What Spiritual Direction is:
Spiritual direction offers the opportunity to sit down, on a regular and ongoing basis, with a spiritual director/companion who, by way of questions, deep listening, and prayerful reflection – all under the guidance of the Holy Spirit – hopes to help you discern the presence of the Divine in your daily life. Spiritual direction is first and foremost about life and as such spiritual direction seeks to help you come to a deeper understanding of how God is moving in your life and drawing you into greater intimacy with God. Spiritual direction promotes a full and more authentic spiritual life, a life of holiness, a life of deeper and more intimate knowledge and love of God that in turn leads to more authentic discipleship.
Individuals seek spiritual direction for many different reasons including the opportunity to grow more intentionally in a life of faith, or as a way of reflecting on something happening in life through the lens of faith. Some individuals seek direction in order to cultivate a fuller life of prayer, or possibly to discern and make a decision. Spiritual direction honors the individual and her/his personal journey, and takes place in confidential one-on-one sessions. Spiritual direction however, is not counseling or psychotherapy.
A spiritual director is someone with experience in spiritual direction and has studied, and/or been formally trained in the art of spiritual direction.
What Spiritual Direction is Not:
Spiritual direction is not counseling.
Spiritual direction is not therapy.
Spiritual direction is not financial advice.
Like psychotherapy, it is often offered as a one-to-one or group experience in private sessions with spiritual mentors who have most likely completed extensive formation for the ministry of spiritual direction – it is up to you to choose a spiritual director who has the training, formation and experience that suits your needs. Spiritual direction includes your deity or higher power as a third partner in the process. While it may be appropriate at times to discuss personal and relational struggles in the context of spiritual direction, a spiritual director is not a psychotherapist, nor does the spiritual director provide such services. Similarly, you may discuss financial issues in spiritual direction but a spiritual director does not offer financial advice and any decisions and actions you may take in that regard are done without advice or recommendation, and are purely your responsibility.
From Spiritual Directors International website: http://www.sdiworld.org/home.html
For help finding a good spiritual director:
Contact Sr. Linda Lee Jackson, OP at 937-229-3570.