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What’s new this month?

December 7, 2017

Hi Conscious Writers!

As we head towards 2018, the theme that’s emerging in my working life relates to live events – both online and in person.

I love the fact that the FREE live video classes I’ve been teaching this year has made it possible for you to participate wherever you are in the world and watch the replay if you can’t make the date.

Yet I also know that in-person experience through workshops and retreats is powerful to the point of “life-changing” as previous participants have reported.

So creating both will continue to be an integral part of my portfolio of offerings through next year and beyond.

New Year: New Creative You!

This FREE live video class was so well-received in January that I’ve decided to teach it again with a few updates for 2018.

It was described as “yoga for the creative mind” which is a wonderful way to sum up the process we go through for developing a blueprint to create what you’re here to create in 2018. Read more here.

One Day Workshop

I’m delighted to share that the first one day workshop I’ve led in a long time is coming up on 17 March and it’s called Discover Your True Voice through Conscious Writing.

If you’ve not yet had the chance to experience this powerful teaching in person, do please join us in London to experience the Conscious Writing Process and more!

You’ll emerge positively transformed and in alignment with your authentic purpose – as a writer and in life. Read more here.

Who You Become

Finally, this month’s featured article was inspired by a recent mentoring session.

It’s about one of the core principles of my conscious and creative approach to living and writing – who you become is just as important as what you create, write, say and do in the world.

With the holidays just around the corner, hopefully the message it contains will support you to enjoy each and every moment from an inner space of authenticity and alignment. Read the full article here.

Have a fabulous festive season, and I’ll look forward to catching up with you in 2018!

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.

Filed under: IACCW News — Julia @ 3:13 pm

Who You Become

In a recent mentoring session with a new client I’ll call Sarah, I found myself explaining a perspective that’s a core principle of my conscious and creative approach to living and writing.

Who you become is just as important as what you create, write, say and do in the world.

In fact it’s essential because who you are and the state of consciousness you’re in doesn’t just determine the quality of your self-expression, it directly impacts your whole experience of life.

Sabotage

Sarah understood this principle intellectually but was struggling to apply it.

She was so focused on being of service to the people she felt inspired to help that she was driving herself hard to make it all happen “yesterday” and causing herself a great deal of stress in the process.

The irony was that the more she pushed to achieve the results she was striving for, the slower her progress and the more frustration she felt.

Who she was becoming as a result of her approach was not only detrimental to her health but also sabotaging the whole project!

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Filed under: Articles — Tags: , , — Julia @ 3:08 pm

IACCW Member Event: Ensouling Language – The Art of Non-Fiction for Conscious Writers

November 30, 2017

Julia McCutchen interviews Stephen Harrod Buhner

Approaching writing as a sacred art, Stephen Buhner explores the core of the craft: the communication of deep meaning that feeds not just the mind but also the soul of the reader. Tapping into the powerful archetypes within language, he shows how to enrich your writing by following “golden threads” of inspiration while understanding the crucial invisibles essential to the art of both fiction and nonfiction.

By the end of this in-depth interview, you will have an appreciation of how to:

  • craft language with feeling and vision, employ altered states of mind to access the writing trance, and clear your work by recognizing the powerful sway of clichéd thinking and hidden baggage
  • intentionally generate duende–that physical/emotional response to art that gives you chills, opens up unrecognized aspects of reality, or simply resonates in your soul
  • infuse your nonfiction, especially how-to and self-help, with the same power and luminosity as great fiction
  • reliably induce the dreaming state from which all great writing comes, and apply the core perceptual tools of analogical thinking and the capacity for deep feeling
  • explore the subtle techniques of powerful writing, from inducing associational dreaming in the reader, to language symmetry, sound patterning, foreshadowing, feeling flow, and more.

Stephen Harrod Buhner is the multiple-award-winning author of 17 works of nonfiction and one of poetry. He is fully supported by his writing and believes that any writer who puts the depths of themselves into their work and learns how to concentrate that luminous essence powerfully into language can do so as well. He lives in New Mexico on the edge of the Gila wilderness where he is involved in working with wild plant ecosystems, ensouling habitation through a long term project with an abandoned adobe warehouse, and music where he is working to capture the power of duende and language in a newly emerging combined medium. For over twenty years he traveled widely throughout the U.S. and the Western European Isles teaching about duende, Earth relationship, and wild plant medicines. For more information, visit www.gaianstudies.org

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Filed under: IACCW Events — Julia @ 9:11 am

What’s new this month?

