... Phenomenology as a Mystical Discipline. (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)
This is also the essence of Husserl’s revolution: that consciousness is intentional, that it is active, not passive. It is like a hand reaching out and grabbing things, not just a searchlight.
This is also very similar to Thomas Aquinas's theory of knowledge. For Aquinas the intellect was not a passive faculty, but an active one, which reached out toward the known and grasped its form and in so doing made the form of the known a part of the form of the knower, so that knower and known become one - and the knower is enriched in being.