What is Spiritual Direction

kristine-weilert-88989-unsplash (2)“Spiritual direction is the practice of being with people as they attempt to deepen their relationship with the divine, or to learn and grow in their own personal spirituality…” -Websters definition

Spiritual Direction is a time honored relationship between two people and the Creator. Spiritual formation/direction is inner work, changing our orientation, turning our soul towards God, for our own benefit and that of others.  The deep groaning’s of our soul are revealed and explored. It is not a “christian” practice, it is a faith practice and journey that leads to soul formation and deeper connection with our spiritual self.

The idea that we can control every aspect of our lives is a fallacy. What we can do is learn to identify the Sacred in the midst of the everyday. Spiritual Direction offers a sacred space to share joy, tears, honesty, dreams, fears, hurts and begin re-framing our life. My work as a spiritual director is to create sacred space, to listen and allow the connection to occur.

For Christians this soul transformation means becoming more in-tune with the work of God in and around them, drawing them into deeper relationship with God and Christ. Non Christians may find spiritual direction leads to becoming more welcoming of the beauty within their own spirit and that of fellow travelers in their family, community, and world.

We slow down, listen for God or our inner light, in and around us, and change our orientation as necessary, transforming our very being. Those thoughts and inner pieces that we love and hate are gently urged into the light.  Once in the light, these deep pieces of ourselves can be explored and understood. This change is where the outward comes in. As our soul is fed and nurtured, our orientation and attitude towards others is changed forever. Some habits, people, items, and thoughts will be left behind and others will be picked up. Spiritual direction is a journey of formation, which can lead to greater joy and inner peace.

“Spiritual direction is an interpersonal relationship in which we learn how to grow, live, and love in the spiritual life.” – Richard J. Foster

 

“Spiritual direction is a beautiful practice that shifts my focus toward noticing God in all of the facets of my life. Sometimes a session is refreshing and encouraging, sometimes it lays bare an area of struggle; in either case God is always present. Adriana is warm and inviting, and she always offers a space free of judgment as she guides our time together with the Holy Spirit’s prompting. I am so thankful for Adriana and the way she offers her gifts as a Spiritual Director; time with her makes my faith and life richer. ” 

“Adriana is a kind, compassionate person who is very well suited for the work she is doing as a spiritual director. She is open and respectful of all beliefs, regardless of whether or not those are beliefs she personally holds. She is able to work equally well with persons from all walks and belief systems. As someone who has benefited from her services as a spiritual director, I feel confident in referring anyone to Adriana, regardless of their path. Her wisdom and insight helped me immensely, in fact, I always felt comfortable and accepted, and never judged. Adriana helped me remember who I am, and what I believe.”

“I’ve been meting with Adriana for two yrs now. During this time she has walked with me delicately through very difficult time in my marriage and life. Always relating to me with care, respect and confidence in my ability to regain my voice, strength and self esteem. Adriana’s skill to remember details, emotions and feelings I’ve expressed and then draw connections in my life, have served as a profound path for change and growth. I have never felt judged and have always felt comfortable speaking exactly how I feel about something, with full emotions and swear words. Adriana has always given me sound spiritual council and draws me back to how I see the Lord working in my life. Encouraging me with practical realistic steps I can take towards healing and freedom. During times of discouragement and feelings of self failure she is always able to redirect me towards my progress and true identity in Jesus. Adriana manages to always accomplish this void of any christianese or cliches.”

What people are saying

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