More about spiritual accompaniment / direction.
There are various, overlapping descriptions of spiritual direction, or spiritual accompaniment. Broadly speaking, spiritual direction is the process of accompanying a person on his or her spiritual journey. Spiritual direction exists in a context that emphasizes growing closer to God (or the sacred, the holy or a higher power).
According to Marian Cowan, CSJ, spiritual direction is a time-honored term for a conversation, ordinarily between two persons, in which one person consults another, more spiritually experienced person about the ways in which God may be touching her or his life, directly or indirectly. In our postmodern age, many people dislike the term “spiritual direction” because it sounds like one person giving directions, or orders, to another. They prefer “spiritual companionship,” “tending the holy,” or some other nomenclature. What we call it doesn’t make any real difference. The reality remains conversations about life in the light of faith.
In another description of spiritual direction, Liz Budd Ellman, Executive Director of Spiritual Directors International writes that “Spiritual direction explores a deeper relationship with the spiritual aspect of being human. Simply put, spiritual direction is helping people tell their sacred stories everyday. … It is easier to describe what spiritual direction does than what spiritual direction is. Spiritual direction helps us learn how to live in peace, with compassion, promoting justice, as humble servants of that which lies beyond all names.”
Scott has been offering spiritual accompaniment to both men and women since 2008 and has recently completed the Pacific Jubilee Program.