“Spiritual guidance affirms the basic quest for meaning. It calls for space in which the validity of the questions does not depend on the availability of answers but on the questions’ capacity to open us to new perspectives and horizons.” ~ Henri Nouwen, Spiritual Direction: Wisdom for the Long Walk of Faith
The practice of spiritual guidance has many names:
At its core, spiritual guidance invites the spiritual seeker into a process of discernment.
The Greek root for the verb "to discern" is diakrisi - to separate, to sift through, to sort out, or to distinguish. Rose Mary Dougherty in her book Discernment: A Path to Spiritual Awakening defines discernment as "a way of being or habit of the heart that disposes us to be responsive to God's discerning presence in our lives." (p. 5)
Whatever name is used for spiritual guidance, the depth of discernment that takes place depends on the presence of
All areas of life are potential topics for spiritual guidance. Bring questions about :
I offer a 30-minute complementary phone consultation during which we can discuss the spiritual guidance process and how I can help you enhance your relationship with God in all aspects of your life.
Spiritual guidance invites questions like...
I offer spiritual guidance for individuals and for small groups of people willing to be openly vulnerable to the mysterious intervention of God's Holy Spirit.
“Spiritual direction—meeting of two people whose desire is to prayerfully listen for the movements of the Holy Spirit in all areas of a person’s life, a three way relationship” ~ Tilden Edwards
"The Intentional goal of group spiritual direction is to help each participant become more aware of God in their lives, for the sake of others. In other words, it leads to an awakening of the soul. This awakening then leads to a life which is purposeful and intentional. Group spiritual direction helps individuals grow in their faith, love others more fully and participate in the mission of the church more effectively. " ~ Alice Fryling
In this short video I recall my first experience with a spiritual guide and how her wisdom shapes my work with my clients today.