Naomi Rose: Encouraging Your Flowering
HELPING YOU LISTEN THE BOOK* OF YOUR HEART INTO BEING
Services: Writing from the Deeper Self ~ Book Development ~ Book Writing for Therapists ~ Editing & Proofreading ~ Self-Publishing Consultation ~ Illustration ~ Creative Midwifery
Products: Rose Press books ~ Enhancements for Writers ~ Naomi Rose Arts ~ and more . . .
(*or other desired form of creative manifestation)
Guiding “budding” and experienced writers since 1987
Because the inner life matters to you,
the expression of your inner life deserves to be correspondingly deep, true, and beautiful.
EXPRESS your deep heart in some tangible, shareable form.
UNCOVER wonderful creative qualities in yourself in the process.
SHARE your gifts with yourself and the world.
When your book (or other creative manifestation of your being) emerges from a journey of self-discovery and wholeness,
the inner treasures you bring forth enrich not only your grateful recipients
but also yourself.
And you heal the world from the inside out.
Write the book of your heart? Bring forth a tangible expression of some other heart-wish or idea? Of course! If it's in you, you have to bring it out.
You may need what I can bring to you — but even more importantly, you need what you can bring to you. You just need a trustworthy way to see it, hold it, treasure it, shape it, and share it.
I'll help you mine your inner treasures and bring them into the world as a book, other written work, or pretty much anything else that's knocking at the door of your heart.
I'll even help you get your book into print, if you’d like to self-publish.
And much more.
Whether it’s a book or some other form of writing,
or some other creation waiting to come into form . . .
you deserve more than to just make yourself produce a product. It’s most fulfilling when the final product reflects (rather than ignores, obscures, or cosmeticizes) the uniqueness and dimensionality of the person who birthed it.
That’s where I come in.
As a Book Developer with over 30 years in the publications field, as well as a lifelong fascination with the creative process and psycho-spiritual development, I can help you make this journey in a way that will nourish you enroute, and bring your project all the way from spark to finish.
In working with me to create something that matters to you, you can:
Write a book (my specialty). Nonfiction, fiction, memoir, narrative nonfiction, and more — the Writing from the Deeper Self approach works with pretty much all genres.
Write in some other format — an article, a web page, a brochure, a handout, and so on.
Explore in a different art form, such as art or music (the roots of the creative process are the same).
Bring forth an invention, a business, a social benefit, and more. The deep-listening process works to spark your trust, guidance, and inspiration, no matter what the specific focus.
This works because the the process of listening to yourself in collaboration with me brings your unrealized treasures to the surface. Once these gifts from within have made themselves known to you and the path to making them tangible starts to unfold, you can put them together in any way that feels right. And ultimately bring them into the wider world.
You don’t need to “have it all together.” It’s a journey of discovery; things will make themselves known. There is so much to enjoy in this process.
And you don’t have to do it alone.
Come, let’s begin.
I’m here to encourage your flowering.
"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 own talent for expression." — Gay Luce, co-founder (with Jean Houston), Nine Gates Mystery School
I offer a 1/2-hour complimentary consultation to explore what's knocking on the inside of your heart and see how to bring it into resonant form.
“Naomi Rose has provided unwavering support, profound mirroring, and has gently guided and encouraged me 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 to Naomi’s soulful, loving, supportive, and wise guidance.”— Carolyn Shoshana Fershtman, PhD, author of a book on intergenerational Jewish healing
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Check out my SERVICES and PRODUCTS, below.
Browse and savor. See what speaks to you.
Take a step towards giving yourself the gift of your own deeper Self and making a difference in your own life and in the world.
(1) Writing from the Deeper Self
A holistic approach to uncover your inner treasures through writing (Applies to any form of writing)
Writing can show you to yourself in longed-for ways, and give your readers a reflection of who they are. When you give yourself completely to the process — not just with your mind but with all of you, your heart, cells, and breath—everything cooperates; and you wonder in amazement, “Did I write that?” This unique and sacred approach to writing offers you doors into the land you long to re-inhabit. Then, what you share with others (if you wish to) calls them home, too.
