Spiritual Guidance

two spiritual companions walking together in spiritual direction in Seattle.

I offer spiritual guidance. What is that? Well, has anyone asked you lately, “How are you?” and really meant it?

When most people ask you this question, how do you respond?

Usually, we say, “fine, thanks.” We probably share something about our job, or relate a short story about something that happened to you in the past few days. Something about the weather.

When I ask, “how are you?” – I want to know what’s on your heart.

  • What’s stirring for you? Where are you dissatisfied? What do you long for? What do you hope for?
  • Do you have any big questions? Have you ever asked yourself – What is the meaning of life? What is the meaning of your life? Why do bad things happen? Why is there suffering? Why am I suffering?
  • Where do you feel most alive- Is it climbing mountains? Dancing or karaoke? Making dinner for friends? Growing things in your garden? Photography? Writing short poems on your coffee break?
  • Do politics and current events fill you with a disgust or dread that you want to be rid of, but feel the need to “stay engaged”?
  • If you are part of a church or come from a religious tradition – do you feel energized by it, or do you feel exhausted by it? Does singing and chant fill you with warmth? Will hearing one more sermon drive you away for good?
  • Do you ever have profound experiences that you don’t know how to talk about?

When I ask, “how are you?” – I mean it.

Working with a spiritual guide can awaken you to new possibilities, new connections and a new sense of meaning in life.

I understand life to be a mystical experience – full of divine inspiration and spiritual presence, which is available and knowable around me and within me in any given moment. This inspiration and presence clearly reveals itself to be loving and beautiful (lets name it Love and Beauty, or God).

I am fascinated with the spiritual journey, and I love learning from others how each of us is discovering what it means to attune to and practice the awareness of being-with our ultimate reality. If you are interested in seeing me for spiritual guidance, I would love to meet with you.

Spiritual guidance is really spiritual companionship. I serve as a friend who holds space for you to discern your own relationship to Ultimate Reality. The “holds space” part is the key. I don’t direct you, I don’t tell you how your spiritual journey should unfold, and I don’t give advice (unless you ask for it, and only reluctantly!). The space is held for you to explore the deeper truth that is within you, to listen for it, and to speak it aloud. Or, to talk through some of the clutter that might be getting in the way of that deep truth. Talking through things is extremely clarifying.

To learn more about spiritual guidance (also known as spiritual direction or spiritual companionship), I invite you to read the FAQ, or the “Do I need a spiritual companion?” page, on the SDI website (which I helped create).

I am training as an interspiritual spiritual guide by the Spiritual Guidance Training Institute. Whether your journey is well defined, or you feel you are just starting out, or you just have an unsettled sense of longing for deeper meaning in your life – I would love to learn more.

If you’re curious about contemplative practice and meditation, I am a trained facilitator in Interspiritual Meditation (ISM) and would be happy to help you develop a contemplative practice that works for you.

I especially have a heart for artists and creatives! My studio practice is now going on twenty years, and I know the highs and lows of sustaining creative work. Do you need motivation and inspiration to write? Someone to keep you accountable to your work? Or even some gentle critique for your recent work? I taught studio art at the college level for several years and have developed a way of seeing art and discussing it that is gentle and generative.

Where are you on your spiritual and/or creative journey? Lets talk about it!

Most sessions occur in person or over zoom. Here’s what you can expect:

  • Sessions last one hour, and occur roughly once a month.
  • We may open with a 1-2 minute silence. This can be done with a prayer, a poem, a sacred text, or nothing at all.
  • Then I’ll ask you, “How are you?” – curious about whatever might be stirring for you.
  • The rest of the session is yours to explore these questions, and especially your own. My job is to listen deeply, without judgement.
  • I am listening for ways you might name the sacred in your life, and I will gently point these out to you. If I make suggestions or comments, they are intended to help you dig deeper and notice where your heart may be leading you.
  • In the days and weeks between sessions, I hope you will contemplate the stirrings that arise for you in a session – via meditation, journaling, and walking – or however you best integrate the deep wisdom that is always available to you.

I’m available in person, sitting in our backyards, at a park, or going for a walk. I can also connect over Zoom. Contact me via the form below.