What is Spiritual Direction and How to Find a Spiritual Director

What is Spiritual Direction and What is a Spiritual Director

What is spiritual direction and what is a spiritual director? I had never heard the term spiritual director or spiritual direction until 2009 . My pastor friend Karen and I share the same philosophy. If we hear about something multiple times in a week, whether it’s a recommended book, movie or advice, that we need to pay attention.  Well, this spiritual direction and spiritual director topic popped up everywhere!

That included a trip to see dear friends in Wisconsin. When I showed them this website and the work I was doing, Dave said, “You need a spiritual director.”

He had one and told me that pastors within the Presbyterian Church are required to have a spiritual director. He explained how spiritual directors are there to be a companion with you on your spiritual journey. They attend to you with the presence and call of God in your life. A spiritual director is not a therapist, but rather a listener who can be helpful as you open yourself up more fully to the action of God’s Spirit. In fact, Dave has since retired and he and his wife Elaine have become spiritual directors.

If you are seeking a closer walk with God, need discernment, having a crisis in faith, or are experiencing a yearning that you can’t understand, spiritual direction could be right for you.

After being inundated with God pointing me in the spiritual director direction, I have been seeing a spiritual director since 2009. We meet once a month. Sometimes I come with issues that I am trying to deal with and sometimes I share how God has been working in my life. My spiritual director will help me to interpret my thoughts, dreams (as in the sleeping type dreams), questions and struggles. It’s been a wonderful experience to have a spiritual companion that is an observer and a source of support.

Keep reading for what to expect from spiritual direction.

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2 Responses to What is Spiritual Direction and How to Find a Spiritual Director

  • Hi Anna,
    Nice to see you here. :) I tried something different with that article, which was broken up in pieces at the bottom. Apparently, that didn’t work too well(!), because the answers are in part 3 which is here: Cost and How to Find a Spiritual Director. But before you click, here are the answers also.

    Here is a link to the Spiritual Directors International website where you can find one. Yes, you can find a Christian one. Many spiritual directors are Catholic nuns. My first director was a nun. My current director is a former Presbyterian minister. You do pay a donation each time. It is based on ability to pay. Some don’t charge, but most charge between $40-$50. The sessions are usually 50-60 minutes. I have been seeing a spiritual director since 2007. Along with meditation, it’s the best investment I’ve made to deepen my faith. I see my director once a month.

    If you go back to the article, scroll down to see the numbers in the left corner. There are four parts to the article.

    If you have any other questions, just respond directly to me in any of the emails you’ve received from me. I’m glad you are enjoying the meditations and God Notes. I’m excited to share that God Notes is now on Amazon in paperback and Kindle version. It’s a dream come true! The book turned out beautiful!

    Thank you for your kind words and for your comment.

    Peace to you,
    Jackie

  • Dear Jackie,
    Greetings! Enjoying your blog. ‘Love what you are doing with your meditation CD’s (which, I own). Your voice and the music are very relaxing. Really enjoy your sample 14 daily meditations! Looking forward to my husband eventually downloading these meditation files from the CD purchase email to the cell phone — just waiting on God’s timing.

    Just read your article about using a Spiritual Director. Where does one procure one — a Christian one? Do you pay them, or contribute a donation each time?

    Thank you, Anna Simon

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