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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

 


Writing from the Deeper Self

"Bringing Your Treasures into the World . . ."


Naomi Rose
Book Developer

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

naomirosedeepwrite@yahoo.com 

~ Free initial consultation by phone ~ 

Writing from the Deeper Self is a unique approach to writing that starts from your inner experience, called in by your heart, and only later finds its way into words. Because this process accesses deep inner knowing, it is trustworthy (you don't have to ask, "Is it good?" because your reference point is within you), healing, and fulfilling.

Naomi Rose, M.A., is a Book Developer based in Oakland, CA who works with aspiring book-writers in person, or by phone & email, encouraging & deeply supporting them to write the books of their heart. She has over 30 years experience in the publications field, as well as graduate work in psychology and a commitment to the healing process. She was awarded the "Elite Service Award" by Thumbtack.com, and chosen "#1 Editor and Book Developer in San Francisco."

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.

October 2011

NEWSLETTER

 

       1. Introduction: "Autumn Turning"

       2. Feature: "Harvesting Your Soul-Stirrings: Moving from Confusion and

                  Fear to Joy in Book Writing"

       3. Guest Writer: Olga D.S. Lopes: "When Illiteracy Is More Than the

                  Absence of Just Words"

       4. What's New at Rose Press: "2 Amazing New Books Almost Ready

                  for You"

       5. Writing Your Own Book: "Easier Than You Think, with

                    Starting Your Book"

       6. Flower Essence Remedies for Writers: "Healing Your Emotional Field

                    Makes It Easy to Write a Book"

       7. Book Development with Naomi Rose  

 

1. INTRODUCTION:

AUTUMN TURNING

Autumn. Fall. A turning ~ along with the leaves ~ towards flame, and towards increasing inwardness.

 

If you have followed me for some time into the inner territory of "Writing from the Deeper Self" (whether reading about it or having the opportunity to do it), you already know that I believe transformation is possible through writing a book in this way. The more present you are to what arises from within as you write, the more your deeper nature gets to be seen and known by you. And the more this essential relationship gets to be put down in words that others can at some point read, the more likely it is that your readers can equally be transformed.

 

So while I will miss the more expansive weather of summer (though I admit I did more work than recreation this past summer), I look forward to autumn's promise of turning from more outwardly focused to more inwardly focused ~ since it's from within that the real treasures, once birthed and shared, come. In our time of humanity's transition to what we hope and pray will be a more cooperative and healing and beautiful way of being, we can all use the experience of unearthing and birthing our treasures from within, sharing them with our kin on this planet, and receiving back the treasures that can come from simply being well received.

 

Some treasures await you here, in this newsletter. And who knows? Maybe this will be the time you give yourself the longed-for chance to bring the treasure of your own book into life, and into the world.

 

I'd love for you to experience this creative and healing fulfillment. That's what my being a Book Developer is all about.

 

May you receive something valuable, even precious, for yourself in this newsletter. I'm turning over a "new leaf," and intending to get these newsletters out at the beginning of each month, starting with this one. I hope to keep in better touch with you, find out more about what you may be wanting, and be responsive to your hopes, preferences, needs, wants, and dreams. May your harvest be abundant and infinitely nourishing.

~ Naomi Rose

 

2. FEATURE:
HARVESTING YOUR SOUL-STIRRINGS:

Moving from Confusion and Fear to Joy in Book Writing

To write a book that truly speaks to you as well as your readers-in-waiting is the underlying purpose of my work as a Book Developer. If you are not experiencing total aliveness in the process of writing your book, some old concept is in the way. And what will open up that door of aliveness is being in touch with yourself as you write. Letting the words arise from the wellsprings of your heart, aided by the discerning unveiling capabilities of your mind. Having the courage to follow your heart into unknown territory, stumblings and all, until a door opens and you see yourself mirrored back more beautifully than you ever would have imagined.

 

Because I have so much faith in this process that whispered its name to me over 20 years ago as “Writing from the Deeper Self,” I have become fairly tolerant of my own stumblings when I write—my missteps, my dead-ends, my being off the track, and all the rest. It's not that I enjoy it, exactly; I have my own fast-food tendencies, and want the perfect sentence and the perfect outcome now. But something more patient and true in me outwaits those drumming fingers, and brings me back to the more essential questions, like:

 

“Are you here , as you're writing?”

