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Image and Imagination in the Phenomenology of Religious Experience

Books and Edited Volumes

Martin Nitsche and Olga Louchakova-Schwartz (Ed.). 2023.  Image and Imagination in Phenomenology of Religious Experience. Series Libri NIgri, edited by Hans Rainer Sepp. Nordhausen: Traugott Bautz.

Olga Louchakova-Schwartz (Ed.). 2019.  The Problem of Religious Experience: Case Studies in Phenomenology . V.1 and 2. Series Contributions to Phenomenology, Nicholas de Warren and Dermot Moran (eds.). Dordrecht: Springer.


Just Published

Louchakova-Schwartz, Olga. 2022. “Religious Experience in the First-Person Perspective: The Lived Body and Perception of Reality” Religions 13, no. 8: 704.

Olga Louchakova-Schwartz. “What Grounds What? Suhrawardī’s Light (Nūr) vs. Husserl’s Transcendental Ego in the (Meta)Metaphysics of Knowledge”. Islam and the Contemporary World, 1, 1, 2023, 31-40. doi: 10.22034/icwj.2023.400051.1002


Papers in Philosophy, Phenomenology, and  Religion

Louchakova-Schwartz, O. (2019). The Way into Transcendental Philosophy from the Argument in Suhrawardī’s Philosophy of Illumination, Open Theology5(1), 278-298. doi:

Louchakova-Schwartz, O. (2018). Intersubjectivity and Multiple Realities in Zarathushtra’s Gathas, Open Theology4(1), 471-488. doi:

 Louchakova-Schwartz, O. (2018). Phenomenology and Theological Research, Open Theology4(1), 640-644. doi:

Louchakova-Schwartz, O. 2017. Qualia of God: Phenomenological Materiality in Introspection, with a Reference to Advaita Vedanta. Phenomenology of Religious Experience Open Access. Open Theology, 3, (1)257-273. Published Online: 2017-05-18 | DOI:

Louchakova-Schwartz, O. and Crouch, C. (2017). Religious Experience, Adumbrated: Towards a Phenomenological Ontology of the Region. Published Online: 2017-12-22 | DOI:

Louchakova-Schwartz, O. (2016). Theophanis the Monk and Monoimus the Arab in a Phenomenological-Cognitive Perspective, Open Theology, (1). doi:

 Louchakova-Schwartz, O. 2015. A Phenomenological Approach to Illuminationist philosophy: Suhrawardī’s nūr mujarrad and Husserl’s reduction. Philosophy East and West, 64 (2),1052-81.

Louchakova-Schwartz, O. 2013. Cognitive phenomenology in the study of Tibetan meditation: Phenomenological descriptions versus meditation styles. In S. Gordon (Ed.), Neurophenomenology: Its Applications to psychology (pp. 61-87). Dordrecht, Netherlands: Springer.

Louchakova-Schwartz, O. 2011. Self and world: Vedanta, Sufism, and Presocratics in a phenomenological view.  In A.-T. Tymieniecka (Ed.), Phenomenology/Ontopoiesis: Retrieving Cosmic Horizons of Antiquity (pp. 423-438)Dordrecht, Netherlands: Springer.

Kozhevnikov, M., Louchakova, O., Josipovic, Z., & Motes, M. A. (2009).The enhancement of visuospatial processing efficiency through Buddhist deity meditation. Psychological Science, 20(5), 645-653.



Book Chapters

Louchakova, O. 2005. Ontopoiesis and union in the Prayer of the Heart: Contributions to psychotherapy and learning. In A.-T.Tymeiniecka (Ed.), Analecta Husserliana: Logos of phenomenology and phenomenology of the logos. Book four: The logos of scientific interrogation. Participating in nature–life–sharing in life (Vol. 91) (pp. 289-311). Dordrecht, Netherlands: Kluwer.

Louchakova, O. 2007. Ontopoiesis and spiritual emergence: Bridging Tymieniecka’s Phenomenology of Life and transpersonal psychology.  In A.-T.Tymieniecka (ed.), Analecta Husserliana: From the Animal Soul to the Human Mind (Vol. 94) (pp. 43-68). Dordrecht, Netherlands: Kluwer.

