Richard Rohr led a weekend retreat with the Spiritual Directors of Colorado. As he shared his many years of experience as a spiritual director, Richard offered an insightful tool which is helpful for spiritual directors, as well as for people receiving spiritual direction.
Richard quotes the early Franciscan scholar, John Duns Scotus, and many other spiritual masters: “Whatever is received is received according to the manner/mode of the receiver.” Those masters recognized that people are living at different levels or stages of awareness in their spiritual journey.
The journey is much more complex and subtle than any system of defined levels or stages can express. Nevertheless, the tool helps the Spiritual Director understand better the dynamic of the directee’s inner life, and where on the spectrum to best encounter that directee.
In this retreat, Richard identifies and discusses each level, or stage, of the tool. He cautions listeners to avoid the ego-trap of wanting to know the level they currently occupy, thus erroneously using it as some sort of identity enhancer or parlor game. It is a non-judgmental tool intended to help spiritual directors assist people to deepen their faith.
Approximate length: 2 hours.Click here to download and print this product's insert.Also available as an MP3 download.