“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
~ 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
~ Rebecca Field, author,
To Choose the Fire of the Cosmos
NAOMI ROSE IS A SINGER
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,
"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
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;
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
"Bringing Your Treasures into the World . . ."
(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.
1. Introduction: "Why We Want to Write from the Deeper Self,
2. Feature Article: "Returning to What Persists:
The Enduring Passion to Write the Book of Your Heart"
3. Guest Excerpt: Brenda Ueland: "The Art of Listening"
4. Guest Spiritual Teacher: Llewellyn Vaughan Lee:
"Changing the Story"
5. Write Your Book with Naomi Rose
Why We Want to Write from the Deeper Self, After All
In my last newsletter of 2012, I thanked you for being my reader and told you that without you, I would not be inspired to write and send the articles and inspiring perspectives on deep writing that I send. In this year, that's still true. Sometimes I get a response from readers of this newsletter thanking me for putting into words something that they too hold dear but haven't said in quite that way, or have never realized at all until then.
I write to discover deeper strata of myself, and also to share this process of "Writing from the Deeper Self" with you. I am convinced that this is what we all long for, personally (as readers and/or writers) and as a human community. We want to know who we really are, and to be touched by that, and through that to connect ~ even commune ~ with each other in a profound and sacred-human way.
Another purpose for my newsletters is to counter the trend towards overcommercializing the writing process and content. I'm all for marketing one's writing once it's a book! But books that really make a difference ~ that vibrate the being of the writer at his/her truest, as well as offer a quality reading experience ~ do not come from asking, "What product is needed in the marketplace?" It comes from asking, "What is the abiding desire in my heart that longs to be expressed?"
This is something that is true of all of us: an abiding desire in the heart to express something of who we are, and what we most deeply care about/struggle with/seek to understand and share. It may not be in book-form that this desire is fulfilled. But for some people, many people, writing a book really is what they most want to do. And they would like to do it in a way that gives something to them, shows them to themselves ~ is much more joyous than scary.
"I was a hidden treasure, and I longed to be known."
(attributed to God)
This month's feature article has to do with listening to your heart about what you want to write ~ and what you don't want to write. There's no fun in writing from the "should" superego voice (though that voice is strong in so many of us). But if we can have the courage to listen to what's alive for us, and follow it ~ even if at first we have no idea of where it's leading us ~ we will be delighted (at some point) by the treasure that we are, showing itself right there on the page.
This is a gift for us ~ and once it's in book form, a gift from us. Our readers become our friends even if we never meet them. The book is our heart-to-heart, our covenant, our legacy.
Enjoy this month's feature article. And I welcome you to take me up on my offer of a free half-hour phone session, to explore whether there is a book in your heart, and how together we can listen it out into joyful completion.
~ Naomi Rose
Naomi Rose, Book Whisperer / Developer
Phone: 510/653-7673 (510/653-ROSE)
Writing from the Deeper Self: Bringing your treasures into the world
2. FEATURE ARTICLE:
TO WHAT PERSISTS
So perhaps you write some thoughts or passages down. You create files on your computer. Maybe you print them out and put them in a looseleaf binder. You don't know exactly where this is going, but there's life to it, juice, a feeling of being in the creative flow—that you could, metaphorically, put your palm out face-up and inspiring words would rain down into it; words that not only could sway a readership, but that bring you to a sense of wonder. “Maybe this really could work,” you think. “Maybe I could write a good book.”
And then ~ over time ~ the wild receiving recedes. It's no longer a gift given by the universe, the tides. You have to do something to get there, to find it, to encounter it. You make your attempts, sitting down at the computer or by hand; but something feels forced, in the way. It's not that honeymoon, anymore.
And you let it go.
Perhaps, sometimes afterwards, a “rebound” book comes to you. “Well, this makes sense,” you tell yourself. “I bet this could have a sizable market. Why don't I do an outline and see if I can make it work?”
And you do.
And it looks good on paper. It's well-organized, and there's that recognizable whiff of you as the “expert” about it. You can tell people how to be better, live better, follow your template. What if it could be a best-seller? Pages accumulate.
