• Spiritual Care Companion

    Engaging Your Inner Authority for Life Enhancement

    Spiritual Care is attention to that part of us which is infinite, divine and eternal.

     

    There is an inner authority, a divine sense within each of us, that lies behind the mind and is our true nature. Nothing is as important to our spiritual well-being than the care of this inner authority, which serves as our in-borne compass for navigating life and all of its demands. This vital part of us is scarcely acknowledged or attended to amidst the rapid pace of life that drives our present culture, often resulting in a lack of alignment. We can, however, reclaim it as our true north and come back into alignment with practices designed to draw our attention inward. There, in the stillness of our heart, lies our true-ness, our strength, and most importantly our connection to a Presence which informs the universe which many call God, Spirit, Higher Power, the Source of our Being, etc..

    Spiritual care focuses on our relationship with this Presence, nurtures the sanctuary that exists in the still depths of our being.

     

    “Be still and know that I am God”. Psalm 46:10

     

    “Those who have discovered great truths have done so in the still depths of the Self.” Sri Ramana Maharshi

      

    "I said to my soul, be still, and wait...So the darkness shall be the light, and the stillness the dancing." T. S. Eliot

     

  • What I Do

    I offer companionship and guidance to those willing to explore their inner authority, serving as a bridge to access that which already exists within. I am certified in the ministry of Spiritual Direction, a seasoned and respectful companion to those seeking personal insight of a more contemplative nature. I welcome people of all beliefs and respect the dignity, worth and gifts of all. With a dedicated listening I focus on what is being conveyed, follow the orientation of the seeker, and use gentle techniques to evoke the wisdom of their truest nature.

    The contemplative terrain may include, but is not limited to, areas concerning:

    • life direction and/or purpose
    • work-life balance
    • relationship (personal, professional & spiritual)
    • grief, loss & transitions
    • spiritual growth & ethical alignment
    • gender orientation & expression
    • existential and end-of-life concerns
  • Working Together

    Spiritual care promotes learning and clarity about our deepest Self, and spiritual companionship lends the requisite support, objectivity, and guidance along the journey. To connect more deeply with our inner wisdom it is essential to come to know our minds more intimately. There are incumbent challenges in trying to witness the subtleties of the mind with any impartiality, to know whether the mind is shedding light on the truth, deceiving itself in the shadows, or merely playing hide and seek as it justifies old patterns or habits of behavior. The wisdom that lies behind the mind is of immeasurable value, but to reach it one must come to know the mind first.

     

    The value of a spiritual companion is having someone with experience to walk the inward path with you, follow your lead, and invite reflection along with discernment on what is emerging. As your spiritual companion I share aides and practices, so-called “skillful means” that have been passed down through the ages, with teachings and modifications gleaned from practical experience.

     

    The tradition of working with a spiritual companion has existed in many civilizations throughout the ages that date back to ancient Hebrew scriptures, Christian gospels and Celtic traditions. "Spiritual companion-ing" is a ministry dedicated to engaging your inner authority; it is not a helping or fixing proposition, not a hierarchical relationship, but one of companionship and respect and equanimity. Working together, you share only what you choose to and I listen carefully and respond to what is being shared, reflect with you on what has been received, while also remaining true to my own inner authority.

     

  • About Me

    Nan Schwappach

    Spiritual Director, Retired Attorney, Mediator

    A long-held vocation of mine has been to walk beside others and listen to what is in their heart of hearts. My focus professionally for the first twenty-five years was on justice, I practiced law and mediation. The following decade my emphasis shifted to educating professionals in the workplace about improving personal and professional competencies based on listening for their internal strengths. My own spiritual deepening over the years has led me to pursue training and formation in contemplative spiritual guidance and companionship. I continue to be a devoted listener, now with a dedicated focus to companion others in search of their own inner wisdom and authority.

     

    My clients have included individuals in the medical, legal, governmental, corporate, spiritual, educational and social work disciplines. I have taught across a multitude of venues that include conflict resolution centers, county bar associations, law schools, colleges, businesses, professional associations, community education, cancer survivor care centers, spiritual resource centers, parishes, hospice, and senior care facilities.

     

    I am a member of Spiritual Directors International (sdiworld.org) and adhere to their guidelines of ethical conduct. I am available to meet with you real-time in the Twin Cities area, or via Skype, Zoom, or Google Hangout. My rates are affordable and accessible, with a sliding fee scale for those whose circumstances necessitate. Payment is made at the beginning of each session and no one will be turned away because of financial difficulty.

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