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Writing from the Deeper Self
Your Treasures into the World . . ."
from the Deeper Self" Newsletter
out the mystery
what it takes to write a book
making room for the Mystery
at the heart of the process.
1. Introduction: "Because
There's a Wondrous Treasure Inside You"
2. Feature: "How
We Come to Write About What We Write About: Healing
Our Unspoken, Often Difficult Relationship with Money"
There's a Wondrous Treasure Inside You...
there is a wondrous treasure inside you ~
because not finding that treasure causes loneliness and yearning ~
and because not sharing that treasure keeps the world from its true healing
Now is the time to write your book,
and become the Divine instrument you long to be.
They are beginning
to sell flowers-in-bud in the supermarkets, where I live. Lily bulbs,
more bulb and stem than flower. Bareroot roses, with ugly, gnarled trunks
and no hint of roses ~ you’d have to know from past seasons, or
take it on faith, that these overlookable, woody branches will bring forth
the lustrous-petaled, fragrant roses we have come to expect (full blown,
as it were). These are some of the more subtle hints of spring, the ones
that take watching; the ones that ~ to the initiated ~ seed hope.
As a Book Developer, I feel a great kinship with the Creative process
in its natural manifestation, and as it moves through each human being.
Watching the seasons produce their heirs has a lot in common with helping
people write books. In both cases, something happens underground first,
invisibly, when the days are short and darkness is long. And then, a sign
of spring comes unexpectedly: a thawing in the heart, a sigh of sudden
longing, a restlessness, as if something (but what?) is trying to be born.
Most of us have been taught to be daunted and baffled by the book-writing
process, as if it’s a secret knowledge possessed only by others.
We think we need to have an outline, chapter titles, the Introduction
worked out before we even begin. This is the academic path, and it may
work for some; but to really write the book of your heart, it is of course
your heart ~ that bareroot rose, knowing what it is capable of in bloom
~ that needs to be consulted.
When I work with clients, even with my over 30-year book background in
the publications field, the greater part of what I do is listen to what’s
in their hearts, so that gradually they can, too. When I say “listen,”
I mean that we sit together (in person, ideally; otherwise by email and/or
phone) and I make attentive room inside me to deeply hear what they are
saying, what they want, where their longings lie, where the obstacles
are, and the nature of their unique pathways by which they receive the
flow of the creative spirit. This being listened to ~ too rare in our
culture ~ eases their spirit, illuminates their path, and makes it more
possible for them to listen to themselves. From there, listening to themselves
on paper ~ the great gift of the Writing from the Deeper Self approach,
in particular ~ becomes possible.
And so the journey becomes as meaningful as arriving at the destination.
The process of writing the book gives as much nourishment and opportunity
for profound self-discovery as producing a written book, with covers and
a spine and your name on the front.
If you are one of the 85% of the population who feels they have a book
inside them, and want to give yourself the profound gift of bringing it
to life ~ without being confined, at the outset, to outlines and ideas
about what your book should be before you know what it even is ~ then
do these two things to set your book-writing journey into motion:
1. Go to my website to find out more about Writing from the Deeper Self.
Let yourself be inspired by what can happen for you.
2. Contact me by email to explore how we can work together to realize
your sacred wish to write a book: firstname.lastname@example.org. Discover
the real chapters of your life.
I have clients throughout the U.S., in Canada, and in Europe, all discovering
something wonderful about themselves through their book writing. I hope
that you too will soon have this holy experience ~ and in the process,
help heal our soul-parched world.
We Come to Write About What We Write About: Healing Our Difficult, Often
Unspoken Relationship with Money
If anyone had
told me, about 15 years ago, that I would be writing about money and its
hidden connection to our inner lives, I would have stared in disbelief
and muttered something about not wanting to put my writing time towards
the subject of money. (I probably would have said that I wanted to write
and get money for it!)
Life, however, as I’m sure you know, has its way of giving us our
subject matter ~ “assignments” that are great challenges for
us, but that if we are able to get through them, master them, and share
them with others, turn out to be great blessings. We all know this from
experience, whether we write about these challenges or not ~ or, in my
case, write our way through the challenges.
For me as a writer, writing a book is one of the most profound and transformative
ways to move through a difficulty and find the light, the understanding,
and the entire topography of the territory. Sometimes writing the book
itself can be challenging, especially when you are writing not what you
know, but what you don’t know ~ and must know, in order to live
authentically. The “pearls” that come out of these irritations,
or prickings, are truly of great price; we come to know something deeply,
integrally, directly, without having to learn it from outside.
Not everyone wishes to write a book in this way; but for those who do,
the journey can be wondrous, magnificent, even with its twists and turns.
All the dark alleys of unknowing we encounter, all the false openings,
all the unexpected doors ultimately lead us deeper into the gold mine
of our own hearts, where we discover that, as all the sages say, what
we were looking for was in us all along.
And so I have come to, in part, specialize in the field of writing about
money and the inner life. Most people don’t even think of those
two in the same sentence, and yet I have published two books on the subject
(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), with another in progress (The Blessings
Ledger: A Journey to Unite Money and Compassion). Almost all of what I
wrote, I wished to learn. And that wish was a prayer that opened all the
In January of this year, I went on retreat to write a 3500-word article
on the subject for a very interesting magazine called Pure Inspiration.
(I wrote about this in my February newsletter. See archives.) I felt that
I had really learned something about the connection between money and
the inner life, money and compassion, and now it was time to share it
widely. For my discoveries might be working for me, but unless many more
people also had this opportunity to come from that perspective, the culture
at large wouldn’t be much changed.
So I wrote “The Almighty and the Dollar: How Paying Attention to
Our Inner Lives and Bringing Compassion to Our Dealings with Money Can
Bring Us Closer to God” to make it clear how living in harmony with
our true nature will bring us all the support we need. And this, more
even than knowledge of money management, can turn our lives around.
NOTE: "The Almighty and the Dollar" is available from The Creating,
Comfort, & Centering Store on this website. Click on the "bookstore"
page, on the menu to your left.