(Re)discover and claim the authentic, empowered You.
Spiritual Direction is the contemplative practice of gently walking with you while compassionately listening to your story. The object of spiritual direction is to cultivate your ability to discern God’s presence actively working in your life.
Through Spiritual Direction you will:
explore where Grace may be present in current life challenges
notice and appreciate moments of holiness
maintain an awareness of the interconnectedness of all things
connect more deeply with Source
listen more closely and deeply to your inner wisdom and intuition
As a result of exploring these capacities, you’ll begin to feel more connection, peace and stability in your daily existence.
I will serve as your Spiritual Director, offering tools to help you discover the answers to questions or concerns you bring to each session. I do not give you the answers, but assist you in using these various tools to find the answers you seek.
All the answers lie within! This work helps you travel the path that lies closest to your heart, giving you access to powerful and practical inner guidance.
I will be there to support you and hold the sacred space of possibilities for you.
If needed, I can also serve as your coach and accountability conscience, providing suggestions, ideas, and follow-up work to help you explore the issues at hand.
Spiritual Direction Tools
Our spirituality is a unique bond we hold with our Higher Power. As such, spiritual development occurs for each of us in a distinct and different manner.
There is no one-size-fits-all step-by-step program to follow. Instead, you create your own path using the following tools to aid in your self-discovery exploration.
This clarity tool helps you become more conscious of what’s really going on in your life by focusing on your feelings.
Feelings serve as a doorway into different levels of our consciousness. By being open, going inward, and giving them voice, you’ll uncover pearls of wisdom they have to offer you regarding present day issues.
Our dreams speak to us using symbols and stories that reflect parts of ourselves and our lives. Dream work is an empowering tool that helps you receive and understand your dream’s powerful messages.
I will help analyze your dreams—whether they’re recurring, small snippets, or nightmares—so you can receive the subconscious messages being delivered.
By doing this, you can proactively bring your subconscious soul knowledge and wisdom into your way of thinking, relating, acting, and choosing when you are awake.
This spiritual tool is used to open your heart, guide healing, deepen your self-knowledge, and empower creativity.
Walking the Labyrinth is a body prayer, a moving meditation. It will clear your mind and give you insight into your spiritual journey. It has one purpose — to help you find your way.
How does Spiritual Direction work?
Sessions are 60 minutes and conducted either in person or via phone or Skype. I recommend meeting once or (preferably) twice a month on a regular basis for a minimum of 6–12 months.
Why so long? It takes time to unravel and change long-standing mental and emotional patterns. Nothing is undone or formed new overnight. Working together over the course of a year gives this process a chance to work at a deeper level and offers you the best results.
Contact me to learn about the 6 month to 1 year packages available. We can set up a time to chat for a free get acquainted call.
Testimonials — What Others Are Saying About Spiritual Direction
When I began my journey with Marilyn, I had never heard of Spiritual Direction, its purpose, nor the role of a Spiritual Director. Therefore, I never thought there was something “more”… I never realized what I was missing, and what wonderful graces were available to me, offering comfort, peace, and acceptance daily. The more I learn, the more I thirst, and the more peace I find in my once mundane living.
I’ve learned through imaging that I can connect with God if I silence my surroundings and focus my thoughts. I have come to realize that God dwells within me, and is there all the time……I’m not alone. I’ve learned that God speaks to me through my body’s physical “feelings” and spirituality.
Marilyn has patiently worked with my biggest issue – the ability to trust…. Through her loving patience, I have found that peace. But I’m still a work in progress. I look forward to a visit with Marilyn because I feel I need some direction in my spiritual life to keep me balanced, and confident …
M.G. – Illinois
I had begun learning about spirituality and started forming my own beliefs when I experienced a major emotional setback. This threw my thoughts into chaos and my ability to get quiet, to connect with my inner stillness, my motivation and ability to meditate into upheaval…. I was feeling detached emotionally and somewhat spiritually.
[Through the Spiritual Direction process] I learnt and understood on an organic level that I was not alone. It helped me recognize it on a physical level as well as on a higher level.
There were so many different aspects of Marilyn’s approach that I found helpful. Marilyn’s greatest gift is herself. Her warmth and encouragement, wisdom and insight all fall naturally from her, coupled with her dedication and passion to support others in their individual journey, make her the real deal. Marilyn’s skill, interpretative awareness, and intuitive knowing in customizing the direction of your spiritual work together is invaluable….
T.M. – Australia
Marilyn is aware and cooperative with grace of the Holy Spirit by being sensitive to the rhythms of my life and my spiritual well-being. She widens my vision and raises the awareness of where God is and how God is calling me to become my authentic self.