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Journal of Religion and Health

, Volume 54, Issue 1, pp 264–278 | Cite as

Experience and Convergence in Spiritual Direction

  • Jean Evans
Original Paper

Abstract

The practice of spiritual direction concerns the human experience of God. As praxis, spiritual direction has a long tradition in Western Christianity. It is a process rooted in spirituality with theology as its foundation. This paper explores the convergences between aspects of philosophy (contemplative awareness), psychology (Rogerian client-centered approach) and phenomenology. There are significant points of convergence between phenomenology and spiritual direction: first, in Ignatius of Loyola’s phenomenological approach to his religious experience; second, in the appropriation by spiritual directors of concepts of epochē and empathy; third, in the process of “unpacking” religious experience within a spiritual direction interview

Keywords

Religious experience Spiritual direction Contemplative awareness Client-centered therapy Phenomenology Ignatius of Loyola 

Notes

Acknowledgments

This research was funded by a grant from the Louisville Institute’s Pastoral Study program in 2012. I am grateful for the support of the Louisville Institute in giving me this opportunity.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Mercy CenterBurlingameUSA

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