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5 Good Things Creative Practice

April 10, 2017

I’ve always had an abundance of ideas about almost everything; far more than I could ever follow through on!

In fact, the more awareness and presence I cultivate the more creative I naturally become so the flow of inspiration continues to increase.

Of course this is wonderful for all of the projects I love creating for my work and personal priorities.

Yet it’s also a double-edged sword.

Managing the Creative Fire

Over the years I’ve had to learn to manage this creative fire and the intense energy that’s an integral part of it.

Yet there have been many occasions in the past where I’ve been left feeling depleted from having followed my enthusiasm for too many possibilities and ended up taking on too much.

To read the rest of the article, click here.

Filed under: Articles — Tags: , , , — Julia @ 1:05 pm

Conscious Journaling to Clear Your Mind

March 16, 2017

The benefits of journaling are well-documented; it’s a powerful way to promote physical, emotional and psychological healing, manage stress skilfully and boost your confidence as well as your creativity.

I’ve written a journal on and off for many years and have always felt the benefit of doing so even when I don’t write every day. Sometimes once a week is enough.

Yet when I’m travelling I love this powerful stream of consciousness writing even more than usual. I capture the impact of significant first impressions seen with fresh eyes and express my thoughts and feelings about life, the universe and everything with a refreshing sense of total freedom.

A Key Tool in My Creative Treasury

My recent trip to Costa Rica has reminded me just how wonderful it is to have journaling as one of the key tools in my creative treasury. So I’m inspired to share this prompt with you…

To read the rest of the article, click here

Filed under: Articles — Tags: , , , , , — Julia @ 4:19 pm

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

Conscious Journaling to Clear Your Mind, Open Your Heart and Unlock Your Creativity

November 8, 2016

journal-431912_640I’ve written a journal on and off for many years and have always felt the benefit of doing so. It complements the ‘project writing’ I do beautifully and periodically I’m reminded of just how much I appreciate having this superb tool in my creative treasury!

Journal writing has supported me in so many ways to navigate the waves of transformation as I release what no longer fits my current reality and make the transition into the next phase of my life and my work.

Right now, I’m inspired to remind you that a conscious and creative approach to journaling, what I call Yin-Style or Conscious Journaling, is an extremely valuable practice that is well worth making a priority in your life. In fact it’s one of the five core practices of Conscious Writing. Here’s why, and how… (more…)

Filed under: Articles — Tags: , , , , , , — Julia @ 4:59 pm

IACCW Member Event: Creating from the Space Within

November 3, 2016

Julia McCutchen interviews Michael Neill MichaelNeill_250
on 10th November

There is a space within us where the screenwriter Sacha Gervasi tells us, “time stands still and creative ideas flow through like a river.” It’s the space of pure possibility – point zero for any creative endeavor.

Join me alongside Michael Neill, author of The Space Within, for a fascinating exploration of how close at hand this deeper potential sits, and how to find it within yourself and spend more time in it in your work.

We will explore:

  • Why self-esteem and self-confidence are largely irrelevant to your success as a writer
  • How to shift your relationship with a blank page
  • A different way of thinking about discipline
  • Spending more time in the river and less time sitting watching from the shore
  • How do you know when you’re done?

Michael Neill is an internationally renowned transformative coach and the best-selling author of The Inside-Out Revolution and The Space Within. He has spent over 25 years as a coach, adviser, friend, mentor, and creative spark plug to celebrities, CEOs, royalty, and people who want to get more out of themselves and their lives. His books have been translated into 17 languages, and his public talks, retreats, and seminars have touched and transformed lives at the United Nations and on six continents around the world. Michael’s weekly radio show, Living from the Inside Out, has been a listener favorite on Hay House Radio for over a decade; his TEDx talk, ‘Why Aren’t We Awesomer?’, has been viewed by over 150,000 people around the world. You can follow him on Twitter and Facebook, and get access to the Caffeine for the Soul podcast and blog at www.michaelneill.org.

 

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

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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5 Tips for Boosting Your Creative Productivity

May 10, 2016

creativity_tileDo you sometimes feel that you’ve got too many ideas and wonder how you’ll ever get them all done? If so, you’re not alone.

Most creative people work on a number of projects simultaneously. And big projects come together from a whole host of smaller tasks.

Writers often have different types of writing (book, blog, fiction, non-fiction) as well as related tasks (research, reflecting, connecting with readers) all in the mix at once.

However creatively inspired you are, at times it can be challenging to keep all of your creative plates spinning and make progress at a pace that works for you and the projects you are working on.

So it’s important to apply your creative energy consciously so that your essential projects, which may be the most creatively challenging, don’t become sidelined because smaller or less demanding tasks are faster to complete.

Fortunately, experience reveals that certain techniques genuinely make a difference to creative productivity. Here are 5 strategies you can apply straight away that will shift your creative output onto new levels:

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