After reading this book, I am delighted to review it, because it takes Autogenic Training (developed by Schultz) to new levels. Luis de Rivera, having studied with Luthe – himself a colleague of Schultz – has over the last decade or so taken the original Autogenics 1.0 to a deeper and in my opinion more profound level, by adding four new exercises to the sequence. Having placed Autogenic Training (AT) firmly within the ancient traditions of Meditation (going back to ancient Indian yoga practices and philosophy), he adds two further Meditative practices. I have been teaching and practising AT for over twenty years, and for the last two months have adopted de Rivera’s approach; this has resulted in new insights into both the new AT sequence, and two further forms of meditation that he suggests. These matters are discussed in lucid terms, despite his own language not being English.
In the new, ten Standard Exercise sequence, de Rivera places the breathing exercise at the end. This initially surprised me, yet I now see it see as a profound change. Practising in this way has deepened my understanding of his concept of “live-experience”, which is his approximate translation of the Spanish concept “vivencia”, for which there is no equivalent in the English language. Vivencia at times embraces a sense of the numinous, which can be enhanced, and realised, in some forms of meditation / AT.
I warmly recommend this book, particularly to Autogenic Therapists, Buddhist psychologists, Meditators, those who have completed a basic AT course and wish to deepen their practice, and to anyone interested in human well-being.