What is Spiritual Direction?
Spiritual direction attunes us to the stirring of the Divine deep in our soul and this ancient land, calling forth our true essence. Spiritual direction takes place when one person accompanies another in their unique life journey, attentive to the presence and movement of the Divine (however understood) manifesting in everyday life. Through deep listening and quiet still awareness in conversation and in silence, spiritual direction offers a sacred space where our heart’s deepest desire for communion with God, each other and all things is heard, awakened and nurtured. It is a ‘three-way’ relationship between the Divine, which is acknowledged as the true director, the human director and the directee.
Spiritual direction is also known as spiritual companionship, with the Latin origin of the word com (with) panis (bread) pointing to the nature of the relationship of spiritual direction – the director participates in the breaking open of the bread of your life which is shared and which nourishes you both. As your soul companion, the director is open and compassionate, and shares honestly with you the movements of the Divine she witnesses, enabling you to dive deeper into the Divine, to explore uncertainty and doubt, to find meaning and inner healing. With a spiritual director, you can speak freely and safely about all life experiences, savour Mystery, or simply appreciate being deeply heard.
Anyone seeking deeper wisdom and insight for their life journey would benefit from spiritual direction as found in all the world’s ancient wisdom traditions.
Hear more on this Podcast by Richard Wiltshire (Tomorrow’s Faith – 1 August 2022) featuring our current President Dr Beth Roberton discussing “Spiritual Direction and New Contemplative Communities.”