 

“Are you saying something you already know or think you know, so that you're bored? Or are you willing to be silent and see what's deeper inside ~ what has yet to rise up from that place of Being that has not yet been given a voice? Are you willing to just sit with the not-quite-knowing, and see what wants to be known?”

 

“Do you think you ‘owe' it to your readers to write a whole, worked-out introductory passage, when what you really want to do is get to the ‘live' parts, and let the weavings find their way later on? If so, what is the ‘live part' in this moment? Can you just go there now, and trust yourself to writing and integrate the missing pieces later on?”

 

“Who are you doing this for, anyhow, hmmm???”

 

# # #

Because I was raised in a family of writers, where literature was, for all intents and purposes, God ~ and because it was automatically expected that I would follow suit ~ it never occurred to me when I was younger, writing papers in school, and even (later on) articles for magazines, that what wanted to arise within me was the most important thing to pay attention to. I thought it was all about eloquence on paper, a well-turned phrase, an image that made you take notice. I had no idea that in writing ~ much less writing a book , and much less writing a book from the deeper Self ~ something authentic and indelibly mine from within was wanting a way to get my conscious attention, have me give it completely to that silent, unknowing-but-simmering place inside, and work together with what wanted to be given voice to. I had no idea that ~ to borrow a phrase ~ “Godding” was being asked for in writing a book from the deeper Self. I had been trained to make a good show with my writing, to get a good grade, a good review. To impose my knowledge on the subject, somehow, and look good in the process. Not to bring all my unvarnished longings close to my heart, and seek to find a way to give them voice.

 

Why would someone want to do this? In our day of, may I say, fast-food informational writing, where being the expert is the thing, and accumulating expertise is the way to a “platform,” and becoming known as the expert adds to your platform and bank account, why would anyone want to show up, sometimes in fear and confusion, and let their vulnerability lead the way?

 

Well, it depends on what you are wanting to have happen. If you're writing about information, then expertise surely has a place. One doesn't want to learn about nutrition from someone who fixes cars for a living. But if you're wanting to open the self-locked door to the human heart and soul, and to experience for yourself, in the very moment of writing, what's on the other side of that door ~ then your longing for what is real will outstrip your desire to look good. And once you reach that place ~ where the longing outstrips the presentation ~ then the door does open.

 

How many times have I begun a book with fear and confusion, believing that I “owed” some kind of good presentation to my readers and myself, and in that very posture closing the door on what wanted to tell itself to me from within? How many times, in past years, had I thrown in the towel and chucked my pages into a box in the closet, sure that I would never be able to really say what I hoped to say and didn't, apparently, know how? And how many times, in more recent years, did I rescue those boxes from the closet (of my house/my computer/my inner being), in a courageous attempt to find the essential nuggets of truth and beauty hiding in the welter of words I had put forth while thinking that this studied eloquence was the way in?

 

Writing a book is like agreeing to a marriage ~ only it's with yourself. At first you want to look good; then, over time, you think “What made me think this would work at all?”; and eventually, if your longing is persistent and not writing the book is more painful than letting yourself go ahead and write it, you think, “Maybe it's not about my looking good. Maybe it's about my being true.”

 

And then ~ in marriage and in book-writing ~ you let go of your worries about how you're coming across, and just open your heart to let the Beloved in. And that's when the miracles happen.

 

# # #

 

Because I primarily work one-to-one with my clients ~ believing that the ability to attune to this person, and where this person is in this moment, is what's important and most possible ~ I hesitate to give all-inclusive pronouncements to “Book Writers At Large.” Each person has her or his own constellation of glories and ways and fears, etc., and I like to attune as closely as possible to what will open the door for each person.

 

And yet there are a few things I can say in general that are likely to touch you, in particular. I'll give it a try, here:

 

