Finding Answers from Within

This coaching exercise is designed to help you learn to trust your inner guide and intuition. After all, tapping into that is the underlying foundation of Life Coaching. A Life Coach knows that the client has the answers within them. A Coaches job is to help the client bring those answers to the surface by using powerful questions and coaching exercises.

According to an ancient legend, there was a time when ordinary people had all the access to the knowledge of the gods. Yet, even with this access, time and again they ignored this wisdom. One day the gods grew tired of so freely giving this unused gift to the people that they decided to hide this precious wisdom where only the most committed of seekers would discover it. They believed that if people had to work to find this wisdom, they would use it more carefully. One of the gods suggested they bury it deep within the earth. “No,” the other said, “too many people could easily dig down and find it.” Then another one of the gods suggested, “Let’s put it in the deepest ocean,” but that idea was also rejected. They knew that people would one day learn to dive and thus would find it too easily. One of the gods then suggested hiding it on the highest mountaintop, but it was quickly agreed that people could climb mountains. Finally, one of the wisest gods suggested hiding it deep inside the people themselves. They’ll never think to look there. And so it came to be.

Trust Your Intuition

For most of us, our childhood conditioning trained us to look outside of ourselves for answers and solutions to everything. Few of us learned how to look inside and trust our intuition and gut feeling. Everyone was born with an intuition and has at one time experienced it. Have you ever thought of someone and the phone rings and it’s them? Have you ever had a thought and it came true almost instantly? That’s your intuition at work. Most of us just dismiss it as coincidence, but if we begin to look and acknowledge it more, we can use it to achieve great levels of success.

“The intellect has little to do on the road to discovery. There comes a leap of consciousness, call it intuition or what you will, and the solution comes to you, and you don’t know how or why.” –Albert Einstein

How to develop your intuition

Meditation is one of the most popular and effective ways to develop your intuition. When we allow the mind to become still and quiet, we make space for answers to emerge from within us. Regular meditation can help clear out distractions and allow creative solutions to spontaneously come into our awareness. This is best practiced in nature, by a stream or in another quiet and relaxing place.

Preparation: Have a pen and paper ready to take notes.

One Minute Meditation: Take a moment to relax, take a few deep breaths and center yourself.

Begin the Session: Form a Question…

Begin by closing your eyes and taking several deep breaths……………………… Breathing in peace and clarity…………………….. and breathing out stress………………………… Breathing in calmness and quietness…………………….. and breathing out stress and worry.

Now focus your attention on the questions that you need answers to. Your intuition can provide you with the answers to anything you need to know. Form a specific question in your mind and once you are clear about the question, open your eyes and write it down. Take your time with this. Also, try not to ask a question that can be answered with yes or no. For example, you can begin your question with, “How do I…?” or, “What should I do about…?” or “What can I do…?”

Listen for the answers

Allow the answers to spontaneously come into your awareness. Still your mind and do not force any desired or wanted answers to come. With time and patience, they will come on their own.

Write them down

Write down the answers that come to you immediately. These visions can quickly evaporate so make sure to capture them in writing as soon as possible. Keep writing as answers come into your awareness. It may be a simple answer that doesn’t have a long explanation, or it may be a more complex solution that requires some understanding. Seek answers and translations if an image seems to need a deeper explanation.

Take immediate action

Pay attention to the answers you receive and act on the information as quickly as possible. When you act on the information, you will receive what you need. If you learn to take action right after you receive the answers, you will begin to live in the flow. Eventually, it will become easy and effortless to let the wisdom come to you. When you begin to see the benefits of acting on found answers, you will learn more and more to trust yourself and your intuition until it eventually becomes automatic.

What was the most significant part about this exercise?

What answers came to you?

Create an action plan: How could you take action on this guidance?

When using this exercise with your client: Focus the coaching session around these questions. If your client gets stuck, simply return to the relaxed state and repeat the exercise until an answer or a solution appears.

Close the Session: Thank your client. Acknowledge them for being so open and willing to look at these areas of their life with you. Use the 1-10 scale. Schedule a follow-up session.