“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
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~ Larry Decker, Ph.D., author,
The Alchemy of Combat
"Bringing Your Treasures into the World . . ."
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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: "Writing the World You Want to Live In"
2. Feature Article: "Depth-Mirror Hunger"
3. Invitation to a Conversation: "Do You Feel Deeply Seen by the Culture?
What Deep Hungers Would You Like to See Addressed and Nourished
There?” ~ and in What Forms?"
4. New Book by a Client: Barbara Hannelore's The Moon & You
5. Client Success of the Month:
Doreen Hamilton, Ph.D., Clinical Psychologist; Author,
6. Special Holiday Offer: "Writings about Deep Writing: Collected Essays by
Naomi Rose, Book Developer"
7. Let Your Heart Have a Voice: Set up a Free Discovery Session with me to
explore the book that's in you to write
Writing the World You Want to Live In
In this issue, I have some special treasures for you!
November being my birthday month, I find myself thinking not only the kind of life I want to live, but also about is the kind of world I want to live in and leave behind. So much of this has to do with bringing my deepest Self into my lived experience, my work, my art, and my relationships.
This made me realize more deeply how having encouragement to show yourself to yourself – as well as others (say, through a book) – brings you to wholeness, gives, as Hafiz puts it, "the encouragement of light on your being." And how little attention our culture tends to give to this essential need.
Feature article: "Depth-Mirror Hunger": So my feature article, this time around, is on the need for our own depths to be reflected back to us in the culture. I have titled it "Depth-Mirror Hunger." After reading it, you may find yourself more aware of this hunger in you – and also more ready to feed yourself well, in this regard. See #2, below.
Inviting Your Responses: Following up on this exploration, I am including a way for you to be part of this conversation – by inviting your response to the questions, "Do You Feel Deeply Seen by the Culture? What Deep Hungers Would You Like to See Addressed and Nourished There?” ~ and in What Forms?" See #3, below.
The Joy of Having Clients with Wonderful Books Out: I just love trumpeting the book-related successes of my clients! And this time, I have two such opportunities.
First, a new book just out by Barbara Hannelore, The Moon & You, wisely and brilliantly helps women through their monthly cycles. Even if you are past this stage, it's still a most valuable and comforting guide. I'm proud to say that I edited the book, and also developed it to some degree. See #4, below.
Next, as part of my "Client Success of the Month" series, this time I am featuring a most useful book by Dr. Doreen Hamilton, which addresses the #1 fear, statistically (just under fear of death!) – public speaking. Essential Speaking: The 7-Step Guide to Finding Your Real Voice offers a wise and healing approach that has made a huge difference in many people's lives who now have a voice in public. (You might see this as the vocal counterpoint to my work helping people have a voice in print.) I served as Doreen's Book Developer several years ago, and her readers' responses make me amply glad that I did. Doreen's book journey is profiled in the "Client Success of the Month" feature. See #5, below.
Special offer for the holidays: Encouraging yourself and those you love to bring forth their creativity and authentic expression through writing a book is a gift that will pay off deeply and widely over time. Now, through December 15th, I am offering a special deal:
1. A great price on my new, hot-off-the-eBook-press book, Writings About Deep Writing: Collected Essays by Naomi Rose, Book Developer
as well as
2. a special holiday price on my evergreen book, Starting Your Book: A Guide to Navigating the Blank Page by Attending to What's Inside You.
3. An even more dazzling discount for ordering both books together.
Whose creative fulfillment would you like to encourage for the holidays? See #6, below.
Let Your Heart Have a Voice: Finally, an opportunity to have a Free Discovery Session with me to explore the book that's in you to write. These phone calls are designed to be not only informative but warm, encouraging, and inspiring you to believe you really could do this author-thing, in a deep and fulfilling way.
Enjoy the harvest – and happy Thanksgiving!
~ Naomi Rose
Have you ever in your life stood in line in the supermarket looking at the magazines by the checkout stand and thought to yourself, “Where am I in all this?”
When I was an impressionable teenager, I not only leafed through the magazines near the checkout stands, I went out of my way to buy them. Avidly turning the pages, I pored through the ads for flawless skin and $3000 dresses worn by impossibly perfect models. I read the articles that seemed to be in agreement about the essential questions of life – what delicious things to make for supper that were both fashionable and budget-conscious; how to drive a man wild in bed by doing something external to yourself; how someone had come through something horrendous and survived to heroically tell the tale; and so on – and wondered, in a silent voice that no one heard but me, “Is this really all there is to life? And if so, how will I ever have a place in this world?”
I was too young, then, to realize that these few topics and the ways in which they were presented were not actually the whole (or even real ) focus of what it was to be a human being, but rather a few selected topics that had been somehow decided would catch the attention of the reading public and bring them back for more. And more. And more.
