Growing up in Munich, Germany, Bernhard moved to California in 1994 to study drumsand percussion at the ‘Percussion Institute of Technology’ (PIT), Los Angeles. His exploration into rhythm and music became a journey of self-discovery and healing which lead him to bodywork and the Healing Arts. Being very emotionally sensitive and battling depression throughout his early life, Bernhard faced his shadow and fears. His personal healing process also inspired him to explore the mysteries and hidden knowledge surrounding our planet and humanity’s origins, questioning the roots of what constitutes “reality”, and how social (and spiritual) conditioning impacts upon our collective and individual search for truth, fulfillment and happiness in all aspects of life. Bernhard’s blog “PIERCING THE VEIL OF REALITY” is a wide-ranging collection of essays, films, webinars and interviews, ranging from spirituality, shamanism, psychology, self-work, esotericism, history, to the paranormal and hyperdimensional realities.
Bernhard feels that in order to make a shift in consciousness, we need to do the work to separate truth from lies, both within and without; and to bring the darkness to light whilst making the shadow conscious, so that we can truly heal, evolve, and grow, living up to our full soul potential and aligning with our individual purpose. All of these values are pursued in order to achieve humanity’s collective emancipation, which involves every individual becoming fully-embodied sovereign Beings, playing our unique parts in this evolution of the heart-space, anchoring a higher frequency of love and compassion for self and others. Living in Topanga Canyon, California, Bernhard is working with individuals from all walks of life, helping them in their path of healing and wellness in person or over Skype via Integrative Bodywork, Holistic Coaching and transformational retreats.
The Berlin Future Forum (BFF) provides a generative field of creative dialogue for new thoughts and ideas to emerge. BFF is an effective innovation platform for transdisciplinary dialogues and discussions concerning the profound transformations that humanity is experiencing in the beginning of the 21st century and the newly emerging possibilities for creating a new kind of civilization.
Actualization of a new possibility requires a new approach and a new method that is not of the past or the present but of and from the future. BFF is an exploratory experiment in the development and execution of such a new approach and method in the actualization of the emerging new possibilities.
Berlin has been chosen as the initial location because the city is known as a preeminent creative-hub of the world and stands as an inspirational symbolic locus for people who are exploring creative original paths in pursuit of their vision.
“Compassion is probably the only antitoxin of the soul. Where there is compassion, even the most poisonous impulses become relatively harmless. One would rather see the world run by men who set their hearts on toys but are accessible to pity, than by men animated by lofty ideals whose dedication makes them ruthless. In the chemistry of man’s soul, almost all noble attributes—courage, honor, hope, faith, duty, loyalty, etc.—can be transmuted into ruthlessness. Compassion alone stands apart from the continuous traffic between good and evil proceeding within us.”
The chain reactions of violence and war continue all through the 20th century into the 21st century. The tragedies and calamities include the cold war, communist revolutions, communist and fascist genocides and massacres, the nuclear explosions and threats, the uprising of terrorism, countless regional wars, plus the high social pressure and the radiation, chemical, and noise pollutions of the environment.
Humanity has not a chance to recover from those humongous (huge and monstrous) traumas. It is not too far from truth to state that a significant percentage of the human population suffers from a collective post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
The individuals that suffer from PTSD tend to exhibit a host of psychologically and behaviorally dysfunctional symptoms that used to be associated with neurosis. Also, they seek safety and security above all else, willing to give up their liberty, freedom, and independence. Their character—ability to meet the demand of reality—becomes weakened.
Humanity needs healing in both the individual and the societal dimensions or the internal self and the external world dimensions before it can confidently move forward into an uncertain future in its evolutionary path for the creation of a new world, a new civilization.
The BFF approaches the self and the world, the individual and the societal, or the inner and the outer, comprehensively and integrally by seeing the healing of the self and the world as a single and whole movement.
There are two kinds of people who are dedicated to change and transformation. One is “spiritual” people who are dedicated to individual self-transformation and engaged in solitary self-reflection or meditation, claiming that the only way to transform the world is through the individual transformation of each human being.
The other is “social activists” who are dedicated to changing various aspects of society and the world such as what they call “injustice” or “inequality,” claiming that their activism is based on compassion, sense of justice, and altruism and that the exclusive focus on self-transformation is “selfish” and unproductive.
They both share the same simplistic belief in one-way mono-causation: it is either the change of the self that is what causes the change of the societal or the change of the societal that is what causes the change of the self. A half-truth mistaken to be a whole truth subverts our intellectual integrity, obstructs our view, and enervates our thought.
Furthermore, the fact remains that a great portion of spiritual people are still unhealed and untransformed and that despite the great noise social activists make, the world has not changed or transformed much, while their action shows that they are unhealed and untransformed and that their activism is often the outer projection of their unresolved inner trauma, rage, frustration, or dissatisfaction.
In this age of complexity and complex thought, we require more comprehensive ways of thinking and conceiving wherein individual transformation and societal transformation, and healing of the self and healing of the world, constitute one integrated movement of transformation and healing.
Although it sounds platitudinous and cliché-like, indeed “We are the world.” As we are woven into the fabric of the world, so is the world woven into the fabric of our being. To understand that we are the world is to be suffused with real compassion, and to act from this understanding and compassion is to be moral in the deepest sense of the word.
To be moral or ethical in this sense is to think authentically and to act in spontaneous alignment with others inside the existential context of morality embracing reason and rationality and the conceptual framework of (volitional) moral science encompassing (non-volitional) physical science.
In BFF 2017 we will examine and explore the possibility of “Healing the Self, Healing the World” in this comprehensive moral scientific context and framework.