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I help you step up for the life your heart knows is possible

Welcome to a journey of self-discovery and personal growth. I am here to help you step up for the life your heart knows is possible. Through the use of hypnosystemic and embodiment psychology, we will explore the depths of your mind and the wisdom of your body, so you can connect with your inner wisdom, power, and potential.

Benedikt Schmidt

With an unerring eye for and on the resources of his counterpart, Benedikt manages to accompany and explore even difficult topics with great ease - and does so with a big heart.

Dr. Vera Popper

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Benedikt coaches in a very special way - heart-opening, loving, authentic and with a lot of calm. He creates a space in which one feels valued and accepted.

Violeta M.

Benedikt enables you to go deep inside yourself to find the answers there. For this he relies mainly on the sensation of the body. I had two inner directions on a topic and was able to understand what each side wanted for me.

Baptiste Barennes

My Own Story

While still in the confines of the school system, I came across a consequential lecture by Alan Watts. In this talk, he explored the question of how we would really enjoy our lives if money was not an issue.

With his words in mind, I soon realised:

There seems to be a big difference between the life that makes us feel alive and the life that many of us live, even if it doesn't make us happy.

This coincided with a feeling I had been carrying inside me for a while. So I became curious and started looking for answers, for aliveness and the life well lived. At that time, I was not really aware of all this and simply followed this feeling inside me.

In this search I was allowed to try out, experience and learn an enormous amount and so I found myself sometimes studying psychology and sometimes at hidden Sufi ceremonies, sometimes in the jungle and sometimes building edible forest gardens. There were also desperate and very sad times. Then again very funny times with fascinating and strange encounters and so slowly a consistent picture began to develop in all this.

I noticed that my vitality always seemed to disappear when I looked for it outside or wanted to reach it with my mind. It was usually the head decisions that gave me the least aliveness. The times when I let my inner compass do the work were incomparably more fulfilling. I also understood that I had been looking for aliveness on the outside, although I had only been able to find it within myself.

However, it soon became clear that it needed inner work to be able to really feel my compass clearly and so I began to release patterns and blockages within myself and to work with the energy and emotional system of our body. Soon after, I decided to try an experiment in living only my truth and the life my heart knew was possible.

To this day, it seems to be proving true. The freer I am on the inside, the more alive I feel and the more creatively and lovingly I can approach this world on the outside.

Now I have made it my mission to support people who have a similar desire for more aliveness within themselves to find their way back to themselves and to pursue their birthright to aliveness.

The global phase of upheaval in which we currently find ourselves and in which old beliefs seem to be disintegrating on all levels is a great opportunity for us in this respect. It is often such upheavals in which we wake up, come into our power and learn to take responsibility for ourselves, for our healing and for our presence in this world in a new way.

At the same time, this transitional phase can be very challenging, especially as many of us carry strong social conditioning and pain. Therefore, with Follow the River I want to support people to stand in their power again and stand up for the world that their hearts know is possible.

Follow your inner compass, do the inner work and most importantly, don't believe everything you think. These seem to be some of the most important keys to aliveness so far.

And so now the circle that Alan Watts talked about in his talk has also come full circle. Because if you live your truth with your whole system, then one day you will be good at it and you will find people who like what you do.

Welcome to Follow the River!

Benedikt Schmidt

My background

  • Self-employed as hypnosystemic psychologist and coach with Follow The River since 2020
  • Training as a psychological coach (Mag. Christine Hoffmann and Dr. Vera Popper, Vienna)
  • Research work as a Positive Psychologist with Dr. Ilona Boniwell (Positran, Épône)
  • Psychological training in the areas of creativity management, strengths and time management, motivation, enthusiasm, job crafting, nudging and positive leadership (Dr. Ilona Boniwell, Paris)
  • Training as a seminar leader in stress management (Silke Ludwig, Hanover)
  • MSc Applied Social Psychology at the Free University of Amsterdam
  • BSc Psychology at the University of Vienna and La Sapienza University, Rome
    • Other areas of study: Theory U, incremental and radical innovation

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