Plato conveyed Socrates’ sage advice, “Know thyself,” and Shakespeare bids us, “To thine own self be true.” The process of spiritual consultation creates a safe and affirming space for clients to expand their sense of ease with their own interior life. I prefer to speak of spiritual consultation rather than use the traditional terminology of spiritual direction because as a consultant, it is not my job to direct the course of the conversation or exploration. My role is to sit in the privileged position of listening in on clients’ inner conversations, whether that is understood as their conversation with their highest functioning or most authentic self, with the universe, or with God, in whatever way they have come to understand God. I provide feedback from what I hear.
At times I have a role in facilitating the conversation by asking relevant questions to bring the conversation into clearer awareness. The goal of the feedback and facilitation is to assist clients becoming more in tune with their inner sense of life’s meaning and values. Drawing their inner sense of meaning to a more conscious focus, clients become more intentional in their awareness and choice making. The process allows clients to integrate what often feels like scattered pieces of their lives, and enhances their sense of connection to what has traditionally been called the Divine. It fosters a growing awareness to stay connected to the present moment, in which life’s transcendent realities are present and within a natural reach.
Spiritual Consultation is available with the following intention and focus.
- Spiritual Autobiography
- Prayer & Meditation
- Sacred Reading
- Spiritual Discernment
- 12-Step Spirituality
- Recovery from Spiritual Abuse
- Grief Work