The spiritual direction training I received through the Christian Spirituality Program at Creighton University is contemplative/evocative in practice and is rooted in the spirituality of Saint Ignatius of Loyola. Discernment of Spirits is an Ignatian practice that is fundamental to spiritual direction; a seeker enters a sacred space with their director to discern a path toward personal wholeness and deeper intimacy with the Divine.
Spiritual direction is a place to work through big decisions in our lives, where we can consider which choices are most in congruence with our soul, with our deepest longings, and with the sacred covenants we have made. Whether we are discerning the Divine will for our lives, how the Divine is showing up in our lives, how the Divine is challenging us or calling to us, or whether we are discerning life changes large or small, discernment is a primary focus in any spiritual direction session.
The seeker brings to the conversation one’s work, play, relationships, and personal struggles—but always the question comes back to the one that is central. How is the Divine calling you into deeper and deeper intimacy?