Spiritual Direction, sometimes referred to as spiritual guidance or spiritual friendship, is an on-going relationship in which one person (the directee), wanting to attend seriously to his or her spiritual life, meets with another person, (the director) on a regular basis, (approximately once a month) specifically for the purpose of becoming more attuned to God’s Presence in order to respond more fully to his Presence in all of life.
The primary focus of the session is the directee’s relationship with God as it is reflected on and challenged by all aspects of that person’s life.
The directee assumes responsibility for his or her life with God. This means that the person coming for direction is trying to be serious about some form of intentional prayer and reflection on the God currents of one’s everyday life and prayer.
During the meeting of about one hour, director and directee seek to enter a prayerful atmosphere where together they can be attentive to the Holy Spirit who is in fact the Real Director.
The director may question, challenge, suggest, support, as seems called for by the Spirit, but ultimately the directee must own whatever insights are uncovered or course of action that is to be taken.
It is assumed that the directee has begun a journey with God long before he or she comes into direction. Also this intentional journey will continue long after leaving a particular director. The director is only a facilitator in the process. The directee must claim the journey.
It should be noted that there are distinctions between spiritual direction and therapeutic relationships. In general, it might be said that therapy and counselling deal primarily with problem areas of one’s life and attempt to bring a healthy resolution to these issues. Spiritual direction is concerned with prayerfully finding and responding to God in all of life (in the midst of pain or disorder as well as the everyday.)
– Beth Roberton
- $80 if paid by church or employer
- $60 if paid by individual
- Finding a Spiritual Director
- Contact List – Dayspring Community Spiritual Directors (PDF)
- Training in Spiritual Direction
Reflections on Spiritual Direction