Meeting Your Muse, continued

I was at the local marina with my husband last Sunday to spend some time together in nature. As soon as we got out of our car, we were met by the wind whipping off the open bay, a bracing, blustery experience.

 

Heads lowered against the wind, we made our way instead to the inlet on the other side of the road: a protected, calmed area near the yacht basin where families gathered on the grass, young people strolled and biked, and older couples made their slower, more contemplative way.

 

It was a warm summer day in Emeryville, California, and many people also must have felt the urge to come and play by the sea.

 

We sat on a wooden bench and enjoyed looking around at the clear blue sky and rippling water, the birds flying, the rushes and the trees, the people.

 

Right before us on the grass was a young mother and her daughter, and some other adults sitting on their blanket. We could not hear the words they were saying, but the mother and daughter’s postures spoke volumes.

 

The young mother’s back was towards us as she knelt on the blanket, talking with her friends, punctuating whatever it was that she was saying with eloquent movements of her left arm and hand.

 

And with her right arm and hand, she kept her daughter – perhaps two or three years old – close. That arm protected, contained, and nurtured the girl, not as an afterthought but as a complete, wholehearted act.

 

Even though the mother was having a grownup conversation that she clearly was engaged with, the gesture of her right arm and hand made it clear that she was completely present for her daughter. And the girl leaned completely into her mother’s side, must have felt the warmth of her mother’s body and heart, gave over her trust quite naturally and let herself be supported.

It was a beautiful sight, even from the back: the mother’s straight torso and her dark upswept hair, and her arm around the blonde girl dressed in pastel colors leaning into her. 

I turned to my husband. “It’s a Mary Cassatt moment,” I said.

 Inspired Images of Intimacy

Mary Cassatt, if you haven’t yet been privileged to know her work, was an American painter who lived in Paris in the late 19th – early 20th centuries and was influenced by the Impressionists, especially Degas. (You can see some of her paintings on “The Creative Process” page of my website.)

Her predominant subject matter was mothers and children, with a few forays into opera-goers and individual portraits. But mothers with children were her fascination and her specialty.

Not a mother, herself, she was able to crystallize, in the most natural-seeming way, that tender, protective bond between a mother and child, and the child’s natural trust in response. Cassatt painted mothers in quite ordinary pastimes and activities that would not be surprising to view in real life: Mary Cassatt, if you haven’t yet been privileged to know her work, was an American painter who lived in Paris in the late 19th – early 20th centuries and was influenced by the Impressionists, especially Degas. (You can see some of her paintings on “The Creative Process” page of my website.)

Her predominant subject matter was mothers and children, with a few forays into opera-goers and individual portraits. But mothers with children were her fascination and her specialty.

Not a mother, herself, she was able to crystallize, in the most natural-seeming way, that tender, protective bond between a mother and child, and the child’s natural trust in response. Cassatt painted mothers in quite ordinary pastimes and activities that would not be surprising to view in real life: bathing their children, holding them, playing with them, taking them boating, helping them pick apples from the trees, reading books with them.

It’s the intimacy she captured that – in addition to her beautiful compositions and impressionistic layers of color – to me, makes her work classic.

For that bond is the original human one, the essential one, and we all know it or in some way long for it.

Being Called = Being Inspired (to write what’s in your heart)

What has this to do with “Finding Your Muse in You” and writing a book or some shorter work?

I think whatever calls you towards it with that kind of intimacy and/or longing is there to inspire you.

Writing from the Deeper Self, as I share it and have experienced it, includes being inspired: you are going towards something that’s calling you to it, even if the way there has patches that are dense and oblique and initially hard to see clearly.

I’d go so far as to say that the best way to write the book or shorter work of your heart is to be drawn towards it – even if it’s just a whiff that draws you, even if it’s just a trace, a whisper.

Something from the invisible, not-yet-manifest world has chosen you (and vice-versa) to make it known to yourself in the course of writing about it.

The object of your Muse can change over time, but the nature of being called is the same.

 “I was a hidden treasure, and I longed to be known,”

God is said to have said, in explanation of why human beings were created.

We as humans have the same longing – to be known, and to know the deeper strata of our true being. It’s rarely publicized as part of people’s “bucket list,” but it’s there in the soul all the same.

When you write a book or a shorter work from the deeper Self, you allow your Muse to find you.

Whatever may show itself on the outside – mothers and children, for Mary Cassatt; a beautiful vision of my work, for me – the movement towards meeting that Muse happens on the inside.

That capacity – that requirement – is in you.

You can meet your Muse not only on my new website (as I wrote in my last email) but in yourself. It’s not all that far away once you open to it.

