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Recordings from ANSD National Conference September 2019

Sessions by Patrick Oliver: Dreams and Dreaming
Patrick has been accompanying folk for thirty-five years: ten in pastoral situations, and twenty-five years in specific spiritual direction. He completed an M.A. in Studies in Religion (1994) and a PhD in theology and spirituality (1999). Patrick was introduced to listening to dreams by his spiritual director back in 1980, and finds them invaluable in companioning.   Introductory session (Friday night) - no recording available The following recordings are only available for Members   Session 1 (Saturday morning)   Session 2A (Saturday afternoon) Session 2B Session 2C Session 2D Session 2E   Session 3A (Sunday morning) Session 3B

Reflections from newly inaugurated ANSD Life Members
Rev. Philip Carter Rev. Vicky Cullen Sr Linda Mary, CSC The Very Rev. Susanna Pain Rev. John Stewart  

Acknowledgement of Country resource

An ‘Acknowledgement of Country’ is a way that all people can show awareness and respect for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and heritage and the ongoing relationship the Traditional Custodians have with their land.   This Acknowledgement of Country resource was compiled by Elizabeth Lee for ANSD gatherings and was used at the ANSD 2019 Annual Conference, Melbourne, September 2019. It provides some ideas for wording formal or informal events, meetings, functions or conferences.

Evolutionary consciousness and spiritual direction

In mid-July 2019, in the beautiful surrounds of the Grail in North Sydney, Rev Matthew Fox and Dr Kerrie Hide explored the topic of evolutionary consciousness and how we as spiritual direction community manifest and participate in this arising consciousness in our day-to-day practice. The afternoon began with an Acknowledgment of Country and a circle dance, before Matthew gave his inspiring reflection titled “Our Experience of God”. Following on from this, we broke into small groups to allow time to explore Matthew’s input and to identify a key question or insight relevant to the spiritual direction community. These questions were then shared in the large group, and formed the basis of the conversation between Matthew and Kerrie. We are pleased to now share these wonderful explorations with you.   Matthew Fox’s input “Our Experience of God” is in Video One and in the second video you will find the recording of the conversation between Matthew and Kerrie. These recordings are only available for Members    

Training programs in Spiritual Direction and Formation

For further information about formal training programs in Spiritual Direction and Formation, visit the Australian Ecumenical Council for Spiritual Direction (AECSD).  

The Labyrinth and Spiritual Direction

What does a labyrinth have to do with Spiritual Direction?
  Many people find themselves unable to pray with words, or find praying as they walk very helpful. The labyrinth provides an avenue to explore different ways of praying - for example creating a pilgrimage to the centre. It can be a way to pray through specific events. For example, if you are wanting to celebrate a mile stone, or let go of grief or some other concern, it offers creative paths to do this.   A labyrinth differs from a maze. A maze is a puzzle, and you can find yourself in dead ends and you need to solve the puzzle in order to find your way out. Labyrinths, on the other hand, although there are many differing patterns, always have one path in and the path out is via the same route. It means that the labyrinth is not a puzzle at all, but rather a path that leads you to the centre via many turns.   The labyrinth can be seen as a metaphor for life. As we walk, we may be brought close to the centre at one stage and we can think we have almost made it, then suddenly the path can then lead us way out onto the outskirts. Or we may feel lost at some stage. But we are never lost – all we need to do is put one foot in front of the other and we will be eventually led to the centre. It can be seen as the embrace of God – that no matter how we are feeling or where we are in life or how disorientated we may feel, God’s embrace is always there. Yet this embrace doesn’t trap us – we can leave the labyrinth at any time.   Labyrinths have become a valuable aid to healing for those who are ill, as well as friends and relatives of those with serious illness or experiencing loss of any sort. Many places such as hospitals, hospices and community gardens have begun to build labyrinths.   For more information about walking a labyrinth watch this video:  

ANSD Australian Network For Spiritual Direction

ANSD Australian Network For Spiritual Direction