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IACCW Member Event: How Mindfulness Breathing Can Boost Your Creativity

February 23, 2017

Julia McCutchen interviews Rose ElliotRoseElliot250
on 2nd March

Like most people, I’d heard of mindfulness, and I’d tried it, too: focusing on what I was doing, accepting it exactly as it is without criticising, commenting, or trying to change it, like experts suggest. I’d tried it while washing up, eating, brushing my teeth – I kept trying it, but it seemed so pointless, and boring, that I gave up.

Then, I Met a Monk, an experience I have described in my book of the same name, and he gently taught me how to be mindful using my breath… and everything changed from then on.

It helped me to find the strength and inner peace to get through the most exhausting and saddest time of my life – the illness and subsequent death of my husband of over 50 years – and it also had the most unexpected benefit of boosting my creativity to such an extent that in spite of the difficulties I was experiencing, I was able to write two books!

During this interview you will learn:

  • The origins of this ancient practice of mindfulness breathing; how I discovered it, and how it has helped me;
  • How to do it – it’s really simple – and ways of practising it and integrating it into your everyday life
  • How mindfulness breathing can help you to feel almost instant strength and peace, any place, any time
  • How through practising it for a few minutes each day you can connect with your own unique creativity, inner strength, and peace
  • How you can gently extend your breathing if you wish into a short period of meditation, with all the proven benefits that this can bring

Rose Elliot was born into a spiritual retreat centre founded by her grandmother, and wrote her first book as a result of cooking for the visitors there. She became celebrated for her vegetarian cookbooks and dubbed ‘the queen of vegetarian cooking’ but she also has a rich spiritual background expressed in her recent acclaimed books I Met a Monk, and Every Breath You Take. Inspired by her life-changing meeting with a Buddhist monk, both books are very human accounts of how she found inner peace and freedom through the simple practical teaching of the monk, and in particular through the mindfulness breathing that he taught her, which she says saw her through the most difficult period of her life – her husband’s sudden-onset dementia and subsequent death – and brought not only peace and strength but the unexpected blessing of increased creativity and joy. For more information visit www.roseelliot.com

IACCW Member Event: How Conscious Writers Can Shift from Procrastination to Creative Genius

December 29, 2016

Julia McCutchen interviews Sam Bennett Sam_Bennett_250
on 5th January

Conscious Writers…

  • When you know it’s time to get out of your own way, but you’re not sure how;
  • When the fear of failure and the fear of success have you paralyzed;
  • When you want to share your gifts with the world, but you have no idea where to begin…

… there’s only one place to start to solve these problems, and that’s right where you are.

Join Creativity/Productivity Expert Sam Bennett for this practical toolkit talk for sensitive writers that will get you unstuck, no matter what. We’ll cover:

  • The sure-fire 5-minute solution to get past any insecurity, anxiety or fear
  • How to stop feeling so overwhelmed all the time (this one will surprise you)
  • Happy Grown-Up Naked Time: what it is and why it matters
  • How to apply all of this directly to developing your ideas and doing your writing!

“Sam Bennett hears you, knows you, is you. She has been in your shoes, felt your fear and been as stuck as you have. In an astonishing act of generosity, she’s shared all that in [her] magnificent book…It just might change your life.” – Seth Godin

Originally from Chicago, Samantha Bennett is a writer, speaker, actor, teacher and creativity/productivity specialist and the author of the bestselling, “Get It Done: From Procrastination to Creative Genius in 15 Minutes a Day” (New World Library) which Seth Godin called, “An instant classic, essential reading for anyone who wants to make a ruckus.”

Her new book is, “”Start Right Where You Are: How Little Changes Can Make a Big Difference for Overwhelmed Procrastinators, Frustrated Overachievers and Recovering Perfectionists” (New World Library) She is the creator of the www.TheOrganizedArtistCompany.com, dedicated to helping creative people get unstuck, especially by helping them focus and move forward on their goals. Now based in a tiny beach town outside of Los Angeles, CA, Bennett offers workshops, keynotes and private consulting. She also makes a heck of a roast chicken.

Conscious Writing for Creative Living: launching my new blog + website

December 9, 2016

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Hi Conscious & Creative Writers!

This moment in time marks the start of a whole new era. It’s a significant quantum leap as I step up to a brand new phase in my business and my life.

