We are pleased to announce that SGTI and co-founder, Jeanette Banashak, is currently featured in "Voyage Chicago."
You can read the article in its entirety here.
Dr. Jeanette Banashak, co-founder and co-director of SGTI, has recently had an essay published by Spiritual Director's International for their website/blog. "Spiritual Companionship and Emotions" lays out a noteworthy method of working with personal emotions which can be of benefit to spiritual guides.
"No matter how, where, when, or by whom we were raised, scholars agree that there are 5 emotions that we all have in common: enjoyment, sadness, disgust, fear, and anger.
As a spiritual guide, I am constantly looking and listening for clues that help me understand what a seeker is feeling. At the same time, I am listening for clues in myself that let me know what I am feeling.
This self-listening and self-awareness grows as I learn which emotions and conscious feelings I am experiencing in any given moment." (cont'd)
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This article authored by SGTI co-founder Janice Lundy is currently being featured on the Spiritual Directors International blog:
"Many years ago when I was training to be a spiritual director, the kindly Sister who led the program made it very clear to us that spiritual guidance over the telephone was not acceptable. More specifically, that good spiritual guidance could not happen unless two people were face-to-face and the “third chair” was physically present in the room.
Today, I know better and do offer spiritual guidance via Skype or over the telephone. I have found it to be a very useful modality benefitting some seekers, in some situations, but not all. Without a doubt, it can have a providential outcome as I have experienced with seekers outside the U.S. (my home), homebound seekers, and those whose lives present varied and difficult circumstances in terms of travel, child-care needs, or work schedules. Grace can move through the ethers across telephone lines and satellite networks. Who are we to say it can’t?" ...
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This post was originally published on the blog of Spiritual Directors International. SGTI's co-director, Jan Lundy, shares her favorite quotes on listening and explores the significance of listening within the spiritual direction/guidance relationship.
I had the privilege of being interviewed by Kenny Brixey of "Life's ToolBox" on Empower radio about SGTI and the topic of spiritual guidance.
We discussed some important questions:
What is spiritual guidance?
What is the importance of spiritual guidance in someone's life?
Can we ever serve as our own spiritual guide?
Can we be a spiritual guide for others?
"Now more than ever we could all use guidance in our lives. Understanding that guidance, how it works and where to find it are all keys to living a life that is in alignment with our greatest good. We do not have to rely on our own efforts and struggle along trying to make things fit in our lives. With spiritual guidance, we have a loving guide. We need only tune into it." ~ Kenny Brixey
Submitted by Janice L. Lundy
Listen to the broadcast here. (25 min.)
We are pleased to introduce the first of many podcasts for your learning and enjoyment. Our aim is to enlighten you about the many facets of spiritual guidance, both receiving it and offering it. We also hope that these interviews of a more personal nature will help you get to know us better.
In the words of our founders:
Janice Lundy: Spiritual guidance (often known as spiritual direction) is an ancient practice found in many of the world's wisdom traditions. I often think of it as a holy encounter with a trustworthy guide who lovingly and gently points you back to "the Sacred." If you are a seeker who longs to explore and deepen your unique understanding of life from a spiritual context with an experienced, well trained, and compassionate guide, spiritual guidance may be for you.
Jeanette Banashak: Spiritual guidance is the art and science of guiding and nurturing the human soul. It is empathetic listening within the context of a caring relationship. According to Lisa Fullam and John Mabry, a spiritual guide may be a coach, confessor, guru, soul friend, companion, or saint, among many other roles or archetypes.
Jan: I use the term, the "Sacred", in spiritual guidance to denote our cross-cultural and interspiritual understanding of Ultimate Reality (God, Presence, the All, Spirit, Creator, Brahma, Essence, Truth, Love, etc.) This encompasses, in my view, any term each of us might use to describe our knowing of transcendent experience of life and of true self. We must each find our unique way of expressing and connecting with this. Spiritual guidance helps us navigate this process.
Jeanette: Spiritual guides walk with individuals and groups who are working through a process of discernment, which is a sifting through or division of interior movements that results in making wise and conscious decisions. The guide may ask a question as simple and profound as, “Do you see?” which allows the seeker to watch, observe, and interact with their life, and to ultimately companion them as they wander through each season and find their way home.
Jan: Spiritual guidance serves to help you reclaim your spiritual health. Inner calm, enhanced well-being, personal and spiritual insights, healing, and a deeper connection to self and Spirit can be yours through consistent spiritual guidance. The guide will encourage you to explore contemplative practices that will help you slow down, notice and pay attention so you can see the whole of your life more clearly; to see how the Sacred is present in the dailyness of life.
Jeanette: Spiritual teacher, Adyashanti, writes about a day that he awoke and returned to his Self, which was enlightened and ordinary; this Self was Spirit, was breathing, was free. The spiritual guide journeys with individuals and groups as they practice together the ordinary act of living in freedom.
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