We can go further on our journeys when we are accompanied by others.
In group spiritual direction the crucial guideline for listening and responding to a group member's sharing is that there is to be no attempt at fixing, saving, advising, or “setting the person straight.” Contemplative listening is listening for the movement of spirit or divine love or meaning or energy with and through the person who is sharing. The act of responding is and act of witnessing and reflecting the holy or sacred.
Group members are both accompanied in their spiritual exploration AND begin to learn the art of being a spiritual companion.
Several ingredients are essential for group spiritual direction.
Confidentiality. The group will be a place where personal soul-work happens. This kind of intimacy requires the confidence that nothing shared in the group will be shared outside the group.
Regular attendance. Group members need to commit to coming to each meeting if at all possible.
Willingness. Group members need to commit to an honest relationship with one another and what each holds holy, participating wholeheartedly in the group process through contemplative listening and response and opening their spiritual journeys for consideration by others
A group like this—which invites people to share their own spiritual journeys, be personal and authentic, and seek transformation for the sake of others—is very unusual. You won't hear the average after-dinner conversation when they meet. For this reason, spiritual direction groups need informed facilitators to lead, ideally people who have been trained as spiritual directors.
Four, (five maximum and three minimum) individuals seeking their spiritual direction
1.5 hour meeting
* p1 sharing
* p2 sharing
2 people share each week
A prompt will be provided the week before.