What is it?
Spiritual direction is a ministry and a relationship in which one person accompanies another in the process of growing intimacy with the Holy Mystery, many call God. It’s like having a spiritual mentor, spiritual friend or spiritual companion.
The focus of Spiritual Direction is a person’s experiences of the Holy in their life and prayer. A director encourages one to become aware of God’s presence and can challenge you to respond in ways that are uniquely your own.
Problems arise in each of our lives, which may affect our relationship with one another or with the Holy One. Problem solving, however, is not the focus of Spiritual Direction, as in counselling. Rather your attention is directed to the Divine Healer.
Regular meetings with a spiritual director help to awaken spiritual awareness, to notice the sacred in one’s self, in others, in everyday events, in creation, in all of life! This growing awareness gives life new wonder and meaning.
Who seeks it?
Women and men from all walks of life, from all faith traditions, and you if:
- you find yourself desiring a deeper relationship with the Holy Mystery many call God;
- you sense a need for a spiritual practice or discipline;
- you find yourself desiring to grow spiritually;
- you feel the need for help in discerning the call of God for you;
- you want to explore new or more satisfying ways to pray;
- your search for God is at a crossroad;
- you desire a companion on your spiritual journey;
- you feel drawn to Transcendence beyond your understanding;
- you are seeking deeper meaning and wonder in life;
You can expect a director to listen attentively, with reverence and to ask reflective questions that may assist you in your spiritual journey. The focus is on you, rather than a mutual discussion of life issues which is more a friendship or mentoring.
A director may also suggest resources and rituals for you, sometimes scripture based. Spiritual direction is a sacred time in which you talk about your relationship with the Divine, self and others. Naturally, spiritual direction includes mutual sharing and problem solving but a director gentle encourages you to look at how you experience God in the challenges you face. Most simply, it is about one person directing another to focus on Spirit in their lives.
Spiritual Directors believe that the Holy One communicates through ordinary human experience. You will be encouraged to pay attention to your experiences so as to notice God's nudges, invitations, challenges and confirmations. As you become aware of Transcendence in your everyday living you will notice a deep and growing joy, patience, and loving acceptance of self, others and creation.
Spiritual Direction and You?
If you would like more information or help contacting a spiritual director email email@example.com If you are from Manitoba check out www.spiritualdirectionmb.com or www.spiritualdirectionmb.ca
May you be blessed as you seek to "know" the Holy.