November 16, 2017

Hi Conscious Writers!

What a glorious autumn day it is here in the wilds of Wiltshire.

The sunshine is lighting up the rich hues of red and gold in the garden outside my window and inspiring me to share the joy of conscious and creative living and writing with you!

How to Find and Forge Your Authentic Path

I’m delighted to say that the new content on How to Find and Forge Your Authentic Path from the recent FREE Video Class worked really well.

Participants described their experience as “very powerful, enhancing, inspiring, motivating, wonderful and highly valuable; a succinct set of very strong steps.”

So that feels like a positive start and I have no doubt that it will continue to develop from here. If you’d like to watch the replay, you can do so by clicking here.

Individual Retreats

I’m now offering Conscious and Creative Living as a focus alongside Conscious Writing for all of the coaching and mentoring work I do.

This includes the two and three day individually guided retreats that I’m making available over the next few months and there are just 2 places left!

If you’d like to request an Information Pack here.

2018

Looking ahead, I’m in the process of scheduling a one day Conscious Writing workshop next spring here in the UK and a five day retreat next September in the USA which I’m really looking forward to.

If you’ve not yet had the chance to experience this powerful teaching in person, watch this space for further details.

Have a wonderfully conscious & creative 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.

Filed under: IACCW News — Julia @ 2:46 pm

No Rules Writing

I’ve always had an intrinsic respect for Divine Order and Natural Law alongside an equally innate disrespect for some of the man-made rules that don’t seem to make any sense to me.

It’s hardly surprising that this was the cause of quite a few issues during my growing up years!

I simply didn’t respond to the “… because I say so” reason that school teachers often gave when I genuinely wanted to know “why?” I should do something in a certain way.

A Few Exceptions

With experience I’ve learnt to follow Divine Order as my highest authority and respect the importance of regulations to guide the different facets of everyday life.

Over the years I’ve successfully applied this more mature relationship with convention and found my peace with rules and abiding by them.

Yet for me there will always be a few exceptions, especially when it comes to creative expression and specifically to writing.

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Filed under: Articles — Tags: , — Julia @ 2:41 pm

Calling all IACCW bloggers and reviewers

November 3, 2017

IACCW member Vicky Arthurs recently launched a new poetry audiobook, Limehavencelebrating the special bond between grandparents and children.

Inspired by childhood memories of her own grandparents, Vicky’s poems capture shared joys and explore themes of love, war, nature and innocence.

Vicky began writing Limehaven while undertaking a series of mentoring sessions with IACCW Founder Julia McCutchen.

“Working with Julia gave me confidence – both in trusting my own creative instincts and in sending my work out to publishers,” said Vicky. “I was lucky to be taken on by IRON Press, which led to wonderful opportunities to read my work at festivals and events. I enjoy performing, so creating an audiobook felt like a natural next step.”

Vicky has released the audiobook under her own imprint, Cedarbird, alongside a new worldwide print edition of the book.

She is currently organising a blog tour for Limehaven and is keen to connect with soulful bloggers and reviewers from the IACCW community. If you are interested in writing a review or interview, or hosting a blog post by Vicky, please email tour@cedarbirdbooks.com and include a link to your blog/publication.

You can hear tracks from the audiobook at https://vickyarthurs.bandcamp.com or find out more about Vicky’s work at www.vickyarthurs.com

Photo credit: © Donna-Lisa Healy
Filed under: Member News — Julia @ 3:56 pm

IACCW Member Event: Navigating the Seven Stages of Creativity

November 2, 2017

Julia McCutchen interviews David Ulrich

One of the hallmarks of the creative process is readily distinguishable stages of evolution, from conception through completion. Understanding these stages in an experiential manner can help fulfill our creative potential and assist us in deeply serving others through our works.

In this interview, creativity is viewed as a path towards self-realization, a means of opening to the depth mind, a fertile ground for the necessary encounter with our demons and resistances, and a marriage of self with the sources from which our works spring.

You will learn how to:

  • Identify and fully engage the seven stages of creativity
  • Find greater connection to the “writer within,” free of fear and self-limiting inner dialogue.
  • Open to the resonant sources of epiphany and insight, which lie waiting within us all.
  • Use creativity as a means towards self-revealment and greater consciousness of both: the inner and outer worlds.
  • Discover your authentic voice, that which grows from your identity and being
  • Learn techniques for a disciplined approach to craft and for bringing works to fruition and completion.
  • Explore disintegrating your ego and integrating your shadow, and how these dynamics may assist you in growing towards wholeness, authenticity, and fluid creativity—and become a contributory force in the world.