It feels both exciting and challenging yet I’m truly delighted to share that today I’m launching the Conscious Writing for Creative Living blog and a whole new Julia McCutchen website!

To check it out
click here

Seventeen years ago a life changing accident led me to move on from my career in publishing and start afresh by forging my own path even though I wasn’t sure what that would be.

Twelve years ago I wrote and published my first book The Writer’s Journey and launched the first Julia McCutchen website to present my teaching and mentoring offerings.

Seven years ago I launched the International Association of Conscious & Creative Writers (IACCW) to provide inspiration, guidance and community for writers to discover and express their authentic voice.

Four years ago I created Conscious Writing as a fresh approach to deep and vibrant writing as well as a path of creative self-realization; Hay House published the book last year.

Today I commit to a new level of sharing the message I feel I’m here to share at this time.

Discovering your authentic voice and unlocking your creativity
transforms your life as you wake up to realize your true nature,
express your deepest calling in the world, and
live consciously and creatively in alignment with your soul.

I’m really looking forward to writing regularly for the blog and connecting with you directly to answer your questions and inspire you to take your next creative steps joyfully and with confidence.

I’ll share my deepest insights and inspirations on Conscious Writing and Creative Living, internal alignment, spiritual awakening and accessing your intuitive inner wisdom to navigate major transitions in your life.

To read my first few posts and subscribe
click here

I’d like to thank you from my heart for sharing this unfolding journey with me. I’m here to inspire, guide and support your unfolding conscious & creative journey so none of it would be possible without you.

Here’s to a new era of soul-inspired alignment and authentic communication for us all!

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PS I really hope you’ll join me on the unfolding adventure of the Conscious Writing for Creative Living blog. Check it out by clicking here and I’ll look forward to seeing you there!

Filed under: IACCW Announcements — Julia @ 7:31 pm

IACCW Member Event: CALM: The Foundation to Creative Freedom for Conscious Writers

October 6, 2016

Julia McCutchen interviews Sandy NewbiggingSandy_Newbigging_250
on 13th October

Being consciously aware is the foundation to writing with true creative freedom. CALM, which stands for Conscious Awareness Life Meditation, is a methodology for being conscious of the aspect of the Self that is Aware.

When we focus too much on what we are usually aware of (our thoughts, emotions, life circumstances) instead of the consciousness within us that is aware, creativity is stifled and stress is inevitable. Awareness on the other hand is a peace-filled presence within that is beyond the beliefs and limitations of the conditioned mind.

Mahatma Gandhi was once quoted as having said ‘I must reduce myself to zero’ and explained that when ‘he was out of the way’ he did his best work. The invitation in this session is to let go of your conditioned mind to rest into your inner Awareness and be willing to remain at zero – empty of your conditioned concepts – so that you can allow the silent voice of source to speak and write through you.

We will explore:

  • The difference between writing with the mind and writing with Self-Awareness
  • The habits that keep us caught up in the limitations of the thinking mind
  • How to engage Self-Awareness using Sandy’s simple GAAWO technique
  • Why still silent calm is the key to doing your best work and enjoying the writing journey
  • Why the willingness to experience ALL of life can give you constant calm, liberated living and make you a better writer.

As Sandy is the author of ten books with three self-published and seven with publishing houses including Piatkus, Findhorn Press and Hay House, he will also offer his insight on what publishing route to take and the pluses and minuses of each option.

Sandy C. Newbigging is the no.1 bestselling author of six books, a meditation teacher and creator of Calmology. Red Magazine recently described him as the ‘guru of modern-day meditation’ and OM Times said he’s ‘one of the most effective holistic practitioners of the decade’.  Sandy is known for sharing ancient wisdom with a modern twist that makes sense and through his online membership website called Calm Clan has made life-changing teachings accessible to anyone. His work has been seen on television in 30+ countries and he’s personally trained practitioners in his methods from 15+ countries. For more information, visit www.sandynewbigging.com

Filed under: IACCW Events — Julia @ 10:24 am

IACCW Member Event: How to Connect with Your Creative Wise Woman as a Conscious Writer

September 1, 2016

Julia McCutchen interviews Rebecca CampbellRebeccaCampbell_250
 on 8th September

This era we are living in has been prophesied by the mystics and the sages of all of the ages. The Mayan’s called it the New Dawn, Yogi Bhajan called it The Aquarian Age, some call it the end of Patriarchy, Rebecca Campbell calls it the Age of Light or the Age of the Lightworker.

