Spiritual Guidance

David Gormong

If the path before you is clear, the saying goes, 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 exhilarating and heartbreaking. Both at the same time.

What held me steady then as now is what one writer called the inner voice of love. It’s that wise voice inside that says everything belongs; everything is as it should be. All shall be well.

Over the years I’ve come to appreciate how helpful a mentor can be for helping us hear that voice. One of my greatest joys in life is that others let me take this role with them, to help them listen for the inner voice of love. I listen deeply as they talk, ask gentle questions that invite them to drop down into the heart, and when appropriate, guide them in contemplative practices.

Would you benefit from spiritual guidance? Also known as spiritual direction or companionship, spiritual guidance is a chance to be deeply heard. It’s talking with someone who understands the ups and downs of 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 in this way, things often shift inside. We begin to see ourselves with compassion. We sense that we are already intimately connected with the divine. Wisdom arises from somewhere deep down. We see how we can move forward in areas that concern us, or how we can be at peace with things we can’t 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 wisdom in other traditions too. I study Hindu texts and teachers, and practice meditative yoga. I learn from Buddhist teachers. I appreciate Daoist writers and Sufi mystics and more. Much of my guidance training has been with the Spiritual Guidance Training Institute, an interspiritual program based in Chicago. All this to say, I want to honor however you name the divine.

Some of my clients are, like me, LGBTQ+. Some are HSPs (highly sensitive persons). We’ve had our hearts broken, sometimes by religion. It can be challenging to find a path that fits us. It helps to talk with someone who understands.

The first session is free. It gives both of us a chance to explore whether we’re a good fit. Beyond that, most clients meet with me once every two to four weeks for an hour or so by video. Payments are $75 per session, though I sometimes lower rates for clients less able to contribute.

To learn more, email dgormong@gmail.com. We can explore together what would serve you best. You can learn more about spiritual companioning at SDI Companions. 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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