"Bringing Your Inner Treasures
to the Outer World . . ."
with Naomi Rose
January 2010 Newsletter
1. Introduction: "New Year's Greeting "
2. Feature: "We Build the Road as We Travel:
The Creative, Evolutionary Need for Book Writers to Tolerate
(Even Accept) The Process of Rough Drafts and Revisions"
3. Book Development: "Write the Book You Want to Write, the Way
You Want to Write It: Book Development with Naomi Rose"
5. Service: "The Joy of Being Listened to"
6. From the Flame of Desire to the Fulfillment of Being in Print
7. Rose Press Books and other delightful blooms
NEW YEAR'S GREETING
A new year is with us and in us, and in this year may our lives feel new. In every moment, when we can be aware of it, there are infinite possibilities, new ways to hold ourselves and others, new ways to treasure life.
This first Writing from the Deeper Self newsletter of the year is my gift to you. My prayer is that the book of your life in 2010 will be meaningful, fulfilling, connecting, and in some way, a new chapter.
Whether this new chapter takes place within your life, or in a book you write with my help, or both, the urge towards creative evolution is in us, not just the cosmos: and we are all birthing the new from within. Writing a book with that awareness just helps the creation take place; plus, you get to have a book at the end of the process.
People whom I've worked with have written about all sorts of subjects: public speaking, memoirs, healing, the emergence of the divine feminine, mothering, science and spirit, uniting male and female, and much more. Yet what they all have in common is the creative process, and what it offers them (and asks of them).
For people who suspect that true creativity is within them, writing a book from the deeper Self can be a profoundly healing, transformative experience. And for those who don't believe it, having the chance to discover what is in their heart that seeks expression becomes a great ocean of a gift to the larger world and also brings them home to themselves.
If you have the tiniest glimmer of a desire to write a book , this is a good year in which to do it. Although the publishing industry is in a state of great flux, opportunities are opening up, and self-publishing has reached a stage where it is not only possible and affordable but where its results can match those of traditional publishing.
More details on working with me as your Book Developer appear later in this newsletter. After reading them, feel free to contact me for a free initial consultation. I hope you enjoy the articles for this month, and all the rest to come this year.
Happy new year!
WE BUILD THE ROAD AS WE TRAVEL:
The Creative, Evolutionary Need for Book Writers to Tolerate
(Even Accept) the Process of Rough Drafts and Revisions
It's human to want to create something all finished, all perfect, all at once, from the outset. A flash of desire or inspiration seizes us, and we begin the lengthy process of writing a book that began in our hearts. We set out with perhaps some trepidation, but also a sense of new beginnings: a destination to be reached, and a path as yet not fully known.
The strength of our desire, even despite likely internal obstacles ~ self-doubt, lack of experience of being fully encouraged, feeling vulnerable and small ~ is the "big bang" of conception, the birthing-force that brings this world-to-be onto our horizon. Did we not have this desire to bring something new into being ~ to create ~ we could not see the process through. For, as I have written so often, writing a book is a process, and it affects the writer as much as what gets written. And this process, much like gestation, labor, and birth, requires nourishment, caring, commitment, and patience for the long haul.
When you fill out a form, everything is laid out before you: you just fill in the blanks. There is even a book around about how to write a book in this way, similar to the "paint by numbers" approach. This method will, indeed, produce the requisite number of pages, and that output can, technically, be called "a book." But a book that is created ~ more, that is created by a human being who has, in this process, the experience of actually being a creator ~ that requires something else.
There is a phrase I love: "We build the road as we travel." I first came across this as the title of a book about building cooperatives, based on the experience of a meta-cooperative in Spain, Mondragon, a cooperative that has existed since the 1930s, is still alive and well, and has inspired countless other cooperatives. This same phrase came back to me early one morning, as the sun was coming up and I pulled the final page out of my typewriter, fulfilled and happy.
For I had been feeling that something was not quite right with my book-in-progress, Living in MotherWealth , and while still lying in bed in the wee hours my mind and soul were searching to find out what it was. When it came to me, although the alarm clock said 5:30 and my usual rising time is 7:30, I got out of bed and padded into the living room, where my typewriter awaited.
For the next two hours I wrote, in that most-desired way: totally absorbed; still, within; conscious and yet passionate. There were the words and feelings and understandings that had been missing, which added the ingredients that had been missing: depth ~ personal experience that provided a lens by which readers might touch into their own ~ distillation ~ perspective ~ range ~ the weaving of the pieces into a whole. By the time I finished, seven pages later, not only did I feel the deep satisfaction of having found the words to match the inner experience and intent, but I also could see that only by having written the not-quite- right drafts beforehand could I possibly have come to know what I needed to write about, in order to tune the chapter, today.
That is : in order to complete the picture, you need to have something to work with: even rough drafts, false starts, nuggets of gold almost hidden within longer paragraphs of adored (or not-so-adored) verbiage that you know in your heart of hearts will need to go (or at least be revised). True, sometimes you are just sublimely attuned, and what you write comes out all finished the first time: weighted like a feather, nothing could or should be added to it, or it would sink.
