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.

Following the Golden Thread

A couple of months before my book Conscious Writing was published, I received a heart-warming endorsement from award-winning author Mark Matousek.

As the very last comment to arrive, it was only just in time to be included in the book. Amongst the words Mark used to share his reaction, he described the book as a ‘guide to creative awakening…’

I was deeply moved by all that he wrote* and felt a strong intuitive resonance when I read the words ‘creative awakening’. So much so that I began to use those same words in my subsequent definitions of what conscious writing is. They simply felt right and I was delighted to have this language reflected back to me as a description of my work.

Although I didn’t realize the full significance at the time, I felt a subtle yet distinct inner stirring that subsequently prompted me to take a tentative step to explore ‘creative awakening’ further.

fractal-199054_640I had no idea where it might lead, but I’ve come to trust the tug of such ‘golden threads’ completely so I followed the prompt and soon found myself offering creative awakening as a topic for articles, interviews and workshops.

Fast Forward

Just a few months later, I now have several articles written, published and in progress, one major interview completed, a creative awakening workshop scheduled and an offering for six months of mentoring!

In addition, I’m feeling drawn to developing the content these words evoke in me alongside my on-going commitment to conscious writing as my core teaching as I sense the potential for a whole new realm of possibilities on the horizon.

I don’t yet know the details; nor do I know if enough people will be interested in creative awakening for it to mature into a body of work in its own right.

What I do know is that my commitment to following the golden thread of my creative unfolding has brought me thus far; so I’m more than willing to dip a toe in the water, show up consciously and creatively, and see how things unfold.

Dive In

The reason I’m sharing this with you is to encourage you to follow the lead of your own creative unfolding and trust what arises for you from both internal and external promptings.

Even if you don’t know what the end results may be, when you feel an intuitive nudge – in whatever way that makes itself known to you – have the courage to cross the threshold into the unknown and see what arrives to greet you.

These tips will guide you on your way:

1. Create Space

When your mind is constantly full of thoughts relating to all that you’re doing as you go straight from one task to the next with barely a breath in between, you’re far more likely to miss new creative opportunities.

Make sure you create both internal and external space by building in regular times when you pause to catch your breath, and dip into stillness and space, however briefly. These are the moments when you’re most likely to receive new creative insight.

2. Pay Attention

A mindful approach will always lead you to notice more than would usually be the case when you’re distracted or caught up in the story of everyday life.

One of the fundamental principles of a conscious approach to creative living is cultivating awareness; learning to be fully present in the moment and all it contains. This is how you’ll pick up the subtle intuitive nudges that might hold the clues to new creative possibilities.

barefoot-482747_6403. Take One Step

It’s so easy to miss these moments altogether or notice the nudge but carry on with whatever you’re in the middle of doing regardless.

Yet when you feel a flutter of something you may not initially be able to articulate fully, simply take one step in trust and investigate the impulse. That way, you give yourself the chance to discover what may well be a whole new creative direction to explore.

If not, that’s fine too; sometimes these are simply stepping stones to something else. However, you’ll never know until you’re willing to follow the golden threads of your creative unfolding wherever they may lead.

Enjoy the journey!

Q4U: What is your reaction to these ideas? Have you had similar experiences on your creative journey? Share your comments with your fellow conscious writers below.

* To read the complete comment about Conscious Writing: Discover Your True Voice Through Mindfulness and More from Mark Matousek, scroll a short way down this page.


© Julia McCutchen 2016. All Rights Reserved.

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Julia McCutchen is an author, 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-realization (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: Discover Your True Voice Through Mindfulness and More (Hay House). For aFREE video series, resources for writers and membership of the IACCW, visit

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  1. Yet when you feel a flutter of something you may not initially be able to articulate fully, simply take one step in trust and investigate the impulse. That way, you give yourself the chance to discover what may well be a whole new creative direction to explore.

    Julia – this is so important and too often many of us ignore this intuitive nudge. By allowing space and paying attention this becomes more ‘normal’ and accepted in the mind.

    Comment by Virginia — February 4, 2016

  2. Yes indeed Virginia. Thank you for highlighting it as I totally agree about its importance. It’s all too easy to ignore these flutters so we need to train ourselves to pay attention so that we are alert to the whispers of our soul.

    Comment by Julia — February 8, 2016

  3. I love that expression “the whispers of our soul.” I shall listen out for them!

    Comment by Daphne Radenhurst — February 9, 2016

  4. Thank you for sharing your reaction to that Daphne. There is a quality to those words I also love. Enjoy listening; and remember you may experience a subtle yet distinct feeling rather than actually hearing something distinct. The ‘whispers’ can make themselves known to us in many different ways when we remain alert through the practice of listening.

    Comment by Julia — March 8, 2016

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