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Naomi Rose : Your Book Can Heal the World

Creating the Book of Your Heart

Your Book Can Heal the World: Looking in the Mirror of Our True Nature

By Naomi Rose

Have you ever read a book that touched you so deeply — in your heart, in your soul, in your mind — that it actually moved you closer to your deep Self? So that afterwards — at least for the next few days or weeks, while its impressions consciously replayed and filtered through your awareness — how you looked at life was different — more hopeful — more visionary, compassionate, accepting of what it is to be human? So that the person you became as a result of taking that book inside you who then moved in the world, moved more clearly, gratefully, inspiredly? So that the world itself was changed because of how and who you now were, in it?

I am guessing that you have, even if as a child being read a story, or reading to yourself Alice in Wonderland, The Little Prince, The Little Lame Prince, The Secret Garden, and other classics of the true imagination.

And did you ever stop to think that the book that you write can do the same thing for people who read it?

It doesn't even so much matter what the topic is. Any subject can become a door into what binds us all together, no matter what the unique details of your particular situation. You can be writing the story of your life. You can be writing a travel book. You can be writing about business, or relationships, or money, or child rearing, or anything you are drawn to write. (These are actual subjects written by some of my clients or myself.) The healing aspect comes in when you bring your deeper Self into the telling. And you do this by:

  1. learning how to listen to what's inside your heart,

  2. trusting its (often initially nonverbal) ways of making its message known to you, and

  3. learning how to translate that inner sensing into written language that

    • carries out the deeper Self's intention, and also

    • naturally rises into metaphor and poetry ("naturally," because you have encountered something ineffable — beyond words — and the metaphors come to your rescue as a way to allude to that "beyond")

A book that is written from the deeper Self is different from a straight-informational book, although it may indeed contain valuable information. As a reader, you'll know the difference because you feel taken inside the writer's experience and being, to the point where you feel closer to your own being. Even if the situations being described are wildly foreign to your experience, what is under those situations feels deeply recognizable to you, and helps bring you closer to what is inside you.

Gratitude for such a reading experience is not unusual. We crave a mirror of our true nature. We have craved it since infancy, and many of our adult relationships, often unconsciously, are predicated on trying to get someone to see who we really are — our goodness and vastness, rather than the more constricted and often unkind versions of ourselves we have grown to carry within as our identities.

So when an author, by having the courage and the love to mine the gold of their own true nature, shows us to ourselves, we are grateful — sometimes to the point of tears — to encounter ourselves at last. Perhaps it is like what the poet Derek Wallcott wrote:

Love After Love

The time will come
when, with elation
you will greet yourself arriving
at your own door, in your own mirror
and each will smile at the other's welcome,

and say, sit here. Eat.
You will love again the stranger who was your self.
Give wine. Give bread. Give back your heart
to itself, to the stranger who has loved you
all your life, whom you ignored
for another, who knows you by heart.

Take down the love letters from the bookshelf,

the photographs, the desperate notes,
peel your own image from the mirror.
Sit. Feast on your life.

You can see what an impact your book, when written deeply and truthfully, could have in the world — especially in a world so hungry for real Being, a world so saturated with superficial yet powerful values that tend to take us away from our true nature. Books can be a healing balm for the soul, even if the journey described is not always easy. It has been said that our thoughts and feelings create an atmosphere. Certainly, a book from the deeper Self has an "atmosphere." When I was a child reading the adult books in my writer-parents' bookshelves, I was too young to understand the complexities of plot, characterization, themes, and so on. What I did get was the atmosphere: what a room felt like at night, what a river felt like, flowing; the close-up of a loved woman's face, a turtle crossing the road.

Extending this notion of "atmosphere" further, in our time of global warming and serious concern about the atmosphere, consider the possibility that the atmosphere of your book might somehow be beneficial to the atmosphere of our shared world. How could that be? Can a book recreate the ozone layer? Well, here's an esoteric thought: What if the atmosphere in our own minds is the fertile ground in which our planet will be healed? And if that might be even the slightest bit true, then the atmosphere your book creates can go a long distance towards healing the planet, by healing the inner life of the reader; by providing new impressions, healing atmospheres, to shift the "paradigm" to a more beautiful and healthy one.

How do you create an "atmosphere"? Essentially, you write from within an experience, so that where you are, the reader goes too.

And once you have written a book from the deeper Self — perhaps with my guidance, either directly or by using my book, Starting Your Book — it's time to bring your treasures into the world, a world that your book has helped to remake.

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