What Is Spiritual Direction?

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Spiritual direction is the practice of sitting with and holding space for a person as they seek to pay attention to God’s presence and activity in and around them. As a spiritual director, I am “dusting for the fingerprints” of God in your life. Together, you and I are listening for how the Holy Spirit is leading you into a deeper relationship with God.

Here are a few other definitions of spiritual direction:

“The whole purpose of spiritual direction is to penetrate beneath the surface of a person’s life, to get behind the façade of conventional gestures and attitudes which one presents to the world, and to bring out one’s inner spiritual freedom, one’s inmost truth, which is what [Christians] call the likeness of Christ in one’s soul.  This is an entirely supernatural (spiritual) thing, for the work of rescuing the inner person from automatism belongs first of all to the Holy Spirit.” –Thomas Merton


“Spiritual direction is help given by one Christian to another which enables that person to pay attention to God’s personal communication to him or her, to respond to this personally communicating God, to grow in intimacy with this God, and to live out the consequences of the relationship.” –William A. Barry


“Spiritual direction is essentially companioning someone in his or her spiritual life. Other ways of describing spiritual direction include holy listening, spiritual friendship, sacred journeying.” –Janna Larson

While many people from the Christian tradition seek spiritual direction, it is not limited only to Christians. Many people who do no identify themselves by a religious label seek to understand the Mystery behind their existence. Many spiritual directors, myself included, are comfortable sitting with and listening to others from different backgrounds and beliefs.

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