Spiritual Direction is the contemplative practice of helping another person or group to awaken to the mystery called God in all of life, and to respond to that discovery in a growing relationship of freedom and commitment.
A spiritual director will, in a prayerful atmosphere, help you reflect on your life and experience and help you explore how you might become more open to the movements of the Spirit. Since the earliest days of Christianity people have realised their need to find someone who will walk with them on their journey of faith.
Many sought out the Desert Fathers and Mothers to help them deepen their own unique relationship with God. Since that time the ministry of Spiritual Direction (Accompaniment) has developed. Meetings with a Spiritual Director are strictly confidential and take place at regular intervals determined by you and your director. Sessions usually last for up to an hour and the agenda is, normally, set by you, the directee.
Spiritual Directors are men and women, lay and ordained, who come from a wide variety of backgrounds and Christian churches, who share a calling to support others on their journey into the love of God. The London Centre for Spiritual Direction holds information about a large number of such directors in London and the south east. They adhere to the Centre’s ‘Code of Practice’ and most will have undertaken appropriate training. All will, themselves, be in direction and receive regular supervision.
People come to Spiritual Direction for many reasons, but the focus of this ministry concerns the way God is working with an individual. Sometimes people begin for a specific reason or because they are aware of movements that are occurring within them which they need to share with someone who can take a discerning and objective view. Spiritual Direction starts wherever you are in your journey and will seek to help you integrate your spirituality with the rest of your life. “Here we are, you and I, and I hope a third, Christ, is in our midst” (St. Aelred of Riveaulx)
Some directors will make a charge and others will ask for a donation for each session.
A commitment to spiritual direction will involve:
The Centre has created a Community of Spiritual Directors consisting of those who offer the ministry of spiritual direction and who have also agreed to observe our Code of Practice.
We have produced this Directory of Spiritual Directors which you can find Spiritual Directors who are members of the Community.
The Retreat Association has issued a list of questions to help those considering looking for a Spiritual Director and these questions can be found in the document Choosing and Working with a Spiritual Director.