Writing from the Deeper Self
A UNIQUE APPROACH TO WRITING THAT BRINGS HEALING AND WHOLENESS TO THE WRITER — AND THE READER
Naomi Rose: Encouraging Your Flowering / Guiding “budding” and experienced writers since 1987
Writing from the Deeper Self is a way of listening your writing into being. In this holistic approach, the process is not only as important as the product — it is essential to the product. And if you’re called to do it, it’s essential that you do it. Your depths have treasures to deposit on your shores, nourishments that can feed humanity as well as you.
Because it's not about how many pages you write. It's about how much of you goes on the page. .
Imagine that you could write in a way that actually nourishes and deepens you—that instead of feeling like you’re working against yourself in attempting to write, you could:
Find your natural creative ways,
Say what’s in you to say, authentically,
Come to love the process, .
Emerge with a written work that sings — and more of yourself than you were aware of when you first began writing.
This is "Writing from the Deeper Self" — a kind of soul-medicine that works from the inside out.
“Writing with Naomi is an experience that will stretch the soul. Her quest is to pull out of her protégé the inner core of truth that lurks there, always elusive, but a many-splendored jewel once found.”— Rebecca A. Field, Author, To Choose the Fire of the Cosmos. Foreword by H. H. The Dalai Lama
Writing from the Deeper Self is a process I created over 25 years ago that you can use to write anything. It can be applied to writing books (my specialty, as a Book Developer). But it can just as well help you write an article, a poem, a significant letter, a meaningful blog, even website text (I used this process to write this site you are reading now).
A HOLISTIC APPROACH TO WRITING THAT TRANSFORMS BOTH YOU AND YOUR READERS
Have you ever had the experience of writing something and not feeling connected to yourself? I know I have — throughout my schooling (even though I did well on my papers), and even, for some time, while being a professional writer. Because I had been taught to go outside myself in order to have something to say, and a clever way to say it. No one taught me that what was deep inside me could be enough. Yes, of course it matters how you say things in your writing — there is an art and a craft. But when you are deeply connected to yourself, what wants to be said has a way to come forth. Sometimes, it flows as easily as a river; as breath. You will know this place when you are here with it.
So many ways of healing come about because the person who created or discovered it needed that kind of healing herself. So it was with me. Born into a family of writers — immersed in a subculture of writing — expected to become a writer — I found myself unable to write true. All the accolades I received from teachers, from readers, from publishers were flattering, but not what I was longing for. I was longing for the depths of my own being, and not knowing how to make that intimate contact.
This wound spurred my seeking — spiritually, psychologically, artistically. I went back to graduate school to study psychology, spirituality — hoping to find something I had seemingly left behind years ago, something trustworthy and beautiful, worth listening to, worth drawing forth. As I sought to integrate what I was learning into my writing — including through nonverbal means — I found that it worked! Something in me had been waiting all along for a way to surface and show me who I was.
Over time (and somewhat bowled over by what was continuing to give itself to me), I called this process “Writing from the Deeper Self.” In 1987, I began teaching it and sharing it with students and private clients. I have been offering this way of deep inner contact through writing ever since.
It's not just about putting words and ideas onto the blank page; it's also about being receptive to how the deeper Self speaks in you and to you. Rhythm, resonance, imagery, luminous glimpses of things usually hard to put into words may converge to inspire you with ways to say things in words.
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.
It's not about how many pages you write. It's about how much of you goes on the page.
“WRITING FROM THE DEEPER SELF” INCLUDES:
Learning to listen to and trust what comes from within when you write. You don’t have to lose your center trying to figure out what others want.
Calling forth in your readers the same frequency in which you wrote when attuned to the deeper Self. In this way, you transmit as well as communicate.
Following the aliveness, as you write the particular aspect that calls you. Once grounded in this living relationship, you can fill in the rest as it gives itself to you. (The final written work will read sequentially, but you don’t necessarily have to write it that way.)
Becoming more intimate and confident with your own unique way of creating. You have a way of creating that’s natural to you. Discovering and working with it lets you ease into the process gladly.
