Spiritual Guidance

David Gormong

“If the path before you is clear,” Joseph Campbell once said, “you’re probably on someone else’s.”

I walked someone else’s path for the first 50 years of life. Or at least that’s one way of looking at it. I was a gay man trying to live a straight life. Coming out in late midlife was tough, for me and for others. Given my conservative upbringing, though, I don’t think I would have been ready for the upheaval of coming out before then. So, maybe I was on my path all along. I just couldn’t see what was ahead.

What held me steady through that transition and so many others in life was what Henri Nouwen called the inner voice of love. It’s that wise voice inside us that knows everything belongs; everything is as it should be. Over the years I’ve come to appreciate how helpful a spiritual guide can be in helping us hear that voice.

For decades now, I’ve felt called to take this role of spiritual guide with others, to help them listen to the voice of love within. The time has come to step into this role. My work is to listen deeply, to ask gentle questions that invite listening, and to guide others in contemplative practices.

Spiritual guidance (aka spiritual direction or companionship) is a form of deep listening. It’s an opportunity for you to talk with someone who understands the spiritual journey. It’s a place to work through obstacles and celebrate the good things that come your way.

When someone listens to us this way, we begin to see ourselves with compassion. We begin to see that we are deeply connected with the divine. Wisdom arises from somewhere inside us. We see how we can move forward in the areas that concern us, or how we can be at peace with the things we cannot change.

I’m an interspiritual guide. Personally and professionally, I draw from several traditions. My deepest roots are in the Christian contemplative tradition. I have an MA in spirituality from St. John’s University (MN) and did doctoral coursework in spirituality at Catholic University (DC). I’ve practiced centering prayer for decades.

But I’ve come to see the wisdom in other traditions too. I study Hindu texts and teachers, and draw practices from the meditative tradition of yoga. I learn from Buddhist teachers too. I appreciate Daoist writers and Sufi mystics. And more. I want to honor however you name the divine and, if you like, help you find the practices that serve you best.

Some of my clients are, like me, LGBTQ+. Some are also, like me, HSPs (highly sensitive persons). It can be challenging for us to find a spiritual path that fits us. It helps to talk with someone who understands.

The first session is free. It gives us both a chance to explore whether we are a good fit. Beyond that, most clients meet with me once every two to four weeks for an hour or so by video. Payment varies by income, usually between $65 and $95 per session. If these rates aren’t workable, please talk with me about it.

To learn more, please email me at dgormong@gmail.com. We can explore together what would serve you best. You can learn more about spiritual guidance (aka spiritual direction) at the SDI Companions website. As a member of SDI, I subscribe to their Guidelines for Ethical Conduct. I’ll be happy to tell you more about my training and supervision when we talk.

Feel free to follow me on Instagram: @davidgormong. And don’t hesitate to set up a time to talk.

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It is no mean consolation in this life
to have someone in whom your spirit may rest,
to whom you can pour out your soul.
~ Aelred of Rievaulx

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