These same magazines – or their next-generations of our time – are still around. True, there are the more depthful exceptions: Parabola, The Sun, and their kind. But mostly, the choices within the pages of the glittering magazines near the register (if I am at, say, Safeway rather than Berkeley Bowl or Whole Foods) are the same. Will I try this diet or that? Would I like to firm up my abs? What about spending a couple of paychecks on a new blouse? And what could I do to myself to look like this airbrushed model / get past a difficult divorce like that movie star / model myself on the success of some parvenu entrepreneur?
And I think, again – fifty years later, though without the teenage despair – “Where am I in all this?”
You may well experience the depth of yourself in your life, in your thoughts, in your work, in your relationships. Or perhaps you wish you could, to a greater degree. While the capacity to touch into one's deep Self is always here, it seems to me that its emergence and flowering is greatly helped by being of value in a culture's self-reflection s. To know that who you are inside – now, and potentially – has a value and a place in the world goes a long way, I believe, towards helping that depth unfold. When this depth is nowhere in the mainstream culture to be seen, in the absence of such a nurturing and evocative mirror we may find it difficult to believe that what is in us is wanted outside us. Certainly, I spent much of my inner life over the course of many years believing this was the case.
Books are different from magazines, in that they – by their very length, if nothing else – allow a subject to be gone into in more depth. It's not enough, in a book, to lure your readers with promises of more spectacular thises and thats without at least making a chapter's-length case for it. In the process (and because the writing of a book is clearly a larger commitment than the writing of an 800-word article), it often happens that the writer finds that some deeper strata of self than initially envisioned knocks at the inner door and says, “Get your bearings. This is a deeper path than you thought. It will take you somewhere your very Being needs to go and your readers need to know.” That is, assuming the writer didn't begin with this intention from the outset.
The notion of naming the approach to writing I teach and guide others to do as “Writing from the Deeper Self” was not some idea I idly brainstormed and came up with. No, it came to me – in something of that Saul/Paul roadside-lightning-struck way, back in the late 1980s – when I was literally walking down a road near where I then lived. Walking down a road looking at the sky and the grasses and the houses, and trying to fathom my place in things: and then, suddenly, the words “Writing from the Deeper Self” popped into my mind. Deeply, insistently, as if to etch them in my awareness and memory: “Writing from the Deeper Self! Writing from the Deeper Self!” I could not help but hear it. “Okay, okay,” I thought, baffled. I did not then know what the “deeper Self” was.
In the ensuing years (now almost twenty-four), the deeper Self has opened itself to me – at least to the extent of meeting a lifelong yearning to remember who I am, who I was when young before so much cleverness and labyrinthian evasion of true feeling and knowing overlaid my real nature. This deeper Self – once seen as so distant, so removed from paradisical nearness, so inexplicably exiled – tells me that it never has been gone; just that my own orientation went in a different, more externally based direction.
Looking outside for mirroring and confirmation, I so rarely found it mirrored in the culture at hand. Lacking such a mirror, that place in me that was most tender, most beautiful, most real stayed in hiding; not only from others, but also from myself. Only as I began the journey of Self-remembrance did it emerge, sometimes shyly, sometimes with starbursts of exaltation, and say, as I was ready to kneel at its imagined feet, “Kneel, yes; but this is not other than yourself.”
Do you ever wish that there was something in the culture that showed you to yourself as you truly are? Even if you don't remember what that is, only hunger for it in ways you can barely speak of? In all the discussions of what our planet needs in order to make the defining turnaround towards love, cooperation, healthy relationships, prosperity, peace, and so on, have you considered that perhaps what is missing in the culture is a reflection of what is most deeply in you ?
When a person writes a book from the deeper Self, a couple of things happen, at least. One is that the readers get to see themselves more truly. And this is good for their health and well-being. It is vastly healthy to stop straining to be other than you are, and to be able to acknowledge and appreciate the essential basis of your own nature.
Another thing that happens when a person writes a book from the deeper Self is that their own depth has a place to land and be explored. We carry all this wisdom and unconscious realization potentially within us; but if we don't get the opportunity to mine it, claim it, and share it for the sake of our own and others' well being, it can remain a gift that never gets opened. This is more than a personal loss; this is a loss of soul. And soul-loss (magazine covers to the contrary) affect us all. It was Jesus who said, “If you bring forward what is in you, what is in you will save you. If you do not bring forward what is in you, what is in you will destroy you.”
We have a wish – and also a need – to be known; not in the tabloid, celebrity sense, who did what when to whom, and how much money was involved – but in the deeper soul-sense. Something in us – elusive, perhaps, but absolutely real – wakes us up in the wee hours, sometimes, to press upon our usual sense of self and say, “You are more than this, you are more, you are more.” Until we open the door to that “more,” something in us goes hungry; and no amount of new recipes, firmer abs, or designer clothing will satisfy this hunger.
