My spiritual direction work blends the world of formal theology (my Masters Degree in Theology from United Seminary of the Twin Cities) with experiential shamanism. It's a slow dance between the rational and irrational. You are always in control, and you choose the basic ideas and direction you want to go. I will bring a wealth of resources to help guide our work together - reading, poetry, meditations, ceremonial assignments.
In the theological world we focus on "constructive theology" – engagement with classical theological ideas that move you to ponder deeply – and wrestle with – where you stand. You’ll delve into the big questions and the grand conundrums, and you’ll head toward being able to make a statement of your own personal theology. I’ll assign some reading for discussion, and you may have some materials fees (books.)
On the shamanistic side, your work will go deep into your irrational self: the part of you that is the art-maker, the prayer-whisperer, and the wanderer in dreams and reverie. The part of you that speaks in mythic language and cares less about what is observably “real” than what is emotionally true. You’ll will work with your “inner shaman” and your “indigenous soul.” You’ll use the drum and learn to change consciousness, you’ll learn jewel-like prayers and chants, you’ll memorize poems and be assigned personal ceremonies.
I suggest we begin with a 90 minute chat (fee: $90.) If we come up with a long-term plan for spiritual direction, the fee per session is reduced based on how often we meet.
Please feel free to contact me: firstname.lastname@example.org
For me, spiritual direction or formation sessions are similar to healing sessions, except the focus is less on
"what's wrong" and more on connecting you to sacred powers, to the Big Picture, to your authentic self. It's an exploration whose goal is to take you in and out of your comfort zone, that connects you to your emotional body and physical body.
"You made me so mad by asking me to consider ideas that I have been afraid of for my whole life. But I leave our sessions with my heart and mind bursting open. So I guess, I can say, "Damn you, Jaime, and THANK YOU."
- Jude B
“My work with Jaime is a way of freeing myself from what Wendell Berry calls “the desert of unremitting purpose”. It is a way of connecting to wildness, and to forces that are not entirely planned and confined by human strategy. Life is good.” -KT