What is the ministry of Spiritual Direction? How might it help you How might it help someone you know? These are the questions explored in today’s blog.
When people ask me what I do for a living and I tell them, “I am a Spiritual Director,” the typical response is a dull, blank stare. One of the challenges to growing my business, but more importantly, to helping others, has been that very few people really know what Spiritual Direction is. And, there is no Merriam-Webster definition to aid in the goal of helping people understand what Spiritual Direction is and how it might be of benefit to them or to someone they love. So, I decided to enlist the aid of current and former clients and the following is a list of some of the benefits they have experienced through the process of Spiritual Direction:
- Release shame and guilt
- Gain the courage to live their truth
- Heal their images of God
- Find clarity in life decisions
- Learn to trust the voice of truth within
- Release grief
- Heal losses
- Learn that they are loved without condition
- Discover that they are not alone
- Find balance in their life
- Relieve anxiety and stress
- Find safe and healthy ways to express anger, sorrow, worry
- Learn to name and claim their needs
- Heal addictive and compulsive behaviors
- Cultivate healthy, intimate relationships
- Rediscover the inner Source of peace
- Learn to name and release the obstacles to inner fulfillment
One of the other challenges to helping people understand the ministry of Spiritual Direction is that there are a plethora of “helping” professions out there that might look and sound like Spiritual Direction, and might even be called Spiritual Direction, but they are not. In response to this fact, I have come up with a definition of Spiritual Director that fits the tradition and model in which I was trained and helps to sort Spiritual Direction from other similar ministries:
Spiritual Director – Defined
A trained, professional Spiritual Director is someone who has been formally educated in theology, spirituality and spiritual practices specific to their particular belief system and who has been trained and tested in effective listening and counseling skills. Spiritual Directors traditionally come out of the Monastic model of Christian spirituality, but are not limited by the beliefs or traditions of this model. A truly effective Spiritual Director is able to meet people where they are at, regardless of their religious beliefs or practices and whether or not they come out of a theistic (belief in a personal God) perspective of the Divine. At its best, Spiritual Direction transcends belief, practice and life circumstance.
In a nutshell
In a nutshell, my job as a Spiritual Director is to help you to uncover the truth that is within you and to give you tools through which you can freely live that truth. If you want to know more peace, experience greater joy, live love more fully, have the freedom to name, claim, cultivate and share your gifts in the world, then you may find Spiritual Direction to be a helpful source of support.
Authentic Freedom Ministries
To schedule an appointment for Spiritual Direction, you can contact me at (920) 230-1313 or firstname.lastname@example.org. I am available for appointments face to face, over the phone and via Skype. My fees are on a sliding scale and accessible to anyone!