I was interested that Gary Manders left a comment on my last post (before this current one was up) and he used the expression: "There are seeds that God has planted in your heart..."
Why was this interesting? Because of the timing and the use of the word "seeds."
I am currently discerning whether to join a Formation Program in the Ministry of Spiritual Direction which is a group based learning program utilising the action-reflection model. It's called SEED! The SEED program is based on Ignatian Spirituality. The SEED program does not guarantee that you have the gift of being a Spiritual Director but if you come with even the smallest desire to know, love, serve GOD, God’s unique calling for you will be affirmed.
Why am I interested? Reasons would include: (a) a desire to intentionally deepen and enrich my relationship with God, (b) to be able to usefully accompany and help others on their respective journeys toward God, (c) Christian Spirituality and Christian formation is a real interest and passion for me....(books under these categories represent a large % of my large library, so best I start moving from reflection to action, to doing something meaningful and useful with my learning).
It is a very intensive 14-month programe. Next step for me is an hour long interview which will enable discernment of whether this programme is suitable for me.
* Ongoing theory & practice of Spiritual Direction
* The great Western traditions of prayer
* Theology of Spirituality. Special focus on male spirituality and feminist spirituality.
* Some psychological dynamics, including transference & projection, loss, grief, feelings, especially anger.
* Relationships will be a constant theme, with a special look at attraction & resistance, reconciliation, facing my own death, facing crisis, darkness.
Contemplative prayer is the foundation of all sessions, since this forms the basis of the Spiritual Direction task. You will take turns in leading this, with reflection.