In the previous two installments of "Be your own oracle," we identified how our inner oracle warns us of potential harm using our bodies’ natural mechanisms. In this final installment we will learn how to access our inner oracles to help us with decision making.
Here's how it works.
Part 1: Create a question you'd like answered.
Your inner oracle will answer any question that you pose. However if you'd like a clear-cut answer, you must ask a well-defined question. Here's how:
- Select a category. The category can cover any topic such as romance, job choice, or neighborhood in which to live.
- Identify your underlying desire or motivation that corresponds to the category. Clearly defining your underlying motivations maximizes your ability to satisfy them. Assume you've selected employment as your category. Determine what you are truly seeking in a job. Working less and earning more? Having an enjoyable day with a great boss and congenial co-workers? Flexible working schedule? Minimal stress? Making tons of money? Using your specific skill set and having great opportunities for growth? It can be anything. It's up to you.
- Form a question that you'd like answered making sure your underlying motivation is part of the question. For example, "Will job X bring me closer to my goal of working fewer hours while making more money?" We didn't say, "Should I take job X?" We also didn't say, "Will job X help me to achieve my goals?" These questions are too general.
Part 2: Turn your question into an affirmation.
An affirmation is a statement confirming a concept. Using the question, "Will job X bring me closer to my goal of working fewer hours while making more money?" and turning it into an affirmation, it would read as follows: "Job X will afford me the opportunity to work less and earn more."
Part 3: Access your inner oracle using your affirmation.
Find a private and quiet spot.
Close your eyes.
Take a few deep breaths until you feel calm and focused.
Clearly speak your affirmation out loud.
Part 4: Receive your answer.
Once you've stated your affirmation, your answer will likely come immediately by way of a feeling in your body. How does saying the affirmation make you feel? Pay attention. Do you feel uneasy? Do you feel at peace? Do you feel happy? Do you have a difficult time saying your affirmation? These feelings are direct communications from your inner oracle. If you have a peaceful or contented feeling, your oracle is confirming your affirmation. If you feel uneasy, the oracle is rejecting your affirmation.
Do you want to verify that the process works? Pick an affirmation that you know is false. For example, suppose you just ended an unhappy relationship. State an affirmation confirming the benefit of keeping the relationship. See how you feel when you say it. You'll get the message loud and clear.
The process works because our psyches are uncomfortable with a lack of harmony. Your inner oracle knows the answer to all your questions and will give you a physical reaction when you produce discord within yourself. For the more practical-minded, it also works because the very the act of honing in on your desires clears away the clutter and allows you to better identify whether or not a situation will serve you.
Consulting your inner oracle is effective, but like anything else it takes practice. Keep at it, and you will be amazed at what you can discover.