Becoming more at ease with not knowing everything about what and how you’ll write. This opens a door to surprise, amazement, and magnificence (as well as brief patches of confusion and discomfort).
Expressing what is in you and inviting forth your “hidden Treasure.” As in the invitation attributed to the Divine, “I was a Hidden Treasure, and I longed to be known.”
“This whole experience of working with you, and rejuvenating creativity within myself, I feel has brought me back to life.
“And part of it is the sheer gratitude that that part of me hasn’t gone away and is still accessible. When I’m writing, being in that flow and having the words come out of me is an experience like no other. Because you’re giving birth, and you don’t have to wait nine months, and it’s not painful. It’s a gratification.” — Catherine Greene
NOTE: If it’s a book you're wanting to write, I have a special page on this site dedicated to this — see the Book Development page.
And if you're a therapist or other kind of healer who wants to write a book — well, there's a page for this, too. See the Book Writing for Therapists page.
I offer a complimentary consultation to explore what's knocking on the inside of your heart that wants to come into a resonant form.
Whether it's a book or some other kind of writing, let's explore what's bubbling inside you and see how I can support you to bring it forth — in a way that serves and heals you and also the world. Connect with your own creative pathways.
(You can also glance at “How You Can Plug In,” below, for the range of ways you can sample this process and my support.)
How You Can Plug In
We can work together one-on-one for any writing project that you are called to. It could be a book (if so, you’ll want to see the “Book Development” page on this site). It could also be an article – a story – a website – a blog – anything that you have an inner (as well as perhaps an outer) call to write, where you want to be truly present for the experience and bring forth the best of who you are.
A good way to start is to schedule a complimentary half-hour session to explore your project, needs, and ways. There is no obligation to go beyond that with me – and if you wish to, we can design a program that fits your needs and budget. (See “Ways We Can Work Together,” two columns over, for more details.) Please note that I do have a limited number of spaces for these complimentary sessions, so contact me soon to reserve one for you.
And if you’d prefer to begin with a smaller step, you can:
Avail yourself of the treasures on this website – so many ways to become nourished and informed!
Sign up for my email list and receive a thank-you gift of an excerpt from my book, Starting Your Book
Read the full text of Starting Your Book to get a taste of my way of working, and the Writing from the Deeper Self approach.
Read my book, 10 Essential Qualities That Help You Write Your Book to get a sense of what’s possible for you, and
Take the corresponding flower essence remedies created exclusively for Writing from the Deeper Self
There are many ways to taste the sweetness of connecting with your deeper Self in and through your writing, with my support, love, and guidance. Which one calls to you now?
How It Works
Intimacy with Yourself: The End of the Scary-Blank-Page Syndrome
In this holistic, whole-person approach to writing, you do “get the job done.” You write your book, story, article, website, or whatever calls you, whatever you need. You do get it out into the hands and minds of readers. You do help bring about the desired effect in your own life, your readers’ lives, the world.
But not in a “get-it-done” way. Rather, in a more contemplative, self-exploring, inspired way. Here, the process is not only as important as the product; the process is essential to the product.
Words may be your starting point. Or — a unique feature of this approach — you could see them as the outcome of a more nonverbal process. What might this mean?
First you touch into what feels true; then, the words come. Instead of always having to be the driving force, the words arise to match your internal inspirations, knowings, and dynamics; experiences that — in their direct state — have no words.
It’s in the act of giving words to these experiences that you experience your own depth. And when you do, you bring yourself home (even if you’re surprised by the route that takes you here).
Even your body can be a doorway to deeper, more subtle ways of feeling, realizing, and perceiving — ways that make you race for your pen or computer. Diligence comes naturally, once you have received something that catches your deep interest, hooks you like a fish, showers you with unexpected inspiration just enough for you to reach for it — and in that reaching, open up a deeper stratum of yourself.
Ways We Can Work Together
1. Who, Where, and How: I work with clients primarily one-on-one, We meet in person (if you’re in the San Francisco Bay Area), or by phone or Skype + email from anywhere in the world.
