This abridgment of Il Direttorio Mistico, written by G.B. Scaramelli (16871752) is a foundational work for people seeking the contemplative life that leads to the Spiritual Marriage, or reintegration of the human spirit with God. Nicholsons translation has been skillfully abridged to include the most cogent material. Step-by-step, Scaramelli describes mystical theology in general and then moves on to how contemplation works upon the mind and body of the aspirant as well as the necessary conditions for and the different stages of contemplation. Along the way, he provides pointers for recognizing where the aspirant is in the process and criteria for determining what type of experience is occurring. He discusses visions, locutions (auditory "visions"), and revelations and how to verify their genuineness. He also includes a chapter on purgation, the process of inner cleansing necessary for the Spiritual Marriage. In addition to an index, there are marginalia throughout the book that summarize each section in order to help readers locate information.