What is the meaning of life? Far too often we are given the false choice of attempting to understand this question solely with our heart, through faith, or with our head, through empiricism and logic. But there is only one existence, and it is wonderful and strange and awe inspiring. To answer the greatest question, or perhaps more realistically, simply to wrangle out of it some modicum of sense, we must use all of our faculties. It is silly to think that to understand this existence we would somehow be forced to ignore half of our selves. Faith and science, mind and soul--they are one. I'm interested in developing a community of people who strive to understand life with the totality of their being. Thus the "Mystic" part of the title is the idea that transcendence is something that is experienced here and now. It is something that is greater than and beyond words. Faith in this context means not the blind adherence to dogma but the courage to trust one's own inner experiences and the willingness to allow them meaning. The "Analytic" part is the idea that while mystic experiences can transcend rationality, this does not mean that we should ignore that part of our being. Logic, rationality, thought, and observation can play an equal role in spiritual development. Like the earth, the sun, and the moon, our existence is intertwined with these poles of influence. I envision this group being part discussion, part activity, part reading, and part "sangha", in the Buddhist sense of a community of devoted practitioners. I'm open to new things, but to give people an idea of where I'm coming from, particular influences of mine have been: Carl Jung, Joseph Campbell, Thic Nhat Hahn, various Gnostic scriptures, Buddhism, Steiner, Schwaller de Lubicz, Suzuki, etc... I also welcome people of all religious backgrounds that want to nurture a living and thoughtful existence with their practice.