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November Inspiration for Conscious & Creative Writers

November 18, 2014

extraordinaryMotivation to manifest the extraordinary.

“The Artist archetype embodies the passion to express a dimension of life that is just beyond the five senses. The Artist psyche is animated with the energy to express it into physical forms. The nature or relative grandeur of any form of expression is irrelevant…

The signature of Artists is not in what they do but how intense their motivation is to manifest the extraordinary.

Doing what you do in such a way that you create an emotional field that inspires others also indicates the Artist energy at work, as does the emotional and psychological need to express yourself so much that you’re well-being is wrapped up in this energy.”

Caroline Myss, Sacred Contracts

Conscious Writers are motivated to manifest the extraordinary – on the page and in the world.

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What’s new this month?

November 5, 2014

JuliaMcCutchen_darkpurple150Hi Conscious & Creative Writers!

A few months ago, I realized that the idea I had at the start of the year to run a Conscious Writing retreat in Bali during February 2015 wasn’t going to happen this time around.

It turned out that the retreat centre I had chosen didn’t have any spaces and I didn’t want to book somewhere I hadn’t visited personally.

It felt fine rather than disappointing as I am totally in trust with what is and I intended to return for a personal visit anyway.

However, not long afterwards, the feeling that I wouldn’t be going to Bali at all in 2015 surfaced. I didn’t know why, but accepted the intuition and remained open to how events would unfold.

Over the last three months, the true reasons for me remaining here in the UK have been revealed. Firstly, there is an unexpected personal situation that I outlined in last month’s IACCW Journal.

Hay House to Publish Conscious Writing

Secondly, I am now able to share that I find myself in the position of having to complete the writing for my book by the middle of February as I have just signed a contract with Hay House!

Assuming I can finish the manuscript on time (which admittedly feels like a stretch) the book is due out in September 2015, and my presence will be required to see the book through to publication – and beyond.

We often aren’t aware of the “big picture” when we are concentrating on the details of what we think we want to do – as writers and in life.

Yet, when we pay attention to our intuition and remain open, eventually we are able to see with new eyes and make conscious choices about appropriate action.

So pause for a moment and think about a situation that may not be working out exactly as you had planned.

In what ways can you step back to gain a fresh perspective and apply that view to how you’re thinking and feeling?

Have a wonderfully Conscious & Creative month!

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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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Consciously Create Your Audience as a Conscious Writer

November 3, 2014

typewriter250I’m delighted to introduce this guest article by PR and creativity consultant Kat Byles. Enjoy!

Once you’ve consciously written your book, what next? Do you hand it over to a traditional PR consultant to present a formulaic strategy? Or, do you continue to work consciously, aligned with source, and embrace PR as the creative energetic heart of your project?

Consciously creating your audience, sharing your message and your book so that it has a powerful, positive impact can be a fulfilling experience and a lot of fun for you as the author. Here are three keys steps to take to align with your inner wisdom and unfold PR that creates visibility and momentum.

Step 1: Set your higher intention

Your higher intention attracts and inspires your audience to join you. Naturally, you would love to sell more books. Plus ask yourself: what is your higher intention?

To illustrate, Simon Haas, author, ‘The Book of Dharma, Making Enlightened Choices’ applies PR to sell more books. And his higher intention is to share the wisdom of The Dharma Code to empower people to make decisions from their higher selves and transform their lives. This is compelling and a purpose you can choose to support.

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IACCW Member Event: Brain Optimisation for Conscious Writers

October 30, 2014

Julia McCutchen interviews Dr Dani GordonDaniGordon_150
on THURSDAY 6 November

Blocks, overwhelm, disorganization and lack of focus are often huge hurdles writers face which can seriously damage the creative process.

Getting into the creative ‘flow’ state can seem like a lottery. However, with the latest advances in brain imaging technologies, we now know what is involved from a brain perspective for entering into these creative states and can train the brain and the body to make it happen.

