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 recognizing 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.
Why do people seek spiritual direction?
Reasons may vary:
For some it is a spiritual practice which supports their faith life in an ongoing way. They seek out direction from a person trained to journey with them.
For others, ordinary life transitions can be so confusing and pain-filled that they lose direction. The death of a loved one, job loss, divorce, chronic illness – any of these may cause them to question the meaning of life and yearn for hope. Spiritual direction is often sought in such times of crisis
God in All Things:
Others struggle to believe that God awaits them, ever present, and not only in their prayer times or when they are ‘good’. In spiritual direction people became aware of the reality of God present in all aspects of their lives.
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 is a life long process.
The goal of this contemplative practice is to assist another person to awaken to the mystery called God in all of life and to respond to that discovery in a growing relationship of freedom and commitment.
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
What happens in a spiritual direction session?
In spiritual direction, one usually meets with a director monthly for about an hour. The director provides a safe environment for a person to share his/her story. During the time together the director will accompany the person on his/her journey by:
- Companioning the person as he/she tells his/her story
- Facilitating the integration of all aspects of his/her life experience.
- Assisting the person to speak his/her experience of God
Usually in a preliminary meeting or in your first meeting with a spiritual director, information will be sought as to what you desire in spiritual direction and fees will be discussed.al Direction
Role of spiritual directors
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 women and men who value their own spiritual journey.
In any time or place, cultural differences and a variety of faith traditions always nuance spiritual direction. Within this context, directors aim at integrating prayer and life, contemplation and action, faith and justice, in their own lives as well as in the lives of their directees.
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