MIND Board (2017-2019, Director of Business Development and Finance (2017-2019)
What is your motivation to contribute to MIND?
When I became aware of MIND it was love at first sight, no exaggeration. I immediately felt an inner resonance between my beliefs and the agenda of the foundation. At the time my godmother died quickly and surprisingly. She spent only 14 days in hospice. The desire for humane hospice care was one of the trigger points for me at that time.
I quickly realized that my way of economical thinking can do a good job for a nonprofit organization. And that is ultimately the main motivation for me: to get a satisfying answer to the question where my abilities create the most value for the community. This is currently for me within MIND
What got you interested in Psychedelic science?
I have always felt the deep desire to look behind the curtain, to look behind the scenes. Already as a teenager, I was attracted to mind expanding experiences. These extremes have always been pure life, pure liveliness for me.
After university graduation, it was then a monk in a monastery who had again kissed alive my interest in altered states of consciousness, beginning with holotropic breathing and meditation. Since a close family member is taking antidepressants for 50 years now, I have seen the unattractive chance-to-risk ratio of these drugs. This own private experience and the intuitive feeling of having a predisposition for it myself, have left a lasting mark on my interest in self-healing and consequently in psychedelic science.
Which meaning does the psychedelic experience have for an open society?
An open society does not prescribe the solution, but only the desired normative goals. These are then achieved through evolutionary, fractal processes. Fractal, because there is always an original formula for successful processes in nature. This is often and often forgotten by people in crucial social positions. Towers of Babel are being built and the wheel reinvented to find seemingly solutions, alienating humans only from themselves and from nature. The psychedelic experience again brings intuitive order into internal and external systems that seemed lost. Returning to the essential, for me, that is the essence of the psychedelic experience.