But what can satisfy this hunger is the journey to making our deeper Self known to us. And, because it is the deeper Self, what we find there is deeply relevant to everyone. That place inside that is universally true – we hunger for reflections of that, for ways in to our own essential Being.
What if our culture began to offer these reflections everywhere – in books in retail stores and libraries, and online; in magazines by the checkout stand; on billboards; in trees (well, that probably does happen already, in its way)? What if who you really are could be limned and whispered and shouted out exultantly from every corner? Wouldn't you find something calming down inside, letting go of the stress and strain, becoming still and glad and happy – and connected?
Writing a book from the deeper Self is not the only way to accomplish this. But it certainly is one way. Every client who has worked with me to bring forth a book has emerged with her or his sense of self deepened and expanded. The closer you get to the deeper Self, the more vulnerable it may temporarily feel – because this true Self is what we have hidden away. But at some point (usually before the book is published), the writer realizes what an incredible gift and legacy they have found for themselves and now can give the world. Something universally true, yet with their own unique and particular stamp on it, the fabric woven from the threads of their own life and being.
It is a journey, yes. It is a commitment, yes. But the amplitudinous rewards ripple forever. Into your own life, and into the world. Imagine a culture like that. Take a step and help it happen. Write your book, and bring the treasure of you who really are – who we all really are – into the world: in your own words, in your own way. Now.
To set up a free Discovery Session to explore what may be in you that might want to be expressed as a book, contact me by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 510/653-7673. (See #7 below for more details on Discovery Sessions.)
You will likely come away with an experience of inspiration and encouragement, as I mirror the treasures within you (which you may already secretly know about, or may never have yet seen). From this interaction, you may wish to give yourself the gift of writing a book from your deeper Self.
Copyright © 2013 by Naomi Rose. All rights reserved.
3. INVITATION TO A CONVERSATION:
Do You Feel Deeply Seen by the Culture?
What Deep Hungers Would You Like to See Addressed
and Nourished There? ~ and in What Forms?
You are warmly invited to reflect on the following questions and answer any or all of them. Then let me know your answers by email
(email@example.com). Let me know if I have your permission to share them with my other readers (and whether you want to be quoted by name or anonymously).
1. Is there some place in the larger culture that you feel shows you more of who you really are, rather than making you feel reduced to a consumer or some stereotype or media ideal, etc.?
If so, where have you found this?
2. When you experience this kind of mirroring (if you do), how does it affect your sense of yourself? Of what is possible?
3. If you do not experience this kind of deep mirroring from the culture, how has this lack affected you?
* “not at all”
* “very much, though I hadn't realized it until now”
* “very much, and I have known this”
Please elaborate a bit on your response.
Do you feel it is important to have the culture include this kind of deep mirroring?
Do you have any ideas about where and how this might take place in the culture?
Is there some contribution that you would sometime like to make to help this shift happen?
What might that contribution look like?
Thank you for responding. I appreciate your reflections, and your adding to the energy of this possibility through your concentration on it.
4. NEW BOOK BY A CLIENT:
The Moon & You:
A Woman's Guide to an Easier Monthly Cycle
[Developed, in part, and thoroughly edited by Naomi Rose]
From the author's description:
This book is for any woman who struggles with her cycle, or would just like to connect with it on a deeper level.
With simple concepts based on the rhythms of nature, it can make a huge difference in how women feel and care for themselves!
Finally, a book to honor a topic that has been neglected and misunderstood for far too long. The message here brings ancient traditions into modern life, giving women a simple model for self care using the rhythms of nature as a guide. Here, you will find practical and comforting ways to support your cycle, and you'll wish you had learned these validating concepts long ago!
"This is a very accessible, simple, yet powerful set of tools, especially for women who have had difficult periods for years, and need a fresh, healing and holistic perspective on this topic."
~ Emily Burger, Luna Touch Bodywork, Ojai, CA
Available as an eBook or a print book from
has a passion for reconnecting women to nature and spirit. As founder
of Women's Way Moon Cycles, she has designed a creative program that embraces
the natural beauty of a woman's cycles in a holistic and healing way,
empowering women at all stages of life. The program honors transitions
into puberty and menopause and all cycles in between.
5. CLIENT SUCCESS OF THE MONTH
Many of the people who have worked with me as their Book Developer now have their books in print. This monthly feature shares a chosen author's experiences of working with me, trials, and successes with you. As you read what it was like for this person and see the value that came out of it, let your own dream of expressing your authentic self in a book steep and grow. It can happen for you, too.
This month's client-success story belongs to:
DOREEN HAMILTON, Ph.D.
