Coaching  –  Healing  –  Self Development Tools  –  Financial Services


In 2012, I helped some friends heal and deal with the things they were going through, mentally, emotionally and physically, at the time using a combination of Reiki and informal coaching. I then took a 7-week trip to Nepal, Tibet and India. Whilst there, I realized I was passionate about assisting others in this way. I decided to enhance my skills in these areas.

I looked to the International Coaching Federation (‘ICF’)¹, the largest global organization of professional coaches. I selected Consciousness Coaching² as my program of choice. I completed the Master Levels I, II, III part 1, and III part 2, all in 2013. An additional step could be to take the exam and register with Consciousness Coaching and/or ICF, although I have not felt that calling.

Benefits of Coaching

If you are facing issues such as a sense of discomfort, unpleasantness, problems, resistance, anxiety, sadness, depression, a sense of “stuckness”, an overactive imagination, or overthinking, you may benefit from coaching. That will support you to identify the issue, be with it, see it for what it truly is, and allow you to actively deal with it. It may provide relief, acceptance, dissolution of the issue at hand, or other benefits. It does not matter whether these circumstances arise in your work, or personal life, or spiritual development. All are well-suited to be addressed in that way.

Clients have dealt successfully with, among others, the following:

  • Unexpected relationship breakup and financial struggles
  • Fear of lack of money learned in the childhood home
  • Not feeling good enough and staying in an (emotionally) abusive relationship
  • Placing almost all attention on extreme tail-end likelihood events as a result of desiring to avoid such scenarios or being afraid of them
  • Letting the desire of the ego determine the course of a career rather than doing what is right for the person
  • Feelings of loneliness and separation as a result of Corona measures
  • Feeling overwhelmed with the struggles of balancing home and work life

How do I coach?

I coach by guiding you in whatever is appropriate for you, whether that be getting clarity on what your goals are, understanding how to achieve them, and/or achieving them. In doing so, I strongly trust my intuition to guide us.

This approach, particularly the use of intuition, can be very different to how most people coach. My experience is however that this best supports the clients I coach in the long term, even though the learning process may be more intense than through another approach.


Healing takes place when the discomfort is addressed at its cause. When the cause is not just physical, but with for example an underlying emotional or mental unresolved issue, it pays off to address those things also. There are many approaches to this, and they all to some extent require some sense of these subtler energies, and even the complete ’emptiness’, in which all such energies appear.

I first became interested in one such approach, Reiki, after seeing my mother, a chronic migraine sufferer, being healed of her affliction through a Reiki treatment when I was about 14 years old. It took a while for me to realize I wanted to do something with that too, and became a Level I practitioner in 2006. In 2011, I became a Level II practitioner, and in July 2014 I became a Reiki Master after a one-year apprenticeship with my own Reiki Master. Being a Reiki Master allows me to not only give Reiki to others, but teach others how to give Reiki as well.

Subsequently, my awareness of the causes of discomfort is more present, allowing me to more easily identify the cause of issues, and address them there at that level. Sometimes, intense cooperation with the client is required, as they too are to address the underlying issue, as it is often their life lessons to be learnt rather than avoided.

Benefits of Healing

If you are facing physical discomfort, or strong emotional or mental trauma, a deeper sense of healing may be appropriate. Connecting to that trauma, either with you or for you, is what is done. Then, the trauma is sensed, and dealt with in the appropriate manner. If life lessons have not been fully integrated, the cause of the trauma may not disappear yet. In those cases, additional investigation is required by you (which can be done together).

Some items that have been dealt with:

  • lower back and leg pain as a result of herniated discs
  • acid reflux burning the throat and diminishing taste
  • strong fear of heights and driving
  • inability to sleep after stroke
  • persistent headaches
  • kidney failure as a result of intense auto-immune response

In most of these cases, the client did have to address some underlying emotional or mental issue prior to a greater resolution of the physical issue.

Self Development Tools

Over time, I have gratefully used many tools kindly provided by others to support my growth. As my learning progressed, I was able to share some of that with others. More recently, I find myself called to make more of what I have learned available. I have decided to publish books and other e-learning tools and content to support their learning and growth. In effect, all the items described above can be done by you too, if you commit yourself to learning how.

For those interested in these things, please consult the Books and Videos pages on this site from time to time. In addition, you may benefit from reading some of these Posts.

Financial Services

In my 20+-year career in investment management, I have been involved in many of the aspects of running and governing investment management businesses. I studied Econometrics with a specialization in Quantitative Finance; received my CFA-charter; was President of CFA Society Netherlands; worked in the investment management department of a public pension fund; was a co-founder of a private equity fund of funds business, developing, marketing, selling, investing, and managing products and services; ran a management company managing publicly traded equity and fixed income funds; and have been Chairman of several alternative investment funds.

Mikan B.V. offers support to your financial services organization in the form of advice, consulting, and Directorships.