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Writing the Body

This course is for people who feel they've lost some of their creative juice and would like to rediscover it. It's also for those who wish to go deeper with their writing. When you feel drained, distracted, and like you're an observer of your life, it can be really scary because you wonder if you’ll ever feel like yourself again. 

Feeling refreshed and renewed doesn’t just happen. It takes focus and a willingness to see things in a new way. Science says (which means it’s fact) that people need routines and structure to make stuff happen. And yes, even creativity and intuition ask that we make space for structured and deep play from time to time. 

This course focuses on reconnecting to your senses through building rituals into your life focused on writing and meditation. Audio meditations and writing exercises will help you rediscover the power of writing and creating from an embodied place that reminds you of who you are. The course helps you confront roadblocks that may sabotage your creative process and it sets you up for exploring the role of the body in the creative process. 

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You’re always dreaming about how one day you’ll draw, knit, dance, sculpt, write, fashion, sing, build, design.
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You feel like the fire that once burned inside you is dull due to a lack of creative inspiration.
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You'd like to run away from your life for a while and sit in the peace and tranquillity of a forest.
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You’re tired of feeling tired, disconnected from yourself and your surroundings.
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You recall a time when you felt in your element, yet need the mental and heart space to get that feeling back again.
You feel you're ready to go wherever your creativity longs to takes you.

Writing isn't something that comes in waves that you ride once a month or once a year. It's a daily or weekly practice of getting out of your way and letting your imagination do its thing.

 

 

I hear the floorboards shaking. Is that you doing your happy dance?

I’ve shimmied, cuddled, prayed, arm-wrestled and done the chicken dance with creativity and intuition every day for most of my life and can help you connect to that unique part of you. You’ll come face to face with your own resistance, yet the writing exercises and meditations will gradually help you overcome these feelings. In time you can learn to quiet your mind, drop into your body and access your power.

Space 

Having a space for creativity is a big part of getting stuff done. Dedicating a room or corner in your house as your space, using a special pen that nobody touches but you are all part of carving out creative time.

Listen

Using body awareness exercises that help connect you to your body, and writing exercises that I have developed over several years will allow you to listen more deeply to your body and to follow your creative impulses. Being proactive, positive and optimizing the time you have will help you to reclaim your creativeness. 

Focus

Most of the excuses we give ourselves for not creating and being in the moment are personal rather than related to our environments. Yes, there are kids and spouses and work and friends, yet if we believe we have absolutely no time then our days instantly become filled with places to go and people to see. Kind of like how it goes with a purse: No matter how big your purse is, it’s always full. Learning to focus helps you to tailor your life to what really matters.

Here’s what I imagine for you...
A positive feeling that every day you use your intuition is a gift from the Universe, God, or your Cosmic Cookie Jar.
An acknowledgement that you see progress being made—even if it’s only small steps.
Each day you become happier and more grounded in the present as your cup of creativity fills up, flowing into other areas of your life.
deep knowing
This course can help you become more aware of your creative impulses and to write from a place of deep knowing using your body or intuition to guide the creative process.
safe space
Writing is a quiet, solitary activity that creates a sacred and safe space for connecting to your authentic self.
authentic writing
You'll learn to create authentic situations in your writing and to craft stories that ring true.

What Will you Learn: A Sneakpeak of the Course Modules

Accessing Your Inner Creative Source

Sometimes we have an idea for a story or poem and work towards what we think the final outcome should be like. Yet only using the mind when we write gives us a narrow view of the creative process. Exercises and readings will encourage you to connect to the body in a way that develops increased awareness and eventually brings your own writing to life. 

Taming the Mind Voices

Our inner voices might not want us to connect to our intuition. As an example, they might say we have no business taking time for ourselves to write. When we learn to acknowledge the voices without letting them run the show and discover the reasons why they are there, we can eventually tune into other more positive and powerful messages conveyed by the body. 

Listening to the Body's Messages

Listening to what your body is telling you can help you to develop authentic stories that not only make you come alive but also connect you to others through your writing. Exercises and readings in this module will help you to identify the body’s messages and develop a grounded and vibrant mind-body connection. 

Body Messages as Stories

Being able to access the abundant creative source locked in the body is critical to expanding our creative awareness. Being more connected to our physical experience also allows us to connect more deeply to our characters’ lives and to the worlds they inhabit. We learn to create authentic situations in our writing and to craft stories that ring true to others and to us. As we become better acquainted with our bodies we learn to use the body’s messages as creative nourishment for our writing, art or other creative endeavors.

Lifelong Creative Practice

Committing to the creative process shows self-love and recognition that we are worthy. It’s true! When we take time to connect to the body’s wisdom through a creative act such as writing, we discover our true nature. This module will teach you how to develop strategies to ground yourself in the present in order to create your sacred space for self-expression.

