December 27, 2016
What is spiritual direction?
Spiritual direction is an ancient practice, well known in early Christendom. More recently in Protestant circles, it has become known as “spiritual companionship,” “soul care,” or “holy listening.” It is the art and practice of compassionate listening, a three-way conversation between a spiritual director, a directee and the Holy. A director serves as a resting place for those who want to savor God’s presence or explore God’s seeming absence. It is often described as “panning for gold” or “tending the garden.” Both director and directee are renewed and transformed in God’s presence.
Who seeks spiritual direction?
Many people today sense a heartfelt longing for God. They are eager to explore their spiritual life in the company of a trusted companion. People of all faith traditions benefit from spiritual companionship as they explore the presence of God in their lives.
What training does a spiritual director receive?
There are several programs where directors receive their training. I completed a two-year program through The Journey Center in Santa Rosa, CA. I learned and experienced several types of spiritual practice and methodologies for spiritual direction. Under supervision, I worked with directees and received guidance and feedback. My training also included contemplative retreat leadership. I am certified as a spiritual director through Spiritual Directors International (www.sdiworld.org).
How do I find a spiritual director?
There are several ways to find a spiritual director. Often people are referred by their pastor. There is a geographical directory through Spiritual Directors International. I would be happy to work with you, or help you find a spiritual director that is a good fit for you.
If you would like to learn more about spiritual direction, please contact me and I will be happy to talk with you: Rev. Donene Blair, firstname.lastname@example.org, 206.659.9421.
Many blessings on your spiritual journey! –Rev. Donene Blair
(Rev. Blair will preach at 11 am service Sunday, January 8.)