Louchakova-Schwartz, O. 2013. Direct intuition: Strategies of knowledge in the Phenomenology of Life, with reference to the Philosophy of Illumination. In A.-T.-Tymieniecka (ed.),  Phenomenology and the Human Positioning in the Cosmos, Book 1.  Analecta Husserliana CXIII, 291-315. Dordrecht: Springer.

Louchakova-Schwartz, O. 2014. Dia-Log(os): Genesis of Communicological Virtues in the Phenomenology of Life, with the reference to the Advaita Vedānta of Śaṅkara. Analecta Husserliana, CXVII. Phenomenology of Space and Time. 193-206. Springer.

Louchakova-Schwartz, O. 2014. The seal of philosophy: Tymieniecka’s Phenomenology of Life in Islamic metaphysical perspective. In A-T.Tymieniecka, N. Muhtaroglu & & D. Quintern (Eds.) Islamic and Occidental Philosophy in Dialogue, 7, 71-101, Dordrecht: Springer.

Louchakova-Schwartz, O. 2014. A paradox of the New Enlightenment: The “endangered” self in the path(o)s of individualizing life. Acts of the Vie Della Fenomenologia nella “post-modernita.” [Phenomenological Paths in Post-Modernity], pp. 205-220. Confronto con la Fenomenologia della Vita di Anna-Teresa Tymieniecka, Pontifical Univesità Antonianum, Rome, Italy.


Open Theology, Topical Issues

Olga Louchakova-Schwartz, Jim Nelson, and Aaron Preston (Ed.) Phenomenology of Religious Experience IV: Religious Experience and Description. Topical Issue of Open Theology, De Gruyter Open Access, January 2018

Olga Louchakova-Schwartz and Martin Nitsche (Ed.) Phenomenology of Religious Experience III: Vizuality, Imagination, and the Lifeworld. Topical Issue of Open Theology, De Gruyter Open Access, January 2018

Olga Louchakova-Schwartz and Martin Nitsche (Ed.) Phenomenology of Religious Experience II: Perspectives in Theology. Topical Issue of Open Theology, De Gruyter Open Access, January 2018

Olga Louchakova-Schwartz and Courtenay Crouch (Eds). Phenomenology of Religious Experience I.  Topical Issue of Open Theology, De Gruyter Open Access, November 2017


Other Articles

1.      Taranova, A. Shvalko, A., Rybalko, D., & Kirchik [Louchakova], O. 1982. Proteinogram and humoral immunity data changes during Typhimurium infection in children. Natural Immunity FactorsYIII, 129-130.

2.   Taranova, N., Shwalko, A. & Kirchik [Luchakova], O. 1983. Aminoacid and protein spectrum and humoral immunity changes in children with Typhymurium infection. In Acute Intestinal InfectionsYII, 60-63. Leningrad, Russia: Institute Experimental Medicine.

3.      Aĭlamazian, E.K, Taranova, N.P., Zhuravlev, A.V., Kirchik [Luchakova] O.S..1984. Absorption by rat fetal tissues of 14C-labeled phospholipids injected into the rat body in late stages of pregnancy. Biulleten Eksperimentalnoi Biologii i Mediciny, 98(7), 93-4. Russian.*

4.      Ailamazyan, E., Taranova, N., Luchakova, O., & Zuravlev, A.1984. Exogenuos 14-C-phospholipids absorbtion by the embrional rat brain  tissue during the last stage of prenatal development. In O. Adrianov (Ed.), Developing Brain (pp. 214-215) Tbilisi, Georgia: Acad.Sci.Georg..*

5.      Taranova, N.P., & Kirchik [Luchakova], O.S. 1985. Antibodies to myelin cerebrosides and their role in the pathogenesis of autoimmune demyelinating diseases (review). Zhurnal Nevropatologii i Psikhiatrii Imeni S S Korsakova, 85(12), 1863-72. Review. Russian. **

6.      Taranova, N., & Luchakova, O. 1985. Immunological reactivity of antibodies to myelin cerebrosides in experiment and clinics. Acta Neurol (Napoli),7, 243.**

7.      Taranova, N.& Luchakova, O. 1986. Cerebrosides of oligodendroglia and myelin: Immunogenicity in the experiment and clinics. In S. Tucek (Ed.), Molecular Basis of Neural Function: Abstracts of the sixth general meeting of the European Society for Neurochemistry (p. 422).**

