Spiritual Direction, Spirituality

Discerning Truth

Please remember that the “good guys” and “bad guys” are not always who they seem to be. The wheat and the weeds grow together in all places — in individuals, in communities, in human institutions. It’s up to you to get quiet and discern the truth for yourself. Start by questioning everything you think you believe. Where did you get this “knowledge?” Did someone tell you to believe it; did you read it somewhere, etc? Quiet the thinking part of the brain for a while, and listen to your gut and heart. The Truth is true in all places and all times — so you know what it is, you can hear it, deep within yourself if you get quiet and listen. Please take your time. This cannot be rushed. When you sense what is true, you will feel confident, peaceful, even joyful. No one can take this away from you — ever! Also remember that those who know Truth are not generally the ones who are shouting from rooftops. They are the ones who go quietly and peacefully about their lives day after day, year after year. They will not force their beliefs on you. But they will share trusted guidelines, hundreds or even thousands of years old, for discerning Truth and making wise choices.
Peace to all!

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Spiritual Direction, Spirituality

About Spiritual Direction

burning (2)Spiritual direction inspires people to experience authenticity in their lives as they connect with and explore the ground of all being, that deepest of truths which is beyond life and death and goes by many names and no name at all. Spiritual companions are intuitive spiritual friends – accountable and compassionate.

In spiritual direction, you reflect deeply on the experiences of your daily life. Gradually, as you contemplate, you may begin to recognize a deeper connection, presence and grace in your life. You may come to realize how spirit is truly with you every day and everywhere.

You may come to spiritual direction for a variety of reasons, including to:
— Identify and trust your own spiritual experiences
— Integrate spirituality into your daily life
— Discern and make difficult choices
— Share your hopes, struggles, and losses
— Live the essence of your spiritual affiliation with integrity

Most spiritual directors have formal training and are seasoned in the art of spiritual direction. They continue tending their own spiritual life by engaging in ongoing education, confidential supervision, and also meeting regularly with their own spiritual director.

You and your spiritual director will agree on a convenient location and time for meeting, usually once a month for an hour. After three or four sessions, you will have an opportunity to evaluate the relationship. Whether your relationship with the spiritual director continues for many years or for only a short period of time, it is very important to be comfortable with the person you choose. What is shared between you is held in strict confidence.

For more information and to search for a spiritual director near you, please visit Spiritual Directors International and consult their Seek and Find Guide.

(This post is composed of excerpts from the pamphlet, “Explore with Spiritual Direction,” published by Spiritual Directors International.)