“Let the beauty we love be what we do.” (Jelaluddin Rumi, 13th C., Afghanistan)

Intuitive Inquiry is an epistemology of the heart. As a research method, Intuitive Inquiry acknowledges that the best of research and scholarship joins compassion, generosity, humility, intellectual rigor, and discernment into a seamless whole. Researchers listen to the promptings of their hearts about what to study and then listen with open hearts to the experiences of others about the chosen topic. Final data interpretation is dedicated to service in the world.

This Intuitive Inquiry Archive provides online digital access to articles, dissertations, theses, and references related to intuitive inquiry research and related topics, including articles on intuition, aesthetics, and embodied writing.

Archive organized and created by Rosemarie Anderson, Ph.D., Professor Emerita, Sofia University, USA; Co-Founder, Transpersonal Research Network; Founding Director, Sacred Science Circle

The organizer and creator of this archive has secured permission from authors to make their writings available as digital resources below. Related books and book chapters listed are available in libraries and at online and local bookstores. 


  • Anderson, R. (2000). Intuitive inquiry: Interpreting objective and subjective data. ReVision: Journal of Consciousness and Transformation, 22(4), 31-39. [pdf] 
  • Anderson, R. (2004). Intuitive inquiry: An epistemology of the heart for scientific inquiry. The Humanistic Psychologist, 32(4), 307-341. [pdf]
  • Anderson Rosemarie (2006). Investigatia intuitiva: Caile inimii in cercetare si eruditie, Trans., Ruxandra Grigorescu). Jurnalul de Psihologie Transpersonala, 6(1), 4-34. [pdf]
  • Anderson, R. (March, 2014). Intuition: The wild within of the natural world. Paper presented at the 7th Annual Conference of the Division for Humanistic Psychology of the American Psychological Association, Human Dignity and Humanistic Values, Sofia University, Alto Palo, CA. [pdf]
  • Anderson, R. (2015). Transpersonal research and scholarship: reflections on the last twenty years and forward. Journal of Transpersonal Psychology, 2, pp.163-167. [pdf] 
  • Anderson, R. (2015). Transpersonal inquiry and the next generation of transpersonal researchers and scholars. Journal of Transpersonal Research, 7(2), pp.210-216. [pdf]
  • Dufrechou, J. (2004). We are one: Grief, weeping, and other deep emotions in response to nature as a path toward wholeness. The Humanistic Psychologist, 32(4), 357-378. [pdf]
  • Esbjörn-Hargens, V. (2004). The union of flesh and spirit in women mystics. The Humanistic Psychologist, 32(4), 401-425. [pdf]
  • Freinkel, P. D. (2014). Transpersonal implications of singing: An intuitive inquiry. SAGE research methods cases. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE. [pdf]
  • Frienkel, P. D. (2015). A photo reverie: A creative synthesis in intuitive inquiry. International Journal of Transpersonal Studies, 34(1-2), 167-171. [pdf]  (Also, Appendix A, Figure 1, Singing and Light).  [pdf]
  • Hoffman, S. L. (2004). Living stories: Modern storytelling as a call for connection. The Humanistic Psychologist, 32(4), 379-400. [pdf]
  • Linder, J. (2015). Exploring soul loss though arts-based research. International Journal of Transpersonal Studies, 34(1-2), 144-151. [pdf]
  • Netzer, D. (2014). Awareness of spiritual freedom through imaginal response to mystical poetry: An intuitive inquiry. SAGE Research Method Cases. London, UK (ISBN: 9781446273050). [pdf]
  • Netzer, D. (2015). Mystical Poetry and Imagination: Inspiring Transpersonal Awareness of Spiritual Freedom. International Journal of Transpersonal Studies, 34(1). [pdf]
  • Netzer, D. (2015). Inquiry and imagination: Transformation and healing in the process of a doctoral dissertation. The International Journal of Healing and Caring, 15(1), 1-17. [pdf]
  • Netzer, D. (2013). Imaginal resonance: Imagery and creative expression in qualitative research. SAGE Research Method Cases. London, UK (ISBN: 9781446273050; doi: 10.4135/978144627305013510243). [pdf]
  • Netzer, D., & Rowe, N. (2010). Inquiry into creative and innovative processes: An experiential, whole person approach to teaching creativity. Journal of Transformative Education, 8(2), 124-145. [pdf]
  • Phelon, C. R. (2004). Healing presence in the psychotherapist: An intuitive inquiry. The Humanistic Psychologist, 32(4), 342-356. [pdf]
  • Rowe, N., & Netzer, D. (November, 2012). Designing structures for transformation: Facilitating transformative-learning through transpersonal ways of knowing. Paper presentation at the 10th International Conference on Transformative Learning A Future for Earth: Re-Imagining Learning for a Transforming World San Francisco, CA.  [pdf]