8.      Taranova, N., & Luchakova, O. 1987.  Immunologicheskaya reactivnost antitel k galactocerebrosidam myelina s antigenamy s razlichnum lipidnum soderjaniem. [Immunological reactivity of antibodies to myelin galactocerebrosides with antigens different in lipid contents]. Neurochimia, 219-226.**

9.      Luchakova O.S., & Taranova N.P. 1987. Micromethod of determining antibodies to nerve tissue galactocerebrosides in the complement fixation reaction. Biulleten Eksperimentalnoi Biologii i Mediciny, 104  (12), 755-7. Russian.

10.   Luchakova, O. 1987. Vyjavlenia antitel k neirospetsifichekhim antigenam dlya diagnostiki povrejdenii mambran golovnogo mozga. [Revealing of autoantibodies to the neurospecific glycolipid for the purpose of CNS membrane alterations diagnostic]. In S. Severin (Ed.), Fundamental neurochemistry–to medicine (pp. 131-132). Gorky, Russia: Acad. Sci.

11.   Taranova, N., & Luchakova, O. 1988. Brain galactocerebroside immunogenicity in the people with nervous system diseases. Neurochem. Intern., 13 (suppl. 1), 179.**

12.   Taranova, N.P., Luchakova, O.S., Buriakova, A.V. 1989. Antibodies to galactocerebrosides of the brain in the blood serum of children with neuroinfections. Zhurnal Nevropatologii i Psikhiatrii Imeni S. S. Korsakova, 89(7), 27-31. Russian.**

13.   Luchakova, O. & Taranova, N.1989. Antitela k galaktotserebrosidam mozga kak immunodiagnosticheskii test povrezhdenii oligodendroglii i myelina. [Autoantibody to brain galactocerebrosides (galC) as an immunodiagnostic test of oligodendroglia and myelin damage]. Jurnal. Neurochemii, 52(suppl. 1), S.196.

14.   Vinogradova, I.M., Dobretsov, M.G., Matiushkin, D.P., Luchakova, O.S., Taranova, N.P. 1989. Effect of antibodies to glial glycolipid antigens on miniature end-plate potentials. Neirofiziologiia, 21(2), 217-23. Russian.**

15.   Vinogradova, I.M., Dobretsov, M.G., Matiushkin, D.P., Luchakova, O.S., Taranova, N.P. 1989. Antibodies against glial glycolipid antigens affect synaptic potentiation and depression in the frog nerve-muscle synapse. Doklady Akademii Nauk SSSR, 304(6), 1504-7. Russian. **

16.   Sotnikov, O., Taranova, N.,  Chalisova, O., & Luchakova, O. 1989. Nevrit- gliya vzaimootnosheniaya pod vliyaniem antitel k tserebrosidam. [Nevrit-glia interrelationships change unger the influence of antibodies to galactocerebrosides (in vivo investigation of tissue culture)]. Archivy Anatomii. Gistoogii i Embriologii 46, 14-22.**

17.   Suvorov, N., Makarov, F., Taranova, N., Rybakov, V. & Luchakova, O. 1989.Morfologicheskie i metabolicheskie izmeneniya v kletochnukh strukturakh mozga pri nevrose. [Morphological and metabolical changes in the cell structures of neurosis brain]. In N. Suvorov (Ed.), Neurosciences: Experimental and clinical research. (pp. 55-66). Leningrad, Russia: Nauka.**

18.   Taranova, N. & Luchakova, O. 1989. Neurosis induction influence upon the content and biosynthesis of rat brain gangliosides. In V. Shuvaev (Ed.), Mechanisms of regulation of physiological functions (p. 109). Leningrad, Russia: Acad. Sci..**

19.   Taranova, N. & Luchakova, O. 1989. Effects of REM-SLEEP deprivation on brain and synaptosomal gangliosides’ content and turnover. Neurochem. Intern., 13 (suppl. 1), 178.

