brian j plachta
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Individual Spiritual Direction
Spiritual direction, or spiritual mentoring, can be described as one person walking alongside another to assist him or her in discovering, appreciating, and responding to God’s presence and action in one’s life.  It is based on the understanding that God’s love for us is an active love by which God is continuously inviting, directing, and guiding us to help us achieve happiness and the fullness of life that God desires for us.


The focus of spiritual direction is not simply with the spiritual dimension of our lives but with everything that makes us who we are: our heart, mind, spirit, body, affectivity, desires, and actions.  It is concerned not simply with our prayer-life but with our entire faith-life.  It embraces every deed and attitude, every thought and feeling, every job and relationship that make us who we are.  Spiritual direction is not really “direction” in the sense that the director tells us what to do or how to do it.  In fact, the real director is the Holy Spirit working in and through us.  A spiritual director mentor is simply a companion with us on our journey of faith.


The spiritual director will ask clarifying questions, offer encouragement, and occasionally challenge us, but his or her primary role is simply to listen.  Only rarely will he or she offer us answers; more often our director will invite us to ask questions.  One’s spiritual director will act as a mirror: helping us notice God’s actions in our lives, understand them, savor them, and respond to them.


Spiritual direction focuses not so much on what we have read, or thought, or wished for, but rather on what we are actually experiencing in our efforts to discover, appreciate, and respond to God.  Spiritual direction is grounded on the understanding that God communicates to us not only in times set aside for prayer or meditation but also through the ordinary events of our everyday lives.  In this regard, it is not the events themselves that are key, but rather the affective responses they evoke in us – the feelings of joy, peace, hope, anxiety, sadness, and fear we commonly experience in our everyday lives.  It is precisely here that, through faith, we discover God’s direction and guidance in our life.

If you are interested in exploring spiritual mentoring as a tool to assist you in finding deeper wholeness, balance and integration, feel free to contact me to schedule an initial time to talk and explore this ancient tradition.