If the concept of Spiritual Direction is new to you, you’re not alone.
Whilst Spiritual Direction is well-known and widely practiced in various countries and cultures across the world, recognised by most traditional Christian denominations, and practiced in other religions as well, Spiritual Direction generally is new to many Australians.
What is Spiritual Direction?
Spiritual Direction is offered as a supportive relationship between the spiritual director and the directee, offering the latter a safe, facilitated relational space in which reflection, contemplation and consideration can take place.
Spiritual direction assumes you, and not an outside entity, possess all the inner wisdom, knowledge and discernment required to make decisions, gain clarity, and navigate your life, spirituality and relationships. It’s appropriate for those journeying with a spiritual community, as well as the self-directed.
Spiritual direction is not counselling or life coaching. The role of the director is one of space-holding, of listening, gentle guidance and partnership in your ongoing personal, emotional and spiritual journey, with the power held and guided by you at every juncture.
How does Spiritual Direction work?
In practical terms, sessions are generally an hour in duration and can be held via Skype, phone or in person. Email and real-time Messenger or Chat sessions can also be facilitated, depending on personal circumstances. Days and times are negotiable.
Who is your Spiritual Director?
How do we proceed?
I recommend an initial orientation session of 45 minutes so in duration. After this session you are free from obligation to continue. It may be you decide spiritual direction isn’t what you’re seeking, or you may think we’re not a good fit. That’s perfectly okay. It’s important you feel comfortable with me as a person and we are able to build a rapport, as I understand coming to spiritual direction can cause you to feel vulnerable and exposed. It may be that I decide I am not the best person to journey forward with you. After our initial orientation session, we can then discuss how we proceed, discuss times and days which suit, how often you’d like to meet, etc.
If you would like to proceed and book an appointment for an orientation session, please use the contact form below.
More about Spiritual Direction
“Generally speaking, spiritual direction refers to a relationship in which one person assists another’s spiritual development.” David Scheuneman, Rooted In Spirit
“Spiritual direction is an interpersonal relationship in which we learn how to grow, live, and love in the spiritual life. Spiritual direction involves a process through which one person helps another person understand what God is doing and saying.” Richard Foster, Christianity Today.
“Spiritual direction, sometimes referred to as spiritual guidance or spiritual friendship, is an ongoing relationship in which one person (the directee) … meets with another person (the director) on a regular basis … specifically for the purpose of becoming more attuned to God’s Presence in order to respond more fully to that Presence in all of life.” The Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation
“Spiritual direction explores a deeper relationship with the spiritual aspect of being human. Simply put, spiritual direction is helping people tell their sacred stories everyday.” Liz Budd Ellmann, MDiv, Executive Director, Spiritual Directors International