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10 December 2015

The IACCW Journal

How to succeed as a conscious & creative writer



.Dear %$firstname$%

As we draw towards the end of what has been a ‘full on’ year, I invite you to reflect on what you’re ready to release in order to create space for new opportunities in 2016?

In my case, I’ve let go of the intensity required to launch my new book (yang, active, masculine energy) and have immersed myself in the complementary yin, receptive, feminine energy to re-balance the whole.

The internal spaciousness has already opened up a number of new possibilities including interest in creative awakening which is the conscious approach to creativity as a way of being that Conscious Writing is one expression of.

In fact, this month’s article describes my shift from seeing creativity as an ‘optional extra’ to realizing that it is a fundamental requirement for my happiness, health and well-being as a crucial step in my own creative awakening.

Conscious Writing Circles and 2016 Retreat

I’m also embracing increased levels of collaboration with like-minded others which beautifully echoes the recommendations I’ve created for everyone who feels a resonance with Conscious Writing to share the adventure through Conscious Writing Circles. Read more here.

If connecting with like-minded Conscious Writers resonates with you, you might also be interested to know that we’ll be opening the doors to the Early Bird tickets for the 2016 Conscious Writing Retreat in the New Year.

We already have quite a few people on the Advance Notification list so if you’d like to take advantage of the limited number of discounted tickets, add your name by clicking here.


Finally, one of the connections I’ve appreciated recently has been with the wonderful team at Conscious Lifestyle magazine.

The article I wrote for their current issue is called Finding Your True Self: 5 Practices for Discovering Your Unique Voice through Creative Expression which you can read here.

The quality of the magazine is top notch and they are looking for Conscious Writers as contributors for future issues so if you’re interested to read the magazine and submit an article to them, learn more here.

It just remains for me to thank you once more for sharing this conscious & creative journey with me and to wish you an abundance of joy over the coming holiday season.

To your conscious & creative success!

PS A very warm welcome to new readers this month!
For a regular flow of conscious & creative inspiration, please join me on my Facebook author page here and the IACCW page here, and follow me on Twitter here.

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Conscious Writing Circles

If you feel a resonance with Conscious Writing, sharing the adventure with others who feel the same will undoubtedly contribute to your unfolding process at every level.

When you’ve read the book Conscious Writing: Discover Your True Self Through Mindfulness and More, the next step is to support your progress and enhance your experience by connecting with other like-minded Conscious Writers.

Conscious Writing Circles are a way of doing just that through self-organized online and offline groups which provide the opportunity to work through the themes and topics presented in the book and enjoy  the dynamic of writing with like-minded others to complement your solitary sessions!

To learn more and read the Guidelines
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.How to Access Your Inspired Mind Consistently as a Conscious Writer

Julia McCutchen interviews Marlise Karlin

All writers require a regular flow of inspiration from a mix of inner and outer sources. Yet it isn’t always easy to access the inspired part of ourselves amidst the stresses and strains of everyday life.

Through her synthesis of the landmark sciences of Neuroplasticity, Epigenetics, and holistic therapies, Marlise Karlin, the founder of The Simplicity of Stillness® method, has a solution which involves the use of a meditation technology that works even if your mind isn’t still. In this interview, you’ll learn how to increase your ability to find balance and flow as well as how to:

  • access the dynamic intelligence in you – in only five minutes
  • diminish self-defeating patterns
  • understand why ‘writers block’ is a myth
  • expand your ability to bring your dreams of authorship into reality
  • become more courageous, creative and prosperous as a writer

Marlise Karlin, pioneering researcher, humanitarian activist, and author has been interviewed on NBC and Fox News and shared the stage with numerous renowned thought leaders including Gregg Braden, Panache Desai, and Dr. Eric Pearl. Converging research from 20+ years in Eastern holistic traditions and modern science, including Epigenetics and Neuroplasticity, Marlise developed The Simplicity of Stillness®, SOS Method. Over a decade of case studies from 6 continents has shaped this advanced meditation technology that has the power to release self-defeating patterns, activate energetic flows in the body, and imprint new neural pathways to accelerate healing and your highest potential. For more information, visit www.thesosmethod.com


Date: Thursday 10 December    Time:16:00 GMT / 11:00 EST


To read more about this interview click here


Feature Article

Creativity: Optional Extra or Fundamental Requirement?

