Unlike counseling or psychotherapy, the process of spiritual direction is focused not on technique and intervention by the director but rather on listening and discernment by both the director and directee. Whereas a therapist might proceed according to a treatment plan, a spiritual director is likely to proceed deliberately without a plan, relying on the Higher Power, who many call God, as the “real director”.
Most people have no idea what spiritual direction is all about. One way to understand what it is like is to understand what it is unlike. Even though psychotherapy is a valuable tool, it is different from spiritual direction. People in psychotherapy might benefit from spiritual direction and people in spiritual direction might benefit from psychotherapy.
When each person knows what the other person feels and wants (assertiveness) and when each knows they have been heard and understood (active listening), intimacy is increased.
Today I just finished a 5 week journey to the cross using the spiritual exercises of Saint Ignatius. With the help of Larry Warner’s book, “Journey with Jesus: Discovering the Spiritual Exercises of Saint Ignatius” and my spiritual director I’ve been encountering the person of Jesus, fostering a deeper relational knowledge of Jesus and cultivating a desire and freedom to say yes to Jesus. Continue reading “Journey with Jesus”
The Bible is filled with journeys from Abram and Sarai to the missionary journeys of Paul. In the midst of all that, is the journey of God to earth in the person of Jesus of Nazareth to death on a cross, resurrection and return to the Father. Jesus called fishermen like Peter, James, John and Andrew to follow him and he would make them ‘fishers of men’. In others words they were not yet what they would become. Continue reading “Journey”
“Until recently most Protestants have been unfamiliar with the concept of spiritual direction. Those who have heard of it often react based on serious misunderstandings. Spiritual direction, the jewel in the crown of soul-care relationships, has been an important part of formal relationships of Christian nurture since the earliest days of the church. Rather than being for a specialized few, it is highly relevant to every Christian who takes the spiritual journey seriously. Continue reading “Demystifying Spiritual Direction”
As I type this I’m looking outside my study window. I can see the sky, a hill, and a Willow Tree with a Kestrel nesting box next to it. What a beautiful view.
I can say honestly that I believe “God loves me”. Continue reading “Feeling What God Feels For Us”