Coach Galen

the coaching practice of Galen Hiestand

Spiritual Formation

  • A Perspective on Spiritual Companionship

    The following is a beautiful and insightful perspective by a Spiritual Director. “To be a spiritual friend one must have detachment, discretion, and discernment, with all that prepares for those gifts. Spiritual companionship is a gentle art, demanding a willingness to listen as if one had a third ear attuned to the inner self. It is neither psychotherapy nor is it the sacrament of reconciliation. Sometimes one needs to confront, but far more often the best intervention of the spiritual guide is in parabolic language, nudging the friend into a new way of seeing. The journey belongs to the other and that person’s uniqueness must always be honored. “The friend of the soul is an instrumental image. Such a person is not to be a...

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  • Thoughts about the “inner voice”

    My heart is more likely to hear the inner voice of God than is my head. That’s a new thought to me. Deep within my heart is a God “desire” that has been disappointed by all the false voices that came “calling” to me over the years – yet my heart still desires to hear the voice of God. God comes calling to my soul with His invitation. He extends His hand to me. The look in His eyes tells me He hasn’t forgotten. He remembers the part in “His Play” He planned for me. And amazingly, so does my soul – its creator, designer, and most of all, friend. The stage was set for me. The moment for my appearance came. In a single...

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  • Spiritual Formation and Coaching

    I am continuing to explore the relationship between spiritual formation and coaching. Currently I am reading a book.