Features Unique to Spiritual Direction

  • The process of spiritual direction has at its centre a three-way relationship between God, the directee and the director
  • Spiritual Direction is a contemplative process that presupposes a relationship with God, both on the part of the director and the directee.  It unfolds in a space which is marked by an atmosphere of attentiveness to God and absorption in God.
  • The primary focus is on God and on the directee’s growing relationship with God, seeking to discern
    • Who God is for me and who am I for God
    • How God calls me and how I respond
    • How I find God’s presence in my life
    • How God speaks to me through experience and prayer
    • How God invites me to conversion and growth, to a greater integration of my inner being and my outer life
  • In spiritual direction the primary relationship is between the directee and God
  • The true director is the Holy Spirit who reveals and heals and directs both the director and the directee in this unique three-way dialogue
  • The true healer, nurturer, sustainer and liberator is God
  • The role of the human director is to accompany the directee, to listen and respond to the drawing of the Spirit along the unique and hitherto untraveled path that is this person’s journey
  • The director’s role is that of stage-hand, witness, facilitator and guide companion on the way
  • The director consciously allies him/herself with the indwelling Spirit and the expression of that Spirit in the desire of the directee for transformation and union with God
  • In spiritual direction the relationship between the director and the directee is important in that it bonds the directee and the director in mutual trust and caring
  • It thus provides the safe ground on which the director
    • Holds and facilitates the unfolding of the directee’s prayer life
    • Listens sensitively to the directee’s particular experiences of God
    • Seeks to help the directee
      • Discover God’s presence in his/her life experiences, struggles, hopes and dreams
      • Explore and share with God his/her interior feeling reactions to God’s presence, and so to become more affectively involved with God
      • Pay attention to God’s response