SOPHIA'S WELL - A Wisdom & Wellness Center for Body & Soul

~Spiritual Care Services~

What Is Spiritual Direction? 

Spiritual direction is the process of accompanying someone on a spiritual journey. Spiritual direction exists in a context that emphasizes growing closer to God (the Source, the Holy, Higher Power, the Mystery, the Divine, or whatever language within which one is comfortable). Spiritual direction explores a deeper relationship with the spiritual aspect of being human. Simply put, spiritual direction is helping people tell their sacred stories. Spiritual direction has emerged in many contexts using language specific to particular cultural and spiritual traditions. Describing spiritual direction requires putting words to a process of fostering a transcendent experience that lies beyond all names and yet the experience longs to be articulated and made concrete in everyday living. It is easier to describe what spiritual direction does than what spiritual direction is. Spiritual direction helps us learn how to live in peace, with compassion, promoting justice, as humble servants of that which lies beyond all names. (Liz Budd Ellmann, MDiv, Executive Director, Spiritual Directors International)

Spiritual direction is the contemplative practice of helping another person or group to awaken to the mystery called God in all of life, and to respond to that discovery in a growing relationship of freedom and commitment. (James Keegan, SJ, Roman Catholic, USA, on behalf of the 2005 Coordinating Council of Spiritual Directors International)

Spiritual direction is a time-honored term for a conversation, ordinarily between two persons, in which one person consults with another spiritually experienced person about the ways in which God may be touching her or his life, directly or indirectly. The formal term "spiritual direction" may sound like one person giving direction to another, but it does not mean this. It means centering the focus of our conversation on the underlying spiritual aspects of life or engaging in an exploration directed toward the spiritual dimension of human experience. Spiritual direction may include “mentoring” for the purpose of integrating spirituality into daily life through learning spiritual practices, discernment, and problem solving. What we call it doesn't matter. The reality remains we hold sacred conversations about your life experience in the light of faith and awareness of the emerging Soul. 

What Spiritual Direction Is Not

  • Spiritual direction is not counseling.
  • Spiritual direction is not therapy.
  • Spiritual direction is not financial or legal advice.

Choose a spiritual director who has the training, formation and experience that suits your needs. Spiritual direction incorporates  Higher Power as a third partner in the process and explores the spiritual dimension to life's issues and concerns.

While it may be appropriate at times to discuss personal or relational struggles in the context of spiritual direction, a spiritual director, unless trained and licensed otherwise,  is not a psycho-therapist or marriage and family counselor and does not provide such services. 

Similarly, although you may want to discuss financial or legal issues in a spiritual direction session, a spiritual director does not offer financial or legal advice. Any subsequent decisions and actions you may take are done without advice or recommendation, and are purely your own responsibility.

Rev. Dr. Patsy Walker Fine holds certificates in Spiritual Mentoring and Pastoral Counseling from Light of Christ Community Church and has studied psycho-spiritual work for many years. 

In addition to receiving an initial  spiritual Practitioners certificate, she was also Ordained through LCCC, and after a lengthy period of study with Sancta Sophia Seminary, received a Doctor of Ministry degree.  

Fine also holds graduate degrees in Sociology (M.A) with emphasis in social psychology and family studies. In addition, she holds life teaching credentials and a masters degree in Education  with an emphasis in training and development. 

Spiritual Care includes the following services:

Individual Work:
  • Spiritual Direction
  • Spiritual Practice Mentor
  • Pastoral Care: Prayer Therapy, Spiritual Healing & Bereavement Counseling

Group Work:
  • Compassionate Speaking & Listening
  • Group Spiritual Direction

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