By the end of this interview you will understand:

  • How to optimize your brain for maximum creativity
  • What foods and supplements are fundamental for brain functioning
  • How meditation and breathwork can be used to enhance creativity.
  • How neurofeedback and other brain technologies can take your creativity to the next level

Dr. Dani Gordon, MD, CCFP, ABIHM is a Canadian Medical Doctor and American Board Certified Integrative Medicine Specialist Doctor. She is a leading international expert in brain optimization, neuro-nutrition and supplementation, and works with clients who want to reach their peak performance and get the most out of their work and lives. See www.askdrdani.com

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October Inspiration for Conscious & Creative Writers

October 21, 2014

rain_on_leafOpening to the creative flow of the universe.

“I still remember the day in my childhood when I was made to struggle across my lessons in a first primer… Suddenly, I came to a rhymed sentence of combined words, which may be translated thus –
‘It rains, the leaves tremble.’

At once, I came to a world wherein I recovered my full meaning. My mind touched the creative realm of expression, and at that moment I was no longer a mere student with his mind muffled by spelling lessons, enclosed by a classroom.

The rhythmic picture of tremulous leaves beaten by the rain opened before my mind the world which does not merely carry information, but a harmony with my being. The unmeaning fragments lost their individual isolation and my mind revelled in the unity of a vision.

In a similar manner, on that morning in the village, the facts of my life suddenly appeared to me in a luminous unity of truth… I felt sure that some Being who comprehended me and my world was seeking his best expression in all my experiences, uniting them into an ever-widening individuality which is a spiritual work of art.”

Rabindranath Tagore, The Religion of Man

As Conscious Writers, we align all aspects of ourselves – body, emotions, mind and soul – to clear the way for the natural creative flow of life itself to pour through us, onto the page and into the world.
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What’s new this month?

October 8, 2014

JuliaMcCutchen_darkpurple150Hi Conscious & Creative Writers

We’ve all come across the idea of imagining what it would be like to be told we only have six months to live.

We understand this as an approach to re-evaluating our priorities in life and making more conscious choices about how to spend our time.

But what if that was a reality instead of just an intellectual concept?

This is the situation now being faced by an extremely close and dearly loved member of my family who is the most thoughtful, caring and kind woman I have had the great good fortune to know for the last 30 years.

My conscious choice at this time is to honour her here for her grace and courage in the face of what is for most of us an unimaginably difficult situation, and to shower her with love and support for the path ahead.

The Rationale and the Message

I have also made the unusual choice of sharing what is a deeply personal situation with you for a reason.

It feels to me like there is a growing sense of urgency in the world for us all to wake up to the reality of who we are. It truly is time to set ourselves free from the story of our lives, step out of the drama, and seek the Truth within.

This is the process of becoming Conscious, the journey to self-realization which underlies everything to do with conscious and creative expression, including writing and authorship.

When we realize that we are not the conglomeration of conditioned patterns of thought and behavior we usually believe ourselves to be – what I call the everyday self – we make different choices.

As individuals, when we seize the moment and make conscious choices from the level of our deep self, we create a new reality for ourselves as well as for those who share our world.

So What Action Can We Take as Conscious Writers Today?

We can begin by letting go of the limiting beliefs we all have which hold us back from being all that we already are. In doing so, we clear the way for authentic truth to shine through all of the actions we take.

To that end, today’s article is a section I have just written for my book which is a Five Step Process for releasing beliefs which no longer serve us in relation to creativity. However, it can be applied to any and all areas of life where limitation is present. Read it here.

Finally, I’d like to take this opportunity to thank you for sharing this conscious and creative journey with me. May you find the ultimate freedom which comes from being who you truly are as you express yourself consciously and creatively – on the page and in the world.

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Five Steps to Conscious Writing Freedom

October 6, 2014

ViewFromSteps_normandy-291367_640We all have limiting beliefs to one degree or another relating to our capacity to create, our ability to write or the potential we have as authors – or not as the case may be.

The beliefs we have are not just thoughts in our minds; they usually have powerful emotions attached and are like crystallized energy that becomes locked in the body right down to the cellular level.

Some deeply rooted beliefs require professional help to release, and there are many options available today such as the powerful energy healing technique of Life Alignment.*

However, we can make genuine progress with shifting our belief structure ourselves as long as we approach the task with as much deep self awareness as we are able to bring at the time we decide to take action.