Our conversations nurture and guide your relationship to your writing, and carry over into the time between sessions when you are actually writing.
In between sessions, you email me what you have written, and I give you feedback that can help you with your next round of writing. (The extent of the feedback depends on the package you choose.)
2. Fees start at $90 - $120/hour USD, depending on what you present and need. Flat fees for specific projects can be available once we have explored and agreed on the parameters. Monthly packages for ongoing work begin at $250/month and increase depending on extent.
3. Wading in gently: I suggest that you book a complimentary session to explore your project and our fit before getting into too many logistical conversations in your mind. We’ll easily be able to tell if this is for you, and what configuration of time and money is most appropriate. If you choose to continue into regular sessions, we will work out a rhythm and other logistics that suit us both.
3. Wading in yet more gently: See the bulleted suggestions two columns to your left, if you want to (so to speak) smell the fragrance of the roses before signing up to grow your own:
NOTE: I also sometimes do small, intimate groups online. These have a different format and fee structure. If you sign up for my email list, you will receive notice when a new group is being offered.
In any case, I welcome the opportunity to serve you in the ways that feel right to you.
“I'm happy to acknowledge Naomi Rose's important influence on my writing life as I have others in the past: Julia Cameron, Natalie Goldberg, and Eric Maisel, to name a few. I've since come to regard (and treasure) her as a writing mentor.
“I immediately sensed the difference in her coaching style and was attracted to the expressive warmth and rich authenticity oozing from her work in what she calls "Writing from the Deeper Self."
“Naomi Rose's writings and personal coaching sessions have imbued me with so much that I'm grateful for, transforming and alchemizing things within that have manifested as deep writing.”
— Chris Dunmire, Creative Director & Publisher, Creativity Portal (included in “Writers Digest 101 best sites”)
“I just wanted to thank you for your help in the early part of my book development. You really helped me to listen more deeply for my soul’s calling in what I was writing, to share more of my experiences and heart.
"I thought you would enjoy knowing that the book finally got birthed into the world. I am getting really, really good feedback on it so far. Thanks for your wonderful work with authors like me.”
— Deborah Welch, PhD. Author, Forgiveness at Work: Stories of the Power, Possibility, and Practice of Forgiveness in the Workplace
“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
“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
“Working with Naomi was like having someone who is for you, who keeps seeing you and accepting you. She helped me find the true Story beneath the story I’d been telling myself.
"But first, I had to find my heart. Naomi’s role in this was divine. Her gift was to help me further wed my life to my art, and in the process, to heal both. This is what I mean when I say I couldn’t have written the book without Naomi. She is truly my fairy godmother of writing.”
— Katayoon Zandvakili, Author, My Beautiful Impostor
“From the moment I read Naomi’s newsletter, I knew she would understand what I was feeling but couldn’t quite articulate — namely that my writing felt like it was coming too much from the ‘intellect’ and not enough from the deeper Self.
“Her description of the distilling process resonated with my feeling that a lot of the heavier head-stuff needed to fall to the bottom, so the words of the heart could rise to the top.
“Naomi provided me with a sense of being understood, helped me clarify what I wanted to convey, and organized the material so that it began to have more structural integrity. Her comments and suggestions reflected my intentions, and her questions inspired me to go deeper.
"She shared with me a feeling of deep appreciation of my work, both the content and those passages where her ‘breath was taken away.’ That some of my writing touched her so deeply gave me sense of confidence to trust my heart to speak its truth."
— Shelle Goldstein, LCSW, PA. Author, Blossoming Beyond the Desert
“Naomi is gifted with the ability to create time and space for her writing students to feel our experiences welling up from our roots,
their own unique tides coursing through our bodies, and to meld them with the words that name them. Together, we can swim in the language like fish, as naturally as we were always meant to.
“She is also a startlingly gifted writer, whose inspired and deeply satisfying writing provides sustenance to the soul. They are the fire, air, and water of communication.
“Naomi will cherish you, and your work, as you begin to recognize the beauty and poignancy of your own stories.”
— Carolyn Francis, Writing from the Deeper Self workshop participant
“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. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2019.