SPIRITUAL DIRECTOR / COMPOSER
"...we have not even to risk the adventure alone; for...the labyrinth is thoroughly known.... And where we had thought to find an abomination, we shall find a god; where we had thought to slay another, we shall slay ourselves; where we had thought to travel outward, we shall come to the center of our own existence; where we had thought to be alone, we shall be with all the world."
- Joseph Campbell
Do you desire a contemplative space to reflect back to you the depths of your being?
Do you seek healing from the traumas of institutionalized religion and imperialist society?
Or are you a career creative who thirsts for the integration of your spirituality and creativity?
My practice is based on 4 pillars:
My role is to become a mirror, reflecting back to you your deepest Self, free of my projections or advice-giving.
It takes discernment to uncover our True Self which is free from our ego-driven, self-preserving fear and in which dwells our spirit nature. Our creativity flows from this Source.
The more conscious we are of our interconnectedness with all beings (animal neighbors, the Earth, humans), the more all will experience justice. Awareness of this Spirit-connecting-all is not separate from our own connection to it within.
Healing does not lie in the "cure" of our wounds but in the integration of their pain so that our arms can remain radically open to the present moment in all its joy but also all its pain.
I seek to hold a contemplative space for the directee wherein all of these pillars can flourish.
Do you have to be religious?
No. All that is required is a desire to explore the sacredness and challenges of your own life in the context of spirit. However, I myself would most authentically identify with the broader Perennial Tradition found in the contemplative and mystical expressions of most world religions including animistic traditions. I am able and willing to accompany those from various traditions.
How often do we meet?
Sessions are usually held once per month for one hour. The relationship can be continued or terminated at any time at the discretion of the directee but generally the fruits of the relationship are more acutely noticed over longer periods of time.
Is there a supervising board?
Not universally, but I commit to my own supervision for the entirety of my practice as a spiritual director. This consists of regular meetings with either an individual supervisor or peer supervision with a group of spiritual directors. During these sessions I might use a verbatim from one of our conversations, but rest assured that a pseudonym is always used and your identity is held in strict confidence. These meetings are strictly focused on the facilitation of my own inner freedom and growth as a spiritual director and person. I am a member of Spiritual Directors International and I commit to all of their Guidelines for Ethical Conduct.
What is the price?
$75 for each hourly session. In dire circumstances please communicate with me. I do not want pricing to be a hinderance for anyone.
Contact me below for a free consultation.
of all genders and expressions of sexuality.
A member of Spiritual Directors International
SDI is an interfaith conference of spiritual directors from all over the world.
Committed to decolonization
The spiritual direction space is not exempt from constructs of "power-over". Through my own decolonization work I commit to making our times together free from agenda.
I am a "recovering evangelical" who found a way to the liturgical and contemplative practices of Catholicism but who currently loves talking to the cottonwood trees and juniper groves behind my house more than attending institutional liturgies. I have five really cute, creative kids who all like different things each meal of the day (and that's a lot of variety!).
I have received a Graduate Certificate in Spiritual Direction from St. John's School of Theology and Seminary in Collegeville, MN and I'm an alumnus of the Center for Action and Contemplation’s Living School.
I am also a composer. You can find out more about my music here.
"Eric is a great listener and synthesizer. He can read between my words and give very helpful comments. Eric has accepted me fully. His own spirituality shines through in our sessions."
“Hospitality is a tremendous gift for Eric. He has a strong sense of care and empathy.
His concern and sensitivity for the other is...physiological”
“Spiritual direction has helped me process father-wounds that I portrayed on the Divine, as well as process parts of myself that I do not love and have compassion on them.”
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