The healing method based on this term does exactly what it says. Its main focus is the mental body. The effects are found on both the mental and the energetic level. Appreciative inquiry is a technique to be used for the non-judgmental exploration of a (psychological) symptom, to find out more about what a certain mental block is about, and to find possible ways to a better experience of total health. The central question with Appreciative Inquiry is always: “What does work?”
Exercise in Appreciative Inquiry
This exercise can be useful whenever you want to deal with a (mental) symptom that does not first and foremost require direct cure, or a chronic symptom that cannot be dealt with by direct cure.
Seat yourself comfortably on a chair in a room where you can be by yourself for a while. Take a minute or so to center your attention to the inside of your physical body. Feel it as attentively as possible. Then, from a non-judgmental mind, simply ask your body: “What message do you have for me here?” Then concentrate on silence, and wait for another minute or so. Be aware of all sensations, as an observer.
In the next step, try to visualize your desired future. This would be a future in which the symptom was heard, its message understood, and wholeness re-experienced again. Keep visualizing this, while also staying focused on the silence.
Then, write down what your envisioned future looks like. Keep focusing on this image for the days to come. The better you remember and affirm this future, the more this future will actually emerge.
It is also possible to do this exercise with someone you trust: your spouse, or your integral health coach. The appreciative energy is the key healing factor here.