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Spiritual:

spir-it-u-al 1. Of or pertaining to the spirit as the seat of the moral or religious nature. 2. of or pertaining to sacred things or matters rather than material or physical. 3. characterized by or suggesting predominance of the spirit. (Webster's Unabridged Dictionary of the English Language)

Sharon Graham, an attorney friend of mine, in the center of a whirlwind of faxes, depositions and telephone calls, stops to breathe and feels the warmth on her cheek where her nine-year old son James kissed her this morning. She is being spiritual. In that warmth she feels God's gift of grace to her and continues her day secure in God's love.

Conscious, even in the midst of their fervent love-making, of God's presence with them, Gordon and Linda share a prayer of thanks for this special gift of sexuality. They see God's hand in so much of their life together. As a couple, they maintain a practice of meditation and prayer. They claim that their passion for working as volunteers with Habitat for Humanity is a direct result of their knowledge of God's compassion.

Like the dictionary, in daily speech we often contrast spiritual with physical or real. In places as diverse as Burma, Palestine, Japan and North America, some people have had a different experience. They have found that contrast to be false. Spirit is the underlying root of reality. It supports all of the universe, material, emotional, physical or of any other dimension. These are just ways of measuring a small part of our experience of life. We all know in ourselves that these dimensions don't catch the whole essence of who we are.

To understand the spiritual, we must look below the surface dimensions of so-called reality and discern the working of the Holy. The Holy is called by many names, Allah, Yahweh, The Buddha Mind, God. By Christians, The Holy is most often called the Holy Spirit or the spirit of the Risen Christ or, together with Jews, just God. Still others speak of Gaia. Each of these words is a metaphorical pointing to that which is beyond description or naming.

To be spiritual is to be aware: Aware of Holy presence. Aware of God's action. Aware that we are not alone. Aware of the community of all that is.

To be spiritual is to look into the heart of God and there find compassion, love, exactly as Bahá'u'lláh, Jesus and others have shared it.

To be spiritual is to be clear about reality. Reality is the Holy.

To be spiritual is to face life, to discern there Sacred movement, and to ally oneself in concert.

To be spiritual is to see the whole of creation through Sacred eyes of compassion and grace and to commit to sharing the work of creating justice, peace and truth.

What society usually thinks of as reality is really an illusion in which we join in our own way. Take this image.

What is it? Are we looking at it from the top? The bottom? Is it a box or just some lines on a paper? Reality is often like this, an illusion. What is real is the spiritual.

To be spiritual is to look below the illusion to the spirit, to discern through this insight, how the Sacred is revealing Itself; then to respond, allied with the Sacred in bringing a new creation, a new world of compassion into being.

Spiritual Coaching

Spiritual Coaching, also sometimes called spiritual direction is the art of faithful listening carried out in the context of a trusting relationship. It is when one is trained to be a competent guide who then "companions" another person or persons, listening to their life stories with an ear for the movement of the Holy, of the Sacred.

Spiritual direction-or mentoring, or companioning, or spiritual friendship-has been part of the Christian tradition for centuries. People sought out Jesus because they respected his walk with God. Those who followed the Buddha did so to learn what he could share about the More. John Knox sought out Calvin in Geneva and walked with him. In monastic communities a novice might have the abbot as his/her spiritual director. These kinds of prayerful relationships have existed down through the ages.

And similar relationships have been part of many faith traditions including Buddhist, Jewish and others.

An important assumption of spiritual direction is that it is not for everyone. It presumes some degree of psychological health in one's life. Another difference compared to counseling is the frequency of sessions, which are usually once or twice a month rather than the more frequent sessions of counseling.

Why does a person seek out spiritual coaching? A yearning for the Holy; to understand deeper meanings in life; to gain a sense of discernment; to understand where one is going and how to live one's life more fully aware of God's presence; to discover who they are and Whose they are.

If you feel that your life, faith and spiritual walk can benefit from spiritual coaching, TurningPoint can offer you this service.