ANSD is a network for those interested in spiritual direction, and as such, offers the portal of resources for those people working as Spiritual Directors and Supervisors and those interested in Spiritual Direction. For further information about formal training programs in Spiritual Direction and Formation, visit Australian Ecumenical Council for Spiritual Direction.
Being all encompassing, reaching outwards and inviting all on the margins;
It is open ended, unlike a circle which is closed. This represents inclusiveness, the open embrace of hospitality;
It has an outward movement representing
– reaching out toward our directees, our community, our neighbours and the world,
– the flow of wisdom is outward from the centre;
It has an inward movement representing
– the need for self care,
– interior growth and reflection,
Overall there is a healthy rhythm of inward and outward movements of a balanced life;
It is not neat – representing
– the natural messiness of life in all its beauty and pain;
– that our ministry is not about the perfection or performance of ego, but the readiness to move with the Spirit;
Its outer edge it has three lines representing the Trinity;
Its open space in the middle represents the spacious sacred space being held in a spiritual direction session.
YELLOW – similar to gold, symbolises divinity and the eternal uncreated light of God; it also represents Australia’s summers where “the sun pours down like warm honey” (Eric Bogle);
BLUE – symbolises the wide blue horizons of the Australian skies (and traditionally represents the heavens and the Kingdom of God on earth) and the deep waters that surround the continent of Australia: the water of life and living waters poured out in this ministry (the sea was biblically also a place of chaos into which God brought order);
GREEN – signs of new life, of hope, and growth.
The Australian Network for Spiritual Direction exists to support spiritual directors in their work and encourage enquirers interested in spiritual direction.