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The Importance of Internal Validation for Conscious Writers

July 7, 2018

A few days ago I met up with a friend and colleague who’s just finished the first draft of the book she’s been working on for more than a year.

She was delighted to have completed the manuscript on time, and even more importantly, feels elated by the way it has turned out.

Having not written anything longer than articles and blog posts before, initially she wasn’t sure if she had what it takes to write a full length book.

Now she’s done so in a way that feels to her like “mission accomplished”, and whatever happens from this point on, nothing can take away her strong sense of creative achievement.

Internal Validation

In a recent post on The Creative Power of Deadlines, I shared my own experience of feeling an immense degree of internal validation when I completed the manuscript for my book Conscious Writing.

There’s nothing quite like the inner sense that you’ve created something from nothing in a way that’s delivered the deepest and most authentic expression of your message in the best way you’re able to at the time.

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Finding Your Conscious Writing Rhythm – Part 1

June 6, 2018

One of the topics that always comes up in mentoring sessions with people who are making the transition from thinking about writing to taking action is how to find a good writing rhythm.

This is such an important subject that I’ve decided to do a couple of posts covering the key practical aspects to consider.

Let’s start by exploring the question…

WHEN?
As a general rule, putting your writing first works for most people most of the time.

This means that you ideally start the day with some kind of energy and/or meditation practice and then write before anything else.

Even if you only spend 15 or 20 minu tes writing, at least you’ve fulfilled your commitment to your creative impulse before you tackle other tasks.

The Writing Habit

Just 15 minutes a day quickly builds the writing habit you need to establish if you want to take your writing seriously.

However, this approach doesn’t work for everyone. Some writers love the early evening twilight zone or come alive creatively at the end of the day and well into the night.

As long as whatever you choose is sustainable and produces the results you’re aiming for, it’s serving its intended purpose.

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Conscious Writing USA

May 30, 2018

Conscious Writing Retreat USA
Discover Your True Voice

SUNDAY 9 to FRIDAY 14 SEPTEMBER

Omega Institute For Holistic Studies
Rhinebeck, NY

Immerse yourself in creative exploration and learn to write from your heart with the voice of your soul.

Conscious Writing is a holistic approach to creative awakening and vibrant writing. Its transformative power comes from learning to write from your true self, the eternal part of you that is naturally creative and free from resistance—the original source of your authentic voice. Author and intuitive mentor Julia McCutchen guides you to discover your voice and unlock your creativity through the Conscious Writing process, a proven method for transitioning into a deep creative flow aligned with your purpose. You:

  • Participate in opening and closing ceremonies
  • Explore a different theme each day
  • Experience guided energy, meditation, and visualization practices
  • Engage in a variety of creative exercises and plenty of writing

You work independently, in pairs, and in small groups within a safe, sacred space. You may choose to read your work aloud in an optional open mic session. Professional writers as well as enthusiasts are welcome.

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Julia McCutchen is an intuitive mentor, teacher, author, and founder of the International Association of Conscious & Creative Writers. A former international publisher, she experienced a life-changing accident in 1999 which triggered a deep awakening that led her to leave the corporate world and forge her own path. McCutchen’s core teaching includes conscious writing and creative exploration to guide people to discover their authentic voices, unlock their creativity, and transform their lives to align with their souls. Her specialty is to bring intuitive insight to her work with individuals and groups to reveal their true purpose and provide the clarity they seek. McCutchen is the author of The Writer’s Journey: From Inspiration to Publication and Conscious Writing: Discover Your True Voice Through Mindfulness and More.

The Creative Power of Deadlines

April 5, 2018

Love them or hate them, deadlines are an integral part of living a creative life that includes sharing your creations with others.

Some people relish the pressure and feel they come alive and do their best work in the 11th hour.

Others experience such a strong degree of contraction from the stress that their inspiration shuts down and they end up driving themselves forcefully towards completion, often feeling depleted and dissatisfied with the end result.

A High Priority

My relationship with deadlines is somewhere between these two extremes.

During my publishing career, I worked to cut-off dates at every stage of the process from the author delivering the manuscript to the print date when no further changes could be made.

Meeting deadlines was a high priority and carried all the way through to making sure that finished copies were delivered to the right place at the right time when authors were engaged in promotional activities like book signings.

Honour the Commitment

Having crossed the threshold to become an author myself and forged my own path over the last 20 years creating courses, classes, products and retreats, I certainly have more say in the time frames I’m working to now.

However, there’s always a requirement to decide when something is going to happen and then follow through to make that a reality to honour the commitment – to myself and to others.

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5 Ways to Lean In to Creative Uncertainty

March 8, 2018

I’ve been developing my ideas for the new project I’ve recently started working on and have been called once more to face an array of unknowns.

I know this space of creative uncertainty with a familiarity that comes from my commitment to living consciously with creativity at the core of who I am and what I do.

The Depths of Discomfort

However that doesn’t mean I’m able to avoid the depths of discomfort relating to the “not knowing” that’s an integral part of the creative process.

