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IACCW Member Event: How to Align Your Purpose with Prosperity as a Conscious Writer

April 28, 2016

Julia McCutchen interviews Rachel ElnaughRachelElnaugh2016
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There’s nothing worse than pouring your heart and soul into creating a book (or indeed any other product) and not attracting readers or financial reward at the end of the process.

This often happens because the creative process takes place in a vacuum that does not include your reader!

In this session, entrepreneur and former Dragons’ Den star Rachel Elnaugh will help you step into the alignment that will dramatically increase your chances of gaining a strong readership and revenue streams from your creative journey, including simple ideas on:

  • How to de-risk the entire book writing and publishing process
  • Why magnetic marketing is a thousand times more powerful than ‘push’ marketing – and how to do it effectively
  • Ways to surround your writing process with complementary activity which will drive sales and readership
  • Utilising social media to the max – including pitfalls to avoid
  • Building your publicity and marketing into the heart of the process
  • Maximising revenue streams – especially passive ones!
  • How to take your content to the mass market (should you so desire)

Rachel Elnaugh is the award-winning entrepreneur who created the £multi-million turnover Red Letter Days experiences brand and who went on to star as a Dragon in the first two series of BBCTV’s Dragons’ Den.  Her book ‘Business Nightmares’ was published by Crimson in 2008 and generated her personal revenue streams totalling over £400,000.  Rachel has acted as a mentor to many metaphysical teachers, thought leaders and visionaries and is also co-creator of the marketing portal and business platform SourceTV. For more information visit www.rachelelnaugh.com and www.source.tv

What’s new this month?

April 7, 2016

Julia McCutchenHi Conscious & Creative Writers!

As we leave behind the darkness of winter and head more deeply into the light of spring, I’m truly feeling the transition as the echo reverberates through the major shift I’m currently in process with.

Intensity and uncertainty are inherent parts of transformation as the alchemical fire dissolves all that no longer fits current and future requirements, and surrendering to ‘not knowing’ allows new patterns to emerge.

My guiding light has always been a dedication to Truth.

Intuition Leads the Way

My intuition leads the way as I sense the direction without knowing the details yet trust completely that taking one step at a time (sometimes in fast succession!) enables me to feel my way forwards to wherever I’m heading next.

Intuition is an immensely valuable skill to develop for all kinds of creative expression and right now I’m grateful for having sharpened the accuracy of mine!

When it comes to writing and authorship, without doubt intuition can be our most trusted ally. This month’s article explains more – see here.

So what’s your intuition nudging you to be aware of right now?

Live Events

If you feel drawn to discovering and deepening your connection to your true voice with a view to expressing what you’re here to share through words and actions, here are two live events that will support you to do so:

  • Conscious Writing One Day Workshop on SUNDAY 17 APRIL – read more here.
  • Conscious Writing Four Day Retreat 10 to 13 JUNE – last few single rooms! Read more here.

Looking Ahead

I’m looking forward to revealing more information related to my current unfolding dream soon.

In the meantime, this month’s IACCW member interview is on the hot topic of Visibility and Vulnerabilitywhich may resonate if you’ve ever paused to wonder if you truly have what it takes to ‘get your work out there’! See here.

I’m also delighted to recommend Season 5 of Aspire magazine publisher Linda Joy’s Inspired Living Giveaway which offers an abundance of free gifts for mastering the art of conscious and creative living. Read more in our Recommended section here.

Finally, next month I’ll be sharing the details of a major online event that I think you’ll really love and benefit from as a conscious and creative writer.

So keep an eye on your inbox for the May issue of the IACCW Journal and have a joyful few weeks till then.

PS This “Welcome” note is reproduced from the latest issue of the monthly IACCW Journal. If you’re not receiving our newsletter regularly, register with your name and email address in the Start Here box at the top of this page.

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Intuition – An Important Ally for Conscious Writers

April 5, 2016

prairie-679014_640Intuition can be your most powerful ally when it comes to writing your book and taking your message out to the marketplace successfully and with soul. Do you know how to access yours?

Swiss psychologist Carl Jung proposed that intuition is one of four ways human beings process the world alongside sensation, thinking and feeling. His pioneering work has contributed hugely to our understanding today.

An important gateway to conscious creativity, intuition functions beyond the mind and opens the way for intuitive writing. The hallmark of intuition is immediate and direct knowledge without the conscious use of reasoning. Rising above thought but using the mind as a vehicle, intuition is a distinct sense of Knowing.