20.   Taranova, N., Sergeeva, S., & Luchakova, 1989. O. Retzius neuron electrogenesis in the conditions of neuron-glia relationships altered by the antibodies to gliaspecific glycolipid antigens. In A.Roitbak (Ed.), The Neuroglia Functions (p. 11). Tbilisi, Georgia: Acad. Sci. Georg.. **

21.   Vinogradova, I.,  Dobretsov, M., Bereznikovskaya, E., Matyushkin, D., & Luchakova, O. 1989. Possible Schwann cell function in the neuro-muscular junction of a frog. In A. Roitbak (Ed.), The Neuroglia Functions (p. 12). Tbilisi, Georgia:  Acad. Sci. Georg..**

22.   Sotnikov, O.S., Taranova, N.P., Chalisova, N.I., Luchakova, O.S. 1989.Changes in the neurite-glial interrelations under the influence of antiserum against galactocerebrosides (a vital tissue culture study).Arkhivy Anatomii, Gistologii i Embriologii. 96(2), 14-23. Russian.**

23.   Koslova, M.,  Glushenko, T.,  Slepko, N.,  Taranova, N., Andjan, N. & Luchakova, O. 1989. Glia cells differentiation in culture: Morphological and immunocytochemical investigation. In A. Roitbak (Ed.), The Neuroglia Functions (p. 43). Tbilisi, Georgia: Acad. Sci. Georg..**

24.   Luchakova, O. 1990. Meditativnaya praktika v letnem lagere dlya vsroslukh. [Meditative practices in the summer camp for adults]. In V.Antonov (Ed.), Raja and Buddhi Yoga (pp.423-428). Moscow, Russia: Association Cosmonautics to Humanity .

25.   Luchakova, O. 1990. Vliyanie antitel k glycolipidam mozga na neoroglialnue otnosheniaya. [Antibodies to brain glycolipid influence neuron-glia interrelationships]. In E. Korneva (Ed.), The Interaction of Nervous and Immune system (pp. 180-181). Leningrad, Russia: Acad. Sci. USSR & Acad. Med. Sci.

26.   Louchakova, O. 1990. Method for diagnostics of the alterations of the cellular structures of the nervous tissue in neurologic patients by the means of revealing the autoantibodies to the glycolipid brain antigen. The Proposals for Practical Use. Informational project (P76.03.55), 8, 1-3.

27.   Louchakova, O. & Taranova, N. 1990. Antibodies against brain galactocerebrosides (GalC) in humans with acute neurological diseases. In D. Biesold (Ed.), Abstr. 8th Gen. ESN Meeting,  65 .

28.   Taranova, N.P., Sergeeva, S.S., Luchakova, O.S., Maĭorov, V.N.1991.Changes in the plastic properties of the neuron under the action of antibodies to specific glycolipid antigens of the glia. Dokl Akad Nauk SSSR, 8(1), 244-7. Russian.**

29.   Luchakova, O.S., Zulev, N., Lobsin,  A., & Taranova, N. 1991. Sposob diagnostiki  perifericheskoi nervopatii. [The method for the diagnostics of periferal neuropathy]. Sovetskaya  Medicina, 28, 63-70.*

30.   Taranova, N., Sergeeva, S., & Louchakova, O. 1991. Nevroplasticheskie ismenenia v nevroglie pod vliyaniem antitel k gliyaspecificheskim clicolipidnym antigenam. [The neuroplasticity changes of neuroglia under the influence of  antibodies to gliaspecific glycolipid antigens]. Doklady Akademii Nauk, 318, 244-247.**

31.   Makarov, A., Taranova, N., Louchakova, O., & Leikin, I. 1991. Antitela k glikolipidnum antigenam glii pri ostruh I khronicheskikh narusheniyakh spinnomozgovogo krovoobrasheniaya. [Autoantibodies to glia glycolipid antigens in acute and chronic spinal blood circulation disorders]. Zurnal Nevrologii i Psychiatrii,  91, 52-55.*

32.   Luchakova, O. & Taranova, N. 1991. Diagnostika ismenenii v kletochnux structurah nervnoi tkani. Metodicheskie rekomendatsi. [Diagnostics of the alterations of the cellular structures of the nervous tissue. Methodological recomendations]. St.Petersburg, Russia: Rus.Acad.Sci.publ.

33.   Luchakova, O. S., Taranova N., & Guseva, V. 1991. Sposob otzenki immunnoi reactivnosti protiv nervnoi tkani v sdorovykh detyakh. [The method of estimation of the immune reactivity against the nervous tissue in healthy children]. Pediatria, 7, 6-15.

