Conscious Writing Circles

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Guidelines for Creating Conscious Writing Circles
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Introduction

Having taught, mentored, and directly or indirectly guided thousands of aspiring and published authors over the last 28 years alongside my own creative practice, it’s clear that positive accountability and on-going support dramatically enhance people’s creative experience and achievements.

If you feel a resonance with Conscious Writing, sharing the adventure with others who feel the same will undoubtedly contribute to your unfolding process at every level.

CW_Book_MockUp#2You’ll find here suggestions for self-organized groups to follow which are based on the themes and topics presented in the book Conscious Writing: Discover Your True Self Through Mindfulness and More along with a proposed format that includes the Conscious Writing process. Enjoy the dynamic of writing with like-minded others to complement your solitary sessions!

 

Online, Offline and Numbers

Circles work both online by setting up a private Facebook group (or similar) and offline where you can arrange to meet others in your geographical area through contacts made at local bookshops, libraries, arts centres or through using www.meetup.com

Ideally you’ll find four to six interested writers to share your journey with although you could have up to twelve in a Conscious Writing Circle. Keep the numbers manageable and always follow your intuitive inner guidance. If you feel a strong impulse to work with just one other person, for example, go with it as you’re still likely benefit from following the guidelines below.

 

Circles4General Guidelines

Circles require one facilitator which can be the same person each time or you can take turns with this practical role. However, each member of the Circle needs to take full responsibility for themselves and no one should become the ‘teacher’ or ‘expert’.

Everyone is equal in the Circle and needs to participate, contribute and be heard so remember the importance of listening without judgement. Banish your inner critic and avoid the temptation to prove anything to anyone, especially yourself!

Make it a priority to create between you all a sacred and safe space where privacy and confidentiality are fully respected, and always ask for help as, when and if you need it. Remember that Conscious Writing is a deeply transformative process that leads to new levels of conscious awareness so be prepared for inner and outer growth and development.

Above all, aim for a conscious and creative approach to all Circle activities with the intention of serving the highest good for all concerned. And do let us know how you get on by emailing info@iaccw.com. We’d genuinely love to hear about your experience.

 

Suggested Format

Circles11. Open the Conscious & Creative Space

Begin with a few minutes of silence to let go of all matters relating to your everyday life story and immerse yourself in presence.

2. Topic for Discussion

Work through your choice of the recommended topics (see here) as an agreed focus for discussion and sharing in the Circle.

As an example, when choosing one of the Core Principles from Part 1 of the book such as Presence, each person reads that chapter and takes action on the ‘Dive In’ practices applied to writing and all areas of life during the week. At the next Circle gathering, members bring the fruits of their experience to share with everyone.

3. Conscious Writing Process

CW_Process_Audio_PackShot_crop1Follow the Conscious Writing – The Process audio CD together; go through the preparation and guided visualization into the Conscious Writing Sanctuary. Pause the audio while you write for about 20 minutes; then complete the visualization.

Alternatively, take it in turns to lead your fellow Conscious Writers through the process including the guided visualization. Use the instructions summary on page 141 for reference and the script for the visualization on page 138.
 

4. Working Groups

Form small groups of three or four people to share and discuss your writing and experience. Use this opportunity to have your writing and yourself as a writer witnessed, acknowledged and heard.

There is no absolute requirement for feedback although if it is welcome, ensure that it’s always constructive and supportive.

CW_Journal_PackShot_crop1Remember that opinions are likely to vary about any piece of writing and nobody has the absolute right or wrong view.

Ultimately, each person must filter comments through their own internal truth receiver and trust their intuitive impulses regarding any suggestions that have been made.

Finally, support each other to clarify individual priorities for the coming week. Write these down in your Conscious Writing Journal and review them briefly the following week when you set your next intentions.

 

5. Circle Discussion and Close

Confirm the topic for everyone to focus on in advance of the next Circle gathering and close the space by taking a few moments of silence to give thanks and return everything to stillness.

 

Recommended Topics for Exploration (page reference for more information)

Part I: Meeting the Conscious in Conscious Writing

  • Circles2Who are you before the writing begins? (p. 3)
  • Presence (p. 9)
  • Alignment (p. 17)
  • Authenticity (p. 25)
  • Balance (p. 33)
  • Simplicity (p. 41)
  • Intuition (p. 49)
  • Connection (p. 59)

Part II: Diving into Creative Flow

  • Into the Mystery (p. 75) – what is your relationship with uncertainty?
  • Living the Questions (p. 77) – apply this approach to a current creative challenge.
  • Three Creative Keys (p. 80) – explore trust, commitment and surrender in turn.
  • The Five Step Process (p. 90) – identify your beliefs about creativity and writing; then release any limiting ones you discover.
  • Your Creative Vision (p.93) – mind map your creative vision.
  • The  Four Phases of the Creative Cycle (p. 99) – prioritize each of the four phases (i) Stillness, Silence, Space and Solitude (ii) Inspiration (iii) Imagination (iv) Creative Expression

Part III: Experiencing the Conscious Writing Process

  • Circles3Experiment with mudras (p.117) and visualization (p.122) to address individual priorities.
  • Use the mudra sequence (p.132) as a stand-alone daily practice to deepen your experience of it as a process of alignment and connection to greater awareness beyond your everyday self.
  • Immerse yourself daily in the Conscious Writing process (p.141) so it becomes familiar and increasingly effective. Remember the benefits of Conscious Writing are cumulative.

Part IV: Creating Your Conscious Writing Practice

  • Finding Your Conscious Writing Rhythm (p. 163) – experiment to discover what set of circumstances works best for you.
  • Five Core Practices (p. 169) – explore each one and find a way to combine them all in a way that suits you as an individual.
  • Recognizing Resistance (p. 175) – how does creative resistance show up for you? Use increased awareness to liberate yourself from the limitations of creative resistance.
  • The Inner Critic – set yourself free from your inner critic once  using the seven step process (p. 179).
  • The Marriage of Real and Ideal (p. 185) – use the five tips to discover your current blend and review regularly as your life unfolds.

 

Julia 2013To your conscious & creative success!

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PS Remember to let us know how you get on with your Conscious Writing Circle by emailing info@iaccw.com. We’d genuinely love to hear about your experience.

 

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