Spiritual Direction

Spiritual direction is the time-honored term for the process of accompanying people on a spiritual journey. It is the contemplative practice of helping another person or group to awaken to the mystery called God in all of life, and to respond to that discovery in a growing relationship of freedom and commitment.

Spiritual direction provides a setting to explore and learn new ways of praying. It fosters trust in one’s experiences of God in daily life and can lead to being more “awake” to the present moment.

This ministry is offered to people of all Christian denominations and none.
The director has been suitably prepared and trained to act in this ministry.

Linda Conroy, MA, a member of the Stillpoint Discernment team and a trained spiritual director, meets with people who desire spiritual direction. She can be contacted via email, lnd.conroy@gmail.com or phone 360-733-9414.

Spiritual Directors International’s website provides a wealth of useful information on spiritual direction, including a list of questions to ask a prospective spiritual director. You may go there by clicking on the link below:

http://www.sdiworld.org/find-a-spiritual-director/questions-to-ask-a-prospective-spiritual-director

Usually, people seeking spiritual direction have discovered within themselves a growing desire to become more aware of who they are and who God is in their lives. They are looking for help and companionship on their faith journey. Some people begin spiritual direction in response to a faith crisis or during a time of loss and grief. Others use this ministry when they want support in learning how to discern crucial life decisions that are facing them. Wherever one is in life, having a “companion of the inner way”, as spiritual directors are sometimes called, can be life-giving.

What is the difference between spiritual direction and counseling?

Spiritual direction specifically focuses on a person’s relationship with God.

Like counseling, the “material” one brings to the meetings is centered around what is happening in daily life. All that one chooses to share is held in strict confidence. Unlike counseling, it is not oriented toward therapeutic management of life’s problems and crises even though God is very much present in all of life’s circumstances. Both are of value for personal growth. Some people choose to engage in spiritual direction and counseling at the same time.

How often does spiritual direction occur and is there a cost?

The duration of a spiritual direction session is usually one hour. The frequency of sessions varies with each person and is based on personal preference. Much depends on what is happening at a particular time in a person’s life. Commonly, people meet with a spiritual director every four to six weeks.

There is usually a donation/fee. The amount is mutually decided upon between the person coming for spiritual direction and the spiritual director. However, cost should never deter anyone from seeking spiritual direction.