“We shall not cease from exploration. And the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.”
- T.S. Eliot
I have not talked about this much but I am currently 3/4 of the way through an apprenticeship in Spiritual Direction where I am studying under Theresa Blythe (Director of the Phoenix Center for Spiritual Direction and blogger at the Pathos blog Spiritual Direction 101) and I am learning so much.
Through the process I have found myself returning again and again to the anchor that has continually stoked the fires of my own faith over the last decade; That we are deeply and infinitely loved and there is nothing more true about us. This anchor is also the thing I keep coming back to as I dream and envision what a spiritual direction “practice” of my own may look like in the coming year. This one belief is the only thing I think I am even mildly dogmatic about and it has been the driving creed for most of my time in ministry.
During our last class the question was raised, “What kind of spiritual directer do you want to be?” and the only way I think I can answer is that I want to be one that continually points the godfull, godless, and all those wandering somewhere in between to the truth that they are infinitely deserving of love and that this fact is the most fundamentally true thing about who they are. Now that answer doesn’t help much when I thinking about the demographic and type of folks that are my “target audience” but I do believe that it will continue to be the anchor for my ministry as a spiritual director in the days ahead, regardless of who I may end up working with.
So what is the point of this email? I guess to remind you that whether you are godfull, godless, or wandering somewhere in between that the most fundamentally true thing about you is that you are infinitely loved beyond measure and you 100% deserve it!
“Love is what we are born with. Fear is what we learn.”
― Marianne Williamson