Spiritual Direction has been an integral part of my spiritual development and connecting with God for the past twenty years. The Centre for Spiritual Renewal has a cohort of directors who meet regularly for continued learning, peer encouragement, and trained supervision. Click here for more information.
What is Spiritual Direction? A spiritual director is a person with whom you can talk about your experience of God, both in prayer and in the rest of your daily life. It is never easy to talk about what is most personal to us – who and how we love, where we have struggled or been hurt in our lives, our deepest hopes, fears and dreams, our relationship with God, but the results of such conversations are tremendous. With the help of your spiritual director, you will become more conscious of how truly active God is in your life and how you might better cooperate with God’s gift of grace.
Spiritual direction is sometimes called spiritual guidance or spiritual companionship. Spiritual direction is an ongoing relationship in which a person desirous of being attentive to his or her spiritual journey regularly meets with a spiritual director (usually once a month) for the purpose of becoming more attuned to the presence of God’s spirit in all of life.
A spiritual director is someone who, with you, pays attention to your interior life, who cares about your deeper self, your heart’s desires, who helps you interpret your ongoing experiences and learn the art of discernment (the knack of knowing which inner voices to trust and which to greet with suspicion) and who listens to, encourages and challenges you on your spiritual journey.
Who can benefit from spiritual direction? Anyone sincerely committed to praying and willing to share that experience in confidence with another believer experienced in these matters. Spiritual direction can be especially helpful for those embarking on a life of serious prayer for the first time and for those considering fundamental vocation questions. The frequency of meetings varies, but usually a person meets with a director at least once a month.
– Ignatian Spirituality Centre, Seattle, Washington.