Exploring Your Sacred
Thomas Merton, a contemplative and Trappist monk wrote, “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.”
Spiritual Direction is a journey shared between God, you, and your director. During spiritual direction, you are offered a safe place to reflect deeply upon your relationship with God, to enrich your spiritual path, and to notice the movement of God’s transforming love in your life. You are invited to notice and discover the connection between events, emotions, thoughts, and God. It is a time to explore your sacred story.
People seek spiritual direction for many reasons, such as...
Spiritual: develop a richer prayer life and learn new prayer practices, receive support during a faith crisis or dark night of the soul experience, respond to an inner nudging of God or a yearning for richer meaning in life
Mental: explore long-held beliefs about God or seek clarity on practical questions (i.e., seek further education, change location or jobs, or to end/begin a relationship)
Emotional: grieving a loss, desiring more inner freedom, wanting to diminish the fear within, reducing tension, seeking more internal freedom, or desiring to matter, to make a difference
Physical: facing surgery, living with chronic illness, or suffering the physical results of feeling stressed and anxious
Your Spiritual Director accompanies you on your journey as a compassionate, caring friend. During a session, your director listens attentively, holds you in prayer, notices the movement of the Holy Spirit, reflects back to you what is said, and offers suggestions for deepening your spiritual path. Your director seeks to support you in understanding your spiritual path and encourages you to respond to God in a growing relationship of freedom and commitment.
Most people choose to meet for one hour once a month. In times of discernment on a big decision, a time of deep grief or challenge, or another major turning point in life, you may choose to meet more often for a short period of time. Most people choose to walk with a director for years.
Definitely! Doing spiritual direction in a small group brings rich rewards as friendships are built and support is received in addition to the valuable experience of spiritual direction.
Couples who come for spiritual direction together report that the experience of being vulnerable before God and their partner brings a deeper love and a new closeness in their relationship with each other and with God.
People who walk with a spiritual director for years report they live life more fully. They find it easier to rest into an experience of Oneness with God and to discern God’s movement in their lives. Choices are clearer as they experience more inner freedom and clarity. An awareness and awe of God deepens as they become more aware of Spirit. They often discover an aliveness that translates into new service to the world. Overall they report experiencing a deep joy in being the authentic self that they are.
Our home office is located in the basement of the First Christian Church, 1166 Oak, Eugene, Oregon.
We also offer spiritual direction at the Murray Hills Christian Church, 15050 Weir Rd., Beaverton, Oregon.
For Additional Information
Spiritual Directors International provides a wealth of information on their website www.sdiworld.org.