A Strong Hunch

You will have experienced intuition already even though you may not have been consciously aware that it was guiding you.

Think of a time when you had a strong hunch, a gut feeling that you couldn’t quite explain but which just felt “right”.

You may have had an “aha” moment when you suddenly understood something which made complete sense. Or you could have experienced a gradual process which led you towards a conclusion and resulted in the complete knowledge that you were on the right track.

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IACCW Member Event: Visibility and Vulnerability for Conscious Writers

March 31, 2016

Julia McCutchen interviews Beth Buelow Buelow_Headshot_150
on Thursday 7th April

“There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.” – Ernest Hemingway

Doesn’t this perfectly sum up the writing process? We spill our souls in private, and we alternate between feeling exhilarated and terrified (and every feeling in between!). But the writing is relatively easy compared to what’s next: putting it out there. What was private becomes public, and whether that happens in stages or overnight, it can be vulnerable and exhausting. It’s an experience you can’t quite prepare yourself for… or can you?

In this interview, we discuss the writing process specifically as it relates to being seen and heard by people who both want to cheer you on and tear you down. You’ll learn how to:

  • Ease into visibility in a way that suits your personality (especially if you’re introverted)
  • Honor your Comfort Zone in service of stretching your Capacity Zone
  • Define “success” on your own terms
  • Recognize what you’re really afraid of when it comes to getting out there
  • Recover from the ultimate vulnerability hangover

Beth Buelow, PCC, serves as a guide to introvert entrepreneurs who want to amplify their strengths and build sustainable, energetically aligned businesses. She is a professional coach, author, and speaker, is based in the Pacific Northwest and serves introverts worldwide. Her podcast, “The Introvert Entrepreneur,” was named as one of the top 25 business podcasts for entrepreneurs by Entrepreneur.com and was featured in the “Inspiring Women’s Voices” category on iTunes. She’s contributed to articles in The Wall Street Journal, The Telegraph, Success Magazine, Inc, Entrepreneur, and Psychology Today, among others. Beth is the author of “Insight: Reflections on the Gifts of Being an Introvert” (2012) and “The Introvert Entrepreneur: Amplify Your Strengths and Create Success on Your Own Terms” (Penguin Random House, Nov 2015). www.TheIntrovertEntrepreneur.com

Conscious & Creative Mentoring – last place, last chance

March 23, 2016

On this beautifully sunny spring day, I’m reaching out to you with this quick courtesy reminder that the application deadline for the new Mentoring Series is coming up tomorrow, Thursday 24 March – and there’s just one place remaining!

This year, my new offering for the focus of our work together is creative awakening which uses creativity as the basis of deep self-discovery and healing into wholeness.

This holistic approach opens the way for you to express yourself creatively and authentically through both business and personal projects from the level of your true self, and set yourself free to create what you’re truly here to create.

CW_Mentoring_2016_LORES_150Read more here

If your primary focus is writing (of any kind) and authorship, my on-going commitment to conscious writing as my core teaching for discovering and expressing your true voice will be the best choice for you.

Having said that, there is a natural overlap between conscious writing and creative awakening and they both come into the mentoring process overall in one way or another.

Choosing between them boils down to how much emphasis you want to place on writing and this is something we can discuss together to find the perfect fit for you.

CW_Mentoring_2014_LORES_150Read more here

The mentoring work I do is always deep, transformative and often described as ‘life changing’:

JennyEngstromBaron_150I first came to see Julia for a 2-hour Breakthrough Coaching session at a time when I was struggling to transition from academic writing to more creative work, and I’ve continued to work with her ever since.

During that time, Julia has been instrumental in helping me find my writer’s voice and discover what I am truly here to write.

Working with Julia has been transformative, and her unique approach to creativity and writing beats any creative writing course I’ve ever attended.

Not only is Julia a highly skilled mentor with expert knowledge of the world of professional writing and publishing; she’s also amazingly intuitive and has a natural talent for helping people connect with their creativity. 

I can safely say that working with Julia has transformed my writing as well as my life!