.Creative 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.

Continue reading

© Julia McCutchen 2015. All Rights Reserved.

If you want to use this article in your ezine or on your website I’d be happy for you to do so as long as you use the complete article, including the copyright line, and include the following paragraph in its entirety:

Julia McCutchen is an author, conscious writing coach, 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-realisation (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: How to Write from the Heart with the Voice of Your Soul (forthcoming). For FREE Membership and resources for writers, visit www.iaccw.com.



Conscious Lifestyle Magazine

Our mission at Conscious Lifestyle is to transform the course of human evolution by empowering people to be the change that they wish to see in the world.  We do this by bringing together the world’s leading conscious visionaries, teachers, change-makers, thought leaders, authors, experts and healers to share their lifetimes of wisdom in a highly transformational way. 

We cover the full spectrum of what we believe it means to live a Conscious Lifestyle, from holistic health and healing, to meditation, mindfulness, neuroscience, spirituality, relationships and sexuality, metaphysics, quantum physics, humanitarianism, ecology/sustainability, travel, music, art, culture and everything in between. For more information visit www.consciouslifestylemag.com

Become a Contributor

If you’re interested in becoming a contributor, please send samples of your *best* work and if you have a finished piece you'd like us to consider then send that along as well.  Know that we accept content based on the 'Highest Transformational Value' standard, which means we are really looking for deep, insightful, longer pieces ideally with a practical element as well, that are of course, well written. 

 Feel free to send your submission as we are always looking to connect with talented conscious writers. Contact us here admin@consciouslifestylemag.com


For a totally free 2-week trial where you receive access to all back issues  including literally hundreds of life changing articles PLUS a copy of our Deep Peace sound healing music AND all future issues if you stay subscribed beyond the trial period, learn more and sign up for the free trial here http://www.consciouslifestylemag.com/subscribe/


Become a FREE or FULL Member Today

We offer two membership options for you to choose from to inspire, inform and support you as a conscious & creative writer - FREE and FULL IACCW Membership:

1 FREE Membership includes:

1. FREE Gift - A Conscious & Creative Approach to Writing for Multimedia Publication, audio (MP3) of an exclusive 45 minute interview with Tami Simon, founder and CEO of international multimedia publishing company, Sounds True.

2. Live monthly teleseminar interviews
including a mix of in-depth discussions with bestselling authors and international experts PLUS training classes on important topics for conscious & creative writers.

3. Audios (MP3) of all teleseminar interviews. These are posted to your FREE Members Account page within 24 hours of the live interviews ... and more!

To read about FREE IACCW Membership, click here


1 FULL Membership includes:

Enjoy ALL the Benefits of FREE Membership PLUS
a comprehensive additional package including:

1. The latest in our annual six audio CD sets from The IACCW Speakers Series - exclusive interviews with bestselling authors and international experts.

2. Generous discounts off all Products, Classes and Training. 

3. Member News, Networking and Communications. Banish isolation and connect with other like-minded conscious & creative writers.

4. Society of Authors Membership Offer. Benefit from 15 months membership of the Society of Authors for the price of 12. Includes legal advice on publishing contracts ... and much more! 

To read about FULL IACCW Membership, click here


About the IACCW


At the IACCW we are passionate about a whole new approach to conscious creativity, intuitive writing and contemporary publishing options which open the way for you to discover your authentic voice – on the page and in the world.

We provide inspiration, information, support and connection for you to overcome isolation, move through resistance, and experience the sense of freedom  and purpose which comes from fulfilling your true creative potential.

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