Join Our Community

Creative Awakening: 3 Steps to Discover and Share Your Unique Gifts

Articles Inspirational articles from Hay House authors

Creative Awakening: 3 Steps to Discover and Share Your Unique Gifts

Julia McCutchen shows how conscious creativity leads to freedom and fulfilment
Julia McCutchen
Julia McCutchen More by this author
Feb 03, 2016 at 07:15 AM

Creativity lies at the core of who we truly are. It’s been part of our culture for 40,000 years, since the earliest forms of expression adorned the walls of caves around the world.

However, priorities have shifted in more recent years and creativity has been consigned to the domain of the chosen few or a pastime we reserve for hobbies and weekends.

But if we’re to survive the global challenges we currently face, we need to reclaim creativity as our natural state of being.

A bold statement perhaps?

Yet adopting a conscious approach to creativity as a way of being, instead of something a minority of us do, has the potential for deep and positive transformation – for ourselves and our world.

Self-Discovery and Self-Expression

Creative awakening is a process of self-discovery that naturally occurs when we embrace the full range of possibilities creativity presents us with.

When we engage with creative self-expression of any kind, we enter a heightened state of awareness, which we can learn to cultivate at will. 

This opens the way for us to reach a deep level of inner truth where we access our true self and the source of our richest and most original ideas. It also leads us to discover our unique gifts and the most authentic ways to share them in the world.

As a result, we enjoy an expanded sense of individual freedom and fulfilment, and take awakened actions to create what we’re here to create and make the contribution that only we can make.

Step 1: Connect With Your True Self

Our unique gifts arise from our true self, the eternal part of us that lies beyond the fears and anxieties of our everyday, conditioned self. So our first step is to connect with our true self.

Creative awakening teaches seven core principles which support us to access this inner truth:

  1. Presence
  2. Alignment
  3. Authenticity
  4. Balance
  5. Simplicity
  6. Intuition
  7. Connection

Balance, for example, reminds us of the importance of opposites like focus and flow in the dance of creation, yet simultaneously directs our awareness to the whole from which the opposites pour forth.

  • Dive In: Open your heart and mind to connect with the whole through the balance of opposites within you as a way in to your true self, the individual spark within the creative flame of life. The inner space this creates allows clarity about your unique gifts to arise.

Step 2: Nurture Your Creative Soul

The next step is to adopt a playful approach to developing our ideas around whatever we feel most drawn towards for additional clues about our natural talents and how best to share them.

Drawing on the above example, we need to remember the importance of balancing the amount of energy we put out to the world by replenishing our inner creative.

  • Dive In: Make a list of everything you feel inspired by, such as reading, spending time in nature and with like-minded friends. Then schedule time in your diary to enjoy at least one of these activities every single day.

Step 3: Share Your Gifts Consciously and Creatively

When it comes to sharing our gifts through creative self-expression, creative awakening reminds us that there are a multitude of forms to choose from.

These include the arts such as writing and music as well as the way we earn our living, choose our clothes and cook our food.

Having taken the first two steps, we’re now ready to take action awakened according to our highest personal priorities.

  • Dive In: Clarify the purpose you feel most inspired to serve through stream of consciousness writing in your journal and allow that to guide each and every step you take.

Enjoy the journey!

Julia McCutchen is an intuitive creator, writer and mentor who guides people to share their unique gifts through creating, writing and living from a conscious and vibrant connection to Truth. A former international publisher, Julia experienced a life-changing accident in 1999 which triggered a series of major quantum leaps in her spiritual awakening. She is the founder and creative director of the International Association of Conscious & Creative Writers (IACCW) and the author of two books including, Conscious Writing: Discover Your True Voice Through Mindfulness and More. For more information including a free video series visit and

About Author
Julia McCutchen