And then, one day, you realize that you don't really care. Yes, it might be helpful. Yes, if you finished the book, it might reach many readers. Yes, you might get known for it, make money from it.
You don't really care.
On reflection ~ being really honest with yourself ~ you come to see that the first book was a book of your heart, and the second, a book of your head. It's not that the book-of-your-head couldn't work. It's that you don't have the passion to sustain it; or the longing to find out what is in it. It's a template, more of a business proposition. And though business does come into book-writing (after the book is done), you sense that it's not enough to sustain the journey. There is something in you that wants to find something you don't consciously fully know yet; something in you wants to be known.
And, with a deepening, matured passion, you allow yourself to return to the first book, and make your way through your doubts and fears (which mostly exist because you do care about it, you are vulnerable through it—precisely the things that will allow you to persist, to find what is seeking you, and to become known to yourself).
And this time, you claim this book as you write it. Whatever it asks, whatever it takes, whatever it gives, it is yours . It's for you .
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I tell you this not only because I have had clients for whom this is true, but because I went through this myself, not long ago. And one of the things I usually can count on myself for is to become aware of what's happening as it's happening, or not long after ~ and make the assumption that if I look into myself clearly enough, what I find will be true of others as well.
I let go of a book that had called me to write it ~ Living in MotherWealth, the sequel to my earlier book, MotherWealth: The Feminine Path to Money. I had been writing Living in MotherWealth for some years, and over that time it had metamorphosed at least twice, becoming something wholly different from its original incarnation: more intimate, more of the stuff I yearned to bring my full attention to ~ and more “scary” because of that. I had accumulated 12 looseleaf binders with writings (to go into the 12 chapters), and they sat, piled up on top of each other, on a section of my workspace that was visible as soon as I walked through the door.
“Ach, what do I know about this?” I accused myself one day. “All these binders, versions, tries. What if I never straighten it all out? Maybe it's not mine to do, after all. Maybe I should just drop it.”
And I did.
In the space between my caring and my unawares disappointment in myself came, one morning, an idea for a different book altogether. Surprised to find its outline hovering in my getting-out-of-bed mind, I wrote that outline down. My mind seemed so helpful, here, so sophisticated and compliant. Why, here was a book almost writing itself, it seemed to suggest. All I needed to do was flesh out the outline, and write a book proposal, and I was there. The topic was unusual and yet relevant to many people. There were no other books I could find on that topic. The readership was wide, and wide open. What if it had “best seller” written all over it?
Excited to be “pregnant” again (though ~ to carry this metaphor too far ~ inseminated through my mind, rather than my heart), I wrote the beginnings of several chapters. As I wrote, what I had to say informed the table of contents, and I revised that in light of what was developing. That interactive act alone ~ the conversation between the idea (the Contents) and the flesh (the chapters) told me that this was truly a Book, and I was writing it. Uncharacteristically, I told my friends all about it (I usually wait until the book is done). I had made a shift into the popular way of writing books: setting out an outline, methodically filling it in, and readying myself to promote the Next Best Seller.
And then, one day, I realized: I just didn't care. It was a rebound romance. I really loved the first book, Living in MotherWealth. Even if I was sometimes overwhelmed, just putting my attention on the subject was good for me, grounded me in a way of being that I wanted to develop and literally live in (thus the title). Feeling like a grateful, if prodigal, child, I returned to the book of my heart. It was a forgiving book. It welcomed me back. I have been holding it in my heart and imagination ever since, giving myself one day a week to encounter within myself that which I am longing to find and give expression to.
Perhaps you can relate to this ~ if not in writing a book, then in some other way. But I have clients who, as I did, let the lure of the convention wisdom about book writing turn their attention away from the sometimes-riskier but always more passionate book of their heart. Perhaps there is something to be gained by leaving what you love but fear (you won't do justice to; you'll be exposed by, have no façade to hide behind; etc.). You may turn your back on the book of your heart, you may let your fears have the upper hand and try to convince you that you don't care, and so on; but if it's really yours, you will miss it. You will miss being with it, focusing on it, giving it the wide berth of your attention and caring.
