Spiritual Companions Guidelines


The first drafting of the Guidelines happened over a four year period and involved participation and comments from over 200 people.

We call our approach ‘spiritual’. This indicates that as an ongoing life style and daily practice, we aim towards the following:


SPIRITUAL COMPANIONS GUIDELINES

Connection
• Regularly connect with and experience the wonder and energy of existence

Core Skills
• Are grounded and centred in our bodies; embodied and in hara*
• Can pause, still at will and become mindfully present
• Awareness of the subtle sensations of connection
• Witness with compassion, in silence when appropriate

Reflection
• Self-reflect and manage our behaviour, health and development with compassion, love and wisdom
• Are emotionally literate and transparent about our own processes
• Are in ongoing relationships and groups of peer support, actively seeking and welcoming feedback from others
• Understand that there are psychological challenges that occur as the everyday self emerges into spiritual consciousness
• Can take responsibility, apologise, forgive and receive forgiveness
• Appreciate that all life is in a continual process of emergence and are comfortable with unknowing
• Possess an appropriate sense of humour

Service
• Enable safe and sacred space
• Provide a non-intrusive, welcoming, healing and holding presence
• Listen with care and enable people to clarify and own their own psycho-spiritual development
• Can assert clear boundaries and intervene, when appropriate, to stop abuse
• Celebrate diversity and welcome the fact that there are many different paths of spiritual development
• Are engaged citizens, actively dedicated to social and ecological health and honouring the spirit in all beings
• Are aware of local resources
• Know our personal and professional limitations and are able to refer appropriately

* hara - from Japanese martial arts, centre of gravity sunk down into stomach

These Guidelines are always work in progress – and always will be. We warmly welcome feedback.

For a more detailed unpacking of the Guidelines

 

SUPPORT AND ADVICE

Do you have a question about your spiritual  path?  Contact us and a Spiritual Companion will reply to you.

Photo of Spiritual Companions Training Group, London 2006-2008