Soul Care/Spiritual Companionship
Spiritual guidance is an ancient practice of having a soul friend, or anam cara in the Irish language. The early desert and Celtic monks strongly advised that those serious about the spiritual journey should have such a companion in their lives to help illuminated shadow places and offer wisdom. A soul friend accompanies you on the journey of the spirit, can act as a midwife and mentor, and is a witness to the unfolding and discovery of your own divine spark within.
Often during threshold times and seasons of discernment of new directions, having a wise companion who can sit with you, help you to hold the paradoxes of life, and offer tools of ancient practices to ground you in a sacred and life-giving rhythm.
In my own work as a spiritual director, I hold awareness of five main presences in the session: myself, the one seeking guidance, the Spirit, the earth matrix which holds us, and ancestors/members of our blood and spiritual lineage.
My role as spiritual guide is to act as loving witness, to hold a safe container for the directee to share their own relationship to soul and Spirit. Soul is what makes us utterly unique in the world, and Spirit is the divine presence that is both immanent and transcendent. A session will often explore intersections of these realities in a person’s life and offer possibilities for discernment and deeper listening, as well as practices and life rhythms which nourish a person in both body and soul.
My model also engages arts and nature as essential allies in guidance and support. The more we can access right-brained language through dreams, intuition, symbols, creative expression, and encounters with creation the more we can receive the whisperings of the holy in our lives.
My “goal” in a session is to provide a space to explore what is unfolding in a person’s life and help in listening to the nudgings from within as well as paying attention to synchronicities and other life-giving moments which act as signs and pointers. This also includes seasons of doubt and despair, offering permission for the directee to be just as they are, while also responding to the invitations which arise in the midst that help guide a person to more soulful living.
I am committed to my own ongoing supervision and formation, as well as the ethical code of Spiritual Directors International. I am a full member of the All Ireland Spiritual Guidance Association.
If you are interested in exploring this possibility please be in touch. Sessions are held either in Galway City centre or via Skype/phone and I offer a free initial meeting to see if we are a good fit.
The focus of my practice is especially on supporting soul care practitioners in their own ongoing and unfolding journey. If you are in a ministry or service of healing and support to others soul care, making time to reflect and nourish your own needs is essential.
Supervision and Mentoring
Supervision is for soul care practitioners (spiritual directors/guides, chaplains, counselors, pastors, and others in service of healing others). It offers a place of growth, deepening and loving, soulful reflection on shadow material arising, limitations, and blind spots, where together we lovingly explore your places of personal struggle. Through this process, we also move towards a more vibrant claiming of your gifts. Topics we might explore are specific clients who are triggering your own issues and how to gain more freedom in this relationship, boundary issues, ways to support your own personal and professional development, and to support you in developing a program of radical self-care. This is usually an ongoing relationship recommended every month or two depending on the intensity of your work.
Mentoring is for those times when you just need a brief or occasional period of guidance and support for bringing contemplative practice and creative expression to your ministry. Maybe you have participated in one of our intensives and need some more personalized feedback.
Christine will be offering group spiritual direction and group supervision in winter 2017. Please be in touch to inquire.