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Come near to God and he will come near to you

James 4:8

 
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What is Spiritual Direction?

Spiritual Direction is a form of soul care, a time where the Spiritual Director meets with the directee in a trusted, non-judgemental space, to explore together the directee’s relationship with God and how God is working in their life. A Spiritual Director is not a counselor or an advisor, but a facilitator to guide the directee to listen to the voice of the Holy Spirit. Through spiritual practices like contemplative prayers, Lectio Divina, Gospel Contemplation and more to discern the presence of God in our daily lives.

 

Why do we need Spiritual Direction?

“The assumption of spirituality is that always God is doing something before I know it. So the task is not to get God to do something I think needs to be done, but to become aware of what God is doing so that I can respond to it and participate and take delight to it.” ~Eugene Peterson
God is always active in our lives and He is always drawing us closer to Him by His active grace. God also created human beings to be wholistic beings, with a balance of the body, mind and soul. Often times, Christians have a lot of knowledge about God, but may not actually have a personal relationship with God or have a very hard time to feel the presence of God in their heart and soul. The process of Spiritual Direction is to help the directee to move their understanding of God from the head into the heart, discern how God is working in our lives and surrender to God.

 

The Goal of Spiritual Direction

  1. Grow in intimacy with God - To increase awareness of God’s presence in our daily lives and mature in spiritual growth.

  2. Discernment of God’s voice - By applying the wisdom and spiritual practices accumulated in the Christian communities through the centuries, one learns to discern the voice of God, be transformed in their being and apply these new insights into their daily lives.

  3. Return to our true self- Being true to where our spiritual journey is at, be renewed and reconcile with God. Everyone’s walk with God is unique and it can be difficult through all of life’s suffering, pain, despairs, anxieties, and doubts. Spiritual Direction is a safe, non-judgemental space to explore the different feelings and emotions in one’s relationship with faith and God, and ultimately, be renewed and reconciled with Him.

"Blessed are you pilgrim, if you discover that one step back to help another is more valuable than a hundred forward without seeing what is at your side."

 
 
 

About Joseph Wong

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Joseph Wong, M.Div

Spiritual Director

We are all spiritually hungry. As St. Augustine would say that we all longed to fill that heart-shaped desire, deep in our soul. It is only God who can fill that void and give us the true satisfaction in our heart. In this spiritual pilgrimage, we all need someone to walk alongside us, to journey with us, to give us guidance and support in the search for meaning of life.  

Spiritual Direction is a sacred time and space reserved for God, allowing God to transform us from within. God is always and already present amongst us, it is just us who lack the awareness of His presence. A Spiritual Director serves as a spiritual companion to support you, through attentive listening and spiritual prompting, to discern where is God drawing your attention to, to listen more deeply to your true self and embrace who you are created to be in God’s image, and integrate these awareness into your daily life and your calling. 

For me, as a spiritual director, it is important to be holding a trusted, non-judgemental space for us to grow together as “soul friends,” as fellow pilgrims through the different seasons of your life, exploring who God created you to be, discerning and celebrating God’s presence in your daily happenings and work through different challenges and losses in the pilgrimage of life.

I am passionate in bringing together theology and social justice, spirituality with culture and arts, and walking with fellow Christians to rediscover God’s presence and calling in their lives.

I believe in and utilize various expressive arts and experiential spiritual disciplines to help others gain new spiritual insights, and grow closer in their relationship with God.I have over 15 years of ministry experience working as a Program Director for Across U-hub, a non-profit organization. I am currently working with the First Nations community in Northwestern Ontario, facilitating workshops and activities to help the indigenous youth to establish a healthy self-image, heal spiritual wounds and share their stories and changes they wish to see through the safe channel of art and film. I am currently pastoring a Baptist church in Markham as well as the Machowz Community, a space for people who felt lost, trapped, and wore out in life to reconnect with God through communal living, contemplation, expressive arts and worship.

I am a member of the Tyndale Spiritual Directors Association (TASD) and Spiritual Direction International (SDI), and a candidate of Certified Spiritual Director (CSD). I have completed my Master of Divinity degree, majoring in Spiritual Formation at Tyndale Seminary. I am also part of the Cascadia Wisdom School, being mentored by Dr. David Benner where we seek to live our lives with wisdom and compassion through an awakened heart and transformed consciousness.

If you like to learn more about spiritual direction, you may contact me at spiritualdirection@thewayweart.ca.

Please check on my blog about spiritual direction: Go Where the Wind Blows  

 

 
 

CONTACT SPIRITUAL DIRECTION

SPIRITUALDIRECTION@THEWAYWEART.CA
416 - 473 - 9987

 
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