What is Spiritual Direction ?
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 God in all of life.
The primary focus of the session is the directee’s relationship with God as it is reflected upon and challenged by all aspects of that person’s life.
The directee assumes responsibility for their life with God. This means that the person coming for direction is serious about their life with God, and God with them, in their 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 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 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 delights of everyday.)
Looking for a Spiritual Director ?
If you are interested in connecting with a Spiritual Director we recommend the list of Spiritual Directors who are members of ANSD – Australian Network for Spiritual Direction – and hence have the required criteria and training certified and monitored. Their webpage is https://ansd.org.au/
Anyone seeking seeking deeper wisdom and insight for their life journey would benefit from spiritual direction as found in all the world’s ancient wisdom traditions.