The 7-Step Guide to Finding Your Real Voice
To read about Doreen's writing process, successes,
excerpts from the book, reviews,
how to buy the book
~ and more ~
~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~
Other author-clients with books in print include:
Book One of The Star-seer's Prophecy
(A fantasy novel of the healing journey)
(Last issue's profiled author:)
Larry Decker, Ph.D.
Alchemy of Combat:
from Post-Traumatic Stress to
To be published in 2014 by Omega Publishing
(To be profiled in a future issue)
Deborah Welch, Ph.D.
of Forgiveness in the Workplace
(To be profiled in a future issue)
Available for purchase
Rebecca Field, Ph.D.
To Choose the Fire of the Cosmos:
Using Our Soul Qualities to Build a Better World
(To be profiled in a future issue)
Available for purchase
6. SPECIAL HOLIDAY OFFER, GOOD THRU DEC. 15th:
New Inspiring Book About Deep Writing, by Naomi Rose
One reflection (and encourager) of your depths is my brand-new collection of essays on Writing from the Deeper Self:
Writings About Deep Writing:
Collected Essays by Naomi Rose, Book Developer
This hot-off-the-press collection allows you to look deeply inside yourself to see where your own treasures lie, and how writing can bring them forth – for your own sake as well as your readers'. It includes some articles that you may have read here, plus a good many more. Allowing yourself a little time to look into your hidden treasures and letting your Muse be sparked into “Hmm, what if…?” can provide an evening's inspiring comfort, and maybe even get your creative ball rolling on that book you have been thinking about writing “someday.”
Some of the essays you will experience in this book include:
1. "Writing a Book as a Quest"
2. "How a Book Can Change Your Life (and Why You Might Want It To)"
3. "Writing as Play"
4. "Finding Time to Write: Getting Off the Grid -- and into the Sanctuary"
5. "Writing for Your Self: Discovering Your Most Valuable Reader"
6. "Why, in This Age of Writing to Boost Careers, It's Important to Write
7. “When Writing from Your Life Is the Gift of Gifts"
8. "Writing in a Spiral"
9. "Imagining Yourself into the Picture: How Empathetic Imagination Heals
10. "The Community You Gather through Your Books"
This book also makes a wonderful holiday gift for someone you know who has a book inside that you would like to encourage out.
The regular price is $12.99 for the eBook. But if you order before December 15th, you can have it for only $9.99.
In addition, I am offering two special holiday-season bonuses:
Bonus #1: A special price on my incredibly encouraging book, Starting Your Book: A Way to Navigate the Blank Page by Attending to What's Inside You. The regular price for the eBook is $12.99, but for this special offer, the price is only $9.99.
Bonus #2: if you order both eBooks, you can have both Writings About Deep Writing and Starting Your Book for only $14.99 (a $5 savings on the already special price of $19.98 for both, lowered from the non-holiday price of $25.98). And no shipping costs!
But order soon. This offer is only good through December 15th .
Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Tell me (1) which book(s) you want to purchase – (2) who the book is for – (3) the email address of the person to receive the book – and (4) if you would like a note from you included with this gift (and what you want it to say).
I will send you the link to purchase it, and then send you or your gift-recipient the book(s).
What better gift could you give yourself and those you care about than to help draw forth the inner creativity in an inspired way that is actually natural to the writer? To build a warm hearth-fire in the place within that wants to express itself, so that it begins to really feel, “I can!”
Contact me now: email@example.com -- for a gift that will last well past the holidays.
I welcome sharing these books with you. Maybe sometime you will get to share yours with me.
7. LET YOUR HEART HAVE A VOICE
Set up a Free Discovery Session with me
to explore the book that's in you to write
Writing from the Deeper Self ~
Bringing your treasures into the world...
If you have a book in your heart, I would be delighted to help you bring it out.
In a no-cost Discovery Session by phone, you will have a chance to tell me about the book in your heart – whatever stage it may be at (from a desire with no form yet – to an idea – a bunch of files with writing – a notebook in the closet – a first draft – and so on).
I will listen to you and tell you what you have going for you that can actually become a book. Not only the idea and writings you already have (if you do) – but also who you are that can be drawn forth and counted on to birth the book of your heart.
You can ask me questions, too – how I would work with you to make this dream real – how long it would take – what it would cost – what kind of support and guidance you could expect from me – and more.
In this welcoming conversation, you will get to have a taste of what it would be like to actually give yourself the realization of this dream of writing the book that is in you – and giving voice to the author you have always secretly believed you might become.
I have several formats and programs to serve your needs. Call me or email me to set up this purely exploratory conversation. You will come away with a clearer sense of what's possible for you, and the steps you want to take next.
To set up your Discovery Session:
Email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Or call me at 510/653-7673 (510/653-ROSE).
My studio is in Oakland, California.
I work with clients in person, and by phone and Skype.
I look forward to hearing from you!