Welcome to finding freedom: to become the person you're meant to be; to love and to accept love, to make good and confident decisions and to experience both the beauty of creation and the mystery of God's love.
Your deepest desires are spiritual DNA that match God's call to you; the very purpose for which you were born. They are the basis for a rewarding life with eternal value.
For many years, I worked as a consultant and then as a coach, helping people create stories for their lives that were personally meaningful.
In 2021, I encountered the Spiritual Exercises of St Ignatius. I am now trained to offer people "spiritual direction" which means helping people find direction for their lives using a divine lens.
This service has always existed, but today, more "ordinary people" are seeking it as the world grows ever more complex and demanding. People need trusted, but uniquely fitted ways forward and Ignatian spirituality is known for clear discernment and its practicality.
The Spiritual Exercises are based on Ignatius's own experience, and hundreds of years of know-how passed down from generation to generation. From the first, Ignatius encouraged the widest possible audience of believers and seekers.
It's usual to start with little idea about the Exercises. A desire and willingness to commit time every day (yes, like going to work with a personal trainer) and a wish to seek spiritually (ie. beyond the material) is fundamental.
It is possible to make the Exercises in 30 days on retreat at a centre such as St Beunos in North Wales or Mary McKillop Centre in Auckland, meeting a guide every day, but Ignatius was keen that lay people could continue in daily life and so there is a way to walk, seeing a guide every week or fortnight.
Usually, people begin a relationship in Spiritual Direction before beginning the Exercises, to be sure they are ready and that they have chosen the right person to guide them.
That's a lot of information to absorb and possibly, you're LESS clear now than when you started reading, but don't give up! Press the "email me" button for a no-obligation chat about your needs via Zoom.
(I offer direction via Zoom too.)