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This is a guest post from Julia McCutchen, who helps writers reach their authentic self in their writing and their lives. I personally find Julia's approach a great juxtaposition to my own, overly practical approach and she has a summer school coming up next week you might be interested in. You can also listen to an interview with Julia here on finding your authentic writer's voice.
Intuition can be your most powerful ally when it comes to writing your book and taking your message out to the marketplace successfully and with soul. Do you know how to access yours?
An important gateway to conscious creativity, intuition functions beyond the mind and opens the way for intuitive writing. The hallmark of intuition is immediate and direct knowledge without the conscious use of reasoning. Rising above thought but using the mind as a vehicle, intuition is a distinct sense of Knowing.
You will have experienced intuition already even though you may not have been consciously aware that it was guiding you.
Think of a time when you had a strong hunch, a gut feeling that you couldn’t quite explain but which just felt “right”. You may have had an “aha” moment or simply known somehow that you were on the right track.
When it comes to writing, intuition plays a leading role in capturing and communicating your most original and inspired ideas. Intuitive writing will always deliver deeper, richer and more meaningful insights and stories than your rational mind can come up with.
To achieve the best results with your book you need to go the extra mile. Working consciously with your intuition will enable you to do just that!
Here are 3 tips for enhancing your writing by accessing your intuition:
1. Practice deep listening. One of the keys to unlocking intuition is deep listening. There are two components of this complete approach:
Outer listening involves listening to the world around you with curiosity about life, people and relationships …
Inner listening requires turning your focus inwards to what is going on deep inside you.
Take a few moments before you write to listen deeply.
2. Ask your intuition for answers to questions and guidance on important decisions relating to any aspect of your authorship.
Spend some time just before you go to bed settling your body and your mind. Then ask your question clearly and write it down. Set the intention to receive the answer, and then let it go.
Review your thoughts and feelings in the morning and write as soon as possible to reveal ideas which have risen to the surface of your conscious mind. As with all such techniques, real success comes with practice.
3. Act as if your intuition was your most important inner guide. In the early stages of developing intuition, it is important to suspend any disbelief long enough to experience the results you are looking for.
One good way of doing this is to act as if you already have a strong connection to your intuition.
Start with small steps taken one at a time to build your confidence and your experience of being in touch with your intuition. Pay attention to each success, however small. Build your belief up gradually to enjoy the contribution intuition has to make to your writer’s journey.
Julia McCutchen is the Founder & Creative Director of the International Association of Conscious & Creative Writers and teaches a holistic approach to authorship that includes conscious creativity, conscious writing, developing intuition and discovering your authentic voice.
The IACCW Conscious Writing Summer School is a 1 day virtual workshop on Thursday 25 August. Read more here http://www.iaccw.com/70/summer-school-2011