For many people from all walks of life, it can be helpful to have a spiritual companion or guide who will help them to explore God’s relationship with them, and will encourage reflection about what this means in the way they live and make significant choices.
This accompaniment is sometimes known as spiritual direction. Significantly, the spiritual director does not ‘direct’ but listens and accompanies the person as they explore how God is acting in their life.
Finding a spiritual director in Scotland
Finding a spiritual director/accompanier is an important choice, as it is likely to be a relationship which lasts for some time, and touches on what is close to your heart. For this reason it is usually arranged through an initial meeting of up to an hour in which some key things are explored, for example:
- what is attracting you to spiritual direction/accompaniment?
- what part does prayer play in your life (if at all)?
- what are you looking for in a spiritual director/accompanier?
In turn, the person you talk with will explain how the arrangement works, what a conversation with a spiritual director/accompanier might cover, and any financial implications.
If you wish to go ahead after this meeting, a referral will be made of a spiritual director/accompanier for you to contact.
A referral is not, however, a recommendation as Epiphany Group members are independent practitioners, each one responsible for her/his own practice.
The spiritual direction/accompaniment we offer is rooted in the teaching and spirituality of the Ignatian Spiritual Exercises. It emphasises the uniqueness of each person’s relationship with God, who is loving and generous.
If you wish to find a spiritual director, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org in the first instance.