What is Spiritual Direction?
This may sound new to many of you, but it has been around for a long time. It is actually an ancient Christian practice. It is also referred to as spiritual friendship, soul friendship, spiritual companionship.
Spiritual direction is for someone who wants to deepen their walk with God, someone who seeks a more immediate and daily sense of God’s presence. The spiritual director helps one notice and pay attention to daily events that seem important, or internal reactions that can be explored further.
By participating in spiritual direction you have the opportunity to move closer to God, hear God for yourself, and to experience His presence and thereby live in a new level of peace and joy. In spiritual direction you can see the spiritual dimension of the difficulties of your life. Spiritual direction is often done in conjunction with therapy (counseling, Christian counseling, marriage counseling, psychotherapy, etc.).
It is important to know that, as with most spiritual directors, Renée herself has a spiritual director. Also, confidentiality is a component of spiritual direction, just as it is with therapy.
Armstrong and Gertz wrote in Christianity Today (April 1, 2003) that, "The director's role is one of coming alongside, rather than dictating a program. The relationship thus shares some features with the Celtic ideal of a soul friend or anamchara.'"
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Other Descriptions of Spiritual Direction/Friendship
"The whole purpose of spiritual direction is to penetrate beneath the surface of a person’s life, to get behind the façade of conventional gestures and attitudes which one presents to the world, and to bring out one’s inner spiritual freedom…spiritual direction is, in reality, nothing more than a way of leading us to see and obey the real Director — the Holy Spirit hidden in the depths of our soul."
- T. Merton
"Spiritual direction is essentially companioning someone in his or her spiritual life. Other ways of describing spiritual direction include holy listening, spiritual friendship, sacred journeying."
- J. Larson
"God gives us everything we need to be happy in the present moment, no matter what the evidence to the contrary may be. A good spiritual director helps us to sustain that trust."
- Fr. T. Keating