The following Five Step Process is for discovering the beliefs you currently have in relation to creativity and letting go of those which do not serve you.

Allow plenty of time on your own and without interruption so you feel spacious enough for deep exploration and release. Take breaks between the steps if necessary to process your thoughts and feelings – walking in nature is always a good option – and rest when you need to.

This same process can also be applied to other areas of your life, including writing. Simply adapt the questions in Step 1 accordingly.
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IACCW Member Event: How the Divine Feminine Reveals Our Creative Potential as Conscious Writers

October 3, 2014

Julia McCutchen interviews Meggan Watterson MegganJaneWatterson250
on THURSDAY 9 October

The innately feminine art of going within is an ancient contemplative practice that allows us to connect to the highest aspect of our being – the soul. As Conscious Writers, we write from there.

Harvard-trained theologian Meggan Watterson suggests that being spiritual is simply about stripping down to the truth of who we really are – to the soul-voice within. Watterson encourages rather than denies embodiment, and is inspired to be courageous enough to go within and follow the dictates of her soul whether she’s writing at her keyboard or moving out into the world.

In this interview we will discuss the…

  • Radical and empowering shift of seeing your life’s story from the perspective of the soul
  • Innately feminine art of going within
  • Essential sacredness of embodiment
  • Intimate connection you have to the voice of your soul
  • Soul-voice meditation as a spiritual tool for conscious writing

Meggan Watterson is an author, international speaker, and a Harvard trained scholar of the Divine Feminine who inspires seekers to abandon their fears but never themselves, and to live from the audacity and authenticity of the voice of their soul. Her first book REVEAL: A Sacred Manual For Getting Spiritually Naked is described as “a blessing to the world,” by Gabrielle Bernstein. Read more here www.megganwatterson.com

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September Inspiration for Conscious & Creative Writers

September 23, 2014

balance-110850_640_200Autumn Equinox: The Balance of Opposites

“I will greet this day with love in my heart. And how will I do this? Henceforth will I look on all things with love and be born again.

I will love the sun for it warms my bones; yet I will love the rain for it cleanses my spirit.

I will love the light for it shows me the way; yet I will love the darkness for it shows me the stars.

I will welcome happiness as it enlarges my heart; yet I will endure sadness for it opens my soul.

I will acknowledge rewards for they are my due; yet I will welcome obstacles for they are my challenge.”

Og Mandino

Conscious Writers embrace the balance of opposites, and welcome the darkness of “not knowing” as the space from which the light of true Knowing arises.

To your conscious & creative success!
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What’s new this month?

September 10, 2014

JuliaMcCutchen_darkpurple150Hi Conscious & Creative Writers!

I’m just surfacing from a few days of retreat from the everyday world which is a priority I recommend to all conscious creatives.

This time I’ve immersed myself deeply in writing and have completed the next chapter of my book – happy days :-) In fact there are a number of “happenings” around the book at the moment which I’ll look forward to sharing with you soon.

In the meantime, the year is flying by and September always feels like a wonderful time to turn over a new leaf and raise the bar on our chosen priorities (perhaps this is the “back to school” groove still at play?)

Whatever the trigger, there have been a number of conversations had with writers lately who are feeling the “if not now, when?” dynamic in relation to their book projects.

This leads me to our current offering of Individually Guided Conscious Writing Retreats which is already making a difference to the projects and the overall perspective of participants.

We now have just 2 places left for anyone who would like to explore what happens when a commitment to write is consciously & creatively guided forwards on a one-to-one basis. Read more here.

If you’re feeling in need of a more general boost to your conscious and creative impulses and are going to be in London at the start of October, this may be of interest.

We have once again arranged with Hay House UK to offer a special 10% discount for all IACCW Members who would like to attend their forthcoming I Can Do It! Event. Read more here.

Finally, if you’d like to know more about connecting with your muse, you’ll enjoy reading this month’s article called Meet Your Muse: Source of Wisdom and Creativity by award-winning book coach and IACCW speaker Lisa Tener.

Whatever choices you make about your creative writing this month, make sure they are conscious ones!

Enjoy!

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