Systemic Constellations – a method, an approach, a type of therapy, a collection of insights, applied philosophy, study of human relationships, a useful tool applied in many disciplines, a way of perceiving the world – which keeps captivating many around the world: those who struggle, those who want to learn and those who want to teach.
The wide application of this method in many different disciplines by many different professions makes it impossible to offer one definition, even only one description won’t suffice. Through it we are all connected, and yet our relationship to Constellations remains deeply individual and personal. Everyone experiences it differently.
Constellation Work flows and keeps changing, and all of those affected keep changing with it. Systemic constellations are like a river, in constant movement and also streaming in different directions since first developed by Bert Hellinger .
Through some quotes of Hellinger’s and others, we invite you to find your own way into this flowing river of constellations and – become a con-tributary!
Constellations are a SYSTEMIC APPROACH
Constellations rely on the in-formation from the FIELD
“The family constellation experience shows us that there is a connection with the larger whole, with a spiritual field. In this spiritual field all the members of the family are present, including the dead ones, and everyone is in resonance with everyone else.” (Bert Hellinger)
Through constellations we observe that we are all part of SOMETHING GREATER
Constellations require a PHENOMENOLOGICAL STANCE
“An exercise for the helper is to withdraw to an empty center. In this empty center we are without intention, without fear, without memory. We are fully recollected. When we succeed in this recollection, things happen around us, as if they were done by us. But we did nothing…But this non-doing is utmost presence. It is non-doing in complete mindfulness. In the presence of someone who is non-acting in this way, the other person can do what really needs to be done.” (B.H. “Rising in Love”, 2008)
Constellations use representatives and rely on the phenomenon of REPRESENTATIVE PERCEPTION
“The energy and dynamics which arise through the therapist’s posture of attentive reserve and representations, create a space in which relationships and entanglements can emerge and move towards resolution. In this process, it seems as if the representatives are being influenced by a powerful external force that appears to direct them in some way. Our established psychological and philosophical approaches are not sufficient to explain the phenomena which can be observed here.” (B.H. “No waves without the ocean”)
Constellations reveal the ORDERS that operate in our family systems
Constellations work through MULTIGENERATIONAL patterns
Constellations include & honor our ANCESTORS
“As long as our ancestors are still suffering within us, we cannot be truly happy. If we make a step with awareness…we do this for all the past and future generations. Then all arrive at the same moment we arrive and we all find peace at the same time.” (Thich Nhat Hahn)
Constellations take many different roads
Constellations make us realize we are all CONNECTED