David Ulrich is a photographer and writer. He is the author of The Widening Stream: the Seven Stages of Creativity, and the co-editor of Through Our Eyes: A Photographic View of Hong Kong by its Youth. His work has been published in numerous books and journals including Aperture, Parabola, MANOA, and Sierra Club publications. He is a Consulting Editor to Parabola Magazine and a frequent contributor. Ulrich’s photographs have been exhibited internationally in over seventy-five one-person and group exhibitions nationwide. He is a program coordinator and faculty member of Pacific New Media, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. He is currently finishing a memoir/essay on seeing and visual perception: Longing for Light: Into the Heart of Vision. Visit www.creativeguide.com and www.theslenderthread.org

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Conscious & Creative Individual Retreats

October 13, 2017

* Just 5 places available! *
NOVEMBER and JANUARY

Claim your right to time and space away from your regular commitments
to take a quantum leap on your journey to write, create and explore your deepest calling with my intuitive guidance and support.

Whether you feel called to write a blog or a book, launch or develop your business and/or access your inner wisdom to navigate change consciously and creatively, it’s tough to make real progress when you’re already feeling stretched.

That’s why I’ve created the opportunity for you to step out of everyday life and focus on developing your ideas and making tangible progress with your chosen priority working one to one with my intuitive guidance and support.

The Conscious & Creative Individual Retreats are tailored to suit your personal project(s), requirements and availability.

They take place in Somerset, south west England and include a mix of guided sessions and time for you to reflect, create, write and apply your insights and realizations.

We start wherever you currently are, and by the end you’ll be absolutely clear about your priorities and the best way to take your next steps.

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Filed under: IACCW Announcements — Tags: , , , , , , — Julia @ 11:03 am

What’s new this month?

October 7, 2017

Hi Conscious Writers!

Last month I shared the first sparks of a new idea that came to me following my silent retreat – the inspiration to include Conscious Living as a topic alongside Conscious Writing in all areas of my work.

I wasn’t entirely clear what form(s) the essence would initially take; yet here we are four weeks later and I’m ready to reveal what has surfaced!

It didn’t take much reflection for me to realize that creativity is such an integral part of the process for me that it needs to be in the title so Conscious Living has become Conscious & Creative Living.

FREE Live Video Class

The first form the essence will take is a 60 minute FREE live video class on Thursday 19 October.

I’ve spent the last 20+ years exploring my deepest calling to live consciously and creatively in alignment with my soul, and now I feel I have some experience to share.

This interactive class will introduce the Conscious & Creative Living Triad of (i) Foundation (ii) Vision and (iii) Action, and guide you to shift from conditioned to clear vision to transform your experience of life. Read more here.

Conscious & Creative Individual Retreats

I’m also offering up to 5 places for individual retreats again this year and have expanded the focus to include Conscious & Creative Living alongside Conscious Writing.

These individual retreats have been described as “life changing”!

So if you’re feeling called to take a quantum leap on your journey to write, create and explore your deepest calling to live your life purpose consciously and creatively, request an Information Pack here.

Have a wonderfully conscious & creative 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.

Filed under: IACCW News — Julia @ 10:57 am

“No” as a Conscious and Creative Choice

October 5, 2017

Returning to regular life after summer holidays and silent retreats can feel like a real shock to the system.

The spacious freedom gives way to a range of commitments that usually require an immediate shift from being to doing and it doesn’t take long for personal priorities to slide into oblivion.

It’s a transition I’ve learnt to navigate by drawing on the conscious and creative choice to say “no”!

Conscious Choices

This means that the vast majority of the commitments in my schedule now are ones that I’ve consciously chosen and am really happy to follow through on.

I ease into picking up the full load over the first few days and soon find myself in a new rhythm which increasingly includes the spacious energy I’ve enjoyed from my time out as the integration of being and doing.

But it hasn’t always been this way and I know the feeli ng of overwhelm from having too much going on all too well.

And it’s an on-going practice for me to remain vigilant about not initiating too many new projects simultaneously.

Clear Boundaries

Learning to say “no” consciously is not something I’ve ever been taught to do (wouldn’t it be wonderful if the education system actually included a few core life skills!).

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