Oxfordshire spiritual director and soul midwife offering a holistic accompaniment on your spiritual journey

For more information please call 07929 618 004
or email julia@life-encounter.com

Spiritual Direction

What is Spiritual Direction?

Spiritual Direction is an ancient and well trusted method that has worked for many people across the ages. It is now experiencing a re-birth in popularity and today, spiritual directors can be found amongst many faith traditions.

Spiritual Direction is the process of accompanying people on their spiritual journey. Others may use the term spiritual companionship, spiritual mentoring or soul friendship to mean the same thing. I like to think that the term "direction" implies an attentiveness to the directions in which the Spirit is working in a person's life, rather than a person acting as a director. A caring and contemplative approach can help to unlock the potential within and lead to a fuller encounter with the sacred and holy.

How else can Spiritual Direction help?

You may be seeking to:

  • make better sense of your faith journey.
  • find clarity and support at a time of significant life choices.
  • respond more deeply to your own unique spirituality and move forward towards wholeness and freedom.

Such a process requires a relationship of trust - an openness and willingness on the part of the directee or client, and skilled and careful listening on the part of the mentor/director.

The content of a meeting is usually not just about the individual's spiritual life, but is also about their whole life experience. Time to reflect on issues that arise may help to reach an understanding of what is real and important to them. The creation of a sacred space is essential for holistic growth and healing.

What can I talk about?

You can bring anything to talk about, but you do not have to talk all the time. Sometimes space to be silent is simply what is needed. There are no expectations, and no judgement. It is a listening and accepting space, because:

  • Sometimes a person senses something happening in their life and needs to make sense of it in a spiritual context.
  • Sometimes there is a particular spiritual issue to work through.
  • Sometimes someone wants to ask "How can I pray?"

So the answer to the question is: 'You can talk about anything that impacts on your relationship with God.'

Spiritual direction has many other benefits:

  • A deeper connection to your higher power or true self.
  • More serenity, freedom and wisdom in your life.
  • An awareness of a greater peace through a more contemplative prayer life.
  • A greater sense of connectedness with creation and others around you.

How I work

  • There is an initial free, no obligation interview to see if working with me is right for you.
  • Meetings usually take place at my home in Witney.
  • Confidentiality: what you say will not be disclosed to anyone else (subject to legal, moral and professional duties).
  • There are regular opportunities to review the process and its rightness for you.
  • Guideline fees: £40.00 - £50.00 per hour (to be discussed at initial interview and reviewed annually).

As a member of Spiritual Directors International I follow a recognised professional code of conduct and keep up with current good practice for Spiritual Direction.

If you would like to arrange an initial interview or have any questions, please contact me in confidence on 07929 618 004 or email julia@life-encounter.com.

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"Eyes see only light, ears hear only sound, but a listening heart perceives meaning."
- David Steindl-Rast, A Listening Heart
"It's been good to know that there is someone there to walk with me as I try to find meaning and God in my daily life. Now I know what I need to do next."

- Sam