If the urge to bring forth something into form is knocking on the door of your heart,
you know it won't let you go until you start bringing it forth.
Because it has something wonderful to give you -- and to the world, whether on a small and satisfying scale or a large and transformative one (or both).
But what is it? And how to do it?
The "what" can be pretty much anything:
- An artistic work (other than writing — for that, see the "Writing from the Deeper Self" page and the "Book Development" page) -— perhaps a song, a painting, a crafted work
- A budding (or pre-budding) idea for a business
- A clarification and extension of something you've been thinking about — perhaps a social-change project, an invention, an innovation in some field
The "how" is what I call Creative Midwifery.
As a Creative Midwife, I help you listen to, give voice to, and nurture into tangible form what wants to be born. Something you might possibly be able to do on your own but perhaps not as easily, potently, enjoyably — or actually. How easily a dream can be deferred.
With attentive care and deep respect for you and what is growing inside you, I help draw forth the unique expression seeking to emerge through you, so you can contribute to yourself (and the world) what's yours to contribute. And so you can feel fulfilled and whole.
I have midwifed people's expressions related to business, art forms, and positive social change. The content depends on what matters to you. Our conversation, and my listening, will bring it forth.
If you're ready to begin that conversation, contact me.
Let yourself reflect on what you might want to birth (men included!). Maybe some idea has knocked at your door but you haven't fully opened it.
What if you did? What exciting possibility is just waiting for you to say "Yes" to it — even if you don't yet fully know what it would look like, how you would do it, what it would entail, or what the scope of rewards would be? What doors can open for you once you say (even with all these unknowns) "Yes"?
You are a unique creative being. Let's open the door together and see what wants to be born — then help it come gloriously into the world.
Sessions take place in person in Oakland, California, USA — or by phone and Skype. Fee is $65-$95/hour, depending on complexity.
"When I Met My Muse," by William Stafford
I glanced at her and took my glasses
off — they were still singing. They buzzed
like a locust on the coffee table and then
ceased. Her voice belled forth, and the
sunlight bent. I felt the ceiling arch, and
knew that nails up there took a new grip
on whatever they touched. "I am your own way
of looking at things," she said. "When you allow me to live with you, every
glance at the world around you will be
a sort of salvation." And I took her hand.
"I was a hidden treasure and I longed to be known."
— Attributed to the Divine
"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, spiritual teacher, co-founder (with Dr. Jean Houston) of the Nine Gates Mystery School
CONTACT NAOMI TO HAVE THAT FRUITFUL CONVERSATION
naomirosedeepwrite (at) yahoo.com or rosepressbooks (at) yahoo.com
(510) 465-3935 (Oakland, California USA)
"Naomi Rose is a true gift to anyone wishing to bring a creative idea or project into form.
"A developmental work session with Naomi becomes more than the sum of its parts. Our collaborations inspire me to remain in alignment with not only myself but also my purpose -- and to meet my goals. She has the innate ability to coax out, in the most gentle and supportive way, that which wants to grow. She assists in unearthing buried creative seeds and nurtures growth so that a living, thriving form emerges -- a tangible idea, a new business direction, a workable book outline, a written piece, or a new creative work. Whether our session's focus is on developing my writing or growing my business, Naomi's non-linear approach to creating births tangible outcomes. With Naomi as my 'creative developer,' I feel well cared-for and well heard -- and inspired to bring my many gifts and products into the world."
— Dana Watt, personal chef and food writer, The Golden Beet
"Naomi sat me down and nurtured out of me ideas I didn't even know I had in me.
“Her technique was very simple and extremely effective. Like a counselor, she asked probing questions, which elicited deep responses from me, and these she wrote down verbatim, touch-typing on her laptop with the lid down, and not breaking her stride listening to me empathetically and wholeheartedly.
"What I admire most about Naomi's approach was being able to deal with the unpredictability and uncertain nature of what was to be discussed. I came to her as an open book and she read it, guiding rather than driving the direction of the conversation. It was a very rejuvenating experience to be heard in that way. She understood, as did I for the first time, that my personal conclusion was the thing worth sharing. She was able to show me what was in me, but that to which I'd never give words or any expression whatsoever. Her passion is to help people bring forth their inner treasures in some form. Her fascination is with the entire creative process. Naomi Rose is a true artist in every sense of the word; a consummate professional, a skilled writer and editor, and a birther of creativity in those whose lives she touches."
— Zoe Larkin, photographer and writer
"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
"When I began this process, my deepest yearnings were twofold.
"One, that the words expressed would be a true expression of my soul; and two, that in the process of writing I would find and deepen my relationship with my creativity and myself. Naomi has been a precious guide in both respects. . . . 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, PhD, psychologist and author
Creating something from "nothing"
The process of creation we are all heir to.
From the time I was a child, the act of creation, and the process behind it, completely fascinated me. I remember watching, in the early days of TV, how the drawings of artist named Jon Nagy would unfold. First there would be just a squiggle, a curve, a line. "What is it?" I would wonder.
"Here," the artist seemed to be saying to me, as he took his blank paper and sketched a wavy line (I was too young to know that he had an invisible vision in mind that these discrete lines were slowly forming). "Watch with me as this magic unfolds."
And then, right in front of my eyes, a shape I began to recognize would take form. "It's a tree!" I would exult, amazed at this transformation from disconnected lines and shapes to something that I myself knew. "A river!" I watched with rapture as his pen and brush sketched in forms that continued to reveal themselves. "A stone bridge over the waters!"
The magic lived right at home, as well. My father, an artist by avocation, would when I was very young make me puppets out of sawdust and water. He sat at the kitchen table, daylight coming through the windows and the woody scent of sawdust rich and full, and wrapped newspaper around cardboard cylinders, then spread the sawdust mixture on top. When it was hardened just enough to be pliable, he would shape these ingredients into faces, male and female. The forehead appeared, then the nose, the eyes, the mouth. Later, he would paint them, and give them yarn or cloth for hair, and make them come to life with stories and voices. Watching those puppets come to life in my father's own hands anchored me in a lifelong fascination with the creative process. What I didn't fully know at that time, but have realized increasingly as an adult, is that this creativity is inherent in every human being, in some form or another. It all depends on what calls you.
So that's what I do now, as a "Creative Midwife": help people to create what is in them by listening it out of them. Perhaps you will be one!