Spiritual direction refers to the active conversation between two people that centres on the directee’s relationship with God as together they listen for the underlying flow of the spirit in the directee’s story.
“Bidden or not bidden, God is present.” Carl Jung
The purpose of direction is:
- Growth in self knowledge – by bringing to the surface abiding tendencies/dispositions of heart
- Discernment – the art and gift of recognising the movement of God in a person’s life
- Invitation – to respond to God’s movement in ways that are healing, just and reconciling for all creation.
People seek spiritual direction:
- as a spiritual practice supporting their faith life in an ongoing way
- for coping with life transitions
- to become aware of God in all things.
Spiritual direction is an open-ended process that seeks to call forth a person’s own inner wisdom in order to be attentive to the spiritual journey. This can be a life long process.
Listen to your life. See it for the fathomless mystery that it is…
All moments are key moments and life itself is grace. F. Bruechner
Persons offering to guide others on the spiritual journey traditionally were called spiritual directors. Today other terms may be used, such as “spiritual guide” or “companion”.
Spiritual directors are trained women and men who aim at integrating prayer and life, contemplation and action, in their own lives as well as in the lives of their directees.
For further detail, including ‘What happens in a spiritual direction session?’, download the brochure Spiritual Direction (PDF, 933Kb)