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Spiritual Direction and Fears

As we continue the exploration of the ministry of Spiritual Direction, we explore the role of a Spiritual Director in assisting their client in learning how to recognize the fears that are standing in the way of their ability to embrace their most authentic self and the role of the Spiritual Director in offering the client effective tools for finding healing of these fears.

The primary role of a Spiritual Director is to stand as objective witness to the spiritual journey of their clients.  The task of a trained, professional Spiritual Director is to hold space for their clients to move through the process of coming to embrace their truest and most authentic self.  Attentive presence is the greatest gift a Spiritual Director can offer as the hidden and vulnerable highest truths of their clients attempt to emerge.  A large part of this process of emergence is to confront and overcome the obstacles to freely living as our most authentic self.  These obstacles consist of the fears, wounds and false perceptions that imprison us within our false-self.  It is my job as a Spiritual Director to help you to recognize these obstacles and find effective ways to give them release so that your truest self may take flight.

One of the things that I am most grateful for as a Spiritual Director is my knowledge and experience in the field of energy medicine – specifically Reiki.  Through the integration of my knowledge and experience of Western Spiritual Practices and Reiki, I have found a short-cut to assisting clients in their journey of emergence.  Through the integration of these seemingly separate disciplines, I have come to the awareness of an intimate connection between our outward compulsions (addictive and unhealthy behaviors) and the spiritual fears that are at the root of these behaviors.  While changing our behaviors is an effective way to clear the path for our true self to emerge, what would happen if we could heal the behaviors at their source?  This is where healing our spiritual fears comes in handy.

In the work that I have done, I have uncovered seven core spiritual fears that seem to be at the root of all of our human compulsions, addictions and unhealthy behaviors.  These seven spiritual fears are the obstacles to our ability to stand fully in our truth and live as our most authentic selves.  The fears are as follows:

  • There is not enough (money, food, love, time, power, etc.)
  • I am insignificant and have nothing to contribute to the world
  • I cannot live as my most authentic self
  • I am not loved
  • I am not free to express my truth
  • I do not know my truth or my path
  • I am alone

Through the ministry of Spiritual Direction, I have been able to help many people learn how to recognize these fears as active within their lives and have offered effective tools through which they have been able to find healing and release from these fears.  Releasing these fears has the compound effect of releasing our compulsions, addictions and unhealthy behaviors and eases the release of these compulsions by healing them at their root.  Bringing healing to these fears allows us to live more and more fully as the women and men of compassion, contentment and joy that our Divine Source intended.

What is currently standing in the way of your ability to live more fully as your most authentic self?

Lauri Lumby

Authentic Freedom Ministries

Call Lauri today to schedule your own personal session for Spiritual Direction.  (920) 230-1313 or email


I am a trained, professional Spiritual Director, Author and Hands-on Healer. I offer services, programs and classes that empower you to hear the voice of the Divine that speaks from within you. It is the voice of the Divine that leads us to our highest truth, to the discovery and cultivation of our gifts and to a life of Authentic Freedom where we know contentment, compassion and joy. Your truth will set you free!