Sacred Pause Spiritual Accompaniment
Desiring to feel at home in your own house and integrated with the whole of life; yearning for something more, something deeper; hearing a call, and wondering where it leads you. These are just some of the reasons seekers of truth and meaning, weary travelers, and contemplative questioners come for spiritual direction.
Spiritual direction, also known as spiritual accompaniment or spiritual companionship, offers an opportunity for you to come as you are, allowing yourself space for an intentional pause to bring your spiritual life into conscious awareness and focus.
An intentional pause is a spiritual practice that acknowledges our daily overload and the ongoing to-do lists floating around in our heads, and then invites us to take a moment to breathe. When we take moments to rest here and now, we are better able to recognize the gift of our sacred being-ness – the gift that says we are enough and that we belong – not solely based on what we do, but because of who we are.
A spiritual direction session, which typically takes place once a month for an hour, is a dedicated time to slow down, spiritually deepen, and wrestle with your faith … to nurture your relationship with the Higher Power of your own understanding, hone spiritual practice, get accountability for your religious life, or rest in the Presence of God or the Divine (however it is named, experienced, and expressed).
This is how a few sacred wisdom teachers have described the practice:
Spiritual direction is the practice of holy presence and the gift of shared wisdom. – Rev. Dr. Barbara A. Holmes
Spiritual direction is about taking time to reflect on your life’s journey with someone who provides support and encouragement along the way. – Rev. Teresa Blythe
Spiritual direction is an opportunity to explore your relationship with the Divine, to be more aware of God’s presence and action in your life, to look for the More that you sense is there in the midst of your life, to listen for the guidance of the Spirit, to be open to the Holy. – Patty Levering, M.Div.
And as the mystic Howard Thurman said::
There is something in every one of you that waits and listens for the sound of the genuine in yourself. It is the only true guide you will ever have.
I hold space for you to listen to that “sound of the genuine.” And in this space, I welcome, appreciate, and celebrate the beautiful diversity of your identity expressions and faith backgrounds.
A quick tidbit about Lynette Davis (me!):
Like so many of us, I wear quite a few hats. But mainly I describe myself as a Love Agent striving to act on behalf of the guiding Spirit of Love. Although I am new to offering the ministry of spiritual accompaniment in its contemporary context, I have been holding space for encouraging people to bring their authentic selves to the circle of genuine relationships my whole life.
My faith journey has been multifaceted and quite ecumenical. I currently walk the Path of Love in communion with The Religious Society of Friends (Quakers). I am also in spiritual formation to profess vows as a consecrated woman with a contemporary, ecumenical community of religious sisters. But my path hasn’t always been this clear.
I once became so disenchanted with the Church that I left to discover my own spirituality and develop religious practice outside the bounds of traditional religious institutions. As a result, I met and broke bread with many different people from a wide range of spiritual traditions to no tradition at all. I’m honored to continue those interspiritual bridge-building relationships today. I previously served in the diaconate and on various performance arts ministries (namely the praise dance team and choir) in the Baptist tradition. I have a family background in the Methodist and Holiness-Pentecostal denominations, and I even attended Catholic school at one point in my life.
So, come as you are. You are welcome in this space, place, and time.
I am very fortunate to have had many informal spiritual friendships in my life over the years. However, not until I began to dance alongside my true Spiritual Director, (Breath/The Divine/Holy One/G-d/Inner Light/Higher Power) with the spiritual accompaniment of a trained sacred space holder, was I able to take time to pause long enough to search my heart and uncover my deepest desires. Only then could I move more purposely toward the change I want to be in the world.
I invite you to seek me out as your spiritual accompanist.
Seeing if we are a good fit for one another is an essential part of the process. Let’s start with a brief talk!
We’ll meet virtually, usually on Zoom – but please feel free to request your preferred video conferencing platform.
In the interests of full disclosure, I am currently a seminary student at Earlham School of Religion, and an apprentice at the Phoenix Center for Spiritual Direction. Organizations that continue to inform my ministry include: The Mystic Soul Project and ARC (Arts, Religion, Culture).
Have questions? Please email me at email@example.com or use my online scheduler here to schedule an initial call.
Our time serves as a 15-20 minute Get Acquainted conversation (as opposed to a free sample session). If we determine we are in sync, we’ll go from there.
I look forward to getting to know you!