The Practice of Spiritual Direction
Spiritual direction is a practice in which you engage with a spiritual director who offers space and time for you to discover personal answers and new questions. Conversation and listening, in the context of your lived reality, invite direct encounters with Christ.
Through a spiritual direction relationship, God’s presence and leading is discerned in an individual’s life in an atmosphere of quietness, stillness and prayer.
The role of spiritual director in this process is to listen, to affirm the quest for meaning and to give priority to questions over answers so that the other can express and live what is truly happening in their spiritual journey. The directee is invited to be still, be centred, and be willing to share their recent experiences of God in their life – in prayer practices, through relationships, in nature, in Scripture. During spiritual direction, directees learn to pay attention to the presence of God in all parts of their lives.
Why is it important?
Spiritual direction holds an important place in the life of the church because it encourages us to a deepening relationship with God that:
- is grounded in the whole of our lives
- awakens us to the reality of our actual and lived spirituality
- reveals the images of God we hold
- creates room for correcting or refining these images of God
- teaches the gracious act of Christian hospitality through community
Frequently Asked Questions
What could I expect during a first session with a spiritual director?
Does a spiritual direction session cost anything?
Is a spiritual director a counsellor?
How long is a session?
Carla is gifted in discernment and compassion. She attends to your feelings, longings and experiences carefully and with sacred awe. Carla asks guided questions to help you discover their interplay with God’s movement on your journey.
Carla offers safety, security, companionship and clarity as she journeys with others. She has an MA in Spiritual Formation with a focus on Spiritual Direction and participates with the community of learning, Soul Stream. She has completed “Living from the Heart” and continues with “The Art of Spiritual Direction.” Carla wakes up early to exercise, gets her family going in the morning and works at Boundless Vancouver as a Spiritual Director and Operations Manager. She adores her three children, Jedidiah (13), Jael (12) and Zoë (9).