I became a student of Taoist Master Mantak Chia’s in 1987 and I’ve been committed to advancing myself in the Taoist energy practices since then.
In 1990, I became an instructor to begin teaching the Universal Healing Tao system in Europe, and I later moved to Thailand to live, work and teach at Master Chia’s center, the Tao Garden Health Spa & Resort.
By 2001, I was a Senior Instructor teaching many levels and forms of the energy practices, including much of what I teach today – Tai Chi, Chi Kung, Healing Love, Fusion, Cosmic Healing and Chi Nei Tsang. Since 2010, I’ve served as the Global Branch Leader for Chi Nei Tsang, guiding and managing how the abdominal massage is taught and practiced around the world.
Teaching is truly my passion and inspiring others to try these ancient practices and live a Tao lifestyle is my calling.
I feel so inspired and compelled to teach these practices all over the world because the Tao has also completely transformed my life, who I am and my spirituality.
MY JOURNEY TO THE TAO
Going back to childhood, I, like many others, had many experiences which caused a lot of emotional distress and challenges. I grew up having no self-esteem and feeling very insecure. These deep feelings of not being “right” or “good enough” stayed with me for a long time, and only through the practices, was I able to become aware of them and transform these negative emotions into self-healing positivity.
My parents fought a lot and I grew up with fear, which manifested as a lump in my stomach. I became isolated, with no one to share my deep fear and insecurity, and I became introverted in my family dynamic. As a result, I felt very drawn to mysticism and all that could not to be explained with words. At that time, I didn’t understand anything about emotions I just felt very uneasy with my family.
As a young adult, I began searching for a way to become spiritual and truly improve myself, my well-being and my ability to feel fulfilled and happy. I explored Shamanism in South America and gurus in India, but didn’t feel very strongly connected to these practices. Eventually I made it back to my home country, Germany, and there I found a book by Master Chia about opening the Microcosmic Orbit.
I practiced opening and moving my Microcosmic Orbit for two years before finally attending a course with Master Chia. I remember feeling the energy moving so much stronger while practicing with Master Chia during that course than I ever was able to feel while practicing by myself. In that moment, I realized that this was what I wanted to learn, and I wanted to master it myself and then be able to help people to feel their own energy moving in their bodies.
It took many years of sacrifice and dedicated practice to heal myself. I’m forever grateful to Master Chia as the energy cultivation practices that he teaches have positively transformed my life in every aspect, and I’m committed to helping people change their lives as much as these teachings have transformed mine.