“If you don’t feel close to God, who moved away?” – Buckminster Fuller
How can we relate to God, in an era when images of an antiquated and dogmatic God are everywhere? In today’s complex world, in which we feel spirituality and religion are against each other, we often lose connection to ancient knowledge and our own inner wisdom.
Spiritual direction is the art and practice of holy listening. It is a learning about the process of discernment in uncovering & recovering the Divine Intelligence, permeating our world and our lives. We learn to listen ever more deeply to our inner voice, while we connect to the sacred, bringing purpose and meaning to our lives.
By exploring life’s difficulties, challenges, and gifts with a soul friend, we discover how spiritual perspectives live within our lives and our hearts. Spiritual direction allows us to move closer to the inner wisdom that exists within.
Even as Charna is immersed in Jewish spiritual practice, she works with people from all faith traditions. She has worked with agnostics, atheists, Christians of all denominations, Buddhists, Taoists, and pagans.
"Charna is an intelligent, loving, capable and compassionate guide through the mysteries of life. I come away from every interaction with her more educated, more uplifted, more inspired. A wise and wonderful being, for sure." - Sharon Harvey Alexander, C-IAYT
As a Spiritual Guide, Charna can assist in the following:
- Help create a glossary/lexicon to describe inner experiences
- Guide you toward your spiritual root
- Assist in the development of ego/self axis
- Examine cohesiveness within your system
- Give voice to and contextualize your sufferings
“Spiritual direction is a contemplative spiritual discipline. Two people, or a group of people, come together in relationship with the intention of discerning God’s presence in the life of the individual. The director places him/herself in service to the seeker’s yearning to deepen their relationship with God/the sacred/their higher purpose/the soul within, and to discern the “kivvun” or sacred direction/dimension of the seeker’s life. Using wisdom, intuition, and openness to God’s presence in the moment, the director supports the seeker to become aware of moments, perceive patterns, recognize critical junctures, articulate insights, and/or overcome resistances in the relationship with God. The focus is on the seeker’s relationship with God (including nearness and distance) and how that is unfolding over time. Jewish prayer, meditation, texts, song or chant, ritual, etc…may be brought into spiritual direction as possibilities for shedding light on this unfolding relationship”.
- Barbara Eve Breitman
“It surprises me how disinterested we are today about things like physics, space, the universe and philosophy of our existence, our purpose, our final destination. It’s a crazy world out there. Be curious. The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance; it is the illusion of knowledge.” - Stephen Hawking