At university, I studied German, Literature, Culture and Media Sciences, and at the Walter-Knäpper School I trained as a Naturopath.
In 1997, I opened a beautiful naturopathy practice in Bochum, but just 3 years later in 2000, I closed it. There were several reasons for this. One of the main reasons was that I found it difficult to accept money for therapy (something I have since learned is accept), but I also began to question myself, question what healing really means, and question my personal motives for doing this job.
It was at this time that I met Dr. Reshad Field, who went on to become my teacher for the next 10 years. Brimming with knowledge acquired through countless generations, Reshad taught me how to live as a ‘normal’ person and experience both happy and depressing moments, while remaining on my journey. Other significant personalities in my life at that time include Pir Vilayat Inayat Khan, Tony Robbins, Jill Purce from England, my two psychotherapists Eugen Drewermann (the Church Critic) and Avi Yasur from Tel Aviv, and finally, the grand dame of the spiritual scene Lili Benatav.
From 2000 – 2004, I lived a quiet life in Israel. Having read all about the holy land in the Bible as a child, I felt like I had finally come home, and it was here that I began to reshape my life with the writings of Martin Buber and the guidance of my spiritual teach Reshad Field, who taught me how something as simple as breathing can change your life.
Feeling renewed, I began to work as a German language teacher, coach and mediator, helping people from over 130 nations to learn a new language with the help of breathing techniques and time-space awareness, now referred to as mindfulness. I continued to work in this way for many years, and became extremely successful in my field, but the long hours and lack of caring for myself began to take its toll. My weakness has always been to serve others, while putting my own needs aside, and while I have always tried to justify this imbalance in my life with idealistic Christian beliefs, it was time to face facts.
In 2012, I suffered massive neurological deficits, but tried to ignore them as much as possible. I continued to work as before and used state-of-the-art medical equipment and alternative methods to self-treat my condition. It was not until much later, when a psychologist from Southern Germany pointed out that I was living in ‘survival mode’, something that would lead to my demise if not immediately addressed, that I decided to change my life.
In 2016 und 2019, my wife and I became parents to our wonderful daughters, and at times, I feel like I owe them my life. My Greek in-laws, my brother-in-law, my mother and my brothers all have my thanks for guiding me through those dark periods. They are all a great blessing of which I am truly grateful.
Feeling revitalised, I started to make significant career changes in 2017. The road ahead was unclear, but I decided to follow it regardless, and trust in my abilities. Awareness is still the foundation of my work, but I now take a more sustainable approach, allowing time for me, and no longer living in survival mode.
In 2018, I resumed my work as a therapist (while continuing my 21words* Corporation), but this time under new conditions. Thanks to the generosity of Dr. Olaf Deling, I now have a practice in the beautiful Düsseldorf Carlsviertel, where we work together for the benefit of our patients, combining complementary medicines with naturopathy techniques.