Coach Galen

the coaching practice of Galen Hiestand

Archive for October, 2017

  • 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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  • Satisfy your Desires with Good Things

    Psalm 103;2-5 Praise the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits-who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, who redeems your life form the pit and crowns you with love and compassion, who satisfies your desires with good things.”

  • Divine Presence in the Church

    The context holds less value than we think. Memorial halls, auditoriums, gymnasium, dorms, classrooms, and libraries are just as sacred a worship place as cathedrals, sanctuaries, worship centers, and houses of worship. Church decor, impressive architecture, or multi-use education facilities hold no special promise of divine presence . He doesn’t even need green space, quiet zones, nature parks, sanctuary places, and recreational playgrounds. He cares little about vestments, icons, order of services, performances of music and speech, religious holidays, padded seats, overhead screens, or platform furnishings. He seldom notices whether women wear makeup, dress up; or whether men wear suits or dress down. God’s presence is felt by the affirmation of Truth by the Holy Spirit within the soul. A sincere woman asked Him, “Where...

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  • Standing by the Door

    “(They) crave to know where the door is, And all that so many ever find Is only the wall where a door ought to be. They creep along the wall like blind men, With outstretched, groping hands. Feeling for a door, knowing there must be a door, Yet they never find it… So I stand by the door.” from: Samuel Moor Shoemaker, I Stand by the Door