Book Chapters

  • Anderson, R. (1998). Intuitive inquiry: A transpersonal approach. In W. Braud & R. Anderson, Transpersonal research methods for the social sciences: Honoring human experience (pp. 69-94). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
  • Anderson, R. (2011). Intuitive inquiry: The ways of the heart in human science research. In R. Anderson & W. Braud, Transforming self and others through research: Transpersonal research methods and skills for the human sciences and humanities (pp. 15-70). Albany, NY: SUNY Press.
  • Anderson, R. (2011). Intuitive inquiry: Exploring the mirroring discourse of disease. In F. Wertz, K. Charmaz, L. McMullen, R. Josselson, & R. Anderson, Five ways of doing qualitative analysis: Phenomenological psychology, grounded theory, discourse analysis, narrative research, and intuitive inquiry. New York: Guilford.
  • Anderson, R., & Linder, J. (2018). Spirituality and emergent research methods. In Z. Laszlo & Flanagan, B. (Eds.) Routledge international handbook of spirituality and society. London: Routledge.
  • Esbjörn-Hargens, V., & Anderson, R. (2005). Intuitive inquiry: An exploration of embodiment among contemporary female mystics. In C. T. Fischer (Ed.), Qualitative research methods for psychology: Instructive case studies (pp. 301-330). Philadelphia: Academic Press.

Doctoral Dissertations

  • Baltazar, P. T. (2014). Psychospiritual transformation through chronic illness: An intuitive inquiry. (ProQuest DA3636764). [pdf]
  • Brandt, P. L. (2007). Nonmedical support for women during childbirth: The spiritual meaning of birth for doulas. (ProQuest DA3274206). [pdf]
  • Campbell, S. M. (2012). Going home: An intuitive inquiry into the experience of reading fantasy literature. (ProQuest DA3522528). [pdf]
  • Carlock, S. E. (2003). The quest for true joy in union with God in mystical Christianity: An intuitive inquiry study. (ProQuest DA3129583). [pdf]
  • Cervelli, R. L. (2009). An intuitive inquiry into experiences arising out of the Holotropic Breathwork™ technique and its integral mandala artwork: The potential for self-actualization. (ProQuestDA3380360). [pdf]
  • Coburn, M. J. (2005). Walking home: Women’s transformative experiences in the wilderness of the Appalachian Trail. (ProQuest DA3221761). [pdf]
  • Coleman, R. (2000). Women, weight, and embodiment: An intuitive inquiry into women’s psycho-spiritual process of healing obesity. (ProQuest DA9969177). [pdf]
  • Deak, Z.T. (2012). The master-disciple relationship as a metaphor for healing in Jungian psychoanalysis: Exploring archetypal transference between analyst and patient. (ProQuest DA3509615). [pdf]
  • Dufrechou, J. P. (2002). Coming home to nature through the body: An intuitive inquiry into experiences of grief, weeping and other deep emotions in response to nature. (ProQuest DA3047959). [pdf]
  • Esbjorn, V. C. (2003). Spirited flesh: An intuitive inquiry exploring the body in contemporary female mystics. (ProQuest DA3095409). [pdf]
  • Freinkel, P. D. (2011). Transpersonal implications of singing: An intuitive inquiry. (ProQuest DA34579680). [pdf]
  • Hill, A. G. M. (2005). Joy revisited: An exploratory study of the experience of joy through the memories of the women of one Native American Indian community. (ProQuest DA3200238). [pdf]
  • Hilts, F. (). An intuitive inquiry into how practitioners of spiritual guidance and Reiki understand and experience money-related issues in their professional and personal lives. (ProQuest DA3380435). [pdf]
  • Hoffman, S. L. (2003). Living stories: An intuitive inquiry into storytelling as a collaborative art form to effect compassionate connection. (ProQuest DA3095413). [pdf]
  • Jeska, K. (2012). Parents and their children’s meaning-making and understand of after-death communication: An intuitive inquiry. (ProQuest DA3541838). [pdf]
  • Kelly, D. (2017). An Inquiry into the Nature of Therapeutic Space: In palliative care groups working with nature and imagination. [pdf]
  • Linder, J. (2014). The psychospiritual impact of child sexual abuse (CSA) on women who experienced CSA as soul loss. (ProQuest DA3316128; ISBN 9781321187298). [pdf] 
  • Ludwig, S. (2011). The embodied spirituality of women who practice distance running in nature: “I run in the company of trees and of certain friends.” (ProQuest DA3466823). [pdf] 
  • Lynch, K. S. (2002). Each age a lens: A transpersonal perspective of Emily Dickinson’s creative process. (ProQuest DA3053917). [pdf
  • Manos, C. (2007). Female artists and nature: An intuitive inquiry into transpersonal aspects of creativity in the natural environment. (ProQuest DA3270987). [pdf]
  • May, V. (2005). Intuitive inquiry and the creative process: A case study of the artistic process.  [pdf]
  • McCormick, L. (2009). The personal self, no-self, self continuum: An intuitive inquiry and grounded theory study of the experience of no-self as integrated stages of consciousness toward enlightenment. (ProQuest DA3397100). [pdf]
  • Netzer, D. (2008). Mystical poetry and imagination: Inspiring transpersonal awareness of spiritual freedom.  (ProQuest DA3316128). [pdf] 
  • Park, U. (2016). Exploring the concept of spiritual crisis among Tibetan Buddhists: An interpretive approach. (Leeds Beckett University). [pdf]
  • Perry, A. (2009). Does a unitive mystical experience affect authenticity?: An intuitive inquiry of ordinary Protestants. (ProQuest DA3344550). [pdf]
  • Phelon, C. R. (2001). Healing presence: An intuitive inquiry into the presence of the psychotherapist. (ProQuest DA3011298). [pdf]
  • Rickards, D. (2006). Illuminating feminine cultural shadow with women espionage agents and the Dark Goddess. (ProQuest DA3286605).
  • Schopfer, C.L. (2010). The power of reflection: An analysis of the relationship between nondualism and manifest reality in the written work of Swami Shantananda. (ProQuest DA 3403049). [pdf]
  • Shefa, J. (2012). The tears of Telemachus: An intuitive inquiry into awakening empathy and compassion in at-risk boys through mentoring and their writing. (ProQuest DA3589682). [pdf]
  • Shepherd, A. E. (2006). The experience of being deeply moved: An intuitive inquiry. (ProQuest DA 3221764). [pdf]
  • Tajiri, McLennan N. A. (2009). Attentiveness to God: Contemplative presence in spiritual direction. (ProQuest DA 3344987). [pdf]
  • Unthank, K. W. (2007). “Shame on you”: Exploring the deep structure of posttrauma survival. (ProQuest DA3221764).  [pdf]
  • Wood, R. (2010). Psycho-spiritual transformation experienced by participants of modern wilderness rites of passage quests: An intuitive inquiry. (ProQuest DA3397618). [pdf]