  1. If you are repeating a story you already know by heart, when you start writing, you are likely to be bored. If you get bored, you won't want to go the distance, and you'll perhaps even become critical of yourself. So it helps to know enough to get you started, but not to know everything. That “gap” ~ that unknowing ~ may initially bring up uncertainty and fear, but over time it will spur you to look more deeply into yourself as you write. This looking is your wealth. There is something inside you that wants to be known, and is not yet known. The looking and hanging in, as well as some degree of interest (if not longing), will bring what wants to be known (the treasure) closer to the surface so you can ~ even if awkwardly, clunkily, in an “I-don't-have-a clue-in-the-world” kind of way ~ begin to give it voice.
  2. If you have a subliminal agenda, when you start writing your book, that it be “great,” “perfect,” “best-selling,” “award-winning,” and so on ~ you will intimidate yourself into a good presentation before that deep, hidden, beautiful, shy, and often inchoate place within you has a chance to show itself to you. Imagine a child who is beautiful beyond measure, but who has not been allowed to say what's in her or his heart, being told to perform like a dog doing tricks. How willing will that child be to come out of hiding and show her/his innate beauty? So see what your deepest desire is, in writing a book. If it turns out to be to give room for that hidden-away beautiful child ~ or, putting it in other words, for your true feeling-heart ~ to speak, then be kind to yourself. Be loving, be patient, be compassionate. Invite that secret treasure-chest-holder out, by just being present to it. Write what comes, and trust that you can always refine and revise later, can always insert and integrate material later. Your first vow must be to let the inner being speak what it has to speak. Later, you can erect contexts, backpedal and weave in connectors, and so on. But first, make the vow to at last allow your deeper Self to tell itself to you in writing.
  3. It's incredibly helpful to let go of the desire to impress, and instead find the real desire in your heart. It may be to hear yourself in beauty; or to become intimate with what's inside; or to reconnect with your forgotten treasures; or to trust that you are a hologram of the Whole, and that if you are true to yourself, you are simultaneously speaking to everyone else. This real desire may not announce itself ahead of time by name. You may have to poke around—in writing, and in your heart—to touch on it. But you will know it when you do. It will be unmistakeable. And once you're there, this desire has an intelligence of its own. You can follow it, and give it voice as you do.
  4. Writing a book from the deeper Self is a wonderful opportunity to free yourself from the habit of self-discard, and open yourself to the sacred. Simply that you wish to write from the deeper Self is already an internal sign that you are in the vicinity of the sacred. All you need to do at that point is recognize it, and take some deep breaths (especially exhales), and let it lead you. Of course, you can augment your awareness of this sacred encounter in any way that's meaningful to you. Some things that help me include:
    • Taking some deep breaths.
    • Lighting a candle.
    • Setting an intention/saying a prayer.
    • Making sure I won't be disturbed for a time.
    • Then just sitting in silence, and allowing what wants to arise from within to show itself to me in any way it wants to . This may be an inner image ~ a feeling ~ a sensation ~ a sound, or words ~ or any other way that my below-words life can get through to me.
    • Then I pick up my pen (or put my hands on my keyboard) and head for whatever has the most life for me in that moment, trusting that giving myself completely to the writing is the best thing I can do; and that in another writing session, I can go backwards and fill in the gaps if need be, or forwards, or whatever. The important thing is to feel completely present as I write ~ such that I receive something energetically in the very act of writing; and that by the time I'm done with what wants to tell itself to me, I feel like kissing the ground (in some form).
  5. Thanksgiving and celebrating after a writing session is a wonderful habit to develop. It may well come naturally, as a consequence of having opened to what wanted to reveal itself to you. Finding your depth of Being is an incredibly longed-for experience; and if you get even a taste of this through your writing, believe me, you will organically feel thankful, and wish to express that thanks to the larger-than-your-ego dimension of yourself.

There is more to writing a book from the deeper Self than just this, of course. I don't want to reduce to a formula the complexity and depth of your being, even with the attendant hopes and fears. But I write about this subject often enough ~ in these newsletters, and in my book, Starting Your Book ~ that you may feel ready to pick up a possibility here and an encouragement there, and just take it into your writing life as it feels best to you in the moment. There are always more ways to find your way in, and write your way out. And this is what it is to find your hidden treasures, make them known, and bring them ~ for the healing and deep thanks of your readers-in-waiting ~ into the world.

 

“I was a hidden treasure, and I longed to be known.” Writing from the deeper Self is one wonderful way to encounter and bring to light this sacred treasure.

Copyright © 2011 by Naomi Rose. All rights reserved.

 

 

3. GUEST WRITER: OLGA D.S. LOPES

"WHEN ILLITERACY IS MORE THAN THE ABSENCE OF JUST WORDS"

[Note: Olga Lopes is one of the winners of the "Lengthy Sentence Contest," a few months' newsletters past. She sent me the following piece, which had been published in an international complilation of stories and essays for "Global Action Week." Olga, of Portuguese descent, lives in South Africa.

