Please introduce yourself here and give us some idea of what you hope to gain from this study.
Discovering mysticsim was a huge breakthrough for my faith. I can't explain it but for years I've been unhappy in my faith, I've wandered from church to church, trying to figure out why everything seems so predictable and boring. I just had no joy or passion. What was wrong with me? my faith was like someone continutally slipping on the sides of a muddied river bank, never finding traction.
About 2 years ago I picked up dark night of the soul and it knocked me over, I'd never read anything like it, it's still my favourite book. It was like "why was I not told?". Practically no one around me at the time shared my enthusiasm, but it changed everything for me, like a light shone for the first time in front of me, I was able to make some progress in my faith.
I've read many lots of mystical writing since, and contemplation has become my whole approach to God. I've left behind churches, and many people that couldnt understand me then, even less now, but it's glorious. I feel free to advance toward God at last. So I hope to catch up in the readings and learn from others who have gone further down this path.