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5 Core Practices for Conscious Writers: # 1 Cultivate Awareness

May 10, 2017

My approach to writing is based on a combination of soul and craft.

Honing the skills of your craft is essential for any creative art; for most conscious creatives it becomes a life-long journey of learning and refining that is challenging and rewarding in equal measure!

When it comes to the craft of writing, there are plenty of books, courses and classes that teach you everything from the basics to advanced techniques for shaping your words to suit any purpose.

The “Conscious” in Conscious Writing

My true calling is to create, write and live consciously in alignment with my soul and to guide others to do the same – that is the “conscious” in Conscious Writing.

Working from the inside out with the emphasis on creating the right conditions for soul and craft to meet on the page requires a mindful approach.

That’s why I use the image of an iceberg to represent all of the unseen preparation that encourages creative mindfulness and leads to vibrant writing (read more about that here).

5 Core Practices

It’s also why I developed the 5 Core Practices which open the way to bring all aspects of yourself into alignment – body, emotions, mind and soul – to draw you fully into the present moment before you write.

To read the rest of the article, click here.

Filed under: Articles — Tags: , , , , , , , , — Julia @ 2:24 pm

What’s new this month?

October 11, 2016

Julia McCutchenHi Conscious Writers!

Earlier in the year I spent the day with a stylist in preparation for a photo shoot (more on that to come soon!) and discovered that I’m ‘autumn’ when it comes to colours.

I’ve always loved the rich hues of red and gold displayed so majestically in nature during autumn and at the moment we’re gathering baskets full of blackberries and apples from the garden which are truly delicious.

Autumn Fruits

The autumn fruits of my creative flowering this year have taken the form of the first Conscious Writing LIVE Online Course which is now in full flow with participants from six different countries.

I’m absolutely loving the process of creating and teaching it live by video, and the feedback so far is really positive so I anticipate I’ll be offering more of these online courses in the future.

In the meantime, our exploration of Diving In to Your Creative Flow in Week 2 included me sharing the story of my own creative recovery which I wrote about in my book (see p 200).

This has inspired me to share the piece with you too in the hope that it inspires you to reflect on how much time and space you devote to honouring your creative impulse. Read more here.

From Virtual to ‘Real’

However wonderful it is to connect with people from all around the world in virtual space, there’s still nothing quite like the profound impact of meeting in person.

This month, I’m doing two events where I’ll be teaching Conscious Writing live and in person:

  • SAT 15 OCT – an introductory talk and book signing at the Tree of Life Festival. Read more here.
  • SAT 29 OCT – a one day workshop organized by Tree of Life Inspiring Events. Read more here.

I don’t do many live events like this so do come along if you can. It’s always a massive highlight for me to meet people who read my newsletters so it would be wonderful if you’d also come up and say ‘hi’!

Whatever your current priorities this month, I heartily encourage you to make time and space for your creativity and your writing.

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.

Filed under: IACCW News — Tags: , — Julia @ 3:28 pm

Heal Yourself with Conscious Writing

September 5, 2016

mandala-1302804_640I’ve worked with many writers over the years who feel that writing is an absolute lifeline they can’t do without. Zen Buddhist, teacher and author Gail Sher says that it saved her life. Others feel that it restores their sanity in a crazy and chaotic world.

The therapeutic benefits of writing are well documented and include easing the feelings of emotional trauma, reducing stress, solving problems more effectively and even speeding up physical healing.

Conscious Writing incorporates all of these and guides us into the deepest realms of true healing; healing that restores our innate sense of wholeness.

Whether we realize it or not, we all have what we could call an ‘original wound’ which is the convincing illusion of separation from oneness with all that is.

Healing this primal wound happens naturally when we dissolve everything that gets in the way of us realizing our true nature as an expression of wholeness and transform our lives to become authentic reflections of our soul.

So how does Conscious Writing contribute to this core process of healing and transformation?

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Filed under: Articles — Julia @ 2:53 pm

Create Space for Conscious Creativity

August 3, 2016

zen-970477_640From the earliest times, sages and mystics have shared an abundance of secrets for waking up to our true nature and becoming fully conscious.

