There are numerous ways of speaking to the question, "What is Spiritual Direction/ Spiritual Companionship?"
Given that spiritual direction is an intensely personal experience, it is not possible to offer a comprehensive and universally agreed up definition. God,Presence,Ground of Being comes to us disguised as our life. The "material" one brings to spiritual direction is what is occurring in your life now as well as what inner awarenesses/desires you are noticing.
Marian Cowan, CSJ, a wise and experienced spiritual director, offers some helpful insights.
“Spiritual direction is a time-honored term for a conversation, ordinarily between two persons, in which one person consults another, more spiritually experienced person about the ways in which God [or however one names the Divine, Holy or Universal] may be touching her or his life, directly or indirectly.
In our postmodern age, many people dislike the term ‘spiritual direction’ because it sounds like one person giving directions, or orders, to another. They prefer ‘spiritual companionship,’ ‘tending the holy,’ or some other nomenclature. What we call it doesn’t make any real difference. The reality remains conversations about life in the light of faith… Although spiritual direction has had a burst of new life, it is really quite ancient. Across both the Hebrew and the Christian Scriptures, we find people seeking spiritual counsel. The Queen of Sheba sought out the wisdom of Solomon. Jesus gave us examples in his conversations with Nicodemus, with the woman at the well, in the ongoing formation of Peter and the other disciples. In the early church, people flocked to hermits in the desert for spiritual counsel. Across the centuries we find striking examples in some Irish monks, in some German Benedictine nuns, in Charles de Foucault, Teresa of Avila, John of the Cross, Francis de Sales, and others. Today, spiritual directors come from many traditions … [including Judaism, Sufism, Buddhism and other faiths].“
Spiritual Directors International's, SDI, website is a trustworthy source for more information on this ministry.
Linda Conroy, MTh, a member of the Stillpoint Discernment team and a trained spiritual director, meets with people for spiritual companionship at Stillpoint and online via zoom or FaceTime.
She can be contacted via email, email@example.com or phone 360-733-9414.
Marguerite Johnson, a member of the Stillpoint Discernment team and a spiritual guidance facilitator, meets with people in her office in downtown Bellingham. She can be contacted via email, firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 360-201-8734.