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Please Yourself

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Listening to the book seeded in our hearts, much like gardening, involves being delicate with that new and fragile impulse; watering it with our attention and interest; believing it, even if it goes against what we have believed so far, or if it seems to ask of us something we don't currently feel adequate to. Answering a call of the heart is a sacred mission, and writing a book can house and hold and open up this mission as well as many other ways.

"I was a hidden treasure" ~ how have you hidden your treasures from yourself? When you long for some fulfillment, do you look inside? Who do you think is there, inside, if not the Beloved seeking to be known? Writing a book from the deeper Self does not mean that, at the outset, you know exactly (a) what you are going to say, (b) how you are going to say it, (c) who will buy it, (d) how much money you will make from it, (e) and so on. All these matters-in-the-world will come later, when your book is already born ~ a live being reverberating with your intention, findings, concentration, passion, longings, mistakes, reparations, and prayers. Indeed, that very aliveness is what will bring the next chapter ~ the chapter of your book in the world ~ into focus.

To go about writing a book as if who you are, and what you discover along the way as you write your book, do not transform the world you then bring the book into, is to write a product. To assess what is needed, what people will buy, and then ~ from that same consciousness ~ to write a book fitting those parameters, is to scope out the existing market (the market with the existing consciousness) and sell to it. But to write a book with the intention-hope-prayer of being true to that voice that calls you to the journey is to step into a life you haven't exactly known before. It only becomes known because you are stepping into it. And this is one way in which the "hidden treasure" fulfills the longing to be known.

I hope I am getting this across. It is so important for anyone seeking deeper meaning, value, and expression in their life. It is the journeying itself that brings about a book that will reverberate in readers' being, touch their lives, open their hearts, lead them closer to their own hidden treasure. That is the gift you can give ~ by giving yourself to the call that calls you to write a book; by becoming and embodying the treasure you are.

Recently, someone shared a quote with me from a remarkable architect, Christopher Alexander, who set out to find, in architectural forms, a universal and intimate expression of unity itself. Something he said (it was about the esthetics of architecture, but I believe it also fits what I'm saying, here) is worth sharing with you. It is from the chapter called "Pleasing Yourself," in his book, The Luminous Ground:

"In order to create living structures, we must please ourselves.

This single prescription covers the whole environment, covers everything essential. If you want to create transcendent unity ~ true living order ~ you need to please yourself. And you need only please yourself. But you must please yourself truly. And to do that you must first discover your own true self, come close enough to it, and listen to it, so that it can be pleased.

Does this sound absurd? And does it sound too easy? It is not absurd. And it is that kind of 'easy' which is so hard that on most days it is almost undoable, because to do it we have to break down every resistant force that remains in us. To reach the ultimate I, the transcendent ground of all existence, you have to reach yourself. To make the great work, you have to do that thing which lies in you like a small child, not hidden, just waiting there, and pushed aside, every day of your life, so that you never realized that it is, after all, this which waits, this which is the ultimate of which we are capable [boldface mine; end quote]."

In the face of this possibility ~ this urgent call that comes not only to us (in the wee hours or whenever) but also from us (our seeking) ~ why would we settle for the empty calories of a formulaic, commercially based, outwardly oriented attempt to please and sell books to some generic idea, some "market"? When we can use our own selves as the archeological digging ground, searching for treasure that wants to be found ~ and that, once found, turns out to be a living part of all other hearts, all other aspects of this Creator wanting to be known, lying in wait in the hearts of our readers-to-come.

If you want to write a book ~ if the call comes ~ take it seriously. It's not about fame and fortune, though that may accompany your experience. It's about finding what you've always wanted most deeply, which is hidden right inside you ~ and having a way to bring it out, through the process and form of writing a book.

As this work, through me, told me its name over 25 years ago: "Writing from the Deeper Self: bringing your treasures into the world."

The world your book will enter, once written in this way, will be a different world than if you had written only to produce; only to sell. It will be a world informed by, pulsating with, blessed by this gift that you have, in your devotion, brought into being.

To explore writing your book and having my loving, adept support as your Book Developer, contact me at 510-653-7673 or through my Web site (below). I will be honored to listen to you, and see what you want from there. •

Copyright © 2012 by Naomi Rose. All rights reserved.

Naomi RoseNaomi Rose, Book Developer and Writing Coach, has successfully used her "Writing from the Deeper Self" approach to help people with an inner-directed focus write the books of their hearts. More »

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