How do I know if Spiritual Direction is right for me?
If you are asking this question there’s a good chance you’re receiving an invitation to try it out. We can always meet for one session and then go from there. If its not quite what you were looking for or if there’s a better fit on the director’s side then I am happy to send you with my blessings to what ever God has next for you.
Is spiritual direction something new?
Actually, it’s an ancient practice which has been a part of the Christian faith for centuries. As far back as the founding of the first monastic communities people have been seeking out the listening ear of spiritual directors to help them sort through questions of meaning and life. In the Catholic Church, spiritual direction has been a central component of discipleship for centuries. Today, many protestants have rediscovered the practice of spiritual direction as a part of a broader reconnection to the rich heritage of Christian history.
What happens in a spiritual direction session?
Typically, sessions last for an hour and consist of times of centering, contemplation, conversation, and reflection about the presence of God in a person’s life.
Does a session have to happen in person?
Not at all, many spiritual directors have companions at a distance. The gift of modern technology has made the process of finding the right spiritual companion even easier. I would even say that there are some unique advantages to spiritual direction at a distance. Some people find it too difficult to be fully honest in person and that a phone or skype call allows them the space they need to be fully open.
Is spiritual direction similar to counseling?
In some ways, but for the most part it’s a unique experience unlike any you have had before. Spiritual direction can be therapeutic to a degree, and you will certainly experience instances of incredible growth and inner healing. Also like counselors a spiritual director has been trained and certified. However, the purpose of spiritual direction is not to “work” on yourself or address a specific psychological need. Instead the purpose of spiritual direction is to pay attention to the presence and of God. I have a Rabi friend who describes spiritual direction as “the art of getting lost in the woods of another person’s life, and finding the way out together.” I couldn’t agree more. If you are in need of counseling I encourage you to reach out to a professional, but you are more than welcome to begin a journey here as well. Counseling paired with spiritual direction can be a transformative combination.
How often do people go to spiritual direction sessions?
Not more than once or twice a month. It can take weeks, even years, to live into the reflections of a single session. However, meeting regularly, as opposed to just a one off, helps people to become more aware of God’s constant presence in their lives. Gradually, we become aware that we are living in the midst of a beautiful story; that life is not just a series of random events which depend on the meaning we give them but that there is a living God who is part of our lives and who cares for us more deeply than we could possibly image. Sound far fetched? I don’t blame you. I often feel the same way until the next session with my own spiritual director.
How much does it cost?
It varies per Spiritual Director but I ask for $65.00 for a regular session and $45.00 for students. If money is a concern then talk to me. This is my passion and I want to find a way to work with you if I can.