What is Spiritual Direction? What is it not? Why work with a Spiritual Director? Is this work for YOU? What does a Session look Like?
Who am I - In the truest and deepest sense?
How can I nurture the connection I feel in nature or in peak experiences where I feel “at one” with what I’m doing?
What do I have to give to life?
What spiritual skills for living can help me cope with the inevitable pain, loss and difficulty that beset us all at some time?
Where lies the sacred in my life?
How may I regain hope after loss?
Will I find my way - indeed, what IS "my" way?
What does The Divine (by whatever name you call Her/Them/It/Him) want from me?
How do I discern my truth around (my current problem or issue)?
These are only a few of the deep questions Spiritual Direction holds space for.
Spiritual Directors offer listening, the asking of open-ended questions, and compassion - to help us in finding our own answers; answers that build inner strength, a sense of connection, freedom, awareness and equanimity.
Spiritual Directors honor each soul's right to
choose their own spiritual and life path - and their own unique way of walking that path.
Spiritual Directors may assist by helping individuals, partnerships, and larger groups or organizations find balance and compassion for self and others.
Directors offer a loving, open-hearted presence while holding a space
for The Divine to show up, here and now, in the present moment, and
provide "mirrors" for assisting us in recognizing where in our every-day
lives The Divine is revealed.
* The above section adapted from the Spiritual Directors International website.
experience of The Divine is a nameable deity, a way of life, a manner of
thinking or analyzing the world around you, a Spiritual Director offers
space for your Truth - and something more - to be present,
acknowledged, and - for the courageous - to be LIVED, ever more fully.
Spiritual Direction is not counseling.
Spiritual Direction is not therapy.
Spiritual Direction is not any kind of medical care.
Spiritual Direction is not financial, marital or any other sort of advice.
Spiritual Direction is not spiritual or faith-group mentoring.
While Spiritual Direction may be conducted in a similar one-to-one or group setting as the above mentioned therapies, Spiritual Direction does not address the issues these therapies do. If you feel you are in need of any of the types of help listed, Spiritual Direction may be best saved for another time in your life. You may, at the approval of your primary practitioner, decide to engage in both one of the above therapies AND Spiritual Direction.
Spiritual Direction, oddly enough, is also NOT DIRECTION!
As long as there has been Spiritual Direction, there has been dialogue
around what to call it. Spiritual Guidance, Spiritual Companioning,
Spiritual Helper. . . none of these, really, offers a great description
of what a Spiritual Director is and does for those who come to them. .
. and each of these is probably a bit closer to what Spiritual
Direction is than the term Spiritual Director itself! What an "SD" does NOT
do is DIRECT. What an "SD" does, in fact, is close to the opposite of
direct; a Spiritual Director ALLOWS.. . . Allows the self-directed
UNFOLDMENT of our rich inner world and nature to emerge; allows the flow
of all that is within us that is calling to be heard; allows the
welling up of The Divine into our conscious moments. . .
SD's work with groups in various ways. Long term or on-going Spiritual Direction may be used, or special one-time workshops to assist in bringing groups into harmony with one another for the duration of a particular project or company well-being. Sessions in either case may be several hours long, depending on size of group.
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** There are many articles on line on this topic - if interested, try googling "intuitive mind vs logical mind".
ARTWORK on this page: The Gold Series (c)MayaMassar 2016; paintings made by Maya using gold leaf that survived her family's house fire. The artwork depicts the sweetness of human help in times of difficulty and the gold represents the gold to be found among the ashes when we may think we are in our darkest and most ashen hours. Like the Phoenix, we can rise again.