(4) Editing & Proofreading
Because your writing deserves the most professional fine-tuning treatment
Editing: A truly helpful editor does more than head off typos at the pass: s/he makes the difference between a book that is readable and one that is dispensable, and ensures that your best intentions come across to your readers.
Proofreading: Proofreading isn’t a luxury—it’s a crucial part of any written presentation. A proofreader’s detailed sweep through your writing can make the difference between being taken seriously and being immediately dismissed, since mistakes, typos, wrong words, etc. make a poor impression on your readers.
(7) Creative Midwifery
Helping you discover and bring to life what wants to be known
If the urge to bring something other than writing into form is knocking on the door of your heart, you know it won’t let you go until you start bringing it to life. Then, as soon as you start taking it to heart, it supports you. Together, we can find out what wants to be birthed in you—an artistic work, a business idea, a vision clamoring for details—and bring it out in a way that feels natural to you and adds value to your life.
(2) BOOK DEVELOPMENT
Listening the book of your heart into being
(Writing from the Deeper Self applied to writing a book)
“Book Development” allows your book to develop organically, rather than from some one-size-fits-all template. It is based on who you are, where you are within yourself, and what you long to accomplish. As I help you listen to yourself deeply and trust what comes, enthusiasm, creativity, and inspiration supplant anxiety, and you can’t wait to give yourself to the writing process. When you are done, you have a vibrant, publishable manuscript—and a door into the next chapter of your life.
(5) Self-Publishing Consulting & Mentoring
With a bit of help, being your own "indie publisher" is definitely within reach
Self-publishing has so much to recommend it! You can make your book just the way you want; you can publish within weeks or months of completion; you get to keep all the net profits; and you get to join a growing swell of “indie publishers.” I can help you navigate this worthy but complex journey. Option 1—Engage me to teach you how to do it yourself. Option 2—I can coordinate all the pieces for you. Option 3—Choose what you want to handle, and leave the rest to me.
Some Clients Share Experiences:
“It’s been really wonderful working with Naomi. She is so kind and supportive and gentle and appreciative, yet perceptive of the places where my book needed improvement, from commas to emotional nuances.
“Her faith in my book has been and is still very important to me in keeping my inner critic at bay. She has inspired me to honor what I have written by doing the work necessary to bring it into the coherent and beautiful form it deserves.”
— Rahima Warren, MFT (ret.). Author, The Star-Seer’s Prophecy trilogy: a fantasy novel of the healing journey. (See the Rose Press page for details.)
(3) Book Writing for Therapists
Because a great listener like you deserves to be heard far and wide (Book Development applied to healers and their ways of knowing)
As a person of depth who believes that wholeness is not only possible but also a birthright, you have valuable insights to share about the human journey. By mining the depths of your own heart and experience in a book, you expand your healing influence beyond the therapy office, touch your readers in the deepest places, and enhance career opportunities. Your adeptness with listening and connecting threads of meaning makes you a natural for this healing approach to book writing.
Translating the image in your heart into art
A line drawing in black-and-white or color may be the perfect way to bring your book, business, family album, etc., to life. Since a picture equals 10,000 words, you can add value, appeal, warmth, and even branding recognition with an illustration custom designed to suit your esthetic and your needs. My training as a visual artist makes this a collaborative process. You tell me what you want, I come up with a sketch, you give feedback, I integrate your wishes—until you cry (in delight, of course), “That’s 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
“You are indeed the creative midwife, Naomi, and you have a unique way of always inspiring those with whom you come into contact — every time! Writing is a lonely venture, with few mentors willing to urge you on. I am immensely grateful for the time that you've so generously gifted me with, and I'll cherish that forever."
— Olga Lopes, writer
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Wondering who I am? Here’s a little about me.
