I believe in connection.
As spiritual beings in a universe of vast relationality, our lives are most meaningful when they are filled with the vibration of deep, authentic connection -- with our fellow humans, with our marvelous planet, and with the deepest parts of our own souls.
As a spiritual director and prophet of nature, my calling is to help you nurture the most important connections in your life.
"Spiritual Director" is perhaps a misleading word for the work I do, as I am not really directing anything. Rather, a spiritual director is a companion, a fellow explorer of mystery, one who sits in silence with you to listen for the whispers of wisdom within.
But, "Spiritual Direction" is the name that was used by the monks who codified this practice centuries ago, so that's what it's called today. Spiritual direction is self-directed, non-sectarian, and (most importantly) not tied to any religion at all. It can be whatever you want it to be.
I have been both a Christian and an atheist and what has remained constant is a heart open to seek the spiritual reality of the world in which we live. I'd rather pray to trees than deities these days, but I'm as devout as I've ever been.
In the paradox of devout unbelief and religious devotion to unknowable mystery, I have found my home.
For a very long time I believed in that a loving, powerful God was in control of the universe and had a plan for my life. This belief made me miserable, and eventually became too implausible to maintain.
I sought God and found mostly absence, and at first this seemed sad and frightening. But I have found in the absence a relationship with nature that has become the ground for a deep and meaningful spirituality.
I help people nurture the most important connections in their life and make meaning out of this mysterious existence we share.
Currently I am in the Masters of Divinity program at United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities, where I am studying theology and completing a spiritual direction practicum.
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