"What Naomi does superbly is to evoke the creative and articulate in each person who works with her--to such a degree that each one is surprised at his/her owntalent for expression."
~ Gay Luce, Co-founder, Nine Gates Mystery School, author, Body Time and Your Second Life
“In my own growth, I found how important being authentic is to me. Naomi reflects genuine authenticity and love more than almost anyone I know. Writing with her is an experience that will stretch the soul. Her quest is to pull out of her protege the inner core of truth that lurks there, always elusive, but a many-splendored jewel once found. I highly endorse Naomi and her work.”
The book of your heart awaits you...
Over 30 years in the publications field
Lifelong student of the healing arts
Heir to a writing family
In-person in Oakland, CA (by phone/email if out of SF Bay Area)
Writing from the Deeper Self
Bringing Your Treasures into the World . . .
Whether you are
a beginning writer
or an experienced writer,
it can seem difficult to make contact
Writing from the Deeper Self
offers a way to listen,
In this way, you reap a triple reward:
WRITING FROM THE DEEPER SELF
Is Really About
Oh, the blank page! The image of the blank page has kept many a budding writer from picking up her or his pen (or, in our times, mouse).
You know, innately, that there is so much inside you to say: stories, impressions, ideas, evocations that you are secretly bursting withif only they would show their face. You sense that writing offers a way to wholenessthat the act of seeing deeply into the underlay of your life would bring together those strands that strand you, that keep you feeling separate, and make of your life a meaningful, tapestry-like whole.
Perhaps you intuitively sense the truth of the saying, "Writers get to live twiceonce when they have the experience, and again when they get to reflect on it through writing." Perhaps you even bear the hope that telling your storyno matter what form its in, whether fiction, nonfiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, first-person narrative, or even spiritual teachingwill benefit not only you, but those who read you as well.
Perhaps, beyond the desire to put your own world to rights by honoring your journey and coming to know it and cherish it, you desire to bring the fumblings and beauty and sufferings and joys and humanity of your story to the great heart of the world, to lay at its feet, to make the world better because you were here.
And yet that blank page. It is so filled with noise. "I have nothing to say." "What makes me think that I could write a paragraph, much less a book?" "Who would want to read it?" "There are already so many books on the bookstore shelves. Surely, no one needs another one from me."
And then there is the noise about know-how. "I need an outline. I need a theme. I need a direction. I need an authoritative voice. I need to do it so that a publisher will accept it. I need time to write. I need discipline. I need to clean my desk, make a phone call, eat something, watch a video, anything but be staring at this merciless blank page!"
And beneath all that blank-page noise lies the core self-doubt, the insidious whisper that doesnt want to go away on its own: "It isnt about technique, or time, or even content. It isnt even about my voice as an author. Its about me. Im not enough to bring forth anything of value from. At heart, I dont believe that what I yearn to find within myself is really there."
And this is where relationship comes in.
"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. Its different from trying to write a book on my own, because it feels like what Im doing is being done in relationship."
Shirley R. McGinnis, author,
Love Is Enough
The ultimate relationship is with your Self, which is where the deep writing comes from. Writing from the Deeper Self is an intimate encounter with what resides, unforced, inside you, waiting to be called, welcomed, out.
But to get to that place, sometimes a person needs a relationship with another human being who can see and treasure whats inside as it shows itself, and shine a kindly light on it to bring it to expression.
You get to see yourself and your writing through my eyes, so that you too can see the gold glinting out from the rock, the essence shining out from beneath the conditioning to devalue who you are and what you have to offer. This is a place of nurturance, being held in a compassionate way. Later, you will learn to hold yourself as a writer that way, too.
You are the writer, and it is from you that the impetus and direction come; but I hold inside my heart and mind who you are, where you came from, what you want, the bits and pieces of what you have written along the way and how they may weave together, and so your relationship is now with me and with yourself as a budding creator. We are in this together.
And from this place of understanding, there is no fear of being criticized or rejected, there is no sense of competition, there is not even any sense of the reader being an "other." Your relationship with your readers becomes that of a giver, a bestower of generosity and love. For in that place of the Deeper Self, you knowyou feelyou arethat we are all connected, and that this gift of your writing is a blessing.
In this way, the journey of writing a book from the Deeper Self is simultaneously a journey to come into relationship with yourself, with another human being (me, at first), with the Divine inside you, and with the world from a place of great blessing and love.
Then later, the cycle will come round, and you will receive the blessings you put outin the form of reader response and God knows what else.
a good, and worthwhile, journey. A lot of wonderful things happen along
What Actually Happens During a
Writing from the Deeper Self Session
Whether I help you develop your book in person or on the phone and by e-mail, there are a few things I do that are true for everyone I work with.
I learn from you what you enjoy apart from writing, what gives you pleasure and ways in which you naturally are creative, so that these ways can be woven into your writing process. I listen to where your faith is flowing, and where doubts form boulders that block your way. I mirror back my perception of who you are, how you can have an authentic relationship to your writing process and project, and indicate some ways that this can take place.
I encourage you to write in "pieces" if you are not inclined to write in sequencea vignette here, a memory theretrusting that your own inner wisdom (and, if desired, my own expertise from 30 years as an editor) will ultimately weave the pieces together.
I encourage you to observe how the creative process works in you and to trust that, even to set up those conditions that invite inspiration in. When your confidence flags, I remind you of where you have come from already, so you can see and feel it too. When youre up against a hard placea part of the story that you that seems too painful or shameful to addressI address you with compassion, and help you to have it for yourself. (Some clients write most beautifully after such a session, with forgiveness instead of judgment at their shoulder.)
And in terms of writing technique, I see where your strengths are and what you need to develop so that your writing shines and can keep on coming.
The real truth, however, is that every one of my clients is uniquely constructed. Each has her or his own personality, current place in the writing process (e.g., dreaming of beginning or already midway), sense of what gives real meaning, specific creative pathways, intentions, glimpse of what to express (and how, and to whom), fears, inner and outer obstacles, gifts, strengths, and deep heart-palpitating writing dreams.
So some clients need initial great encouragement, and others are racing to start. Some have an idea of how they want to structure their book, while others benefit from learning about the rhythmic aspect of chapters. Some want the barest breeze of active guidance, while others want homework assignments to get them writing between sessions. Some like to start with an idea and flesh it out as they go, while others start with the subtle impression and only later step back to see what is revealed. Some love structure, some less so; some ask for structure, some less so. Some have a particular topic in mind, while others have the yearning to write, with the focus not yet known.
Any and all of these are legitimate ways to be, as a writer. My task is to bring who you are and how you work into focus so that it serves your creation processand the other way around.
Specifics of How I Work with Clients