WHAT IS SPIRITUAL DIRECTION? There are many ways to define spiritual direction or spiritual companionship. This is a good explanation from my theological framework:
“Spiritual direction is the facilitation of one’s spiritual formation through a covenanted relationship with another, formalized in regular meetings for inquiry, conversation, and reflection around one’s personal experience. The spiritual director is one who, by virtue of personal holiness and spiritual maturity, helps the spiritual directee to pay attention to the presence and work of God in her or his life. Within the Wesleyan/Methodist theological tradition of Christianity, holiness of heart and life is the goal with an interconnected system of spiritual direction for all as the means toward that end. The sharing of stories in small accountability groups or through public testimony, and the linking of personal devotional practices with service among the poor are emphasized as means of grace.”
-Rev. Douglas Hardy, PhD, Church of the Nazarene, Kansas City, Missouri, USA
DO I HAVE TO BE CHRISTIAN TO HAVE A SPIRITUAL DIRECTOR?
No, you do not have to be Christian to have a spiritual director. Many religions have traditions that are very similar to spiritual direction in Christianity. A spiritual director functions as a person who helps to listen to you as a person of faith or one seeking faith and serves to invite you to explore your own practices in deeper ways. There are both Christian Spiritual Directors that meet with non-Christians and there are non-Christian Spiritual Directors. If you want more information you are welcome to contact me or you may also visit www.sdiworld.org as a resource.
WHAT DOES SPIRITUAL DIRECTION REQUIRE/INCLUDE? Spiritual direction usually consists of monthly or bi-monthly meetings with your director in a specified location. The meetings last about one hour. During the sessions you and your director will talk about your spiritual life, your prayer practices, your challenges or the places you may be “stuck” in your spiritual journey, and the ways you connect with God or the Divine to deepen your life of faith. Depending on the spiritual director there may be an expectation for compensation, it is best to address this with the director you are considering if it is not explicitly stated in his or her contact information or details.
DO I HAVE TO REGULARLY ATTEND RELIGIOUS SERVICES TO BE IN DIRECTION?
No, there are no formal requirements for being in spiritual direction. You are welcome in spiritual direction at any time during your life and at any point on your spiritual journey. One part of the spiritual life, however, is how we find community. So it will be a question that your director most likely asks you is where and how you find places of community that nourish your spirit. Community can come in many different forms, however, so if you are interested in spiritual direction but are not religious…try it out!
LAUREN, ARE YOU A SPIRITUAL DIRECTOR? CAN I MEET WITH YOU?
Yes I am now seeing clients. Click here to become a client. Thank you for your interest in spiritual direction and I hope you are blessed in your spiritual journey!