But more often ~ especially with a long, lengthy project like a book (unlike, say, these short features I write, which often don't require a great deal of revision) ~ drafts and detours and dead-ends are simply part of the process, part of how you know who you are and what you want to say, and how you want to say it. If you don't allow yourself to put something down that at least is a marker of your intention to move forward on this path of book-writing from the deeper Self, then you don't have that something to perfect. It can't tell you "close, but not quite," or "yes, this part, but it needs a little something," or "okay, but what's the transition between what came before and this?" or "fine, fine, but too much unrelieved description. How can I shift the perspective, the pace? How can I bring this to life for myself?"
What we write down ~ what we see on paper, or the computer screen ~ constitutes the materialization of what is in our hearts, minds, souls. We must see something in order to see what more is needed, whether to continue on that path or take an alternate route. No matter how rough and awkward that something, it is still an indicator of the territory, even if what it tells you is "not this." "Not this" has the possibility to engender, "Well, then what?" and possibilities arising out of that question, that space. I cannot tell you how many kindergartenish first drafts I have personally been responsible for. When I was younger, I would despair: "This is terrible! What made me think I could write? I should give up right now." And in those years, often, I did.
But over time, a pattern began to emerge. Often, the things most close to my heart were what came out most awkwardly. Indeed, the closer to my heart, the more awkwardly they came out. I did not then understand the intimate relationship between the treasures of our being ~ how some of them have lived in hiding, waiting for discovery, waiting for a time in which we are ready to come close to that hidden place, in a spirit not of condemnation but compassion ~ and the youngness with which they are often first expressed, the rooting, crawling phase of their life.
For imagine: once upon a time you had a treasure, but it was threatened ~ criticized, dismissed, stolen, whatever ~ and you decided that until such time as it was safe, you would not bring that treasure into public view. Then, when you grow up, you may forget that there's a treasure within, or ~ offering it its first public expression onto paper ~ you forget that once you valued that treasure like you value life, and so you join the roster of those who condemned, dismissed, or stole it. And yet here is this treasure , this kindergarten-level expression of the treasure, needing light, needing encouragement, needing "What a beautiful picture of the sun, just like a wheel!" Only then, in the light of acceptance and encouragement, can that kindergarten drawing of the sun-with-spokes gradually metamorphose into a rich, vibrant, pulsating sphere that radiates warmth and light and happiness. (I'm trusting that my using a visual analogy translates into writing in words.)
This is the road we build as we travel. We write something, and we sense it isn't perfect. But the very act of writing it down gives us a territory to traverse, and to have a look-out point from which to get perspective. We cannot get perspective in our minds all at once; even if we did, it's a rare experience to recall it all and just "take dictation." Creating is not simply "channeling": it is receiving what comes, after inviting that presence to come, and then being present to it so that we can bring ourselves into it fully. In the process, lumps are visible; muddy roads; inclines that, like the staircases in the Winchester Mystery House in San Jose, California, don't go anywhere, just butt up against a ceiling; and so on. The best response to all this is not "Oh my God, this is hopeless, what makes me think I can write?" etc. but "I'm getting the picture, even if some of it isn't yet clear."
Unlike a dance performance, or a theatrical event, or a choral rendition of music, writing is not a performance (though you can do a reading, afterwards, that is). Writing from the deeper Self is a journey into more and more intimate territory, even if what you are writing about is sea anemones; and, this is a very forgiving journey. Until you make the decision to show your writing to others, no one but you and God are watching. It is a private, even sacred, experience; and it can be changed enroute, as you more fully get what you are doing and why. Revision is not a punishment, it is a gift you give yourself. It is a way to refine what presents itself to you, and it is possible only because you are tolerating, trusting, that you do not have to be perfect and "get it right," you only have to stay present and see what speaks to you most truly. As that happens, you begin to trust your sense of things, to know when you are "on" and when you are "off," and even to value knowing when you are "off" because it leads you closer to finding how to be "on."
To write a book from the deeper Self in a way that rewrites your sense of yourself, that enlarges and expands you, that shows you where you hid your treasures and how to dig them free, there is no exact template you can follow. But what you can do is build the road as you travel, and enjoy the traveling, the building, and the path under your feet that takes you to your (perhaps refining) destination ~ the path you also leave for others to walk on as they garner courage to build their own.
Copyright © 2010 by Naomi Rose. All rights reserved.
3. BOOK DEVELOPMENT:
Write the Book You Want to Write, the Way You Want to Write It
Writing a book ~ especially one that you really want to write ~ can be a wonderful, fulfilling experience. The process of finding out what wants to be written, and then seeing how you can make room for that to take place, is very much like the process of conception, gestation, and at long last, delivery.
Still, many people are rather daunted by the idea of writing a book. It can seem overwhelming: "Where do I start?" "What do I really have to say?" "Do I dare let my real voice be heard?" and even, "Who would care?" These and other fears often come up when someone seriously considers writing a book.