Note: Additional dissertations using Intuitive Inquiry are available on ProQuest.

Related Resources

  • Anderson, R. (1996). Nine psycho-spiritual characteristics of spontaneous and involuntary weeping. Journal of Transpersonal Psychology, 28(2), 43-49. [Intuitive Inquiry Precursor]  [pdf]
  • Anderson, R. (2001). Embodied writing and reflections on embodiment. Journal of Transpersonal Psychology, 33(2), 83-96. [pdf]
  • Anderson, R. (2002). Embodied writing: Presencing the body in somatic research, Part I, What is embodied writing? Somatics: Magazine/Journal of the Mind/Body Arts and Sciences, 13(4), 40-44. [pdf]
  • Anderson, R. (2002). Embodied writing: Presencing the body in somatic research, Part II, Research Applications. Somatics: Magazine/Journal of the Mind/Body Arts and Sciences, 14(1), 40-44. [pdf]
  • Anderson, R. (2007). Thematic content analysis: Descriptive presentation of qualitative data.  [pdf]
  • Sheridan, J., & Pineault, A. (1997). Sacred land—Sacred Stories. In D-F. R. & P. S. Arvidson (Eds.), Intuition: The inside story. New York: Routledge.
  • Petitmengin-Peugeot, C. (1999). The intuitive experience. Journal of Consciousness Studies, 6, 43-77. [pdf]


Note: Authors of intuitive inquiry articles, book chapters, dissertations, and theses not listed above may contact Rosemarie Anderson via the Contact page regarding adding their manuscripts to this archive.


Excerpt from The Essential Rumi, translated by Coleman Barks with John Moyne, A.J. Arberry, Reynold Nicholson (HarperCollins, 1995)

Photo Credit: Rosemarie Anderson © 2009