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Psychology of Mystical Consciousness

by Carl Albrecht

Psychology of Mystical Consciousness Synopsis

Carl Albrecht: Psychology of Mystical Consciousness is the first English translation of the ground-breaking study by the German medical doctor, psychotherapist and mystic Carl Albrecht (1902-1965), first published in 1951 as Psychologie des Mystischen Bewusstseins. The book, reprinted in Germany in 1976, 1990 and 2018, has remained untranslated to date and is now made available to international scholarship in an annotated English edition. The book offers the results of Albrecht's meticulous long-term empirical research into mystical consciousness. Albrecht's results are unique in that they derive 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 (supplemented by his own utterances recorded by a confidante) and provided him with invaluable empirical data for his detailed phenomenological analyses. The outcome was a most comprehensive, systematic psychological phenomenology of mystical consciousness informed by long-term empirical research, which is unique as regards authenticity, immediacy and scope. Unlike other empirical studies in this field, which are either based on records of mystical experience retrieved retrospectively, or 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, in addition to records of great mystics from Eastern and Western mystical traditions. Psychology of Mystical Consciousness is now accessible to English-speaking scholars and scientists world-wide and will surely provide a new impetus to interdisciplinary enquiries into mysticism and the spiritual nature of man.

Book Information

ISBN: 9780824599546
Publication date: 30th June 2019
Author: Carl Albrecht
Publisher: Crossroad Publishing Co ,U.S.
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 428 pages
Categories: States of consciousness,

About Carl Albrecht

Carl Albrecht (1902-1965), a German medical doctor, psychotherapist developed an innovative method of meditation (based on `Autogenic Training') which allowed practitioners to speak while immersed in altered states of consciousness. When practising the method himself, a path towards the secret within was opened up to him, culminating in several profound mystical experiences. As a scientist he endeavoured to give account for the phenomenon rationally. He compiled the recorded `spontaneous utterances' obtained from subjects (and his own, recorded by his wife), intending to recapture the domain of mystical consciousness that is accessible to empirical investigation, i.e. within the confines imposed ...

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