Draw on Your Intuitive Power

Draw on Your Intuitive Power To Help You Complete Your Dissertation
by Jeannette Samanen, Ph.D.


Just imagine that you have a resource within yourself that can help boost your creativity and break through procrastination and writer’s block. Imagine that you could turn to this resource whenever you need guidance or clarity on any issue you face. Here is the good news: You do and you can!

All of us have within ourselves intuitive abilities that all too often go untapped. Because of our culture’s emphasis on thinking and rational activity, most of us are unaware of the vast resources that our intuition offers. Yet it is relatively easy to learn to access your intuitive intelligence to enhance creativity and identify and eliminate blocks that may stand in the way of completing your dissertation.

Intuition has been described as a way of knowing without knowing how you know. This knowledge is gained from a source that is different from rational thought. It can be experienced as a gut feeling or physical tingling, as a flash of knowledge that brings sudden insight, or as the still small voice from within that you know you can trust. Regardless of how you experience intuitive knowing, it always brings clarity, insight, and guidance.

You may already be aware of your intuitive knowing. There may have been times when intuitive insight came to you spontaneously, providing valuable guidance with a difficult decision, or revealing the solution to a challenging problem. When you followed that guidance, things went well for you, perhaps in ways beyond what you had anticipated.

You can learn to access dependably this remarkable resource and use it to guide you through the process of completing your dissertation. Here is a simple, five-step procedure that you can use to access intuitive knowing.

A Simple Five-step Procedure for Accessing Intuitive Knowing

1. Focus
It is very important to create a space and time when you know you will be undisturbed. Turn off your cell phone. Make sure that no one will interrupt you. The distraction of external cues can make it difficult for you to achieve the calm necessary to focus within.

Spend a few moments concentrating on the issue that faces you. Allow yourself to gain clarity about what it is that you are seeking.

2. Relax
A sense of deep calm provides the opening through which you can access your intuitive knowing. Make sure your body is comfortably supported and uncross your arms and legs. Breathe deeply, imagining that you are breathing in calm and relaxation. As you exhale, imagine yourself releasing any distracting thoughts or negative feelings.

If you like, you can imagine relaxation flowing like a warm liquid, slowly and comfortably throughout your body, bringing calm and peace to each and every muscle. Release any tension you notice with the next exhalation.

3. Ask
Once your mind is still and you feel deeply relaxed, ask for what you seek. You can pose a question. Broad questions work best. My favorite question is, “As it relates to… (supply the issue you are facing, such as ‘the trouble I am having in moving ahead with my writing’ or ‘limiting the scope of this project’)… what do I need to know right now?”

You can also ask if there is an image or a guide that can help you with the challenge you face. Intuitive knowing sometimes presents itself most eloquently in the form of an image.

Then simply wait receptively. Initially it may feel difficult to resist jumping in and trying to come up with an answer yourself. It is important to avoid drawing on your rational faculties to try to answer the question. One of the gifts of intuitive intelligence is learning that there is a resource within that you can count on. You don’t have to depend on your normal thinking process to take care of everything!

4. Receive
Remain alert to any awareness that comes to you. Intuitive knowing may come to you as a phrase or a simple knowing. It may feel so apparent that you may at first wonder if what you have received is coming from your intuitive mind. Don’t worry. What matters is that you find what you receive to be useful.

Sometimes an image will come to you conveying a message. Marisa saw a train running down a track which reminded her of two things. She immediately remembered The Little Engine That Could, a favorite story from childhood that provided encouragement. She also knew with certainty that if she kept on track with the plan she had devised, she would eventually succeed. Marisa posted a picture of The Little Engine near her computer to remind herself that she could do anything she set her mind to do. Looking at that picture helped her to get back on track any time she felt discouraged or overwhelmed.

Sometimes an image will come in the form of a Guide. This may be a person, an animal or even a thing, such a mountain, a tree or even just a glowing light. Ask this Guide what it wants to show you or tell you that can help you complete your dissertation.

5. Refine
You may feel that whatever comes to you provides exactly what you need and nothing more needs to be said or done. Or you may have some questions, or even objections. Simply express any response you have, just as you would to a trusted advisor. Then be open to whatever your intuitive mind offers in response. Continue this dialog until you feel satisfied.

John had some concerns about the topic he had chosen for his dissertation. When he sought guidance from his intuitive mind, a Wise Old Man appeared. His Guide told John that he should simply raise his concerns with his dissertation committee. John responded that he was afraid he might appear stupid if he did so. The Guide looked at him with the most loving look John had ever experienced and told him, “Of course you are stupid!” While this may sound like an insult, John experienced it as incredibly freeing. He was able to see that on some level all of us are stupid and have the desperate fear of appearing so. Free for the first time in his life from the fear of appearing stupid, John was able to raise his concerns with a confident attitude. His committee treated him respectfully and they worked together to more clearly define his topic.

The Power of Intuitive Knowing

These examples will give you a sense of the possibilities available through intuitive knowing to help you surface and resolve blocks and achieve your goals. The only way for you to experience the power of this process, however, is by working with it yourself.

What you receive may seem no different from what friends have told you or what a coach might say. You will find, however, that because this awareness comes from within yourself, it carries a power and sense of personal truth that make the message more impactful and persuasive. Learning that comes from within, from your own experience rather than rational analysis, leads to sustainable change and growth. Your intuitive knowing can help you complete your dissertation. Perhaps even more important, its resources can empower you throughout your life.


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