That's a sign that this book of your heart is yours (and later, if you go the distance, ours). That it wants you as much as you (underneath your fears) want it. That no concoction of your intellect, even if it gets on a Best-Seller List, will satisfy and glorify you as well as this persistent, signature book of your heart. It wants you to write it into existence.
You will be ~ and this is not too strong a way to put it ~ glorifying and, in some way, giving birth to an expression of God. How can you deny what is most deeply yours? The fears are nothing next to the delight that's possible.
3. GUEST EXCERPT:
"THE ART OF LISTENING"
Brenda Ueland was a wonderful teacher of writing. In part, this was because she understood the subtler worlds of perception. Listening has everything to do with writing well, and having a meaningful human experience. The following is from the Collected Writings of Brenda Ueland.
The Art of Listening
is through this creative process
I want to write about the great and powerful thing that listening is. And how we forget it. And how we don't listen to our children, or those we love. And least of all - which is so important, too - to those we do not love. But we should. Because listening is a magnetic and strange thing, a creative force. Think how the friends that really listen to us are the ones we move toward, and we want to sit in their radius as though it did us good, like ultraviolet rays.
This is the reason: When we are listened to, it creates us, makes us unfold and expand. Ideas actually begin to grow within us and come to life. You know how if a person laughs at your jokes you become funnier and funnier, and if he does not, every tiny little joke in you weakens up and dies. Well, that is the principle of it. It makes people happy and free when they are listened to. And if you are a listener, it is the secret of having a good time in society (because everybody around you becomes lively and interesting), of comforting people, of doing them good.
are the people, for example, to whom you go for advice?
Click here to read more.
4. GUEST SPIRITUAL TEACHER:
LLEWELLYN VAUGHAN LEE:
"CHANGING THE STORY"
Llewellyn Vaughan Lee is a Sufi teacher who speaks often and eloquently about what the Earth and humanity now need, at this crucial juncture in our evolution. The following article appeared in the "Religion" section of the Huffington Post in February 2013.
Changing the Story
The only way to change the world is to change the story.
Like a green shoot in early spring, a new story is trying to break through into our collective consciousness. How can we help it to emerge and grow, help it to change our fractured world?
We know only too well the story that defines our world today. It is a tale of consumerism and greed, sustained by the empty but enticing promise of an endless stream of "stuff" as the source of our happiness and wellbeing. We are finally coming to recognize the model of an ever-expanding economy on which that promise is predicated as an unsustainable myth, the domination of nature required to fulfill it as a desecration. All around us we are beginning to see the ravages of our culture's whole-hearted embrace of this story: a beautiful world broken and dying, on its way to becoming a polluted wasteland.
And many of us now long for a new story, one that will restore to the earth its lost divinity and reconnect our souls to the sacred within creation, a story that will save our planet. Some have even already begun to articulate such a story: a beautiful and compelling vision of the entire universe as a single, inextricably interconnected, living whole, offering a dimension of meaning to our individual daily lives that arises from an understanding of our place in the whole.
Click here to read more.
5. WRITE THE BOOK OF YOUR HEART
with Naomi Rose,
BOOK WHISPERER / DEVELOPER
Writing from the Deeper Self
Bringing your treasures into the world...
If you have been longing to be really heard ~ really seen ~ really known ~ to find and speak from your true voice and write a book that not only others will respond to but you yourself will respond to,
I can help you write the book of your heart so that not only do you come out with a book you can publish,
but you get to be nurtured and loved along the way.
What a gift to yourself ~ and to your potential readers.
And, on a practical level, once you are a published author, you can use your book to let people know about your work, your message, your other offerings, and your contribution to humanity. You can potentially more than make your investment in book-writing back, and build your platform as you mine and reveal your heart in writing.
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 (longer sessions are also possible).
Fee packages include:
I also offer experienced assistance with:
For more information on Writing from the Deeper Self and my work as a book developer, see this very website: www.essentialwriting.com.
Contact me to explore writing the book of your heart with my guidance and support. A free 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!
May your garden bloom!