34.   Makarov, A.Iu., Taranova N.P., Leĭkin I.B., Luchakova O.S., Loboda E.B.1991.Autoantibodies to glycolipid antigens of oligodendroglia in acute and chronic disorders of spinal circulation. Zhurnal Nevropatologii i Psikhiatrii Imeni S. S. Korsakova. 91(1), 52-5. Russian.*

35.   Taranova, N.P, Makarov, A.Iu., Amelina, O.A., Luchakova, O.S., Loboda, E.B., Leĭkin, I.B. 1992.Zhurnal Voprosov Neirokhirurgii Imeni N. N. Burdenko. The production of autoantibodies to nerve tissue glycolipid antigens in patients with traumatic spinal cord injuries. (4-5), 21-4. Russian.*

36.   Vinogradova, I.M., Dobretsov, M.G., Bereznikovskaia, E.Iu., Matiushkin, D.P., Luchakova, O.S., Taranova. NP. 1992. The possible function of Schwann cells in neuromuscular transmission in the frog. Fiziological Zhurnal SSSR Imeni I. M. Sechenova, 78(7), 51-5. Russian.**

37.   Taranova, N. Totolyan, & I. Friedman, Louchakova, O.S. 1993. Autoantitela k cerebrosidam pri rsseyannom sklerose. [Autoantibodies to cerebrosides in multiple sclerosis]. Sovetskaya Medicina, 9, 26-47.**

38.   Lobzin, V.S,. Zhulev, N.M., Luchakova, O.S., Taranova, N.P., Zavolokov, I.G., Badzgaradze, Iu.D., Tiukarkina, A.B. 1993. The differentiation of the pathogenetic variants of nerve trunk lesions. Zhurnal Nevrologii i Psikhiatrii Imeni S. S. Korsakova, 93(5), 97-9. Russian.*

39.   Vinogradova, I. M., Dobretsov, M. G., Bereznikovskaya, E. Yu., Luchakova, O.S., Taranova, N.P. 1993. A possible function of Schwann cells in neuromuscular transmission in the frog. Neuroscience &  Behavioral Physiolology, 23(6), 576-9.*

40.   Kungurtsev, I. & Louchakova, O. 1994. The unknown Russian mysticism: Pagan sorcery, Christian yoga, and other esoteric practices in the former Soviet UnionIn T. R. Soidla & S. I. Shapiro (Eds.), Voices of Russian Transpersonalism (pp. 7-15).  Brisbane, Australia: Bolda-Lok.

41.   Totolyan, N.A. & Luchakova, O.S. (1996). Antibodies to brain galactocerebrosides in the serum and cerebrospinal fluid of patients with disseminated sclerosis. Zhurnal Nevrologii i Psikhiatrii Imeni S. S. Korsakova, 96(4), 75-87. Russian.**

42.   Wall, K. & Louchakova, O. 2002. Evolution of consciousness in responses to terrorist attacks: Towards a transpersonal theory of cultural transformation. The Humanistic Psychologist30(3), 252-273.

43.   Louchakova, O., & Warner, A.  2003. Via Kundalini: Psychosomatic excursions in transpersonal psychology. The Humanistic Psychologist, 31(2-3), 115-158.

44.   Louchakova, O., Brevde, G. 2003.Transpersonalnaya Psyhologia v SShA: Istoria, problemy, perspectivy. [Transpersonal Psychology in the United States: History, problems, perspectives]. Vestnik Integrativnoi Psihologii1, 14-16.

45.   Louchakova, O. 2005. On advantages of the clear mind: Spiritual practices in the training of phenomenological researcher. The Humanistic Psychologist, 33(2), 87-112.

46.   Louchakova, O. 2007. Spiritual heart and direct knowing in the Prayer of the Heart.  Existential Analysis, 18(1), 81-102.

47.   Louchakova, O. 2007. Prayer of the Heart, Ego-transcendence and adult development. Existential Analysis, 18(2), 261-287.

48.    Louchakova, O. 2009. Fondements de la therapie transpersonnelle: Une approche phenomenologique feministe. [Visioning the foundations of transpersonal therapy: Feminist phenomenological approach]. Synodies, 81-87.

