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.

Step 1: Record

Begin by bringing yourself into a present and aligned state of being, open to insight arising from your deep self. One way to do this is simply to relax and focus your awareness on the flow of your breath until your everyday mind begins to settle.

Then journal-431912_640reflect on and answer the following questions in your journal:

  • When you were a child, what did you most enjoy doing in your free time? If you weren’t allowed to do what you wanted, how would you have liked to spend your time?
  • What were you actively encouraged to be and do?
  • What were you actively discouraged from being and doing?
  • What attitude did your parents and teachers have towards creativity?
  • In what ways did you experience and express yourself creatively when you were growing up?
  • Have you continued to express yourself creatively as an adult? If so, in what ways? If not, why do you think that is the case?
  • What does creativity mean to you now?
  • Do you think of yourself as a creative person?
  • Do you believe that you have creative potential that has yet to be developed?
  • How important do you believe creativity is to your happiness and well-being?

Step 2: Summarise

Review your answers and…

  • Start a fresh page in your journal, take a blank sheet of paper or type up a digital summary of the positive, supporting beliefs you have identified from the questions above. Date your work and keep it safely. When you look back in years to come, you may surprise yourself at how much your beliefs have changed, especially relating to the last few questions.
  • Now take another blank piece of paper and this time write by hand the negative, limiting beliefs which have surfaced from your investigation. Do some stream of consciousness writing about each one to add to your initial answers so that by the end you feel completely empty of thoughts and feelings relating to each belief.

lettinggoStep 3: Release

Give yourself full permission and act as if you have the ability to release your limiting beliefs instantly. Commit yourself to that reality for this process to succeed:

  • Re-read what you have written about your limiting beliefs
  • Set the clearest intention you are able to create at this time and put your will into the objective to dissolve and release the restrictive beliefs from your body, emotions and mind
  • Smile and acknowledge the purpose the beliefs may have served until now
  • Feel where these beliefs are in your body and breathe deeply into those parts of your body
  • As you breathe out, affirm your intention to release each belief and imagine it leaving your body like a cloud of dark smoke which easily disperses and becomes clearer and brighter with each exhale. As you do so …

Step 4: Tear

Rip the paper you have used to write your beliefs down into tiny pieces with as much clarity of intention as you are able to muster. Continue releasing the limiting energy from your body with each exhale until you feel done.

Step 5: Dispatch

fire2Collect up the shreds of paper and responsibly burn or bury them in the ground while respectfully requesting that the earth composts the negative energy these beliefs have held and transforms it back into a neutral state for alternative future use.

This process may seem overly simplistic as a way of ridding ourselves of beliefs which may have blocked us creatively for years. However, complexity and efficacy are not necessarily correlated. A recent study indicated that writing our negative thoughts down and physically throwing the paper away supports us to discard those thoughts once and for all. **

Our beliefs truly affect the results and outcomes we experience – as writers and in life – so be prepared to “act as if” until personal experience provides verified evidence which cannot be ignored.



** Treating Thoughts as Material Objects Can Increase or Decrease their Impact on Evaluation – Pablo Brinol et al, Psychological Science 2012, Ohio State University   


© Julia McCutchen 2014. All Rights Reserved.

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Julia McCutchen is an author, conscious writing coach, intuitive mentor, and the founder & creative director of the International Association of Conscious & Creative Writers (IACCW). A former publisher of books on spiritual and personal development, Julia teaches a holistic approach to writing for publication that combines the inner journey of self-realisation (conscious) with the practical steps required for authentic self-expression (creativity). She is the author of The Writer’s Journey: From Inspiration to Publication, and her new book Conscious Writing: How to Write from the Heart with the Voice of Your Soul (forthcoming). For FREE Membership and resources for writers, visit

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  1. A great article Julia. I’ll be presenting such exercises in Book II, Free Your Self! Do take a look at my website (completing soon!) – you will see that our beliefs on how to help others on releasing their creativity are very much aligned. Belief work is the key.

    See you soon, in gratitude and appreciation, Chris.

    Comment by Chris Johnson — October 7, 2014

  2. Thanks Julia. I’m writing this in advance of doing the exercise, but I wanted to thank you for your wise, inspiring guidance over the years. I’ve enjoyed reading many of your blog posts and have benefited from your suggestions. Keep up the wonderful work!

    Comment by Jon Stein — October 8, 2014

  3. Thank you Jon, I very much appreciate your comments which have brought a warm glow to my heart! I hope the exercise sets you free to enjoy writing consciously & creatively 🙂

    Comment by Julia — October 8, 2014

  4. Thank you Chris, and it’s good to know that our ideas are in alignment. If we don’t shift our negative beliefs, we miss out on so much so hopefully people will truly take action to set themselves free from all that holds them back from realising their full potential.

    I’m looking forward to seeing your website! Julia

    Comment by Julia — October 8, 2014

  5. Julia, it took me years to stop listening to the negative programming of my early years that did not support expressing myself or creativity. This is a great article that gets us to really examine and contrast negative and positive beliefs. While there remains much work to be done, I know progress does happen as my new book, The State of Grace, was just published. Thanks for this.

    Comment by P.G. McGrath — October 11, 2014

  6. Many congratulations on the publication of your new book! Progress obviously has been made and it is always inspiring to hear of such success stories so thank you so much for sharing your experience with us. Wishing you every joy and succees with your book. Julia

    Comment by Julia — October 13, 2014

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