We are all being called to light up the world with our presence and for so many of us, our creations and writing are the vehicles through which we will do this.

In this inspiring call we will discuss:

  • How to hear the call of your soul and answer it
  • What creations are rising in you right now
  • How to tap into your inner wisdom and hear the whispers of your soul and creative muse
  • Why so many people are scared to share their voice and how to overcome it
  • The power of the female cycle when it comes to creativity
  • The seasons of creativity
  • Tapping into your innate ancient wisdom
  • Inviting Mother Earth to create through you
  • How to find your authentic voice and tribe
  • How to work with and call in your creative muse

Rebecca Campbell is a bestselling author, spiritual teacher, grounded spiritual mentor and soulful guide. Rebecca has guided thousands of women to listen to the callings of their soul and create a life that is completely aligned to them. Her first book Light Is The New Black will be followed by her second Rise Sister Rise in October 2016. Rebecca has received multiple awards including the ‘Promising New Talent’ by the Mind Body Spirit Festival in London, the ‘Emerging Voice’ award by Kindred Spirit Magazine and the ‘100 Women of Spirit’ award by the Brahama Kumaris for feminine leadership and spiritual service. Drawing on her unique experience as an award winning advertising creative director, Rebecca loves helping people tap into their creativity and lead from a place that is authentic and light up the world in a way that only they can. See www.rebeccacampbell.me

IACCW Member Event: The Power of Self-Belief: Owning Your Worth as a Writer with a Message

July 28, 2016

Julia McCutchen interviews Nancy LevinNancyLevin_cropped_213
on 4th August

Have you ever asked yourself, “Who am I to write a book?” Are you longing to share your own experience in service of others, but question being good enough? Do you desire giving voice to your truth, yet also fear being fully seen?

Your greatest gift, your most powerful power is giving voice to your truth. True connection and intimacy can only be found when our vulnerabilities meet in that sweet spot of resonance and recognition. We need your truth because when we read it or hear it, we also feel it—giving us permission to feel ourselves.

During this interview, best-selling author, master coach and lifelong writer Nancy Levin will guide you to recognize, harness and actualize your strengths inside, as she sheds light on themes including:

  • Uncovering, revealing and expressing your truth
  • Listening the whispers you’ve been shooing away
  • Honoring your resistance
  • Shifting the limiting shadow beliefs that are blocking your power
  • Unconcealing the unconscious commitments that are sabotaging your success
  • Reclaiming your worth out from the hands of others so you’re no longer seeking external validation

Nancy Levin is the author of Worthy: Boost Your Self-Worth to Grow Your Net Worth, Jump … And Your Life Will Appear, Writing For My Life. She’s a Master Integrative Coach and the creator of the Jump Coaching and Worthy Coaching Programs, working with clients – privately and in groups – to live in alignment with their own truth and desires. She was the Event Director at Hay House for 12 years and hosts her own weekly call-in show Jump Start Your Life on Hay House Radio. Nancy received her Masters in Creative Writing and Poetics from Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado and she continues to live in the Rocky Mountains. You can visit her online at www.nancylevin.com 

 

Conscious Writing Retreat Photos

July 5, 2016

CW_RETREAT2016_GROUP_cropped750What an amazing experience we all had at the sold out Conscious Writing Retreat a few weeks ago!

Powerful from the start, the transformative energy rippled through each and every
one of us.

Immersion in the tools and techniques of conscious writing and creative living led to comments such as this:

  • ‘A pristine space to give birth to new creations; an inspiring space to envision; a safe space to reflect; a loving space to connect.’ Kelley Osborne, writer, teacher and healer www.yogatreeoflife.co.uk
  • ‘I took a journey back to myself – a coming home. I feel restored and positive about what is possible now for my writing and my life. I came with an open mind; I left with a happy heart.’ Louise Hatch, writer and business woman www.louisehatch.com
  • ‘Relaxing, joyful, expansive, creative and insightful!’ Claire Taylor, business storytelling consultant/trainer www.thestorymill.co.uk and www.deliciouslynourishing.com

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IACCW Member Event: How to Craft Compelling Online Courses from Your Creative Content

June 30, 2016

Julia McCutchen interviews Mark MatousekMarkMatousek_250
on 7th July

Most of us who write understand that earning an abundant living exclusively from writing books is the exception rather than the rule. This is the case even when our books are published and promoted by traditional publishers (or not as the case may be!) and we’re actively engaged in building our platform to connect directly with our readers.