FAQ

Why would I take this course when I’m already intuitive and can probably figure it out for myself?

I’m intuitive too, and feel like I access this part of myself when writing, yet I’ve needed loads of help from so many sources—books, my tribe, my mum, life coach, business coach, craniosacral therapist, artists, yoga, meditation, online courses, raw chocolate, good shoes, hair stylist—to get where I am today. Sometimes getting a little help is just what you need to clear the cobwebs and catapult you to the next level.

Is this course only for writers?

Heck no! Although this course can help writers access their intuition and ultimately become better writers, it will also help visual artists, creators, and anybody else to live bigger and with a more grounded sense of purpose.

Is this stuff I already know?

No, unless you already feel completely fulfilled and energized each day with how creative you are. This course will teach you some things about following your intuition and being alive and present in the world that may be new to you.

Can I really learn this in an online course?

Yes, the course is far-reaching and I take you through the steps I’ve learned over my many years writing everyday, using the body to fuel my creativity, and super-charging the rest of my day with creative aliveness.

Hey, will I actually be able to put into practice all this theory about using my intuition to fuel my writing or other creative practice?

I won’t throw much theory at you; it will be more like exercises and meditations that allow you to deepen the connection with your body, and steps on how to use that connection to access your creative source.

What do I get?
  • 4.5 minute introductory video
  • 5 introductory videos with the modules
  • 14 audios of the writing meditations
  • 62 pages of materials
  • 27 writing exercises
  • 14 body exercises

 

Who should take this course?

This is for you if you:

  • Want to write more regularly.
  • Want to explore your creativity through writing.
  • Have had trauma or suffer from illness and want to access the body’s wisdom on your healing journey.
  • Want to journal and come to know yourself through creative work.
  • Wish to explore the mind-body connection through creativity.

 

What will I learn in the course? What is the cost?
  • Ways to strengthen your relationship to your body.
  • Exercises that encourage deep listening and awareness.
  • Practical grounding techniques that unite you to your creativity.
  • Insights from me gained over several years’ writing and doing creative work.
  • Strategies for how to approach your writing so you don’t get in your own way.
  • Poems and inspirations to delight you and encourage you to follow your creative voice.
  • Techniques and strategies to integrate creative work into your life so it becomes a habit.

The course is presently available on Udemy.com and as such follows their price structure. Just hit the sign-up button below to check out the price. 

The photo is of Lissa M. Cowan, Writer, Creator and Storyteller. She stands in an alleyway in front of a brick wall that is painted beige-pink. She smiles and gently clasping her hands. She has brown, shoulder length hair, dark eyes and eyebrows. She wears a metallic 20s style dress with a short-sleeved V-neck covered one third up by tan mesh. She wears long earrings that are geometrically shaped and with a black and white design.

About Lissa

I’m the Inspired Ringmaster, Chief Firestarter and Big Sister behind Writing the Body, a four-week course to help you develop a creative practice that you can use for life.

I’ve learned the hard way that accessing your creativity isn’t about waiting for the muse to show up. It’s about you showing up that makes the cake, the painting, the purple pantsuit, the bestselling novel, the ceramic bowls, and the tie-dye lingerie. Yet even though deep down I knew I needed to work hard and work consistently, it took years before I learned how to access my creativity in a deeper way. 

I used to beat myself up when I didn’t write. Or I’d take to heart what friends and family said about how there was no money in writing or art in general, and how unproductive creative play was for adults. Even though my heart was crying out to be creative, the shame I felt related to something so deeply ingrained in who I was, eventually crippled me. And not metaphorically.

I got sick, and then had to take a few steps back to realign with my purpose for being on this planet. I quit my high stress communications job in government, went on a writing retreat and began to live and breathe creativity into every aspect of my life. The changes I needed to make in my life for my creative practice to take hold didn’t happen overnight. They took many months and years of dedication and searching. Yet without the tools and understanding about how to access my inner resources, I would still be sitting at my desk waiting for the muse. 

There are plenty of courses that teach you how to make different kinds of art, yet I couldn’t find a single one that talked about the connection between the body and creativity.

That’s why I launched Writing the Body. I want you to stop searching in the wrong places for that secret magic and come home to yourself intuitively. 

“Through creating intentions and relaxing to the point of reaching a deeper discussion with my own body, Lissa’s Writing the Body course increased my understanding of what’s going on inside of me, and allowed that inner self to come out and be free. Letting the body tell its stories through feelings we may not have been fully aware of, touched me beyond the limits of writing, ultimately changing how I see.”

— Diana Condolo, Web Expert