This book seeks to encourage and assist modern pilgrims to a contemplative and intimate relationship with God through presenting and exploring St Teresa of Avila s classic work, The Interior Castle As well as being a manual for spiritual direction, Towards Mystical Union explores the relationship between depth psychology, contemplative prayer, and Christian mysticism Julienne McLean is a practicing psychologist and Jungian analyst in North London She teaches at Sarum College, Salisbury and is also a spiritual director I m loving this book There s so much I can relate to in this book and so refreshing to find spiritual book that has a deep understanding of what s really required on a spiritual journey and yet easy to read Thank you Julienne McLean for writing it. The current interest in mysticism has created a demand for books on mystical theology which explore the interface between modern depth psychology, spirituality and mystical tradition If the author is suitably gifted, the book may be a manual for spiritual direction This is such a book.The writer has an outstanding ability to draw together different approaches to mysticsl theology, and the many aspects of a personal relationship to God Her style is admirably clear, displaying command of the several necessary disciplines, and an understanding and sympathetic heart While some extended metaphors become a little strained, this also happened to Teresa Mystical Union is a book whose challenges, insights and felicities I have greatly enjoyed But I won t be lending my copy to friends just yet, as I know that I will want to return to it continually. This is an excellent read, providing good input for each stage of the mansion, however the edition I received had a whole section duplicated in the binding, with the section from 224 onwards missing An unusual problem these days.