Christine Betz Hall—Spiritual Accompaniment
“All spiritual guidance and devotional practice have for its function only this… of bringing the persons to be guided more directly into the Healing Presence and then to leave them there. God is the real spiritual director.” —Douglas Steere, Quaker
Spiritual direction or spiritual accompaniment is an ancient practice of companioning in which one person helps another to notice and name their everyday experiences in light of who they are becoming in relationship to the Holy. A spiritual director—also called a spiritual guide or companion—offers discerning conversation in an atmosphere of prayerful attentiveness.
- More on spiritual direction including diverse definitions, misconceptions, video samples, and helpful articles from Spiritual Directors International.
In Spiritual Accompaniment, I will:
- Offer a time and place apart for spiritual reflection, usually one hour per month.
- Prepare for and cultivate a contemplative atmosphere in our meetings.
- Reflect to you what I notice in your sharing; ask open, respectful questions; offer affirmation; or challenge you as seems called for by the Spirit.
- Strive to use inclusive and affirming language about the Holy or God, understood as active within us, between us, and beyond human understanding.
- Uphold ethical guidelines outlined by Spiritual Directors International.
- Hold our direction relationship in confidence.
- Refer you to additional professional therapeutic help as needed.
- Promote regular evaluation to be sure our accompaniment relationship continues to serve you well and concludes gracefully when the time is right.
- Participate in professional supervision sessions for spiritual directors, always preserving your anonymity and confidentiality.