"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
(At Horsham in Sussex)
DEAR Friends, who suffer for your Testimony, and to all the rest in your County, I am glad to hear of your Faithfulness, and of your standing for the Church which Christ is the Head of, which is in God, and are become his living Members; and therefore wheresoever ye are, in Prison, or out of Prison, where two or three are gathered in his Name, there is a Church, and Christ, the Living Head in the midst of his Kingdom, and a Bishop, to oversee his Living Members; ...