Introduction To Spiritual Care
'Direction & Counselling'
'Direction & Counselling'
As you stand at the CrossRoads of Life and look to determine which way you should travel; ask which paths are the old, reliable paths, ask which way leads to happiness, health, prosperity and great inner peace. Live that way, and find a resting place for your spirit. Jeremiah 6:16
What Is Spiritual Direction?
The whole purpose of spiritual direction is to penetrate beneath the surface of a person’s life, to get behind the façade of conventional gestures and attitudes which one presents to the world, and to bring out one’s inner spiritual freedom, one’s innermost truth, which is what Christians call the likeness of Christ in one’s soul.
Thomas Merton, Trappist monk of the Abbey of Gethsemani, Kentucky
What Is Spiritual Counselling verses Spiritual Direction?
Spiritual Counselling is designed to help you work on thoughts, emotions and behaviours that impact your life and relationships. You may explore your past to see how it has influenced who you are today. Spiritual Counselling may be problem-solving, goal-oriented and, at times, confrontational. If you need to dig into a personal problem in your life, Spiritual Counselling is exactly what you need. Spiritual Counselling is often initiated by a crisis, Spiritual Direction can be engaged at any time of life. Spiritual Direction and Spiritual Counselling both focus on how God is present and active in a given situation.
At the CrossRoads of life, we face many moral, mental, physical and spiritual issues which cannot easily be resolved alone.
Spiritual Counselling provides you with a safe, non-judgmental environment in which you can explore your perceptions, feelings and beliefs as you become attentive to the presence, action, and movements of God in your ordinary human experiences. As an individual, you gain a deeper awareness of yourself as you walk with God. As a couple, you can explore the challenging dynamics of your relationship/marriage in the paradox of flesh and spirit.
Spiritual Direction enables you to identify the underlying spiritual issues that hold you back, opening doors for you to go through in areas of personal growth and interpersonal relationships. To listen with your heart to God's voice as he speaks to you by his Spirit and to respond to God's personal communication, and then to grow in intimacy with God while living out the consequences of this relationship with God.
I have learned the art of being content in every situation.
Paul of Tarsus - from his letter to Philippi 4:11.
By Appointment Only:
Face To Face Meeting:
Location: French Creek
Serving Parksville & Qualicum Beach
On Vancouver Island, BC
Pacific Standard Time
Mon-Fri 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Evenings @ 7:00 pm
Via Skype: Canada and USA
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