On reading her essay, I realized that literacy, which I have so come to take for granted (especially growing up in a family of writers), when not made widely available, has a narrowing effect on the individual and the culture. Olga's essay makes a strong case for how literacy can greatly encourage the development of a human identity, both within the self and in relation to one's society. I hope you enjoy reading this as much as I did. If you wish to respond to Olga, please send your comments to me at naomirosedeepwrite@yahoo.com and I will forward them to her.]

~ ~ ~

"To educate a girl is to charge her voice with significance."


One might ask why would I, a literate middle-class woman, profess to understand, yes, truly comprehend what it might feel like to journey through this life without the written word. Because in essence, this is what we believe literacy to be; the competence to recognize and respond to thoughts that have been quantified with words.

I first encountered the weight of illiteracy as a little girl in the presence of my beloved grandmother. She was indeed an amazing woman, certainly in my eyes, having survived two world wars and the scourge of famine. Notwithstanding, she lived proudly as the sole breadwinner for herself, my great grandmother and my own mother. What to me was even more remarkable was the fact that amongst other jobs, she cooked for a living. Great was her heart's desire that she managed to execute this with such enthusiasm and the conviction of an accomplished master, even though she was illiterate: an aspect of her life that brought her enormous shame – shame for a condition that excluded her from being counted as one of any deserving virtue. In her I recognized the unbreakable spirit of “woman.”

Nevertheless, in the confines of family she would repeatedly lament her inability to read or write, alleging that those who had decided her fate were worthy of the highest punishment for believing that, as a woman, her contribution was of lesser importance. All she had ever grasped was the ability to sign her name; a quivering attempt at identity; the unmasked result of this unfathomable cruelty!

What, then, has this taught me? It is that even now, in too many communities and countries, this still rings true – absurdly so! To make sense of the enormous task at hand and ensuring that girls and women are conferred the right to literacy even as they are entitled to their daily nourishment, we need to take cognizance that the realm of letters represents much more than facts, details, instructions and specifications; all of which are fundamental in our digitized world.

To educate a girl is to charge her voice with significance. It is the perception that in her hands, the very fabric of society is being woven as she lovingly imparts her own learning, with an informed sense of purpose to the children she raises. Furthermore, it is an educated woman who recognizes possibility in her community, illuminating her sphere with consequence. It is the beauty of language that will convey her enlightenment when she stands with dignity as an equal amongst those who govern. Because as women, we bring a brand of softness to the world at large, that is unique to our gender.

Together, we can put an end to the unlettered, with the immeasurable gift of literacy. Go on, share the joy, fearlessly!

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© 2011 by Olga D.S. Lopes. All rights reserved.  


 

4. WHAT'S NEW AT ROSE PRESS

2 Amazing New Books Almost Ready for You

We are delighted to share with you that two new books from Rose Press are soon to be in print. You can look forward to having them enhance your life very soon.

 

Dark Innocence (Book One of The Star-Seer's Prophecy trilogy) by Rahima Warren, MFT (Ret.) is a riveting fantasy of the healing journey.

 

For anyone who loves the power of myth and a deep, riveting story well told… who yearns for a better world through the difficult, rewarding work of inner transformation… who has known suffering and darkness, and seeks to live in the light—this deeply affecting fantasy novel will be an intimate companion on the journey to wholeness, a guide to healing seemingly unforgiveable transgressions.

“A daring, taboo-breaking, visceral, intensely moving novel. Take a deep breath and approach this wild ride with an open mind… 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 (historical fantasy trilogy)

“ Engrossing, entertaining, and inspiring .”

~ George Taylor, MFT ; author, Talking with Our Brothers

“ Potent, magical, and unforgettable. A call to awaken, to face the unfaceable, and to find the heart of humanity.”

~Robin Winn, MFT

“ A can't-put-it-down, page-turning adventure story! I can't imagine how any reader cannot come away deeply and personally transformed.”

~ Chris Zydel , MA ; founder, Creative Juices Arts

“ Like eating thick, dark chocolate ~ deep, rich, dense ~ and very hard to put down!”

~ Ivana Marshall , MS , Counselor 

 

~ ~ ~

MotherWealth: The Feminine Path to Money , Revised Edition, by Naomi Rose is a story of how being Home to yourself brings you what you need ~ money included.

 

This newly revised edition of MotherWealth is more relevant to our times than ever. Taking an inner-life view of money, and its relation to the feminine way of Being, MotherWealth explores what can happen when an old self-image falls away and makes room for the deep support of Being to arise and make itself known.

