Spiritual Direction, perhaps more appropriately termed ‘spiritual companionship’, is a prayerful process in which two people, a guide and a pilgrim, share a journey of discovery about God and life. At SoulSpace, trained and accredited Spiritual Directors are available to facilitate your personal spiritual journey. In a safe and welcoming environment, the spiritual director will help you attend to your experience of God in life, and help you reflect on and learn from your everyday life experiences. Many people experience spiritual direction as a gentle and meaningful source of healing, personal growth and self-awareness.
As suggested, spiritual directors may be more appropriately termed spiritual companions, because spiritual direction is not at all about being ‘directed’. It is much more about being encouraged to draw closer to God and being supported in this quest by a fellow traveller. Spiritual directors are found in all faith groups, and the process can be helpful whether you attend a church, a mosque, a synagogue, a temple or none of these.
At the deepest level, most people long for a more conscious experience of God’s nearness and love, but the sheer busyness of life can make it difficult to notice God’s presence and action in our daily routines. Spiritual Direction encourages us to explore a closer relationship with God, however we conceive God to be, helping attune us to God’s presence by encouraging us to reflect more deeply on our diverse life experiences. As we bring a contemplative perspective to even the most routine of events, we begin to discern God’s presence and grace in all the world, including our own lives, and may come to realise that God’s Spirit is truly with us every day and everywhere. We discover that God has been waiting for us to seek this closer relationship.
Why Might Spiritual Direction be right for you?
There are many life situations in which spiritual direction might be helpful, including:
- To help explore and integrate spirituality into your own daily life
- To help identify, reflect on and trust your own experiences of God
- To augment your discernment as you make difficult decisions
- To provide a space for sharing and reflecting on your struggles, losses and disappointments
- To discover a safe place of encouragement and affirmation
- To nurture your growing relationship with God, self, others and creation
How Does Spiritual Direction Happen?
It is the privilege and responsibility of a Spiritual Director to journey with you as you deepen your relationship with God and reflect on the insights gained in this whole-of-life process. Spiritual direction usually takes the form of confidential one-on-one conversations with your Spiritual Director. Questions and comfortable silence tend to figure prominently in spiritual direction conversations!
SoulSpace Spiritual Directors have extensive training and formation and are well practised in the art of Spiritual Direction. Spiritual Directors nurture their own spiritual life by engaging in ongoing education, confidential supervision and regular conversation with their own Spiritual Director.