Constellation Work is an innovative method which relies on natural laws that support the healthy flow of life in relationships. These natural forces are used to restore balance and to bring profound healing solutions to families and other human systems.
Issues that can be addressed by this work include:
Disturbed relationships with family members
Low life energy, depression & failure to succeed in life
Repeated accidents, illnesses, addictions, eating disorders
Dealing with the effects of death, divorce, abortion,
adoption, incest, personal or collective trauma. Reconciliation.
The Constellation Method is applied with individuals and in groups – usually small groups of around 15 people.
Who is it for?
Anyone who feels in some way familiar with the issues mentioned above.
No previous knowledge or experience with this or any other type of therapy is necessary.
Not much personal information needs to be shared.
Family members do not need to attend.
Partners can benefit greatly from attending together, whether they explore a relationship or a family of origin issue. Men and women are equally welcome to this work.
A lot will be gained by participating as a representative in others’ constellations and by just observing. The atmosphere created in the workshops is one of respect, acceptance, humility and gratitude.
We gather in a spirit of humility, perhaps in silence for a while.
We look around and one by one give our first name and a few more words, if we feel like it. The facilitator senses when it is time to start the work.
Whoever’s turn it is to ASK – let’s call that one the SEEKER –
selects from the group one or more participants and invites them to represent the ones who are perhaps holding the answers to the seeker’s question that cries for a resolution.
“why am I so depressed?”
“why am I afflicted by this illness?”
“why has my daughter run away?”
“why don’t I have a partner?”
or any other deeply troubling worry.
These questions asked in a spirit of openness and trust will allow us to enter the universal space that holds the answer.
The seeker simply watches what unfolds between the represented members of his/her family; like watching a constellation of stars in the sky, the seeker observes the constellation of the family members: how they deal with one another. Witnessing a slow and gentle move towards harmony encouraged by the care and guidance of the facilitator and attentive presence of group members.
The representatives remain fully centered and aware of who they are yet they allow the presence of one other human being to enter their consciousness for this moment.
The whole group holds the seeker and the seeker’s question in it’s consciousness and thus allows answers to emerge.
Sighs of relieve, sometimes tears of joy, tell everyone an answer has been received, a resolution to an aching problem has been found.
Silence is encouraged in these special moments to allow the newly found harmony to take up roots.
Bert Hellinger, the founder of Constellation Work, is a man of immense wisdom and compassion. He is one of the greatest living therapists of today’s world. His contribution and insights also reach far beyond the field of psychotherapy. The development of Constellation Work has not only given us an unprecedented tool for therapy and healing, but offered insight into the laws of life in relation to love, attachment, belonging and conscience. For the first time in modern civilization, and within more or less mainstream structures and disciplines, we are coming closer to dealing with such concepts as fate, atonement, loyalty, truth, wisdom of flesh, family conscience, Soul and Spirit. It is no coincidence that this knowledge seems to span cultures and continents easily, and is instantly recognizable. It goes to the very core of some of life’s mysteries, so far addressed only in some ancient indigenous cultures. Surprisingly, or not, there it sits comfortably side by side with some of the most recent findings of quantum physics.
It is no surprise that such insights came to a man of such rich and varied life experience with a first hand knowledge of life’s worst hardships (conscripted into the German army during WWII, then prisoner of war), moral dilemmas (taking a stand against the Nazis) and spirituality within the Christian faith during his twenty years of priesthood. As a missionary sent by his order he spent 16 years with Zulus in South Africa, which provided him with a first hand knowledge of a tribal culture. That experience had a profound impact on Hellinger:
“He saw that many of Zulu rituals and customs had a structure and function similar to elements of the Mass, pointing to common human experiences, and he experimented with integrating Zulu music and ritual form into the Mass. His commitment to the goodness of cultural and human variety is deep, and to the validity of doing things in different ways. The Sacred is present everywhere.”
(from the official web site of Bert Hellinger www.hellinger.com )
His experiences eventually lead to his departure from the order, to marriage and full time study of and extensive training in many psychotherapeutic approaches. He studied Psychoanalysis, Gestalt Therapy, Transactional Analysis, Family Therapy, NLP and other forms of psychotherapy. He was instrumental in the development of the Family Constellations approach, now generally referred to as Systemic Constellations.
His work keeps developing, changing, evolving. Movements of the Soul has been a further step. Hellinger is currently working with, as he calls it, Movements of the Spirit-Mind. In his nineties now, he keeps traveling across the world, offering us ever new insights and challenges.
It is with a sense of deep gratitude and indebtedness that we let ourselves be guided by his insights when we work towards harmony in human systems.
Other information and resources
For Bert Hellinger words on Helping in Harmony follow this link.
More information about the method of Systemic Constellations you can find here.
Articles on related topics you can find here.
Information about the dates of workshops and other programs find here.
More about the facilitators read here. Also, what people said about Max and Alemka (in English) you can find out by clicking on their names.
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