Jenny Engström Baron, blogger, writer and activist www.bornwhole.wordpress.com

question-mark-460864_640So ask yourself:
  • Am I as ready as I’ll ever be to create what I’m here to create, write what I’m here to write and live a life that reflects the fullness of my creative soul?
  • If not now, when?
How to Apply

Send an email to info@iaccw.com with Mentoring Series in the subject line, and include a one or two sentence summary of what…

  • You’re currently working on in terms of ideas and/or writing OR what you would like to develop and/or write;
  • Support and guidance you are looking for;
  • You would like to achieve by the end of the Mentoring Series.

We’ll then arrange a time for a quick chat to discuss the detail and decide whether this is the right form of guidance and support for you at this time. I’m looking forward to hearing from you.

Julia McCutchenTo your conscious & creative success!

PS Remember the application deadline is tomorrow, THURSDAY 24 MARCH and there’s just one place remaining!

PPS If the hyperlinks above don’t work for any reason, copy and paste the following raw link into your web browser: www.iaccw.com/238/mentoring

 

What’s new this month?

March 9, 2016

Julia McCutchenHi Conscious & Creative Writers!

Well, I’m back at my desk after a wonderful break that was a mix of recharging, clearing space and creative visioning – just what I needed, and ideal inspiration for this month’s article.

Over the last few months I’ve had a strong feeling that I’m at the end of an era and the start of a whole new one. This is a fairly regular occurrence for me as my journey of creative awakening includes on-going transformation at ever deeper levels.

Endings and Beginnings

However, some of these endings and new beginnings are more significant than others. This one has been massive in relation to my work; I found myself shredding and burning papers going back 10 years to when I first started online!

It’s felt hugely cleansing and I’m filled with gratitude for the sense of completion it included. I’ve remained fully respectful of all that has been which brought me to my current space of being yet simultaneously totally ready to let it all go and relish the space it’s created for whatever lies ahead.

I’m inspired to write more about this in the coming months. In the meantime, I smiled when I read recently that today is a solar eclipse and tomorrow is a new moon – both of which relate to endings and beginnings! Perhaps you’re feeling it too?

Welcoming the ‘New’

Of course the new energy is already arriving, and last month I explained how ‘creative awakening’ is arising to take its rightful place alongside conscious writing as my core teaching.

In fact, the very first Creative Awakening one day workshop is taking place in just 10 days time on Saturday 19 March. I’ve loved preparing this new content and am so looking forward to guiding people through the process. Read more here.

Mentoring

I’m also delighted to be offering creative awakening as well as conscious writing as options for the new six month mentoring series starting in April.

There’s been a great response so far and we have just two places remaining. The application deadline is 24 March. Read more here.

Retreat

Naturally I’m still passionate about conscious writing too and it’s the primary focus of our retreat which is taking place from 10th to 13th June. The Early Bird tickets have sold out which means that the Tier One tickets are now on sale! Read more here.

If you’ve yet to have a live experience of conscious writing, I’m also leading a one day workshop that will give you a real taste of its potential next month. More details here.

Wherever you are in your current cycle of conscious and creative living, I wish you deep joy and abundant success, whatever that means for you.

Till next month…

PS This “Welcome” note is reproduced from the latest issue of the monthly IACCW Journal. If you’re not receiving our newsletter regularly, register with your name and email address in the Start Here box at the top of this page.

The Transformative Value of a Conscious and Creative Reboot

March 8, 2016

fire-1021224_640The last year has been a massive reality check for me with regard to the sheer volume of time, energy and effort that is required to see a book through from manuscript completion to successful publication.

Looking back it feels like the conscious writing process to craft the body of work that became my book was the easy part, although it didn’t always feel like that at the time!

Fortunately, my daily practice of yoga, meditation and more largely enabled me to remain present to what ‘is’ through the roller coaster ride of the publishing process. It was a high priority for me to be connected to inner stillness amidst the array of outer activities, all of which involved absolute deadlines.

Yet as the months passed, the more fatigued I felt, the harder it became to maintain the fullness of my balanced perspective. Finally, the moment came when all the major projects were completed, the launch momentum settled and I was able to stop for more than a brief interlude.

Taking time off to recharge was an extremely welcome immersion in the bliss of stillness, silence, space and the restorative energy of the natural world. I subsequently felt prompted to write a short piece to share my experience and encourage you to remember the importance of what I lovingly call a conscious and creative reboot.

Here it is…

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IACCW Member Event: The Simple Steps to a Fulfilling Career as a Conscious and Creative Writer

March 3, 2016

Julia McCutchen interviews Marc AllenMarcAllen120
on Thursday 10th March

We all have our own definitions of what it means to succeed – as a writer and in life. Yet most of us have been taught that success requires a great deal of hard work, which is a belief almost all of us have accepted as we’ve grown up in this culture. But it doesn’t have to be that way. We can experience creative success — as we choose to define it — through an approach that has ease at its core.