It helps tremendously to have a knowledgeable and compassionate ally along the way ~ someone who not only knows about how to put a book together, but who also understands how delicate can be the process of being true to yourself throughout, and how much it helps to be heard, supported, encouraged, and believed in.
I function as your book-writing "midwife," or book developer. I enable you to trust completely what arises from within you, so it develops in its own way ~ a way that's true for you. While I offer my book knowledge developed over 30 years' experience in the publications field, mostly I hold a light to the wisdom, beauty, inspiration, and healing in you so that you can depend on it for your creating. I hold your book and spirit steady, and I join with you in traveling this journey so that, while it's all yours, you are not alone.
A book can take from 6 months to several years to write. But if in the process you are discovering your deepest being and reveling in it, that's not a bad thing at all. And when you are done, I can help you publish the book yourself or seek an external publisher.
In this day of "paint-by-the-numbers" book writing (commercially driven, to give you career credibility alone), it makes a difference to write the book that's really yours, the way you want to write it. Then it will sing with your imprint, and its way in the world will be found.
Please see the rest of my website for details and the full flavor. To explore your situation and desires, contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or (510) 465-3935.
Writing from the Deeper Self: Bringing Your Treasures into the World...
Naomi Rose, Book Developer
Starting Your Book:
Navigating the Blank Page by Attending to What's Inside You
4. THE JOY OF BEING LISTENED TO
For Those Who May Not Wish to Write a Book
Still Would Like to Hear Themselves
People write books partly to listen to themselves. (And people read books for the same reason.)
Sometimes people come to me thinking they want to write a book, and after some time it turns out that they aren't so interested in that. What they really want is to be listened to and in that way to be able to hear themselves: what's within them, what shines, what hurts, what's beautiful, what's growing ~ what's their own.
As a longterm student and lover of the art of listening, I offer listening sessions by phone or in person, whether you want to write a book or not. It's amazing what can happen in a field of truly loving, attentive listening. Difficulties can resolve themselves; old stuck places can begin to move; the healing breath available to you can begin to flow and heal you. If, out of this experience, you are moved to write, I certainly will help you with that. But if you just want to know yourself and cherish your life, and have access to your infinite creativity (however it shows itself to you), I invite you to contact me for an initial session at no cost. If, after that, you would like to go further, we can discuss what would suit you best.
Phone: (510) 465-3935
"Sitting with you was like sitting with a seasoned spiritual director. Very present, very open to what I might say. Responding from the heart to my writings, which was very precious to me. For a person who is longing to be deeply heard, just sitting with you and seeing my spoken work impact you is a precious thing. You help me to see the transcendent aspect of my writing."
~ Roberta Gannon, MFT, poet, spiritual director
FROM THE FLAME OF DESIRE TO THE FULFILLMENT OF BEING IN PRINT
A Cornucopia of Helpers to Make Your Book-Writing Dreams Come True
Imagine that you can write a book in a way that nourishes (rather than unnerves) you.
Imagine that you have time and space to get it down on paper.
Imagine that if you don't want to do your own writing, you can tell your story to a wonderful interviewer and writer who can write it for you, and even help you get your book in print.
I am delighted to tell you that now, your deep book- writing needs can be fulfilled in a variety of ways, with the help of my family and friends. (This isn't nepotism; I come from a long line of literary people, and married into this stream as well.)
earlier times, cottage industries were abundant. Patrons would bring their
requests to a member of this "cottage," and have the benefit of the entire
family's expertise, customized to their needs.
Thanks to having my family and friends, I am now in the position to make your book-writing dreams come true on a broader scale. From Book Development to ghostwriting, from proofreading to book production, the WFDS cottage industry is at your service.
Offerings directly with Naomi Rose:
Offerings of Family and Friends That Support Your Writing All the Way into Print:
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5. ROSE PRESS BOOKS
& Other Delightful Blooms
Press books are the organic, logical, and fragrant outgrowth of the
Writing from the Deeper Self book-development process.
Some of the books have already blossomed (been published) and are available for you to read, enjoy, and integrate into your creative and financial life. Others are budding (soon to appear). Who knows? Maybe your book will appear here one day.
If you're considering writing a book, Starting Your Book will show you what's involved, inspire you to believe in yourself ~ and the minimal cost of the e-book version will soon be recouped as your creative life goes into high gear.
If money has been on your mind (and whose has it not?), then MotherWealth: The Feminine Path to Money and The Portable Blessings Ledger will show you that developing your inner wealth pays real-life, in-the-world dividends and blessings.
And if healing our current social crises are of concern to you ~ the environment, violence, oppression, the economy, and more ~ then Healing Civilization, by the renowned Chilean- born psychiatrist Claudio Naranjo (who first brought the Enneagram of Personality to the U.S.), will let you in on a secret that, once you know it, can change everything for the better.
HEALING CIVILIZATION, by Dr. Claudio Naranjo.
With a Foreword
by Jean Houston.
MONEY AND THE INNER LIFE SERIES, by Naomi Rose
THE "CREATIVITY" SERIES, by Naomi Rose
Starting Your Book: A Guide to Navigating the Blank Page by Attending to What's Inside You
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