... be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart
and love the questions themselves like locked rooms
and like books that are written in a very foreign tongue.
Do not now seek the answers, which cannot be given you,
because you would not be able to live them.
... Live everything. Live the questions now.
Perhaps you will then, gradually, without noticing it,
live along some distant day into the answer.
~ Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters to a Young Poet
Life is Mystery. And by talking to another about it, you might gain perspective with the ways it nudges us.
Spiritual guidance is an opportunity to tell another person about your life and in the process explore ways Sacred Love is present—inside us and all life—inspiring, nourishing, prompting, and challenging.
Spiritual Guidance can help us know we are loved, and grow in our capacity for loving. The practice dates back to the third and fourth centuries when people sought the wisdom of the desert mystics. What is a Spiritual Guidance session like?
During a typical session, you might talk about your life in an intimate way: the quality of important relationships, your attitude toward work or career, your hopes and worries, your goals and struggles, your joyful memories and doubts. You might reflect shifts of feelings, thoughts, and possible inspirations and challenges as they unfold for you. The spiritual listener will ask questions that may help you look more deeply or differently at the stories you tell—broadening and shifting perspectives.
May what I do flow from me like a river,
No forcing and no holding back,
the way it is with children.
Then in these swelling and ebbing currents,
These deepening tides moving out, returning,
I will sing You as no one ever has,
Streaming through widening channels
into the open sea.
~ Rainer Marie Rilke
Book of Hours: Love Poems to God, 1, 12
Typically, spiritual guidance sessions are 60 minutes every 4-6 weeks. The first session is an opportunity for you to meet the spiritual listener and to learn more about spiritual guidance and each other. Cost:
$60 per session. A sliding fee scale is available. No cost for the first session.
Since it is a spiritual process, the relationship lasts as long as you and spiritual listener find it nourishing. A periodic review of the relationship and process is recommended.
Spiritual Guidance sessions will be at CSJ Administration Center, 1884 Randolph Avenue, St. Paul, MN, 55105.Contact:
Jill Ann Underdahl, CSJ by firstname.lastname@example.org