And right afterwards, a taste of our PRODUCTS to help you experience writing as a wonderful way to connect with yourself.
About Naomi Rose
As a child, stories were so much a part of family life, they were the very air I breathed. Both my parents were fiction writers, and early childhood was a magical time to inherit their love of stories. Whether it was being read wonderful bedtime stories, or having them be made up on the spot, my imagination was kept afloat in a pure and beautiful way. Not that later years didn’t cover that over; they did. But that early grounding in the power of words to inspire imagination (plus unlimited access to my parents’ bookshelves) — that knee-high intimacy — was priceless. I don’t believe any college-level cognitive course could have come close.
In my early 20s, while still in graduate school as an English major, I felt a pressing need to enter “the real world.” A position as an editor at that very university was available, and I applied and got the job. The outgoing editor’s mentoring was just to hand me a copy of The Chicago Manual of Style and a can of beer, and say, “Good luck.” I learned on the job. When I moved to California a few years later, I got in on the ground floor with an editing-related cooperative, through which I got to work with publishers, authors, businesses, and nonprofits for several decades. As my skills increased in improving nonfiction writing — that left-brain, quantitative, organizational, clarity-based kind of writing characteristic of thought, as distinct from feeling and imagination — I felt light years away from my childhood. I wrote and published articles. My resume looked great.
But at some point — perhaps it was my mid-life crisis — I had to ask myself, “Is this all there is?” It didn’t feel sufficient to make manuscripts read better according to the conventions of publishing. Sure, well-edited books were important; but where was the heartbeat, the pulse, the intimate connection that surely must exist in at least some of those authors — in myself? The world I was dealing with was to some degree a world of good appearances. I was in favor of good appearances. I just wanted them to reflect the truth of the people behind them. Surely there must be some way!
And so I decided to go back to graduate school — this time, in transpersonal psychology — hoping to find out some key, hidden things about myself, and where I had hidden that pure child inside who once had been so available to me. I entered thinking I’d become a clinical therapist. But when I encountered the inner world beyond the cognitive, replete with its challenges and its intimate, ultimate callings, I realized that I wanted to bring these deeper understandings and ways into my work with people who wanted to write. Thus was “Writing from the Deeper Self” born. I have done this work since 1987.
At first I led workshops, which were deep and galvanizing for everyone concerned. But gradually, I realized that working one-to-one was my best fit. That listening to one person at a time, deeply, brought out the best in both of us and inspired a depth of creativity and healing often surprising to the writer.
I sometimes help people write this way in formats other than a book. But book-writing is my primary focus. Because it’s a way to have a long-term relationship of depth with yourself. And because, in writing a book, you get to rewrite your life.
My awards include:
Listed in Who’s Who and Who’s Who of American Women for editorial and writing contributions
Thumbtack Elite Service Award for “Best Editor/Book Developer in the San Francisco Bay Area,” 2015 and 2016
I have designed and curated some wonderful products to help you with the inner experience of writing — so that you can be with yourself in an attentive, nurturing, listening way as you write. By opening up a conducive inner atmosphere, they help you shift into a receptive, connected state of consciousness in which your inner treasures can come forth.
Whether it is a book (such as my Starting Your Book: A Guide to Navigating the Blank Page by Attending to What’s Inside You), a specially formulated Flower Essence Remedy for writers, tea blends concocted for writers, art prints to stimulate your soul expression, or even chocolate (and much more), my intent is to give all of you nourishment and encouragement, Browse them all; see what interests you, and give yourself what will support your heart’s desire.
(1) The Rose Press Enhancements for Writers Collection. Products to enhance your writing and yourself.
Writing doesn’t have to be a self-alienating struggle; with the right atmosphere and supports, it can bring you closer to yourself. The Rose Press Enhancements for Writers Collection includes:
Specially formulated Flower Essence Remedies to bring forth essential positive qualities. . .
