What is direction

John 8:23 And he said unto them, Ye are from beneath; I am from above: ye are of this world; I am not of this world.

Theory

This made me laugh when I read it. From Jesus' point of view, He is from above and we are from below. But He designed us upside down! He designed us so that, the mind in our head - our mind above - rules over our mind below - the mind in our heart! Who said God doesn't have a sense of humor??
OK. Enough of that.

So what is the 'direction' part of spiritual direction? A few days ago I mentioned that I preferred 'spiritual friend' - pneumatikos philos. Spiritual director makes it seem that one of us is 'more' than the other. I prefer to think that we are both seeking the Lord, and the Holy Spirit is our director.

Your mind is full of thoughts. Thoughts come from everywhere. They come from the mind in your head. They come from the mind in your heart. They come from other people (for instance when you yield your will to a hypnotist). They come from other entities (see 2 Chronicles 18:21). And they come from the Lord Himself (remember your new mind is shared with Christ). It can be very confusing. And it takes a long time to tell the difference. A spiritual friend can help you sort all that out. They don't have to be a saint. The Lord can speak through the mouth of a donkey.

Practice

Pray the Lord would find you a spiritual friend. Someone you can dump on. Someone you can pray with and for. Someone you can share the movements of the spirit with.

More Practice

Disengage your rational mind. Get into the mind of your heart. Worship the Lord. If any thoughts distract you, ignore them and continue worshiping. Repeat as needed.

Foundation

2 Chronicles 18:21 And he said, I will go out, and be a lying spirit in the mouth of all his prophets. And the Lord said, Thou shalt entice him, and thou shalt also prevail: go out, and do even so.