Gifts of the Ages Healing
Maddie Loiacono © ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. 2020
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As stated on Wikipedia: Spiritual direction is the practice of being with people as they attempt to deepen their relationship with the divine, or to learn and grow in their own personal spirituality. The person seeking direction shares stories of his or her encounters of the divine, or how he or she is cultivating a life attuned to spiritual things. The director listens and asks questions to assist the directee in his or her process of reflection and spiritual growth. Spiritual direction advocates claim that it develops a deeper awareness with the spiritual aspect of being human, and that it is not psychotherapy, counseling, or financial planning.
Spiritual direction, or more commonly referred to as Spiritual Guidance, is a name for a conversation, ordinarily between two persons, in which a seeker reaches out
FAQ's Regarding Spiritual Guidance
What is a typical Spiritual Guidance session like?
Typically, Spiritual Guidance sessions take place in a setting that is comfortable safe and secure for the seeker (client) and guide. Sessions usually last for an hour and often consist of a combination of various methods such as dialogue, listening, silence, meditation, prayer, art, movement, music, contemplation as inspired by the leading of the Spirit.
What Happens in Spiritual Guidance?
Put simply, Spiritual Guidance is a three-way conversation. The Seeker talks, the Guide listens, the Sacred enlivens and enlightens, and together you all discern where the Divine (or Higher Power, Spirit, Source, whatever word works best for you) is leading you in your life or speaking with you. Together you explore ways to develop or enhance a relationship with the Divine. Together you create a path to improve conscious awareness of, and deeper understanding of, the constant interaction of the Sacred in your life.
Do I have to have an understanding of God to begin Spiritual Guidance?
Not at all. So much of what we do in life is a learning experience - if we needed "all the answers" before we began something new we would probably never start anything! The beauty of Spiritual Guidance is being able to explore the mystery while working with an experienced guide in a safe, supportive relationship - to be able to ask the questions about who 'God' is for you.
Do I have to be a Christian to be in Spiritual Guidance?
Absolutely not!. Guidance is available to any person, regardless of their personal faith tradition. It is not the job of the Spiritual Guide to ‘convert’ a seeker to any particular religious practice or belief system. Rather, they are there to assist the seeker in discerning for their own self, and ultimately developing, a meaningful relationship with the Holy according to their personal understanding. A trained professional should be sensitive to forms of expression within diverse cultural and religious traditions and respect the practices and beliefs within that diversity.
How much does Spiritual Guidance cost?
A session is usually one hour which is $115. The number of sessions and how often is entirely determined by the client. If a client signs on for a repeated number of sessions, a discounted plan will be determined on a case-by-case basis. A booking fee of $55.00 is due at time of scheduling via PayPal or other pre-approved method. Remainder of payment is due at time of session. If you must cancel your appointment, we request a minimum of 24 hours notice. Last minute cancellations and no-shows will forfeit booking fee. We do offer a variety of therapy packages at varied prices and payment plans. See our page for more information.
for a companion to help discern God’s presence in their lives. Spiritual guidance has been around since the dawn of man and has taken many forms throughout the millennia.
In our post-modern age, the term ‘Spiritual Guide' sounds like one person giving direction or orders to another. The terms ‘spiritual companioning’, ‘spiritual midwifery’, ‘tending the holy’, 'discernment partner' have been given to spiritual guidance practices. What we call it doesn’t really matter - the essence remains the same - it is a deep, sacred conversation about life in the light of personal faith.
Spiritual guidance enables you to deeply listen to your essential, true inner-self. Each person's search for meaning is unique to them. Through spiritual guidance you can deepen your relationship with what you hold sacred, thereby living more fully from those values. You, the spiritual guide and Spirit (God, Yahweh, the One, Allah, True Nature, Source of All, Supreme Being or whatever you call the Holy/Divine) are in a conversation together that brings a rich connection to your soul.
Often people look for spiritual guidance when they experience a crisis or loss. Whether you have lost a sense of meaning, a relationship, a job, your health, or experienced the death of a loved one, you may be wondering "What do I do now?" It could just be that you feel life could be more fulfilling even though things are going okay. Spiritual guidance offers you a safe place to question and explore any and all aspects of your being. By accepting and allowing what is, you can create an atmosphere within yourself for whatever may come.
Spiritual guidance is not psychological counseling or therapy. While you will bring your whole self to the spiritual guidance experience, you will work with your guide to help discern the inner voice of Ego from the sacred voice of Spirit. You will explore ways of praying or meditation that will support your spiritual growth through sensing the places and experiences both in your body and spirit, that provide awareness and wisdom. You may even find that you incorporate new rituals that enliven your soul. Your spiritual guide will assist you in honing a vital component to the work of spiritual development: an acute awareness of and living in the present moment as opposed to dwelling in or fretting about the future. Spiritual guidance will provide you with methods to experience the Sacred rather than just believing in Spirit. Over time, as you master techniques and expand your awareness, more space given to mystery. You will come to know and experience the Divine Spirit which lives in you, through you - is you.
Would you like to fully aware of and connected with your true nature? Do you want to connect with Spirit as you live with physical or emotional pain? Have the stresses of your life beaten down your sense of connectedness or purpose? Is finding comfort and peace in the midst of suffering or the chaos of this world proving hard to do? None of these wants are unattainable. All you need to do is reconnect - to find your way again - and a Spiritual Guide is waiting to help.
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