Welcome, dearest reader!
How camest thou hither, tell me, and wherefore?
I am an aspiring citizen of the universe who was born on 14 March 1979 in Graz, Austria and given the name Wolfgang. My main background is science, or more precisely High Energy Particle Physics where I have completed my PhD degree while working at CERN and the University of Innsbruck. In the past I have been studying Physics at the Graz University of Technology. My current adventure leads me to deeply exploring the nature of collaboration, and building bridges between physics and contemplative science. I invite you to join my Contemplative Scientific Collaboration project.
Life, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways. My passion for science and stories has long been entwined with playing/teaching chess, exploring experience & the mind & consciousness, and varying degrees of meditation practice based on Theravada and Zen Buddhism. A lover of poems, writing and storytelling, I also used to invest a great deal of time and effort into filmmaking with LOOM – an adventure that culminated in the feature-length movie Jenseits in 2006. Add to that a curiosity for communication processes and group dynamics, and a passion for humanity and music and dance, and you will wonder how I manage to juggle, as do I. Yet somehow all these disciplines and passions converge, while my hairline recedes with the years.
The simple beauty of our universe: it’s all connected. And I love connecting the dots, discovering patterns everywhere, and sharing these experiences and the emerging new pictures with my fellow travellers, with you. Indeed I sometimes travel in several worlds at the same time. The meaning of this will become clearer to us as we move along together.
So you guessed it right: writing makes me happy. Sharing makes me happy too, both ways, always. Would you like us to join and travel together?
Warning: this journey may contain unique thoughts and exceptional experiences, food and free hugs, inspiration and curiosity, time and space. You might occasionally find me baking bread, walking barefoot on grass, or listening to the echoes of distant thunder while dancing in the rain.
You can contact me anytime via the contact form or write comments. Your heartfelt expression is always welcome! Share whatever you think, feel, experience – anything that inspires and moves you and your heart-mind. I wonder: what will it be?
The title “near life experience” relates to my view that the experience which we usually call “life” seems like a (more or less) subtle kind of slumber. As if we’re almost alive, but not quite there, not (yet) fully awake. When I started this blog in 2006, I stated its main purpose as “abandoning the misleading narrative of past and future, awakening to the present moment and the experience of things as they actually are”. That may still hold true, but today I simply want to share these experiences on my journey as authentically as possible.
The subtitle “a metaphysical journey…” suggests that I find myself travelling through more than one world, in the way that we would ordinarily (and by definition arbitrarily, while oftentimes consensually) distinguish them. Not knowing the multiplicity of such worlds, it becomes increasingly clear to me that they complement each other, so I find it appropriate to give their number a nice round (pun intended!) approximation.
I post these articles under my favourite online nickname “Heimdall” who is also one of the Norse Gods (we’re not really the same person, but I’ve heard that his last encounter with a dude named Loki didn’t go too well, so I guess he doesn’t mind me impersonating him).
All words and articles published here reflect only my current state of mind and are therefore always subject to further development. In fact such improvement is the main purpose! – I shall also diligently try to ensure the accuracy and harmlessness of all posted links and sources; however I cannot take responsibility for any kind of damage resulting from viewing such content. Moderation, maintenance and control of other websites is their respective owners’ duty. Please tell me if you find anything which you consider should be edited or removed from my blog for legal, ethical or other reasons.