Book Development: Writing your book or shorter work with my support

Whether you already have a work in progress or just the barest whisper of wanting to write “something,” you are in a good place to work with me as a Book Developer. Browse through my website to see what’s possible for you in working with me — or using the “Enhancements for Writers” products that are likely to transform your consciousness about writing. Then contact me and let’s see how we can make what’s waiting in your heart to flower.

Your Muse Awaits You!

Meet Your Muse on my website

Your Muse Awaits You 

If you are someone who longs to bring forth your “Hidden Treasure”—a genuine expression from your deeper Self—it helps to connect with your Muse.

Guess who your Muse is?

                        “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.

 It’s you. A you whom you may not have met yet.

But you can. And you can get at least a whiff of your Muse by visiting my new website.

  

Meet Your Muse on My New Website

I’ve spent the past year revisioning my website so that you can meet your Muse.

Because helping people flower through their writing and other creative expressions is the essence of what I’m about.

 As you walk through this garden of a website, you’ll find much to help you write the book of your heart in a way that brings you closer to yourself. (It can also be a shorter work—a series of articles, blogs, essays, a website, etc. Or even a non-writing tangible expression of what’s in you.) So not only can you reach the hearts and minds of your readers with your writing, but you also will discover extraordinary things about yourself in the process.

 When you write from the deeper Self, you get to meet your Muse.

“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

A Site Where You Can Slow Down and Smell the Roses

My site is designed for meandering and reflecting.

I know: this is not, conventionally, how we interact with websites.

Believe me, when I was putting it together with as much dedication and refinement as if it were a work of art, the voice in my head (you probably know that voice) complained:

“This isn’t how websites are done. It’s supposed to be quick – clickable – jump in and out, decide, buy, go.

“You’re writing more of a—well, book, here.”

And it was true. I was. And it turned out that was what I wanted to do.

A book-like site for people with books growing in their hearts.  People who would stick around and even stop by often to “smell the roses.”  

So that’s what I hope you’ll want to do.

Here’s the link: https://www.naomirose.net 

Perhaps you’ll want to start with the Home page. It gives you a thumbnail sketch of all that’s on the site.

Or maybe you’d like to explore the Enhancements for Writers products. (Think specially designed flower essence remedies for writers! Think healthy chocolate for celebrating a successful writing session!)

Or the Services pages . . . Resources . . . Explore Deeper . . . and more.…

If you’re a healer, you might want to check out the Book Writing for Therapists and Healers page.

Maybe your writing is complete and ready for publication, and your interest is in Editing . . . Proofreading . . . Self-Publishing Mentoring . . . Illustration.

Or just go straight to the page that speaks to you first. (Hint: The Medicinal page under Resources has a side-splittingly funny audio about two brothers trying to write a book together—and not from the deeper Self.)

Enjoy exploring the creative paths available to you on my site, and see what your Muse has to tell you.

 

Let me know what interests you.

I’d really like to hear what interests you—what speaks to your Muse!

And if you have questions, interests, or feedback about anything on my site—or about your own writing aspirations—please let me know.  I aim to be responsive to your needs through my email communications and complimentary consultations. Email me at: naomirosedeepwrite@yahoo.com

“You add a tremendous amount of value. There’s no way I could do this on my own. I am so impressed by how much you can write, it humbles me. Writing with your guidance is like working out: if you keep doing it, it gets easier.”— George Troy, Author, The Five Laws of Retail

Encouraging your flowering,

Naomi Rose

For people who value the inner life who want to write a book . . . and more

P.S. Pass the word along. If you know someone who also values the inner life and has a book or other expression in them who could benefit from what’s in my website, please send them this link: https://www.naomirose.net

Enjoy a free excerpt from my book, Starting Your Book: A Guide to Navigating the Blank Page by Attending to What’s Inside You. Visit www.naomirose.net and opt-in to receive the download right away.

“Naomi is an amazing writing coach. She started me on my path of writing from my depths ten years ago. I loved how she supported me to quickly claim my unique strengths as a writer. Naomi coached me through writing my very first e-course, ‘Collage for Self-Discovery,’ which is still alive and loved in the online market today.”—Shelley Klammer, Shelley Klammer Counselling

10 Good Reasons to Write a Book

📗 Writing and Publishing a Book Benefits Your Readers, Your Career, Your Soul, and More 📗

These days, with the ease of Print-on-Demand self-publishing, anyone can write and publish a book. It’s been estimated that 81% of Americans feel they have a book in them, so why defer this dream? According to self-publishing guru Dan Poynter, no one should die with their book still in them. If you are one of these people, let the following soak into you like rain into a parched garden, then see what opens up in you that may want to be held, nurtured, and brought forth.

