Spiritual Direction

Spiritual direction (SD) has been practiced for centuries, although it remains unfamiliar and mysterious to many people.  There are many explanations, definitions, websites, articles and books that explain its practice and purpose, but one I find particularly helpful is offered here by Rev Bill Haley from Coracle in Quicksburg, VA:

“Spiritual direction is a very old spiritual discipline and ministry stretching back to the Desert Fathers in the 3rd century. It is the process whereby one person offers a listening, prayerful presence to another while they journey together with God.  The spiritual director is one who, most simply, walks alongside another person helping them listen to what God is saying in their lives and recognize God’s action.  He or she is not a counselor, who ‘listens to a person on God’s behalf’, or a teacher primarily transferring information like a jug to a mug, as in mentoring or discipleship or coaching relationships.  Rather, in spiritual direction a director ‘listens to God on the person’s behalf.’  In spiritual direction, it is more listening with God together than one person listening only to the other.  In a normal spiritual direction session, there is a lot of listening going on, listening to God and listening to each other.  In other words, spiritual direction is not so much about ‘diagnosis of the other’ but rather ‘discernment with the other’, with the primary spiritual director being the Holy Spirit who is, as Thomas Merton notes, “the True director in the fullest sense of the word.”

I approach SD in this way- as a space where “time is different.”  There is a slowing and an intentional process of listening to God with you on your behalf- as such there are typically times of silence.  I have experience in using the Enneagram, trauma-informed care, inner healing prayer and various spiritual practices (such as lectio divina, centering prayer among others) which can be ways Spirit/God/Love may invite you to hear more clearly.

Spiritual direction sessions typically last 60 minutes and can take place in person, online or by phone.  If you would like to schedule an introductory session to decide if SD is a right next step for you, or with further questions, please feel free to contact me at sightinglight@gmail.com.