Teaching, Preaching, Spiritual Direction
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Supervision for Mental Health Professionals seeking license or integrating Mind/Body skills, Spiritual Direction, or Herbal Medicine into practice.
Board Certified Supervisor Maryland Licensed Clinical Professional Counselors (LCPC).
Supervision training: Washington School of Psychiatry.
Former Faculty/Supervisor: Loyola University & Tai Sophia (now MUIH).
Preaching: Recordings of past Sermons
Also @ Ascensionmd.org – Quick Links – Recent Sermons – Tina Lightner 20181223 The Birth of God
January 28, 2018: Unclean Spirits – a different way to look at hurts, habits and addictions and how to free yourself. (Mark 1:21-28)
September 18, 2016: Flourishing not Squandering – your gifts and talents how to use them to heal the world. (Luke 16:1–3)
The Art of Spiritual Direction
Spiritual Direction seeks to make the journey of one’s spiritual life – Intentional, Mindful, and Personal.
In our attempt to love Life with all our heart, mind, and soul, loving our neighbor as ourselves, few of us have found the perfect balance.
Few of us have found a comfortable, complete enough way to even language what many call God.
For some, “god” has been so corrupted by pain, fear, dogma, rules, shame, and abuse – that many simply give up hope of a Higher Power – a God to love – and a God that loves in return. Many are even embarrassed to name the desire for something bigger, something MORE.
We think with our minds, we yearn with our hearts and we know with our soul!
“For what purpose was I born?”
Spiritual Direction intentionally sits with our ponderings.
In words. In silence. In prayer. In meditation.
We sit and share; wonder and question.
Waiting on the movement of the Spirit.
Spiritual Direction nurtures your relationship with The Divine.
These are turbulent times that call for asking BIG questions…
Throughout the ages the Mystics have told us that it is essential to have assistance in discerning Ultimate Questions and the possibility of God’s call on your life.
This is the role of a Spiritual Director – to help you hear God louder than all the other voices and to support you to be able to follow That Voice….the voice that cuts across religion and even spirituality to the place of certainty.
Each of us knows Love when we experience it.
Love is the place of connection we all share.
According to W. Paul Jones,
“It is out of our self-absorbed center that our life springs and we continually make the choice to serve self or God. “
“Spiritual direction is built upon the certainty that the Holy Spirit will not let us rest in our in-authenticity and will always be guiding us towards God and our Highest Self.”
“None of us enters life neutrally, we come with a soul purpose and we grow through many trials and disappointments. The essential task of spiritual direction then, is to bring one’s image of God into awareness, and discern if that image contains the Fullness of God.”
‘It is through God that one is able to be faithful to his or her true self. Ultimately it is through the integration of wounds and gifts that we realize our Soul’s purpose.’
‘Spiritual direction helps us become more intentional in hearing God’s direction for our lives.”
Ultimately it is God who is the Director.
Spiritual Direction Will:
- Assist in the discernment of how we are being asked to respond in our daily lives.
- Identify our vocational callings, our spiritual gifts, and the Shadow that can blind us.
- Enhance the personal qualities of compassion, sensitivity, and ability to love and care for all of life, including God, others, and self.
- lluminate those personal qualities that are blocking God’s movement and grace in our lives.