What are Constellations?

“A living system is defined not by the individual parts, but by the relationships between them. The flow of energy. The flow of love.”


If we wish to transform an unhealthy system into a healthy one, we must be able to identify the current state of relationships in the system.


Family and Systemic Constellations allow us to do just that: to perceive the current state of the system so that we may assist to bring it into greater health and greater balance.


The field of Systemic Constellations has numerous applications – from healing personal and ancestral trauma, to helping businesses perform better, to providing teachers with new pedagogical techniques. We recognize our work as one of the currently most powerful tools for systemic inquiry, personal healing and organizational and social change.

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Included below are the voices of a number of Constellation facilitators and resources.


“We recognize our work as one of the most powerful tools for systemic inquiry, personal healing and organizational and social change in the world.”


“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 Systemic Family Constellation process was developed by the German-born Bert Hellinger. It is a trans-generational, phenomenological, therapeutic intervention with roots in family systems therapy (Moreno, Satir, Böszörményi-Nagy), existential-phenomenology (Brentano, Husserl, Heidegger), and the ancestor reverence of the South African Zulus. The Systemic Constellation process is sanctioned by family therapy associations in Europe and is being integrated by thousands of licensed practitioners worldwide.”

Wikipedia Entry: Systemic Constellations


“Systemic constellations reveal and transform embedded patterns that are otherwise very challenging to understand and change. Intellectually, we may recognize patterns of negative behaviors and destructive relationships, but in practice it can be extremely difficult to free ourselves from the ones that feel most unwanted. Through this process we become aware of the complex web of interconnection reaching into our present from generations past. Experiencing this interconnectedness so directly has an amazingly freeing effect.”

Dan Booth Cohen


“Imagine a constellation in the sky – a grouping of stars that depicts your ancestors. Each star has an invisible string of energy connecting one to another and to you. In your aliveness on this earth, you are tethered to these people of the past. You have inherited their joys and sorrows, and you may be carrying anger, loss, illness or guilt that burden your life today – even if you do not know how or why. Family Constellation Work helps you connect and correct the past so that you can move forward with inner peace.”

Karen Carnabucci


“Systemic Constellations are a method for revealing and re-aligning hidden loyalties in family, business, or other kinds of tightly bonded groups. Essentially, you have taken on, often without being aware of it, “assignments” to function in a certain way in the groups you belong to—especially in your family. Yet often these assignments are in conflict with your personal health or fulfillment. They serve as anchors — unseen sticking points — that prevent positive change. Constellations make these anchors visible. They provide the means to increase not only your personal well-being, but also that of your family or business as a whole.”

Michael Reddy


“The Constellation Approach originates from the methodology of systemic therapy which looks at life as a whole versus isolated incidents of pain. By viewing family situations with a wider lens, we gain insights into the deeper reasons things occur.

Bert Hellinger calls this larger field the Family Soul, we’ve named it the Family Energy Field. It serves as the basis for exploring and understanding our relationships as well as eventually constructing solutions to unresolved issues.

The Constellation Approach allows a deep soul-level healing to take place by leading us past societal ideas of morality to a holographic understanding of why events happen in the context of love and loyalty to the family.”

Peter and Jamy Faust


“Out of love and loyalty, we often unconsciously carry the traumas and destructive patterns of our ancestors, which may manifest in our daily lives as unresolvable personal problems and relationship issues.

Through the gentle, yet powerful process of Family Constellations, we enter into connection with our ancestors through the energetic ‘Knowing Field.’ Our entanglements within our ancestral family are gently and respectfully uncovered. Family Constellation participants commonly report their experience to be sacred, cathartic, connecting, and profound.

Rita Martino


“Family Constellation are a process for revealing the hidden dynamics in a family, so they can be worked with and healed. Release begins with the participant stating his/her issue and choosing members from the workshop group as representatives for certain family members alive or dead. When these are placed in relationship to each other, all involved participants begin to perceive information related to the family member who they are representing. As a result, previously subconscious, often tragic, family ties are made perceptible, and the dynamic that caused the participant’s issue is discovered.”

Brigitte Sztab

Taken and adapted from the web site :





Hellinger Sciencia – What is Family Constellation?

by Hellinger Sciencia


Unraveling Family Secrets-interview with Bert Hellinger



From Introduction by Ralph Metzner

Zeig, Tucker & Theisen, Inc. 2002


Spiritual Family Constellation Work by Bert Hellinger


The Hellinger Sciencia and the Spirit-Mind by Bert Hellinger


New paths, by Bert Hellinger




by Alemka Dauskardt


Family Constellations – a therapy beyond words 

By Ingeborg Stiefel, Poppy Harris, Andreas W. F.Zollmann


Classical Family Constellations, Movements of the Soul, Movements of the “Spirit-Mind”: Where is Constellation Work Heading to? By Wilfried Nelles