Internationally renowned author, composer, publisher and entrepreneur Marc Allen figured out how to become successful doing what he loved as a writer and seminar leader through trial and error. Over the years, alongside writing and publishing multiple books, he developed an approach that became a powerful audio course called Success With Ease.

In this interview, Marc will present a condensed version of his Success With Ease audio course, which includes his simple but effective keys to becoming successful doing what you love as a conscious and creative writer and making that work for you financially. He will also share his experience of writing and publishing, so that by the end you will know how to:

  • Create a clear inner vision of the creative life you want to live as a writer
  • Manifest that vision in an easy and relaxed, healthy and positive way
  • Overcome whatever obstacles you encounter including creative resistance
  • Discover the power of partnership and the impact it can have for your authorship
  • Find out whether self-publishing is the right path for you
  • Live the life of your dreams as an author and show others how to do the same!

Marc Allen has written several books, including The Magical Path, The Greatest Secret of All, The Millionaire Course, Visionary Business, and Tantra for the West. He is an internationally renowned author, composer, and entrepreneur. He co-founded New World Library (with Shakti Gawain) and has guided the company, as president and publisher, from a small start-up to its current position as a major player in independent publishing. He leads seminars in northern California and gives teleseminars that reach people all over the world. For more information visit www.MarcAllen.com and www.NewWorldLibrary.com.

 

What’s new this month?

February 8, 2016

Julia McCutchenHi Conscious & Creative Writers!

I love the magic and mystery of the creative process; how the invisible realms give rise to a multitude of visible forms – words, pictures, sounds and more.’

These are the first words of my latest article which tells the story of the way in which creative awakening has become my latest creative offering as an example of how you can follow the lead of your creative unfolding.

In a few short months creative awakening – where the journey of self-discovery meets authentic self-expression in all areas of life – has turned into:

  • several articles
  • a one day workshop in March
  • an option for the six month Mentoring Series starting in April
  • and a major interview to be broadcast in May!

I’m especially delighted to be offering creative awakening as an option for the Mentoring Series alongside my on-going commitment to conscious writing as my core teaching. Read more here.

I hope you’ll consider this broader focus as an opportunity for guidance on your journey of self-discovery and authentic self-expression, and I’d love to know your reaction to the idea generally (send me an email here).

In the meantime…

… the Conscious Writing Scholarship will be offered later in the year (July application: September start) which of course comes after our annual Retreat (10-13 June) which is almost sold out at the Early Bird price!

I’m also delighted to share that my good friend Publisher Linda Joy just released the 10th Anniversary Issue of Aspire Magazine and my article on Creativity: A Path to Freedom and Fulfilment in Your Business and Your Life is included! See here.

You might also like to check out my latest radio interview for the delightful Marianne Pestana and a couple of one day workshops in the Dates for Your Diary section, so there’s plenty on offer to support you with your creative unfolding during 2016.

Personal Visioning + Creative Retreat

Next week I’m off for some mid-winter recharging and after that I’m taking some additional time out for a personal visioning and creative retreat to develop my new ideas in more detail!

So I’ll look forward to catching up with you again early March, and while I’m away from my desk, my wonderful assistant Justine will be on hand to schedule time for us to have a quick chat about the mentoring options if that offering appeals to you at this time.

To your conscious & creative success!

PS This “Welcome” note is reproduced from the latest issue of the monthly IACCW Journal. If you’re not receiving our newsletter regularly, register with your name and email address in the Start Here box at the top of this page.

How to Follow the Lead of Creative Unfolding

February 3, 2016

ball-443852_250I love the magic and mystery of the creative process; how the invisible realms give rise to a multitude of visible forms – words, pictures, sounds and more.

These often arrive as delightful surprises which surpass all notions of original plans yet frequently reflect a facet of the essential energy we’re drawn to explore through our chosen means of self-expression.

A conscious approach to creativity leads to a rich spring of inspiration that wells up inside us and flows through the twists and turns of our inner landscape to take shape in the outer world.

Yet clues and pointers relating to our creative journey also come from external triggers which reflect back to our conscious awareness different ways of seeing what may be right in front of us, waiting to be noticed.

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