What is Spiritual Direction?
Spiritual direction is a ministry of Christian companionship and invites you to reflect on and respond to the closer relationship with God that God invites. In the midst of a busy life, it can be difficult to see and respond to God's action within us. Yet, at the deepest level, all of us long for a more conscious experience of God's presence and love.
In spiritual direction, you will reflect over time on the experiences of your daily life and come to more deeply recognize God's presence, continuing call, and transforming love. You will come to realize how God's spirit is truly with you and within you, every day and everywhere, as close as you are to yourself.
Spiritual direction is not someone giving you directions, counseling, a theological discussion, or a quick solution. It can be helpful when you are making important life decisions and desire to discern how God is inviting you in that decision.
Why Might I Seek out Spiritual Direction?
To identify and trust your own experiences of God; integrate spirituality into your daily life; discern and make difficult choices; share struggles, losses or disappointments and find encouragement and affirmation; grow in relationship with God, self, and others.
Meeting with a Spiritual Director.
The privilege and responsibility of a Spiritual Director is to journey with you as you deepen your relationship with God. The meetings take place in the context of confidential, one-on-one sessions. The Spiritual Directors contacted through Holy Spirit Center have completed a minimum of two years of training. Directors continue enhancing their knowledge and skills by engaging in ongoing education, confidential supervision, and also meeting regularly with their Spiritual Director. You and your Director will agree on a location and time for meeting, usually one a month for an hour. For the first few months, or in the case of a decision needing to be made, you may choose to meet more frequently. There is nothing you are supposed to say. All that is required is sharing as honestly and frankly as possible the stirrings of your heart.
How do I choose someone?
You are welcome to call Holy Spirit Center at 907-346-2343. You will be given two or three names according to your preferences. It is suggested that you interview at least two Spiritual Directors. You will schedule an initial meeting to discuss the process and your hopes, desires and questions. You will also have an opportunity to get to know about the potential Directors. Then, decide prayerfully who is the best match for you. Directors trained through Holy Spirit Center are available in various locations in and near Anchorage and the Kenai.
What about cost?
It is customary to offer a donation to support the Spiritual Director in this ministry. For people being seen at Holy Spirit Center, we suggests a donation of $40.00 per session or if this is a barrier, the amount you earn in salary for one hour. For those being seen in a parish context, it is often suggested that donation be made to the parish. All of us who are a part of Holy Spirit Center consider it a blessing when we are able to respond to your desire for personal spiritual direction and serve you in this important ministry.
Appointments for spiritual direction may be made by calling the Holy Spirit Center at: (907) 346-2343 during our regular business hours, Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.