49.   Louchakova, O., & Lucas, M. 2009. Self as the clinical category: Reflections on culture, gender and phenomenology. Journal of Transpersonal Psychology, 39(2), 111-136.  

52.   Louchakova-Schwartz, O. 2012, Intuition of life in Tymieniecka’s Phenomenology with a reference to intuition of Sat in Śaṅkara’s Advaita Vedanta.  Culture &Philosophy: A Journal for Phenomenological Inquiry, 2011, 40-60.

53.   Louchakova-Schwartz, O. 2012. Self in the Path(o)s of the New Enlightenment: Towards a New Clinical Theory. Agathos. An International Review of the Humanities and Social Sciences, Volume 3, Issue 1 / 2012, 7-30.

55.   Bob, P. & Louchakova, O. 2015.“Dissociative States in Dreams and Brain Chaos: Implications for Creative Awareness”.  Frontiers in Psychology, 6 (07 September 2015),

Louchakova, O. 2005. Awakening to spiritual consciousness in times of religious violence: Reflections on culture and transpersonal psychology. In J. Drew & D. Lorimer (Eds.), Ways through the wall: Approaches to citizenship in an interconnected world (pp. 32- 46). Lydney, UK: First Stone.


Popular Articles and Book-Chapters

1.      Kungurtsev, I., & Louchakova, O. 1992, A proposal for collaborative psychedelic research in Russia. MAPS Newsletters3(2), 21.

2.      Kungurtsev, I. & Louchakova, O. 1994.  Earth and spirit. Gnosis33, 14-21.

3.      Kungurtsev, I. & Louchakova, O. 1994. The unknown Russian mysticism: Pagan sorcery, Christian yoga, and other esoteric practices in the former Soviet Union. Gnosis32, 20-27. Reprint: (1997).

4.       Louchakova, O., & Johnson, K. 2000. Icons: Windows to the divine. The Quest, 88(2), 44-50

5.      Louchakova, O. 2004. Essence of the Prayer of the Heart. In L. Lozowick, Gasping for air in a vacuum (pp. 35-50). Prescott, AZ: Hohm Press.

6.      Louchakova, O. 2006. EUROTAS and GRETT meeting, Loire, France, October 5-8, 2006 (2006/2007, December/January). AHP Perspective. Retrieved from

7.      Louchakova, O. 2007. Scholars from Kyrgyzstan participate in a transpersonal international exchange. (2007/2008, December/January). AHP Perspective. Retrieved from

8.      Louchakova, O. 2008. The experience of sohbet. Newsletter for the International Association of Sufism7, 2-3.

9.      Louchakova, O. 2009. Kundalini and health: Living well with spiritual awakening. In Kundalini rising: Exploring the energy of awakening (pp. 97-115). Boulder, Colorado: Sounds True.

10.   Louchakova-Schwartz, O. 2014. Transpersonal Psychology as a Lifestyle: Reflections on the recent developments in the field of transpersonal psychology. Newsletter of the Association of Transpersonal Psychology.


1.      Louchakova, O. 1988.Autoantibodies to the Galactocerebrosides of the Brain in Experimental and Clinical Research. Autoreferate, Unpublished Doctoral Dissertation, Pavlov Institute of Physiology of the USSR Academy of Sciences.



Louchakova, O. 1999. Hridayam® Method: Shaki-Yoga Verbatim. Unpublished monograph.


Book Reviews

1.      Louchakova, 0. 1999. [Review of Sovatsky, Stuart. Time, East-West Spirituality, and Psychotherapeutic Narrative.  SUNY series in Transpersonal Psychology. Albany, NY: SUNY.1989]. Journal of Transpersonal Psychology.

2.      Louchakova-Schwartz, O. 2011. [Review of the book Kundalini yoga meditation for complex psychiatric disorders: Techniques specific for treating psychoses, personality and pervasive developmental disorders, by D. S. Shannahoff-Khalsa]. The Humanistic Psychologist, 39(1), 60-62.

3.      Louchakova-Schwartz. O. 2015. Review of Miller, Judith. 2015. Healing the Western Soul: A Spiritual Homecoming for Today’s Seeker. Paragon House, St. Paul, MN. The Humanistic Psychologist, 2015, xx-xx, to appear.