Starting a Spiritual Direction Practice: The Time is Now

Starting a Spiritual Direction Practice: The Time is Now

Just three short years ago, after months of resistance and intentional discernment, by God’s grace, I launched a Spiritual Direction practice. Now, supporting a full-time practice of 40 directees, publishing nearly 60 blog posts, and over 5,000 unique visitors to the website, I share the resources that have been the most helpful in building my practice. May my sharing inspire and encourage you to consider stepping out in faith, to start something new, to bless a desperate world, for such a time as this. The time is now.

On the attached document you will find:

  • Book and Web Resources—Sage counsel tailored to the Spiritual Director and others in the field of encouragement.
  • Websites to list on—Searchable websites that help to connect seekers with you.
  • Business Startup Resources—Business planning and administrative resources to support you.

If after reviewing these resources you would like to meet on a live video call for personal consultation (at no cost during this season, for a limited time) to further discuss the possibility of your getting started in private practice, and/or the possibility of partnering together, please feel free to drop me an email at laura.lies@streamsgrace.com

Bless you dear one,

Laura Lies

Certificate in Spiritual Direction

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Discerning God’s Call for Social Justice: Questions for Personal Reflection

  1. What is your deepest longing? What does your soul long for? What is your deepest discontent? What is shaking you up?
  2. Are you rooted, or are you stuck? How are you grounded?
  3. How is your heart closed? Are you receiving enough? What is needed in your life now?
  4. What brings you peace? What brings a free-flowing joy through your heart?
  5. What is God’s invitation to you right now? What is the right next, sacred step now?
  6. How are you taking a loving look at what is going on in your life right now?
  7. What comes up most often in your conversations?  Do an Examen. Look for patterns. What is your natural tendency?
  8. Where do you hesitate to go?  Where does your shadow come out?
  9. Where do you have a voice? What is the spiritual fruit in this moment? In this story?
  10. How do you connect to mystery?
  11. How is God inviting you to respond? What does a contemplative response look like?

(From Spiritual Directors International Webinar series: Social Justice & Spiritual Direction. Fall 2018.)

How can I clearly discern God’s will for me?

One of the most universal needs of the spiritual life is to clearly discern God’s will. Discover ancient wisdom that applies to complex issues in our day. Check out these three resources for excellent questions to aid your discernment process.

Eleven Steps for Making a Decision Following the Ignatian Discernment Method http://www.ignatianspirituality.com/making-good-decisions/an-approach-to-good-choices/an-ignatian-framework-for-making-a-decision

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How does God guide us today? (Alpha Talk, Session 7)

  1. 1st way God guides us – Commanding Scripture
  2. 2nd way – His Compelling Spirit [He speaks to us as we read the bible and pray]
  3. 3rd way – Counsel of the Saints [advice from other Christians]
  4. 4th way – Common Sense [bible tells us the general will of God]
  5. 5th way – Circumstantial signs

Key Questions to unlocking the clarity you seek.

  1. What has God already put in your hand?
  2. Where has he positioned you?
  3. How has he gifted you? (Skills, personality, charisms, fruit of the Spirit, etc.)
  4. How might your past inform your future?
  5. How do you feel as others attempt to persuade you, one way or the other?

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