Even the simple yet timeless technique of paying attention to the flow of the breath in and out of our body is a powerful way to still the chatter of our everyday mind and open the way for deeper levels of awareness to arise.

As we increasingly open to there being more to life than meets the eye, we discover a naturally occurring creative impulse that seeks expression in the world.

Making space for a conscious approach to expressing this creative impulse leads us to discover our true calling and make the contribution we’re here to make. Ultimately we reap the full rewards of conscious and creative living as our lives become an authentic reflection of our soul.

What is conscious creativity?

Conscious creativity is a combination of self-realization (conscious) and self-expression (creativity). It’s a holistic way to align ourselves with the creative flow of life and validate the inclination we all have for authentic self-discovery and expression.

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Conscious & Creative Mentoring – last place, last chance

March 23, 2016

On this beautifully sunny spring day, I’m reaching out to you with this quick courtesy reminder that the application deadline for the new Mentoring Series is coming up tomorrow, Thursday 24 March – and there’s just one place remaining!

This year, my new offering for the focus of our work together is creative awakening which uses creativity as the basis of deep self-discovery and healing into wholeness.

This holistic approach opens the way for you to express yourself creatively and authentically through both business and personal projects from the level of your true self, and set yourself free to create what you’re truly here to create.

CW_Mentoring_2016_LORES_150Read more here

If your primary focus is writing (of any kind) and authorship, my on-going commitment to conscious writing as my core teaching for discovering and expressing your true voice will be the best choice for you.

Having said that, there is a natural overlap between conscious writing and creative awakening and they both come into the mentoring process overall in one way or another.

Choosing between them boils down to how much emphasis you want to place on writing and this is something we can discuss together to find the perfect fit for you.

CW_Mentoring_2014_LORES_150Read more here

The mentoring work I do is always deep, transformative and often described as ‘life changing’:

JennyEngstromBaron_150I first came to see Julia for a 2-hour Breakthrough Coaching session at a time when I was struggling to transition from academic writing to more creative work, and I’ve continued to work with her ever since.

During that time, Julia has been instrumental in helping me find my writer’s voice and discover what I am truly here to write.

Working with Julia has been transformative, and her unique approach to creativity and writing beats any creative writing course I’ve ever attended.

Not only is Julia a highly skilled mentor with expert knowledge of the world of professional writing and publishing; she’s also amazingly intuitive and has a natural talent for helping people connect with their creativity. 

I can safely say that working with Julia has transformed my writing as well as my life!

Jenny Engström Baron, blogger, writer and activist www.bornwhole.wordpress.com

question-mark-460864_640So ask yourself:
  • Am I as ready as I’ll ever be to create what I’m here to create, write what I’m here to write and live a life that reflects the fullness of my creative soul?
  • If not now, when?
How to Apply

Send an email to info@iaccw.com with Mentoring Series in the subject line, and include a one or two sentence summary of what…

  • You’re currently working on in terms of ideas and/or writing OR what you would like to develop and/or write;
  • Support and guidance you are looking for;
  • You would like to achieve by the end of the Mentoring Series.

We’ll then arrange a time for a quick chat to discuss the detail and decide whether this is the right form of guidance and support for you at this time. I’m looking forward to hearing from you.

Julia McCutchenTo your conscious & creative success!

PS Remember the application deadline is tomorrow, THURSDAY 24 MARCH and there’s just one place remaining!

PPS If the hyperlinks above don’t work for any reason, copy and paste the following raw link into your web browser: www.iaccw.com/238/mentoring

 

The Transformative Value of a Conscious and Creative Reboot

March 8, 2016

fire-1021224_640The last year has been a massive reality check for me with regard to the sheer volume of time, energy and effort that is required to see a book through from manuscript completion to successful publication.

Looking back it feels like the conscious writing process to craft the body of work that became my book was the easy part, although it didn’t always feel like that at the time!

Fortunately, my daily practice of yoga, meditation and more largely enabled me to remain present to what ‘is’ through the roller coaster ride of the publishing process. It was a high priority for me to be connected to inner stillness amidst the array of outer activities, all of which involved absolute deadlines.

