Anam Cara - Spiritual Directing or Companioning
Spirituality is the recognition of a feeling, or a sense or belief that there is something greater than me, something more to being human than our everyday sensory experience. It is a developing belief that our lives have meaning beyond our everyday struggles, whilst acknowledging that these struggles are part of being human. It is looking at life from the perspective that we are spiritual beings having a human experience and trying to navigate the challenges this brings to live a life more aligned with our values. An Anam Cara (from the Celtic) is a person who accompanies us on the journey of exploring our spiritual self in our human form.
Most of us in the western world have grown up with Christianity as our default religion – even if we are not religious, because these beliefs have formed the basis of our society for 2000 years. Whether we have been involved in Church groups or not, we have been influenced by these beliefs. We may not even realise where. The beliefs of our religion, our society and what feels true for us may feel contradictory or downright confusing at times and many people can benefit from exploring these issues. Issues of love, compassion, living a good life aligned more with our beliefs and what is wisdom or truth for us. Spiritual companioning incorporates exploration of all the above in a place where we do not need to fix ourselves or fix anyone else but feel listened to as we explore these deeper issues.
As long as I can remember, my faith has been an integral part of my life, guiding me through numerous challenges with the belief that there is something ‘more than’ or bigger than me and my worries. The way I have related to and described this faith may have changed over the years, but the essential core has never changed – although there has been, and will be, many questions throughout the rest of my life, but it is in the ongoing exploration of these questions that I grow and learn what it is to be both fully human, and learn to be at peace with who I am and what I believe.
I have found enormous value in exploring the beliefs that make up my past and present. I have explored various areas, including Christianity and New Age Spirituality (and will continue to do so), and what I have found is that exploring all the bits and pieces may actually help us form a framework for our own way of being in the world. Old beliefs can clash with new explorations, and we need to unpack these beliefs to find our own spiritual path, no matter where that lies – within the formal Church or not. The goal is to work out what is right for us, and this is what spiritual companioning offers. It is my belief that we need this more than ever in our lives in these challenging times.
If this is something you would be interested in, please contact me and we can chat about what this might look like for you.
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