Systemic (Family) Constellation Introduction
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“Systemic Constellation” can be considered a new science that serves to bring into conscious awareness the otherwise hidden dynamics, underlying patterns, unspoken agreements, events or traumas in the bigger system the individual is a part of (such as family or organisation) that may be contributing to current challenges, through processes that facilitate resolution or personal growth.
Originating from family therapy (thus “Family Constellation”), latest development in this work is taking the systemic approach (with or without “constellation”) to wider application – in organisational and societal levels as well.
The word “constellation” has nothing to do with “astrology” – the word refers to the process of making what is hidden visible in 3-dimensional space, with the use of human representatives or objects representing people, elements and concepts in the system that is being looked at from the systemic lens.
Systemic Constellation is an experiential process that can benefit anyone open to seeing beyond the surface and gaining (often profound) insight.
All of us come from our parents and are part of a system – in the family, in our country, our work place and so on. And out of all the “systems” we belong to, the family of origin is the first system we belong to.
Biologist Dr Rupert Sheldrake’s ground-breaking work on “morphic field” (a kind of collective memory and information field shared by the same species) explains the very probable workings of the phenomena observed in Systemic Constellation work.
Dr Dietrich Klinghardt, MD, PhD, believes 50% of root causes of illness can be addressed with this method.
(Read more below about the Science of Constellation)
Systemic Constellation can help uncover root causes of unexplained/recurring challenges that have not been helped with obvious means, including but not limited to:
- Physical health challenges
- Mood disorders & behavioural issues
- Relationship challenges
- Lack of motivation, lack of inner peace, self sabotage, etc
- Challenges in business and/or teams
- Financial difficulties
- Ending generational destructive patterns
- Exploring business potentials
- Societal issues
Systemic (Family) Constellation was first developed by the German psychotherapist, Bert Hellinger in the late 1980s and has continued to evolve and has been used successfully to resolve deep issues not resolved through conventional reductionistic psychotherapy.
The principles in Systemic (Family) Constellation have nothing to do with morals, but they have emerged from what has shown up again and again in many constellation processes facilitated.
For example, exclusion of family members in the family (e.g.from abortion, miscarriages, suicides, “black sheep” in the family, divorce, given away for adoption etc) may cause an imbalance and a misplaced identification by someone in the family system whether they have met or not, and sometimes generations later. We call the phenomenon entanglement.
Another cause of entanglement on the intuitive and transgenerational level can be that of victim and perpetrator – on the personal even national level. The observations from thousands of constellations seem to confirm the laws of “karma” as well, without the determinism.
Bert Hellinger calls Constellation “an attitude to life” and he believes if everyone in the world did just one Constellation, there would be world peace. In fact he was nominated for Nobel Prize for Peace.
Constellation is also being used in the business and non-profit organisations, in resolving underlying issues such as succession, trauma and transformation. It is also increasingly used in business in, for example, testing market response, in guiding best decisions, in periodic “organisational health check”. (And this is what our founder has been using.)
For entrepreneurs and business owners, it has been found their connection to their family of origin and hidden entanglements to the systems they belong to (such as cultural roots and society) can have profound impact on their success and fulfillment.
Constellation is being successfully applied in looking into root causes of health challenges and in bringing about life-changing healing as well.
Systemic/Family Constellation can be performed in one on one setting as well. You can book directly with us if workshop timing does not work for you.
Renowned Biologist Rupert Sheldrake’s morphic field theory that explains the flock behaviours such as that of fish and birds and across animals can explain how family constellation works. This is a short explanation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JydjryhEl5o
Numerous studies on trans-generational trauma have shown us that we may not just inherit physical attributes but also emotional patterns and imprints from our ancestors’ experiences.
For example the grand children of the Holocaust, even though they did not experience the Holocaust events, suffer from higher rates of PTSD. Experiments of trans-generational trauma performed on rats have revealed mind-blowing repetition of patterns and responses to stress across generations after the initial trauma.
