"The book offers the results of Albrecht's meticulous long-term empirical research into mystical consciousness. Albrecht's results from a pioneering methodological approach based on 'Autogenic Training,' which enabled a practitioner to verbalize spontaneously what he/she is experiencing while immersed in an altered state of consciousness. These spontaneous utterances of mystical (and non-mystical) experience were concurrently recorded by Albrecht and provided him with invaluable empirical data. The outcome was a most comprehensive, systematic, psychological phenomenology of mystical consciousness informed by long-term empirical research. Unlike other empirical studies in this field, which are either based on records of mystical experience retrieved retrospectively, derived from behaviorist research, or both, Albrecht's empirical data originate from immediate (not rationally mediated) verbal testimonies spoken by subjects while transported into a mystical state." -- Amazon.com.
Machine generated contents note: pt. One Psychology of `Introversion' Consciousness Sense Perception Sensory Perception of the Environment Sensitive Perception of the Surroundings Perception of the Vital Functions Experiencing One's Body Feelings Linked to the Vital Functions Emotional Disposition ("Gestimmtheit") First Results Drives The Will Thinking Thinking and `Introversion' Meditation Processes of Associating The `I' ("Das Ich") Attentiveness Clarity of Consciousness Dispositional Attitude The Free-Floating Stream of Experience ("Fliefiendes Erleben") Feelings Pointed Feelings Non-Object-Related Feelings (States of Emotional Awareness) The Second Stage of `Introversion' The `Quiet State of Alertness' ("Versunkenheit") `Inner Sight' ("Innenschau") The Concepts of `Introversion', `Consciousness of Introversion' and the `Quiet State of Alertness' Concentration and Recollecting The `Somnambulist Consciousness' Hypnosis Somatic Processes The Layer Theory of the Personality Outlook pt. Two Experiencing The `Quiet State Of Alertness' The `Quiet State of Alertness' Compared to Other States of Consciousness The Focal Points of the Investigation Enhanced Proficiency in the `Quiet State of Alertness' Psychosomatic Processes Meditative Visualization of Past Experience Thinking in the `Quiet State of Alertness' Speaking in the `Quiet State of Alertness' Associating in the `Quiet State of Alertness' The `Object Arriving' `Split-Off' Items from the Unconscious (The First Five `Forms of Arriving') The Self, the Symbol and Self-Understanding A Fragment of the Self Featuring as an `Object Arriving' (The Sixth, Seventh and Eighth `Forms of Arriving') The `Ecstatic Consciousness' Value Judgements (" Die Wertung") Summary of the Findings of Part One and Part Two pt. Three The Mystical Consciousness The `All-encompassing' `All-encompassing Calmness' The `Ur' [The Primeval Ground of Being] `Ur-Love' [Primeval Love] The `All-encompassing' as a Persona ["Das Umfassende als Person"] The Ninth, Tenth and Eleventh `Forms of Arriving' The Path of Preparation and Conversion The Concept of Mysticism 1. Primary Works 2. Works Cited by Albrecht 3. Works Cited in the Prefaces, the General Introduction and Annotations 4. Electronic Sources.
"A Herder & Herder Book" Includes bibliographical references (pages 383-392) and index.