An Introduction to Spiritual Direction: A Psychological Approach for Directors and Directees
Paulist Press, 2004 - 231 pages
An Introduction to Spiritual Direction is a clear, nuanced and practical handbook for spiritual directors and directees that examines what it means to be spiritually whole and the process that gets us there. It is based in part on the two-year training course that the author conducts at Spiritual Direction Institute, the teachings of the depth psychologist, Carl Jung, and the Christian traditionalists, among them, St. Francis de Sales, Ignatius of Loyola, Teresa of Avila, and John of the Cross. It is further conjoined with sections on the qualities of the good director and directee, with fascinating forays into the nature of temperament and psychological type. The core of the book is devoted to its larger question, the actual growth and acquisition of spiritual wisdom, where the stages, pitfalls, remedies, rewards, as well as the importance of spiritual direction, especially during times of crises, are examined in numerous comprehensive sections. Dovetailed with chapter notes and questions, index, and extensive bibliography, An Introduction to Spiritual Direction deserves recognition by directors, directees, counselors, students and practitioners of psychology, and religious educators. It is a great starting point for spiritual exploration. +
Spiritual Direction in Times of Crisis
Spiritual Direction for the Different Temperaments
Spiritual Direction for Contemplative Souls
A Balanced Christianity
Pitfalls in Spiritual Direction
How to Deal with Extraordinary Spiritual Phenomena
Facing Death and the Cross
Facing the Future with Hope
Signs of Spiritual Progress
Direction for Different Levels of Faith
Four Steps of Individuation
able adult anima/animus attain attitude authenticity balance become Bible Brian Hall call of grace Carl Jung CHAPTER Christian contemplative prayer cross dark night David Keirsey death decisions depth psychology desire detachment develop directee's director and directee director needs discern God's Earth earthly Eucharist evil experience experienced fifth level freedom fruits future gifts give goal God's call God's love Gospels help the directee Holy Spirit hope human race humility inner journey of faith Jung Jungian psychology Lectio Divina level of faith live mature mystical negative one's oneself ourselves Personal Growth Plan pleasure possessions present problems proper psychological regarding relationship of love religious religious conversion rience second level self-discipline seventh level sign of spiritual soul spiritual direction session spiritual growth spiritual guidance spiritual progress suffering tasks Temperament Teresa of Avila things trust unconscious words
Page 83 - Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with sighs too deep for words.
Page 93 - You will know them by their fruits. Are grapes gathered from thorns, or figs from thistles? In the same way, every good tree bears good fruit, but the bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.
Page 210 - And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him. Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment; because as he is, so are we in this world. There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear; because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.
Page 215 - When all things are subjected to him, then the Son himself will also be subjected to him who put all things under him, that God may be everything to every one.
Page 64 - I tell you the truth; it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Counselor will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you.
Page 93 - A sound tree cannot bear evil fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Thus you will know them by their fruits.