Weam Namou

**Award-winning author of 12 books **Vice president of Detroit Working Writers * *Facilitator at Pachamama Alliance **Ambassador at Arab America

Born in Baghdad, I was raised in America, I traveled the world, wrote over half-a-dozen books, and was taught the art of living by the most amazing healers.

My rich Babylonian heritage, my educational background, my teachings with spiritual masters, and my travels around the world have helped me make connections with people from different walks of life - Spanish, Italian, Greek, French, British, Portuguese, Czechs, Israeli, Mexican, Moroccan, Tunisian, Jordanian... the list goes on.

I gained valuable knowledge and a sense of culture from each place, adopting the good and leaving the not so good as I formulated the life I desired as a wife, mother of two, an author and spiritual coach who is providing care for my live-in elderly mother.

The most important thing that I learned, however, is that we are one big family, who came from one man and one woman. What one knows, the other knows. All we have to do is use certain tools to gather into the collective.

"We write the story of our lives in a very radical way, with the pen of our mental seeds." Geshe Michael Roach, The Diamond Cutter

90% of Americans want to write a book and the global wellness market is now worth $3.4 trillion: people are drawn to writing because, if done regularly and with intent, it has an incredible healing and inspiring power – physically, mentally, spiritually, and emotionally. Stories have power. They connect us to our humanity, tie us to our past, and they allow us a glance into our future. Stories convey a message, teach a lesson, and shape our existence and civilization.

Storytellers keep the cultural traditions, history, and legends alive through storytelling. Storytelling not only imparts the wisdom, values, and behavior of one generation to succeeding generations, but it can also help heal. For over two decades, medical practice has increasingly recognized the significance of what’s come to be called “narrative medicine” to the patient’s healing. Narrative medicine is a wholesome medical approach that recognizes the value of people's narratives in clinical practice, research, and education as a way to promote healing.

A number of medical schools such as Columbia University now have Narrative Medicine master's program. Columbia states on their website that "The effective practice of healthcare requires the ability to recognize, absorb, interpret, and act on the stories and plights of others. Medicine practiced with narrative competence is a model for humane and effective medical practice. It addresses the need of patients and caregivers to voice their experience, to be heard and to be valued, and it acknowledges the power of narrative to change the way care is given and received."

You can create a new interpretation that takes you out of your past and into the present and a new future. You do that once you identify the story that is running your life. You release that story and are then able to pursue your dreams while enjoying healthy relationships and living a sacred family life. For decades, I've used my storytelling abilities to change my narrative and to help others transform their lives by changing their own narratives.


Weam Namou is a journalist, an award-winning author of 12 books, the vice president of Detroit, a 117-year-old professional writing association, an ambassador at Arab America, and a facilitator for Pachamama Alliance, a global community that offers people the chance to learn, connect, engage, travel and cherish life for the purpose of creating a sustainable future that works for all.

She received her Bachelor's Degree in Communications from Wayne State University, studied fiction and memoir through various correspondence courses, poetry in Prague and screenwriting at MPI (Motion Picture Institute of Michigan). She has given readings, lectures, and workshops at numerous cultural and educational institutions and her poetry, essays, and articles have appeared in national and international journals. In 2012, she received a lifetime achievement award from E’Rootha, a local arts organization.

Namou studied Sikkim from one of her teachers, a Native American man who lived with the Tibetan monks. She is a certified Reiki Master, and a graduate of Lynn Andrews' 4-year shamanic school.

The Authors Guild
Detroit Working Writers
Arab America
National Association of Black Journalists
Pachamama Alliance
Mesopotamian Art Forum and Culture

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