The reality is that the bulk of our income as authors is likely to come from the related activities we create to share our ideas, insights and stories. There are multiple possibilities for doing so such as speaking engagements, leading workshops and retreats, offering mentoring and more.

One of the most popular options today, particularly for appealing to an international audience, is to develop online courses – taught live and through audio or video – to share the material from any body of work we’ve created, including books.

In this session, you’ll learn how to:

  • See your content with fresh eyes and understand what participants will need
  • Extract material from what you already have and add practical details to craft your course
  • Turn one book or body of work into several different online courses
  • Identify the best way to teach your course – live and/or through video and audio
  • Decide whether to offer your course exclusively to your own audience or partner with others for a broader reach

Mark Matousek is the award-winning author of five books, a featured blogger for Psychology Today, Purple Clover, and Huffington Post, and contributor to numerous anthologies and publications including The New Yorker, O: The Oprah Magazine (contributing editor), The New York Times Magazine, and many others. A popular lecturer and writing teacher, he is on the faculty of the New York Open Center, The Omega Institute, The Mandala Center, Kripalu, and Esalen, amongst others, and is the Creative Director of V-Men (with Eve Ensler), an organization devoted to ending violence against women and girls. His latest book is Ethical Wisdom for Friends. For more information see www.markmatousek.com

What’s new this month?

May 31, 2016

Julia McCutchenHi Conscious & Creative Writers!

I hope that all’s well with you and that you’re successfully navigating whatever transitions are taking place within you and in your life right now.

I recently had an “aha” moment of realization that all the people I work with are either on the brink or in the middle of some kind of transition. These relate to their process of self-discovery, creative unfolding, writing aspirations, and more.

Identifying this immediately made complete sense as it’s a reflection of my own journey following a life changing accident 17 years ago which triggered a series of major transitions for me on the path of deep transformation.

Internal Focus + External Guidance

When we’re in transition, although the primary focus is internal, the right kind of external guidance that is aligned with Truth opens up a whole new space for us to find our way forwards with a fresh perspective.

Quantum leaps become possible and we gradually discover a new way of being that is increasingly congruent with our true nature. Finding our true calling as writers and in life naturally arises from this process.

Tough those these transitions often are, it’s an amazingly creative approach to life that is filled with delightful surprises, and ultimately a true sense of freedom and fulfillment!

Two Opportunities

The reason I’m sharing this with you today (and also why our June newsletter is being published a day early) is that there are two opportunities for external guidance currently available but only for a short time. So I’m inspired to let you know about them in case they resonate with you at this time:

  • Guidance from 100 bestselling authors, teachers and international experts on all aspects of healing, spirituality, prosperity, relationships and self-empowerment including Deepak Chopra, Marianne Williamson, Julia Cameron (and yours truly!) – Hay House World Summit access deadline tomorrow, WEDNESDAY 1 JUNE. Read more here.
  • Four days away from everyday commitments to focus on deepening your connection to your creative soul, finding your true voice and translating your “right work” into the words of your blog, book, business communications and more at the 2016 Conscious Writing Retreat – booking deadline for the last place is this FRIDAY 3 JUNE. Read more here.

Wherever you are on your journey of transformation through conscious writing and creative living, may your inner unfolding attract the right kind of external guidance to support each and every step you take!

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.

3 Major Benefits of Immersion Time for Conscious Writers

hourglass-1289782_640Writing a book is a huge commitment of time and energy, especially when we approach it with the intention of writing deeply with full awareness as Conscious Writing invites us to do.

We can only truly appreciate what is involved when we dedicate ourselves to taking action rather than simply mulling it over as a future possibility.

And if we want to avoid our book taking forever to complete, we need to create a regular rhythm that includes a mix of short to medium bursts of daily writing alongside longer stretches of what I call “immersion time”.

This is when we schedule time out from other commitments to dive deeply into our topic and our writing with as few distractions as possible.

Immersion time can be anything from half a day to one, two, three or more days on retreat. Once we transition fully into creative writing mode, most of us would happily continue with it full time!

My own experience of immersion time when I was writing my latest book combined with my work with people at all stages of the creative process, proves the case that choosing to prioritize our writing is a priceless gift. Here’s why …

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