Is there such a thing as Spiritual Direction?

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So I spent last week in Utah with one of my young LDS widow friends that I met online.  I had an amazing time with her as we stayed up late talking about our lives, sharing experiences and spiritual impressions.  I am always excited to talk to someone who has learned the same lessons that I have learned independently.  It confirms to me truth.  The scriptures say,

“…in the mouth of two or three witnesses shall every word be established.”  (2 Corinthians 13:1)

Knowing that someone else has had similar thoughts and impressions gives me confidence in my ability to receive spiritual direction.

Is there such a thing as spiritual direction?

Consider the radio…

500 years ago if you would have told someone that there are thousands of invisable electromagnetic waves in the atmosphere that can carry information, would they have believed you? You continue to explain that each differently sized wave has a different frequency. If you take this little box and turn this knob to the right frequency, the box can interpret the information in that particular wave, and it will broadcast the music or voice information that it contains.

 

What would someone have said to that?  How could such a thing be possible?  We can’t see the waves.  How could something invisible carry information through the air?

I would like to suggest that we are like that little black box.  Inside of us is the equipment to receive the signal.  God made us that way.  Just as a little baby has the latent ability to learn language, so also does our spirit have the latent ability to learn to communicate with God.

The key is learning how to fine tune the knob and to turn down all of the noise from our physical senses so we can actually hear our spiritual senses.  We fine tune the knob by getting our lives aligned with the principles of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

As a loving Heavenly Father, God sent us here not to be alone and directionless, but to learn how to use our equipment! He knew that having a body would make spiritual communication more difficult.  It would require more sensitive tuning and listening, but that those lessons would make our spirits stronger.  This was a necessary learning experience for us here.

Questions to Ponder:

How do you fine tune your spiritual radio and learn to block out the noise from the world?

See companion post In the Flow

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