German origin Dr. Dietrich Klinghardt M.D., PhD, who is renowned for treating difficult health cases (patients who “have tried everything”) places Family Constellation accounting of 50% the root cause. (The 5 levels of Healing approach he practises underlies Eastern medicine such as Tibetan, Chinese, Ayurvedic medicine and yogic tradition of healing which are all SYSTEMIC.) This recording explains how he would for example treat autistic children not just addressing heavy metal and EMF stresses but also by Family Constellation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D2EB4m9-DCw)
Our 6-dimensional healing approach is similar to Dr Klingdhart’s approach.
The science behind constellation can be explained with the morphogenic resonance or morphic field by Cambridge educated biologist Dr Rupert Sheldrake who discovered how information and experience appeared to be transferable outside of time and space. In Systemic (Family) Constellation, it is also referred to as the “Knowing Field”. In this quantum space, layers and layers of information exist and whether we are aware or not, a part of us exists in this space and interacts with it all the time.
Just as physical symptoms in our body call our attention to look at the root causes and to restore balance, challenges in our family/organisation/society system can call our attention to look at what might be out of balance until balance is restored.
This is why people who go through the Systemic (Family) Constellation with openness can experience profound shifts in many areas in their lives that they may not even have expected. Unexplained blockages dissolve, destructive behaviours such as addiction, suicidal thoughts, etc change; more clarity emerges, as one dissolve the deeper causes for their challenges.
Some concrete examples include: long lost family member reached out to connect “from nowhere”, long time stuck situations in business resolved naturally, serious illness healed against all odds…
Those who have experienced Systemic (Family) Constellation often find the experiential process fascinating, profound or profoundly touching, and the insights they gain from the experience surprisingly and spot on.
Systemic (Family) Constellation is an experiential and somatic process. It usually takes place in a group with about 10 or more participants sitting in a circle. The process begins where the client, after presenting their issue, invite the participants to represent members of his/her family or system (and they can accept or decline). The client then places intuitively each chosen person inside the circle. After everyone is placed, the client takes a seat and observes. The representatives begin to feel like the people or elements they are representing and providing information that otherwise is inaccessible. The facilitator may also invite representatives and decide with the client what elements to be represented.
The experienced facilitator guides the client to witness and acknowledge what emerges. Specific resolution sentences are used. Words are sometimes optional. The connection and shift takes place beyond the superficial level.
An effective Constellation facilitator is compassionate, intuitive and yet neutral. Their role is to “hold space” for what shows up and guides the client to acknowledge what is asking to be acknowledged from the bigger system. Constellation work is positively life-changing when facilitated with neutrality and humility.
Systemic (Family) Constellation can also be a healing or enlightening experience for those who are in representative roles. They are chosen intuitively for having similar “resonance” with what they represent and the facilitated processes often touch them on a deeper level as well.
Anyone who has been a Systemic (Family) Constellation representative will tell you that as they step into their place in the Constellation and just trust “the field”, they start to sense movement and urges that are not their own, while they are fully conscious. Whatever that asks for completion and resolution is information in “the field”.
To be able to tap into the morphogenic field or the Knowing Field is our innate ability, it’s similar to the ability to sense someone is staring at us from our back, or the telepathic experience of thinking about calling someone and they call. Pet owners are often amazed how their pets seem to know they are coming home long before they are physically at the door. Dr Sheldrake’s works explains these phenomena and more.
Anita has trained globally with systemic work and family constellation masters operating in a wide spectrum of working styles. Anita discovered her intuitive capacity and an inter-disciplinary and systemic way of thinking that was perhaps “too early” for her age. And she learnt to turn inward, and developed an interest to philosophy and psychology. Although it was after working 10+ years in fashion that she finally underwent her career/life transformation, following her life purpose in the work of transformation. Anita started coaching and health consulting professionally in 2005 and founded i-Detox in 2008, which preceded iLiving. Her specialty and passion is in supporting change and transformation, and her approach is inevitably integrative, bringing together the many tools in her tool box that support evolution.
This introductory talk covers the key principles in Systemic (Family) Constellation with examples of how hidden patterns, dynamics, unconscious agreements etc can contribute to challenges in personal life and organisational growth and operation.
There will be taster exercise for participants to experience the basic aspect of the intuitive constellation method.
For your maximum benefit, if you have never experienced Systemic Constellation it is highly recommended that you attend one of these workshops before you participate in the full day workshops or have your private session.
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