Spiritual Direction is the practice of being with others, listening deeply as they listen for the wisdom from within to rise. Seekers often come with a question they want answered like “how do I find meaning in my life?” or “how can I better understand God?” or “how can I live differently, more peacefully in this world?” And as we sit with those questions, seeking Sacred understanding, we find there is another question to ask - “what is coming up in my life that wants to be seen, that wants attention, that wants to be explored?” Through conversation, contemplative practices, creative expression and body awareness, answers rise from the still small voice of the Divine within. My highest purpose as a spiritual companion is to hold a compassionate, unconditional, loving space for asking difficult, important questions and exploring answers to those questions.
Dream Work is the practice of translating messages from our nightly dreams into waking life meaning. I believe what Jeremy Taylor taught about dreams is true – dreams come in service of health and wholeness. This means that engaging our dreams messages can be helpful for increasing self-awareness, bringing unconscious thoughts and ideas to consciousness, and providing a more direct route to new perspectives and problem solving. Because the dream language is one of symbol and metaphor it is often helpful to work with another person or in a group to make projections and associations about each aspect of a dream. This is what I do as a dream work facilitator. I can ask questions, offer ideas and understandings about archetypes and symbols so that the dreamer can gain insight into the messages the dream holds for them.
I am certified as a spiritual director and dream worker by the Haden Institute, where I am also a Mentor. The call to complete this training came as I sought ways to be of service to others, deepen my spiritual journey, develop greater self-awareness, and find meaning in the stories of my life. The foundation for my training is Christian, mystical, and Jungian. I base my practice on these same traditions, although I work with people of all faith traditions. Jungian concepts such as projection, shadow, complex and symbols are used to amplify both personal narratives and dream stories. I follow the ethical guidelines established by Spiritual Directors International, which can be distilled to “do no harm.” One of the most profound teachings that I embrace is that the answers we seek are within, the wisdom we seek can be found within.