“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