What is spiritual direction?
There are many schools of thought as
to what is involved in spiritual direction, but, in
general, it is a session wherein one person is
present with another in witness to the movement of
spirit in that person's life. The following is
my personal approach to spiritual direction:
spiritual direction session is a time set aside
for exploring one's life stories
with special attention to how spirit is moving
through the events of one's life.
It's a time to ask and to listen within, to become
quiet so that one can hear the answers that arise
from that deep place of knowing.
director does not teach or preach, but listens
deeply in order to help the directee experience
insight into his or her journey, story, action or
Spiritual direction is an opportunity
to develop a richer language for talking about the sacred
mystery that has many names, but is called God or Mother-Father God by some, Higher Power by Others,
and Spirit by many.
There is no agenda
for spiritual direction sessions except for what one
brings to it. Frequent topics brought to spiritual
direction concern relationship issues, change in
jobs, loss, grief or a search for deeper meaning in
between the directee and spirit is primary. The
spiritual director acts as a helper, listener and
facilitator to this experience.
Sessions are private and
Spiritual direction is neither
counseling nor life coaching, though elements of
those fields are contained within spiritual direction.
Spiritual directors do not diagnose illnesses or
label and work towards changing behaviors. Spiritual directors do
sometimes work with counselors or other healing
professionals as part of a team. Referrals to other
helping professionals will be made as needed.