what is spiritual direction?
Spiritual direction is a relationship in which you are free to share your deepest wonderings, fears, and hopes about God in the presence of a trained spiritual guide. It’s a safe place to explore how to connect with God within your personality, your past, or your hopes for the future. Think of it more like a spiritual companion and less like someone giving you directions about your spiritual life.
how is spiritual direction different from therapy?
This is an important question to ask. There is certainly overlap, as healing can happen within spiritual direction and there can be spiritual components to a therapy session, but they are two distinct practices. Here are the differences between the two healing practices:
- Discuss places of connection with God
- Create space for listening to your experiences of God
- An ongoing relationship for as long as there is a desire to be closer to God
- Seek union with God
- Meets once monthly
- Focus on thoughts, behaviors, emotions, attachments, relationships, etc. that need healing
- Create a plan to move forward out of the difficult place you are in life
- Essential during a crisis in life
- Seek resolution to life’s difficulty
- Meets in varying times based on need
Therapy and spiritual direction are different, yet than can be experienced in tandem, and often compliment one another very well on the inner journey.
is spiritual direction for me?
Spiritual Direction may be for you if you:
- Desire to connect with God more deeply
- Feel you are at a spiritual dead end
- Are in a life transition
- Feel like your old ways of connecting with God no longer “work” for you
- Are in a season of life that doesn’t seem to have a quick fix or easy resolve
- Have been wounded by religious leadership yet desire to still connect with God
what if i'm not certain about my faith, can i still seek spiritual direction?
At Mansio, we are ecumenically trained spiritual directors within the Christian tradition. However, if you are unsure of your current spiritual home and want to explore spirituality, you are welcome here. We have trained directors ready to listen to your questions, right where you are. We will not try to convince you to believe as we do or shame you for thinking differently. We would be honored to walk with you on your spiritual journey, wherever you find yourself.
How much does it cost?
The cost of a spiritual direction sessions is $75. Sessions are once or twice a month.