This article explores the merit of using Organic Inquiry, a qualitative research approach that is most effectively applied to areas of psychological and spiritual growth. Organic Inquiry is a research approach where the psyche of the researcher becomes the instrument of the research, working in partnership with the experiences of participants and guided by liminal and spiritual influences. Organic Inquiry is presented as a unique methodology that can incorporate other non-traditional research methods, including intuitive, autoethnographic and creative techniques. The validity and application of Organic Inquiry, as well as its strengths and limitations are discussed in the light of the author’s recent investigation into the nature of Self.
Practice-Led, Transpersonal Methods, Organic Inquiry, Mindfulness, Buddhism, Creative Research, Embodied Research, Intuitive Research, Self, Understanding Self, Identity, Art, Film, Life Writing, Autoethnography, Consciousness, Transformation
This investigation was supported by an Australian Government Research Training Program Scholarship as well as financial and academic support from La Trobe University, Department of Creative Arts and English. The author would like to acknowledge Associate Professor Hester Joyce, La Trobe University for her supervision of the PhD investigation from which this article is derived.
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Bardsley, L. J. (2020). Creatively Exploring Self: Applying Organic Inquiry, a Transpersonal and Intuitive Methodology. The Qualitative Report, 25(7), 1996-2010. Retrieved from https://nsuworks.nova.edu/tqr/vol25/iss7/16
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