"For as to the spiritual direction of my soul, I think that God himself has taken it in hand from the start and still looks after it."--Simone Weil, from Waiting for God
My Faith and My Spiritual Mentoring MinistryA fundamental fact of my spirituality is my Conservative Quaker faith(1). I do not require that people I mentor be Quakers, and I have no desire or intention to convert anyone to Quakerism. However, I cannot escape my religious convictions and experiences. They have led me to accept the following truths.
Quakerism is an experiential religion. I know God in the ways I experience God. You know God in the ways you experience God. God casts the widest possible net. When we seek the Truth, what we find is God.
While I believe the goal of the spiritual mentoring relationship is to release the person from that relationship, I also believe that once we have forged a spiritual mentoring relationship, that this relationship lasts forever, even after we stop meeting on a regular basis. It is always possible to return to regularly meeting, if new issues arise and we both feel clear to proceed.
I do not believe that I am necessarily called to be a spiritual nurturer to every person who requests it. I provide spiritual mentoring as the Spirit guides, and cannot mentor those I feel I am not supposed to.
I do not accept payment for my spiritual mentoring. It is a ministry given freely by God and so I must, in due humility, return it as a free gift to my community.
--Clement of Alexandria
AND also all Widows, in all your several Meetings, let them be taken notice of, and informed, and encouraged, in their outward Business, that there be not any hindrance put to them in their inward Growth, and so to be carefully looked after, that they may be nourished and cherished, and preserved in the Truth, that Love may be increased.