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For over 25 years I have had the joy and privilege of being a spiritual director in service to many people through the “Spiritual Exercises in Everyday Life” retreats, utilizing the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius, which you can learn more about at: www.seelportland.org. My formal training was completed with The Mercy Center in Burlingame, California in 2007, and “Together in the Mystery” which you can read more about at: http://togetherinthemystery.org.
Spiritual direction is providing an understanding ear to those who desire to share and explore their own spiritual journey with another.
Stephen King, in the opening paragraph to his novella, The Body, describes it best, I think:
“The most important things are the hardest things to say. They are the things you get ashamed of, because words diminish them – words shrink things that seemed limitless when they were in your head to no more than living size when they’re brought out. But it’s more than that, isn’t it? The most important things lie too close to wherever your secret heart is buried, like landmarks to a treasure your enemies would love to steal away. And you may make revelations that cost you dearly only to have people look at you in a funny way, not understanding what you’ve said at all, or why you thought it was so important that you almost cried while you were saying it. That’s the worst, I think. When the secret stays locked within, not for want of a teller, but for want of an understanding ear.”
If you would like a companion on your spiritual journey, I would be honored to provide an understanding listening ear in a safe, non-judgmental space. While I come from the Christian contemplative tradition, I believe God, by whatever name you use, is bigger than any one religion and lovingly inclusive of all.
I also offer supervision services to other spiritual directors.
You can set up an appointment by phone or text at 503-267-6753 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org I do not charge for these services.