What is Spiritual Direction?
Spiritual Direction is a non-directive reflective companionship that can be a significant help discerning God’s presence in everyday affairs.
Spiritual Direction is sometimes referred to as spiritual guidance or spiritual friendship, in which the director guides (the directee), towards becoming more attuned to God’s Presence in order to respond more fully to that Presence in all of life.
Spiritual direction is about meeting with a spiritual director and talking about one’s spiritual journey,
Spiritual direction may involve a prayerful search for God.
The role of the Spiritual Director
As a member of Spiritual Directors International , I abide by certain ethical Standards.
I acknowledge that directees’ spiritual lives are first and foremost directed by God. As a spiritual director I seek to follow God’s leading in directees’ lives, and not impose my ideas of what should be done or should happen. I exercise spiritual direction ministry aware of God’s redemptive presence in each spiritual direction session.
Since directees are coming to spiritual direction to meet firstly with God, the true Director, I consider the time and space with a directee to be sacred – a reverent place to encounter God’s presence – and therefore I honor the experience with appropriate preparation, atmosphere, consideration, care and boundaries.
I respect each person made in God’s image and treat each person who seeks direction with appropriate dignity and care. I may choose to refer a potential directee to work with someone else due to my own personal limitations – such as lack of experience in a specific religious background or interests; age, language and cultural limitations. I will do my best to help a directee find an appropriate person with whom to work.
I will maintain collegial relationships within and across disciplines and refrain from disparaging others. Spiritual directors seek to support one another, value collegial sharing and assist one another in bettering their ministries.
At the onset of a direction relationship, I will make clear a covenant or agreement with the directee, either written or verbally, which outlines the boundaries of the spiritual direction relationship.
Foremost for me as a spiritual director is obeying the commandment repeated from the Old Testament in Matthew 22:39, the injunction to love the neighbor. In light of this commandment, I respect and honor all persons in society regardless of age, race, ethnicity, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, religion, disability, marital status, political belief, any personal characteristic, attribute, condition or status.