-moving towards my vocation- from sensitive child, to soulful deep young adult, to dream interpreter to certified spiritual director.
Before I learned what a spiritual director was, I longed to find a job where I could sink deeply into spiritual contemplation and work with people’s most vulnerable selves. In college, I cried when I heard inspirational speakers because my heart would ache to be up there on that stage, microphone in hand, audience transfixed on my voice and my truth. Because as long as I can remember, I have focused on what is the Truth. I have never cared very much for trivial conversations, I always wanted to go deeper with people, searching their language and our conversation for the deepest truth.
As a child, I prayed every night that God would “give health, wealth and a home to the sick, the needy, the homeless and the poor”. I figured that I had covered everyone in that one prayer so that I had offered up nightly to God the most good I could do for the world.
I meandered around after college through the education field. I enjoyed teaching people of all ages, but was bound by academic subjects and frustrated when I couldn’t delve into deep spiritual topics with my students.
When I learned what a life coach was, I knew that it was not what I wanted to be and yet it was the closest thing I could find to my vocation, my calling to just be present for people’s stories. Therapist was also not for me as the academics seemed to dull out the spiritual world where I felt most at home.
And then I discovered dream interpretation. Now a days I do not call myself a dream interpreter. But at the time it came the closest in alignment to my purpose. As a dream interpreter, I was given access to people’s deepest soul work and asked for my insights. I learned about symbols and metaphors and slowly discovered, through experience, that the Divine is always working on us through our dreams. We are always getting advice and guidance from the deepest part of our selves (our unconscious) which is where we are most closely linked to God.
I also learned about Jungian Psychology and shadow work. As I read Jung, I was overjoyed to read about someone who felt so utterly at home in the spiritual realm and the realm of the inner workings of imagination and creativity. Jung’s teachings influence my spiritual direction greatly.
I explored dream interpretation and Jung’s works for about 8 years before I discovered the next step on my journey towards Spiritual Direction.
The next step was The Haden Institute, where I studied for two years to become a certified spiritual director in the traditions of Jungian Psychology, Christianity, Mysticism, and Dream Work.
During my studies, I also experienced leaps and bounds of growth in the contemplative practices of prayer, lectio divina, familiarizing myself with the Bible and other great sacred works, and understanding how to recognize the movement of the Holy Spirit when two or more people are gathered together in prayer or other spiritual intentions.
About that same time, I also re-entered the Catholic church and quickly fell back in love with my faith. I consider my practice of Catholicism a private, intimate wellspring of “Living Water” which nourishes my own personal connection to God. Spiritual Direction sessions, however are open to all faiths and all practices and all beliefs- because each session is for you and by you and I am honored to watch how God unfolds for you (not for me).
And then, just recently I found information about Highly Sensitive People, a term coined by Dr. Elaine Aron, which has transformed how I see my sensitivities and my view of the world. I am a HSP, I have studied HSP’s (a.k.a. my tribe), and I love to help others who are highly sensitive discover what it means for them and to use that knowledge to live more joyfully.
My spiritual direction integrates all of these influences into one creative session at a time where I am open to the movement of Spirit to guide us towards your ultimate unfolding of your joyful, celebrated self.