually want.

This ebook is available for $14.95.

For more details / to purchase, click here.

In the “Money & the Inner Life” Series are my books, MotherWealth: The Feminine Path to Money and The Portable Blessings Ledger: A Way to Keep Track of Your Finances and Bring Meaning and Heart to Your Dealings with Money. (There is also a book-in-progress as a sequel to MotherWealth, called Living in MotherWealth.)

 

MotherWealth: The Feminine Path to Money

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This book tells a story about how underneath the life we live that we don't feel fully at home in is the possibility of an entirely different life ~ more loving, more abundant, more at home in Being ~ but that most of us get to this underlying life through loss, pain, and, often, initial fear. When that underlying life can break through our self-limiting ideas and patterns, we have everything we need. Told as a story from my own experience, since stories convey heart-to-heart what cognitive approaches only skirt around, MotherWealth will touch you, illuminate your heart, and likely bring forth an understanding of your own inner life and relation to the Feminine, and even start connecting that with your relationship to money.

“Naomi is a princess weaving straw into gold. 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.

This book is available in print for $17.95, and as an ebook for $12.95.

For more details / to purchase, click here.

 

Living in MotherWealth

Living in mother wealth

The sequel to MotherWealth, Living in MotherWealth is still in progress, and I'll let you know when it's ready. Its premise is that MotherWealth is too fulfilling a place just to visit. It's a place to live in. This book shows us how.

For more details, click here.

 

The Portable Blessings Ledger:

A Way to Keep Track of Your Finances

and Bring Meaning and Heart to Your Dealings with Money

This is something I first came up with years ago, when I realized that I needed to be able to track my finances down to the penny (something financial advisors often counsel, but at the time I found impossible to do). Being, at that time, much more of a “right-brained person” (I have since activated many left-brain cells), I felt that if I could bring the human experiences involved in my personal finances into the picture ~ if I could see the workings of my inner life, as I spent money and tried to earn money, and even thought about money ~ I would be able to sustain the tracking part, and even begin to understand the relationship between money and myself (not as an abstract concept, but in a more engaged and lived-out way). So I put together a “Portable Blessings Ledger” (since blessings were also what I was seeking, in this realm) and started using it. It turned out to be so helpful, on so many levels ~ tracking finances, understanding my relation to finances, and yes, seeing umpteen blessings in my financial experiences, now that I was looking ~ that I have stayed with it all these years. Now it is available for you, too.

$12.95, ebook only.

For more details / to purchase, click here.

In the “Healing” Series are two amazing books by two amazing healers: Healing Civilization, by the renowned Chilean psychiatrist Claudio Naranjo, and Dark Innocence: Book One of The Star-Seer's Prophecy, by retired psychotherapist Rahima Warren.

 

Healing Civilization

Healing Civilzation

by Claudio Naranjo, MD

In this remarkable book, consciousness pioneer and renowned psychiatrist Claudio Naranjo brings over 30 years of transformational work with individuals and groups into the societal realm, in hopes of diagnosing and remedying our collective ills. I think he succeeds. After exploring with characteristic brilliance and cross-disciplinary beacons of investigation why it is that we as a civilization are in so much trouble, in so many ways, especially at this time ~ he comes up with a single root behind all these problematic manifestations. And this root, he says, is not only active in our collective history; it also exists in our own minds. We have been conditioned to carry around the seeds of our own destruction.

However, there is also good news: we can change this. We can change it not only by how we educate our children, but we also can change it from within. And the way he presents this healing transformation, it actually can be done.

I have worked with the essence of this book in my own life since I first edited it, then published it, and I can attest to the profound healing of my “internal civilization” that arises when I take Dr. Naranjo's prescription. If enough people did ~ whether private citizens, or governments ~ we would indeed have a civilization that would support the best in us and in what is possible for humanity. “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

Print edition only, $19.95

For more details / to purchase, click here.

Dark Innocence

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

by Rahima Warren

Dark Innocence, by retired psychotherapist Rahima Warren, is a gripping fantasy novel (the first of a trilogy, The Star-Seer's Prophecy ) that follows an unlikely hero's journey to free an entire land from the grip of an evil sorcerer's legacy, and restore the balance of male-and-female that the Star-Seer's Prophecy foretold. But for this hero, Kyr, to make this journey, he first needs to be freed from the sorcerer Dauthaz's grasp (potent even after Dauthaz's death), and learn both to realize the extent of his abuses (both received and given), and to forgive himself and his abusers.

As we follow his path from subjugation to abuse to becoming a courageous young man who can trust in love and have the strength to bring about the fulfillment of the prophecy, something positive happens in our own hearts. For Kyr is us in the extreme, and his healing ~ chronicled with rich, sensory language and a profound understanding of the wounding and healing of the heart ~ is our hope, because it is our own healing too. A daring, taboo-breaking, visceral, intensely moving novel. You won't be able to let go of this book, any more than it will let go of you.” ~ Jodie Forrest, author, The Ascendant, and The Rhymer and the Ravens

This book is available in print for $17.95, and as an ebook for $12.95.

For more details / to purchase, click here.

 

 

Flower Essence Remedies for Writers & Readers

Bringing the flower theme and the healing theme together, I have designed a series of healing flower essence remedies for anyone wanting to write a book (or shorter work), and also for readers of Rose Press books. These flower essences are gentle yet effective balms for the feelings, thoughts, spirit, and even body. They have been around for at least 80 years (beginning with the work of Dr. Edward Bach in the 1920s), with wonderful results.

Rosebush

Remedies for Writers: What I have done is to bring my detailed knowledge of the book-writing process, and common obstacles I have observed in my clients over the years as well as myself, and found flower essence remedies from around the world which, when blended specifically, address these obstacles and dissolve them. So if you are wanting to write a book, there are flower essences to take you all the way through the process, from beginning to end. There are 9 essences for writers:

"The Writer's Muse"  ~ "Confident Expressions"  ~ "Flow"  

~ "Seeing the Big Picture"  ~ "Coming in Closer"  ~

       "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"

Remedies for Readers: There are also 7 flower essences for readers, so that when you read any of the Rose Press books, you can use a flower essence designed to enhance the benefits and nourishment of that book.

For “The Creative Process Series : So in reading Starting Your Book and the Process Notebook, it will help you to also take the flower essence, “You Are the Treasure You Seek.”

For the “Money & the Inner Life” Series: When reading MotherWealth, you can take the flower essence, “MotherWealth.” You can already take a flower essence that distills the wisdom of Living in MotherWealth, even though this book is not yet in print. This flower essence is called “Being Will Bring You All You Need.” And when working with The Portable Blessings Ledger, you can take the flower essence “The Joys of Keeping Track.”

For the “Healing” Series: When reading Healing Civilization, you can take the flower essence “The Inner Family.” And when reading Dark Innocence, you can take the flower essence, “Forgiveness and Self-Forgiveness.”

And one for reading any book at all:

"The Reader's Gift" ~ to help you absorb what you read so you receive lasting benefits.

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

Purchasing flower essence remedies

All these flower essence remedies are available in ½-oz. dropper bottles, shipped to you directly. If purchased separately, they are $15 each. If purchased with the book they accompany, they are only $12 each. There are also discounts for buying in bulk, or purchasing the entire series.

For details, see Rose Press (www.rosepress.com). The “Books” page will lead you to a page devoted to each book. The “Flower Essence Remedies” page will tell you all about the remedies for writers and for readers. When you find what you want, the “Shopping Cart” page will take you through the process of making it your own.

 

May your garden bloom!

 

 

 

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