There are many reasons for writing a book. Here are ten:

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1. 📗 Sharing what you know can benefit others. You may think what you care about isn’t interesting to other people, but don’t be too quick to dismiss your contribution. Many people’s lives have been changed for the better by books whose authors initially doubted their efforts (and who has not?). From dog walking to memoirs and beyond, books that offer readers ways to address their own lives—whether on a practical or a soul-fulfilling level—are clearly of great benefit.

2. 📗 Your slant on the subject can offer a valuable perspective. People often think, “There are so many books—what do I have to offer?” But even if your subject matter is a highly popular one, what reaches readers is the subject as filtered through you, the writer. Your views, your experiences, even the rhythms of your writing can give your readers something special they can’t get anywhere else.

3. 📗 You get to learn about your area of interest more deeply. It’s been said, “If you really want to know something, teach it.” If you have a particular area of interest or expertise, writing a book about it will give you a deeper understanding. By devoting time and many pages to your book, you will live with it more fully. And by working to convey your understanding and counsel to your readers, you will get to put into words what you may know on a not-so-conscious level. Which can be quite fulfilling, and even help you move into the next chapter of your life.

4. 📗 You get to find out about things you know nothing about. Writing a book isn’t limited to what you do know—it can also be about something you’re passionately interested in that you don’t know. When you set out to write a book based on wanting to know what you don’t yet know, you challenge your conscious and subconscious mind to open the door to the answers. You even pull the string on the door of divine inspiration. This way of writing starts you on a journey—which can enrich what goes into the book, as well as what comes out of it.

5. 📗 Writing a book can heal your heart and soul. If the subject of your book is one with deep personal meaning, the act of writing a book can open doors of healing (wholeness). To seek answers to deep questions through writing a book is to open your heart to what comes; and it is that very open-heartedness that brings you what you seek. In addition, this sincerity and energy can do the same thing for your readers.

6. 📗 Writing a book can be good for your career. Being an author and having a book as a credit can help boost your career, whether you are employed or self-employed. It positions you as an expert in your field, and your name starts getting associated with the subject of your book. Your chances of building on the first book with a second, and so on, get that much better. Plus it can be a door-opener if you want to speak publicly, teach workshops, sell more of your services or products, and much more.

7. 📗 Writing a book can help you make money. Sometimes your book can make you money on its own. But you can also use the book as part of a larger package—along with workshops, seminars, CDs, e-books, and so on—to further your career and earn income.  (See #7, above.)

8. 📗 Writing a book can be a legacy for your loved ones. Not only can writing a book help you carve out a name for yourself, but it can also leave a legacy for your loved ones. This can be true no matter what the subject. This legacy can bequeath not only an emotional satisfaction, but also a financial one. Some books are still making money for the descendents of authors, even after the authors have passed on. (Just remember to stipulate this in your will–copyright, royalties, etc.)

9. 📗 Writing a book is a way to grow into your next chapter of  your life. Authoring a book can take you to the end of one “chapter” of your life and the beginning of another. The very act of writing the book moves you into another phase of development, if you go about it with an open heart. The next phase is a new chapter—in life, and sometimes in terms of the next book you are moved to write. And,

10. 📗Writing a book can be a gift to the world. The words you put down that meant something to you may be available to people years for a good many years. After all, once Shakespeare was just a struggling playwright, Virginia Woolf was just a self-published writer read mostly by her circle of friends, and Mark Twain worked on a riverboat and wrote his books between gigs. They didn’t know that their books would last throughout time.

So don’t limit what’s possible for yourself. If you write with an open heart, a desire to discover, and the ability to go the distance, your book can touch lives (your own, included). And that’s a big contribution, indeed.

Copyright © 2019 by Naomi Rose. All rights reserved.

Welcome to my website to "Encourage Your Flowering"

Welcome to my website to "Encourage Your Flowering"

Rebuilding and remodeling my website from its earlier incarnation(s) has been a year-long journey much like writing a book. Like a book, it has required the phases of wool-gathering and seeking inspiration, trying out structures, writing first drafts / second drafts / seventh drafts, rewriting, interviewing the pieces into a unified whole, and more – everything but coming up with visuals (not usually part of writing a book, though sometimes). Moving out of my old Winchester-Mystery-House website (where the stairway abuts the ceiling) and into this mansion has been a labor of love – and definitely, a labor. But it has treasures to share with you that can spark your own creativity, nourishment, and healing.

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