I love the fact that my conscious approach leads me over the edge of what I “know” to discover fresh insights and ideas.

Yet it’s genuinely tough to translate the essence I so often realize intuitively into forms which retain the integrity of the message and can be readily communicated, shared and enjoyed by others.

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Calling Forth the Real Creative You

January 11, 2018

I love drawing on the alpha energy of the New Year to reflect on what really resonates for me in the new Now!

Once I’ve recharged and released what feels “done” from all that has been, I take myself through a process I’ve developed to call forth my naturally creative true self.

With that in place, I’m free to explore a multitude of possibilities and make conscious choices about what priorities I feel drawn to focus on next in all areas of my life.

Clarity, Focus and Flexibility

This leads me to a point of clarity in relation to the preliminary intentions I set for both personal and professional projects.

These could be developing an area of the garden, for example, or creating new content to share with you through courses, classes, mentoring and retreats.

It feels natural for me to start with a focused yet flexible “big picture” and then allow the details to arise along the way.

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Filed under: Articles — Tags: — Julia @ 11:41 am

No Rules Writing

November 16, 2017

I’ve always had an intrinsic respect for Divine Order and Natural Law alongside an equally innate disrespect for some of the man-made rules that don’t seem to make any sense to me.

It’s hardly surprising that this was the cause of quite a few issues during my growing up years!

I simply didn’t respond to the “… because I say so” reason that school teachers often gave when I genuinely wanted to know “why?” I should do something in a certain way.

A Few Exceptions

With experience I’ve learnt to follow Divine Order as my highest authority and respect the importance of regulations to guide the different facets of everyday life.

Over the years I’ve successfully applied this more mature relationship with convention and found my peace with rules and abiding by them.

Yet for me there will always be a few exceptions, especially when it comes to creative expression and specifically to writing.

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Conscious & Creative Individual Retreats

October 13, 2017

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NOVEMBER and JANUARY

Claim your right to time and space away from your regular commitments
to take a quantum leap on your journey to write, create and explore your deepest calling with my intuitive guidance and support.

Whether you feel called to write a blog or a book, launch or develop your business and/or access your inner wisdom to navigate change consciously and creatively, it’s tough to make real progress when you’re already feeling stretched.

That’s why I’ve created the opportunity for you to step out of everyday life and focus on developing your ideas and making tangible progress with your chosen priority working one to one with my intuitive guidance and support.

The Conscious & Creative Individual Retreats are tailored to suit your personal project(s), requirements and availability.

They take place in Somerset, south west England and include a mix of guided sessions and time for you to reflect, create, write and apply your insights and realizations.

We start wherever you currently are, and by the end you’ll be absolutely clear about your priorities and the best way to take your next steps.

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Filed under: IACCW Announcements — Tags: , , , , , , — Julia @ 11:03 am

“No” as a Conscious and Creative Choice

October 5, 2017

Returning to regular life after summer holidays and silent retreats can feel like a real shock to the system.

The spacious freedom gives way to a range of commitments that usually require an immediate shift from being to doing and it doesn’t take long for personal priorities to slide into oblivion.

It’s a transition I’ve learnt to navigate by drawing on the conscious and creative choice to say “no”!

Conscious Choices

This means that the vast majority of the commitments in my schedule now are ones that I’ve consciously chosen and am really happy to follow through on.

I ease into picking up the full load over the first few days and soon find myself in a new rhythm which increasingly includes the spacious energy I’ve enjoyed from my time out as the integration of being and doing.

But it hasn’t always been this way and I know the feeli ng of overwhelm from having too much going on all too well.

And it’s an on-going practice for me to remain vigilant about not initiating too many new projects simultaneously.

Clear Boundaries

Learning to say “no” consciously is not something I’ve ever been taught to do (wouldn’t it be wonderful if the education system actually included a few core life skills!).

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Filed under: Articles — Tags: , , — Julia @ 10:56 am

The Value of Space in the Creative Cycle

August 15, 2017

Right now I’m consciously choosing to take a creative pause and immerse myself in the space of unlimited potential.

Of course I’m continuing to honour my regular writing and client commitments (which I love!) but I’m holding fire on planning any major new projects.

Instead, I’m wrapping up the final full stops on the visible and invisible actions required for everything so far, and stepping into the space of “not knowing” to see what comes to greet me.

The Feminine Approach

I always find that when I create internal and external space with a clear intention to remain open to whatever arises new possibilities soon start to appear on the horizon.

Having released my conditioning to “make everything happen”, I’ve shifted into living the reality of allowing, receiving and remaining alert for the next golden thread(s) I feel inspired to follow to be revealed.

This feminine approach enables new ideas and opportunities to take the shape they need to take and gradually come into full view without being pushed or driven or made to fit some intellectual concept of what they “should” be.

The Creative Cycle

Space is one of the most overlooked aspects of the creative cycle.

Yet in the many years of my personal and professional experience I’ve discovered that it’s essential for original insights and authentic ideas to emerge from the realms beyond the filters of the ordinary conditioned mind.

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