Inspiring fragrances to inspire your inner treasure-hunt . . .
Recommended books on writing, self-care, and healing to nourish and enlighten you. . .
Organic teas to soothe and invigorate you and be part of your writing ritual. . .
Artisan chocolate (yes) . . . and more.
Once you allow yourself the nourishment of these tenderly gathered & designed products, you won’t want to write without them.
(2) Rose Press
Books to bring you home to yourself. A publishing house for your inner garden.
I became a micro-publisher some years ago, with the opportunity to publish Chilean psychiatrist Claudio Naranjo’s galvanizing book, Healing Civilization (foreword by Dr. Jean Houston). Since then, I have chosen select other books to publish, all held in the larger vision of a world (inner and outer) worth living in. There are 4 series: The Creative Process; Healing the World from the Inside Out; Money and the Inner Life; and The Poetry of Ordinary Life.
The “rose” in the “Rose Press” title refers not only to my last name, the beauty of a rose, or the branding link to “Encouraging Your Flowering.” It also refers to the distillation process characterizing the making of rose perfume: 10,000 rose petals are gathered in the moonlit dark, pressed in copper vessels, and finally distilled down to a single, highly expensive ounce of rose perfume. The fragrance of these books bespeaks a similar process, and lives in the heart like a remedy-in-waiting, releasing its healing medicine as the books are read.
(3) Naomi Rose Arts
The deeper substrate I draw from within myself to bring out the artist in you.
Since in working with me you get to share your deep self with me, I want to share mine with you through the primary creative pathways I have been blessed with: visual art, music, and writing. I share some of the process, and much of the product. I hope that these pages will not only give you deep enjoyment and reflection on their own account, but also — by reverberating in your heart what has lived deeply in mine — spark your reflections as well as the beautiful expression of your own gifts.
The Art page features my illustrations, including a "Mother and Child" series, and nature photos. (These are available for purchase as well.)
The Music page shares songs and reflections on music and listening.
The Writing page includes some of my more intimate writings over time.
I hope the spirit of beauty and creation that inspired (and/or required) these artistic expressions from me give you something beautiful of your own.
And there’s more.
Explore Deeper offers food for thought and for soul. “Deep Conversation” includes recorded conversations on great topics in which good listening takes place. And since “Explore Deeper” pages will be added to periodically, come back and see what’s new. You can expect the following, and more: “Behind the Scenes” — drawing back the curtain on the mysteries of the creative process. “Deep Listening” — the ability to listen is essential for writing authentically, and here we will explore ways to sensitize and hone the listening inherent in you.
Resources offered here fall into 4 fascinating categories: (1) Inspirational, (2) Educational, (3) Meditational, and (4) Medicinal. On the Inspirational page, you can enjoy an inspiring book excerpt on “Becoming a Writer” (from Dorothea Brande’s 1930s classic) and a video book-reading by novelist Elizabeth Berg. On the Educational page, you’ll find my reflections on how reading (and writing) has changed over time in light of the technology available (think papyrus scrolls as well as Gutenberg’s printing press) as seen through the eyes of Nicholas Carr, the author of the book, The Shallows: How the Internet Is Doing to Our Brain. On the Meditational page, you can find offerings to help you ease into a relaxed, receptive state in which to approach your writing. And on the Medicinal page, laughter awaits you (as in “Laughter is the best medicine”) — including a hysterically funny audio taken from one of the old “Frasier” TV shows, where the psychiatrist-brothers Frasier and Niles try to write a book together. If you’ve ever dreaded facing the unwritten page, this audio excerpt will release your endorphins through laughter! These pages, too, will be updated periodically, so come back often and see what’s here for you.
My Blog will span the creative process, book writing, and much more.
So stop and smell the roses. You’re sure to find something to encourage your flowering.
“How did the rose ever open its heart and give to the world all its beauty? It felt the encouragement of light against its being, otherwise we all remain too frightened.” — Hafiz