What is Spiritual Direction?

Spiritual Direction is the ancient tradition of "holy listening", in which one seeker helps another become more deeply aware of, and responsive to, the "still small voice of God". 

Spiritual direction is not psychotherapy or pastoral counseling. It is not about fixing anything or problem solving.

Spiritual direction is about who God is inviting us to become and how we respond to that invitation.

 

What Happens in Spiritual Direction?

A spiritual direction session is confidential and lasts about an hour. I meet you where you are without judgment, honoring your unique path and your spiritual practices and traditions. During our time together I give you my undivided attention and listen deeply to what you say, with an ear to to the presence and movement of God, or spiritual power, in your story.

 

Parker Palmer describes this type of listening  in his book, "A Hidden Wholeness":

 

"When you speak to me about your deepest questions, you do not want to be fixed or saved: you want to be seen and heard, to have your truth acknowledged and honored.  If your problem is soul-deep, your soul alone knows what you need to do about it, and my presumptuous advice will only drive your soul back into the woods.  So the best service I can render when you speak to me about such a struggle is to hold you faithfully in a space where you can listen to your inner teacher. "

 

What Is the Benefit of Spiritual Direction?

Spiritual direction can deepen your relationship with God and transform your life by increasing your awareness of God's loving presence in every aspect of your life. This knowledge will empower you to live your life fearlessly, authentically, and abundantly. Living your life this way, you will fulfill your unique purpose here on earth. Through spiritual direction, you may also learn how to become more self-aware and better able to tap into your inner wisdom. Like the chambered nautilus, you may come to realize that discomfort is always an invitation calling you to step out and grow spiritually, expanding your heart and mind.