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"Bringing Your Treasures into the World . . ."
with Naomi Rose
"Writing from the Deeper Self" Newsletter
June 2008 issue:
1. Introduction: "Wishing You Well"
2. Feature: "The Joys of Letter Writing--and Book Writing"
Wishing You Well
Sometimes, when I send out my newsletter about various aspects
of writing from the deeper Self, I receive replies from friends. They
don't always say, "Yes, I'm ready to write my book" - although
So whatever your take on what you'll read here, know that I am grateful that you are reading it, that you are here, and that - on one level or another - you are in my life and I get to share this newsletter with you. If you feel like clicking "Reply" and letting me know how you're doing, what's going on - please feel free. And if you want to write a book, or read some that I have written, I can help with that as well.
Wishing you a joyful June,
FEATURE: The Joys of Letter Writing--and Book Writing
It has been said that
in our times of Internet correspondence, the art of letter-writing is
dead - that we have been reduced to memos and visual sound-bytes, to the
quickest, most utilitarian thought-dashes. The expression of our deep
thoughts and feelings, our hearts, our weighed and measured reflections,
it is said, don't seem to have a place in the technology of our fast-paced
world. Our very language is getting clipped down like hedges to the merest
virtual nod of agreement: "Ok, meet you Tuesday." "Try
Googling this name. Good luck."
But sometimes it happens
that your heart is somehow stimulated into expressing things so deep in
you that the geographical distance between you and the recipient of your
letter is no more a barrier to your deeply considered expression than
the distance between two hearts that are in tune. In slowing down thought
to match the feelings in the body - in
I have been blessed
not only to have friends far away who like to correspond by e-letter,
but even to have made some dear friends in this way. One of them has even
become a likely partner with me in
What is it about writing that has this potential for such intimate connection? How is it that the very act of writing can create pathways for true friendship?
I think it may
come from sharing what begins in solitariness. Writing is a solitary pursuit,
at first - that's what draws some people to it, and keeps others away.
But a solitary connection is often what allows deep-strata truths to be
found. What is it you are mining, if not your own being? And when that
inner connection takes hold, and the writing keeps it
And so, once you
send it, you are left with the traces of where you have been in the writing,
as well as the gift of your writing to your friend. It reminds me of a
shrine in nature that I was once shown on a trip to
The other day,
I got a response to one of my letters - a very grateful, peacemaking response.
And my husband, himself a wonderful writer, said to me, "You write
such beautiful letters. Maybe I should put them into a book."
What is the trajectory from letter-writing to writing a book? Is there any connection at all? I think there is, although it may not be obvious. For a book is purposeful, considered, and a long-term commitment; a marriage of sorts; while a letter often takes place in the moment, and - if a letter to a friend, rather than to a business acquaintance, say - has no other purpose than revelation of self, or the exploration of a subject, or the simple transmission of love. It generally takes place in the moment, and, once written, is done.
But some letters are purposeful: to cement a bond, or repair a rift, or propose some kind of joint journeying, or explore the past and bring it into the present, for instance. And some books - much as we may think differently - do not begin with a crystal clear purpose. Not all books arrive in the writer's mind or heart or soul fully formed, like Athena from the forehead of Zeus. Most, in my experience, don't. And many of those that do, often change course midway. A book is an experience as well as a project; it asks things of you that you may fear, initially, but that - if you embrace what is asked - will bring you closer to yourself and show you how deep and large and beautiful you are.
Not everyone needs to write a book. Not everyone wants to write a book. But for those who do, writing a book from the deeper Self will nourish and transform you as well as your readers.
If you have a book
in you, this approach works because it attends to what's already inside
you. There are no formulas, right ways, or templates (though there are
organic structures that show themselves).
Whether you have
a book in you now, or later, or not at all, you still can write a letter
from the deeper Self. Sometimes it's much easier to write a letter to
a particular person, and thereby begin to discover the joys of articulating
in words what's inside you. Later, as you begin to realize that you are
also writing to and for yourself - finding the jewels overlaid by the
rust of neglect, the veil of not looking - you will be able to take