Yet as the months passed, the more fatigued I felt, the harder it became to maintain the fullness of my balanced perspective. Finally, the moment came when all the major projects were completed, the launch momentum settled and I was able to stop for more than a brief interlude.

Taking time off to recharge was an extremely welcome immersion in the bliss of stillness, silence, space and the restorative energy of the natural world. I subsequently felt prompted to write a short piece to share my experience and encourage you to remember the importance of what I lovingly call a conscious and creative reboot.

Here it is…

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Dates for Your Diary

February 3, 2016

Marianne-Banner-400x145FRIDAY 5 FEBRUARY – Living From a Conscious and Vibrant Connection to Truth: Marianne Pestana interview Julia McCutchen
Moments with Marianne Radio Show airs 10pm GMT/5pm EST
Also airs: SATURDAY 6th (10am GMT/5am EST); THURSDAY 11TH (10pm GMT/5pm EST); FRIDAY 12TH (10am GMT/5am EST)
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2_473_sSATURDAY 19 MARCH – Creative Awakening One Day Workshop
Isbourne Holistic Centre, Cheltenham, Gloucester
Join us to learn how to bring your whole self to the creative process and set yourself free to create what you’re here to create! We’ll use writing and artistic expression for direct personal experience; the process can then be applied to any kind of creativity.
More info and bookings, click here

 

ConsciousLivingEvents_logoSUNDAY 17 APRIL – Conscious Writing One Day Workshop
Conscious Living Events,
Bournemouth, Dorset.
– Whether you dream of writing but haven’t started yet or are an experienced published author, join us to learn how to release your fears and write what you’re truly here to write using the tried and tested conscious writing process.
More info and bookings, click here

 

What’s new this month?

January 8, 2016

Julia McCutchenHi Conscious & Creative Writers!

I hope that you had a fabulous festive season and are looking forward to all that 2016 has in store for you.

Not everyone resonates with the fresh energy of the New Year on 1 January.

And I fully respect that there are many options for celebrating the turn of the year such as 1 November which is Samhain in the Celtic calendar.

My choice is to pay attention and celebrate them all in some way as the end of one phase and the start of the next.

Living a conscious and creative life involves multiple completions and commencements which provide us with excellent opportunities for releasing the old and welcoming the new. This is the energy which has inspired my latest article.

The Next Chapter of Your Life

I’d love to encourage you to make the time and space to make conscious choices about what you want to include in the next chapter of your life.

Hopefully you’ll be inspired to dive ever more deeply into your growth and development as a Conscious Writer, and as ever, we have a couple of offerings to support you to create the reality you envision for yourself:

1. Conscious Writing Retreat: FRI 10 to MON 13 JUNE

I’m delighted to share that booking is now OPEN for this year’s retreat!

There are just a few Early Bird tickets left (people on the ‘Advance Notification’ list snapped up the first few!) so if you think you might like to go for our fabulous retreat experience this year, read more and book your place here.

2. Conscious Writing Scholarship

Applications for our 4th annual scholarship which offers FREE and discounted places for the six month Mentoring Series will open during February. More details in next month’s IACCW Journal.

To your conscious & creative success!

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.

Creativity: Optional Extra or Fundamental Requirement?

December 7, 2015

music-576989_250Creative awakening is one of the major benefits of applying the principles and practice of Conscious Writing. Exploring our relationship to creativity is one of the first steps.

Here I write about my own shift from seeing creativity as an ‘optional extra’ to realizing that it is a fundamental requirement for my happiness, health and well-being at every level.*

I paint, dance, build secret dens in the wood and immerse myself in other realms that enrich the creative freedom of my childhood.

I wake up and see with closed eyes, knowing I am elsewhere yet simultaneously still here. It’s effortless and joyful; a playful adventure of inner and outer.

Then I learn ‘how things are’. Grown-ups have serious work to do and creative play is an optional extra reserved for hobbies and weekends.

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Filed under: Articles — Tags: , , , , , , — Julia @ 4:03 pm

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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