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The Work

“People say that what we're all seeking is a meaning for life. I don't think that's what we're really seeking. I think that what we're seeking is an experience of being alive, so that our life experiences on the purely physical plane will have resonances within our innermost being and reality, so that we actually feel the rapture of being alive. That's what it's all finally about ...” from The Power of the Myth by Joseph Campbell

Spiritual direction is listening for God. Perhaps better called spiritual accompaniment, it offers an opportunity to reflect upon questions such as these:

"What are my deepest values; what matters to me most?"

"What do I want the direction of my life to be?"

"What are God's desires for me?"

"What blocks me and how can I be free from these blocks?"

An important aspect of this conversation may be to discuss spiritual practice or prayer life, work and relationships. The conversation with a spiritual director also offers a space to articulate realistic visions for your life and to explore how they may be grounded in practice.

Spiritual direction is the act of paying attention to God, calling attention to God, being attentive to God in a person or circumstances or situation. A prerequisite is standing back, doing nothing. It opens a quiet eye of adoration. It releases the energetic wonder of faith. It notices the Invisibilities in and beneath and around the Visibilities. It listens for the Silences between the spoken Sounds. Eugene H Peterson

Spiritual direction is sitting in the room together talking about what no one can say. James Finley

Other takes on spiritual direction can be found in an article by Gerald May and at the Annunciation Trust.