 

 

“A finely crafted literary work that carefully plumbs the depth of poverty mind and what it is like to be born a woman in this time. Abandoning the myth of ‘Going Out to make money,' Naomi courageously enters the path of awakening. She 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 within herself. There are very few books being written today that come close to this kind of genius.”

~ Judith Avalon, M.A., transmitter of the Divine Mother; author, Entering into the Heart of The Mother: Spiritual Practice Embodied in Daily Life

 

“MotherWealth is a very valuable contribution.”

~ Kay Sandberg, Director, Lynne Twist's The Soul of Money Institute

 

Both books will be at the Frankfurt Book Fair this October, and are soon to be available in print and e-book versions her in the U.S. Stay tuned!

 

5. WRITING YOUR OWN BOOK ~ Easier Than You Think:

Starting Your Book: A Guide to Navigating the Blank Page by Attending to What's Inside You, by Naomi Rose

If, like 85% of Americans (and others elsewhere in the world) you believe you have a book inside you ~

what are you waiting for?

Starting Your Book: A Guide to Navigating the Blank Page by Attending to What's Inside You will show you how you have it in you to write the book of your dreams.


Raved about by readers. Endorsed by creativity experts. An intimate companion for your dreams of expression, self-discovery, and book-writing,


Available now, in print and e-book versions.

The book you long to write is in you. Listening can bring it out.


"I miss you. Please write. ~ Love, your true nature."

For a taste of the book, click here.


 

6. FLOWER ESSENCE REMEDIES FOR WRITERS

Healing Your Emotional Field Makes It Easy to Write a Book

Flowers are your healing friends!

Flower essence remedies can help you write your book. And it's as easy as taking a few drops under the tongue, in a glass of water, or directly on the skin.


Rose Press's line of Flower Essence Remedies for Writers & Readers has been expressly designed to help writers get through obstacles and impasses common to human beings who want to write a long work like a book. Gently, effortlessly, they bring certain positive qualities to your emotional "body" so that you gradually begin to feel those qualities in your own mind and feelings.


Clarity! Flow! Inspiration! Endurance! Awareness of details! The Big Picture! These and more qualities will become part of your experience effortlessly, just by taking these wonderful remedies.


"Shining Star gave a lovely lift to my spirits and helped me feel more at ease with the whole process of bringing my book forth into the world, and with the exigencies of life, in general." -Rahima Warren, author, Dark Innocence (Rose Press, 2011).

To see what wonderful, helpful qualities these flower blends can offer you, please click here.  

7. BOOK DEVELOPMENT WITH NAOMI ROSE

The fruits of my work as a Book Developer are threaded through everything in this newsletter (and in all the WFDS newsletters). All the products and projects are exciting ~ but the real heart is in the book development: the process of bringing forth from a client's deep heart the book that awaits birth, there.


To me, the process is so essential. It's never about cranking out a product, even though that's how most of us learned to write in school (and at work). It's always about listening inside more and more deeply, until that which lies at the core of your being has a way to make itself known to you. Writing is the way we make that known.


What does this say about Writing from the Deeper Self? That it's not only for the purpose of writing a book, but is a deeply spiritual process that your own being seeks to make real. If you did not benefit from the writing process, I would not be doing this work, because it's that evocation of what's real in you that brings me the most joy. Later on, when all this process is complete and you have a book in hand, the book itself will evoke for your readers a similar experience of being in contact with what is real in them. This is the case no matter what the subject of your book. If you have a longing to write a book that comes from who you really are inside, this is the place to do it.

"Working with Naomi has been a total delight. Not only is she able to deeply listen to me and fully grasp my ideas and intentions but she is also wonderfully talented at helping me clarify and plan out the structure and scope of my book. Her understanding and support of me combines with her own great insight and makes her an outstanding and inspiring midwife for creative process." ~ Kathy Carlson, MA, Ph.D., MFT, author, The Flame at the Tip of the Candle: Interconnectedness as Seen through the Lens of War


"Giving birth to books that heal is certainly your calling." ~ Doreen Hamilton, Ph.D., Clinical Psychologist, author, Essential Speaking: The 7-Step Guide to Finding Your Real Voice (Naomi Rose, Book Developer)

(Click here to see this book.)


For more details on working with Naomi Rose as your potential Book Developer, see this very website!

(To begin at the beginning ~ the Home Page ~ click here)

 

 

 

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