Conversations of the Heart
spiritual direction and companionship
My lover, my lover, give me
your blessing; flow out and let me in.
From my heart, from my heart, I long for you, and I
beg you, beloved of my heart,
that I may be your own. Ah!
That in your living love, I may
sprout out in a new spirituality
like the lilies that enjoy the
water and the valley.
– Gertrude of Helfta, Spiritual Exercises
These evocative, tender words of love and longing whispered to the Beloved, flow from the heart of the great mystic, nun, theologian and spiritual director, Gertrude of Helfta. As spiritual director, she evokes the naturalness of a new spirituality – a new consciousness – sprouting out like lilies, suggesting an organic, fecund, dynamic love that holds within itself the seeds of new life. Gertrude invites us into the eternal conversation of Love that is an enjoying love.
In spiritual direction, a sacred, safe space is created as we meet in the ground of our heart to enjoy the eternal conversation of our participation and utter oneness in the Divine, in each other and in all things. Here we listen to the creative, active presence of the Divine manifesting as our life, tending those hurt parts that have disconnected from the flow of Love so as to be free and safe to open our hearts to Love. As conversations touch more and more deeply into our true nature we discover Love pouring out through us into the world.
We live in a time where the Divine birthing of a new unitive consciousness has become intense and urgent. Spiritual direction helps us open our hearts to the mystical truths taught by Christ and to awaken from within this consciousness of Oneness that is Love.