What is a spiritual director? Spiritual directors are trusted companions who use a non-directive approach to walk along with seekers on their journey with the Divine or to grow in their own personal spirituality. Directors do not "direct" in the sense of telling anyone what to do. Instead, through holy listening and spiritual companionship, they and the seeker take a sacred journey together.
What is a spiritual direction session like? A spiritual direction session typically begins with silence for the director and seeker to center and invite the Divine Presence into the session. Sometimes a prayer or short reading will be offered. Next, you (the seeker) will share whatever joys, challenges, questions, insights, dreams you are having. I (the director) will be present and listen to you with my full attention, only commenting or asking questions when inspired by the Spirit to do so. Mostly my job as the director is to give you the opportunity to reflect on your life's events from a spiritual perspective. The session will end with silence and a prayer or affirmation so that you leave with a sense of calm and spiritual connection.
Is spiritual direction the same as counseling? No. While you may discuss personal and relational challenges within the context of spiritual direction, the spiritual director is not a counselor or therapist. A spiritual director's focus is on helping you reflect on how the Divine is working in the situation for your ultimate growth. If a therapist is needed, the director can help you connect with one.
Does spiritual direction concentrate only on one faith tradition? While some directors only concentrate on their faith tradition, I, as an ordained Interfaith minister, will meet you wherever you are in whatever faith tradition you want to explore.
Can spiritual direction be done long-distance? Yes. Spiritual direction can be face-to-face but doesn't have to be. Spiritual direction can be done by phone, video chat, or through an app like Messenger.