What is Family Constellations?
To explain what is Family Constellations – here is an analogy.
We are part of nature. Here is an example of how generations are linked that has been verified by research in Epigentics
‘Monarch are very special butterflies – they seem to pass navigation details through their children, grand children, great grand children and great, great, grand children. They live 9000 feet above sea-level 100 miles from Mexico City. They fly north to USA and die. Their children travel further north and they die. Their grand children travel even further north East of the Rockies and die. The fourth generation then flies back to Mexico and the cycle starts over again. The travel path and the original starting point seem to be passed through each generation and the fourth generation mysteriously know they have to go to Mexico and the cycle starts again.’
They are informed through their family System.
In a similar way behaviour and information may be passed to us from our grandparents and beyond. This may be how we inherit emotional baggage.
A Family Constellation can help you in freeing yourself from inherited unwanted baggage.
Family Constellations may also be know as Systemic Constellations. This is an experiential (sensing and feeling) process that reaches into the underlying impulses that hold you back that may be inherited from your family. While we receive lots of good things from our families, we are also vulnerable to carrying burdens, emotions, beliefs and traumas that inhibit our potential to make the most of ourselves and our relationships.
The Family Constellation session allows you not only to see and feel the dynamic you are caught up in, but also find better solutions with the ability to free yourself in a way that no other process can. This takes place in a brief process of approximately an hour for permanent change and a new perspective.
In a workshop you sit with a group in a circle with the facilitator/therapist. Individuals take turns in looking at their own issue. This is done by choosing group members as representatives for the people involved in your situation. These are placed spatially from each other. When this takes place, a field of energy is formed and the representatives start to feel sensations within it that allow release and movement under guidance of the facilitator.
A similar process takes place in private sessions.
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How can Family Constellations help you
Family Constellations FAQs
A Family Constellation or Business Constellation may stand alone as a personal development process or be part of a longer therapeutic or coaching process.
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- What is Family Constellations?
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- Benefits of doing Family of Business Constellations
- The Purpose of Family Constellations
- When is the Family Constellation process appropriate?
- Family Constellations working on many levels for deep healing.
- Natural Order and Family Constellations
- Personal Development and Family Constellations
- The Knowing Field in Family Constellations
- Family Constellations demonstrates that we are all connected
- How Family Constellations works
- Who are family members?
Who would benefit from a Family Constellation?
Who is Family Constellations suitable for?
You may have a good job, a nice home but are still unhappy – is something missing? Family Constellations can restore your inner feelings of connection and improve your relationships.
Dealing with the ones you have in a better way or finding and maintaining better relationships. This includes parenting or child behaviour issues and blended families and adopted families miscarriage and abortion.
Separation and divorce.
Completing unfinished business from previous relationships for healthier current ones.
Family Constellations has its own way of working with sexual, emotional or incest issues that is non traumatising, safe, empowering and healing relatively quickly so that you no longer have to consider yourself a survivor but rather someone who is thriving and moving on.
Mental Health issues
Anxiety, depression, low self esteem, trauma and feelings of disconnection are areas that benefit from the Family Constellation approach. This includes health issues of all kinds, including a weight issues and eating disorders.
Work and management issues including small business, business partnerships, team efficiency and personal work and performance issues may be explored and resolved through business constellations.
What Issues can Family Constellations Help with?
- Couples a brief intervention or part of a couple’s or marriage counselling program.
- Divorce, Separation Moving into acceptance, resolution and completion.
- Families, Blended, single parents, adoption. Parenting Parent-child relationships. Changing family dynamics.
- Individualself development, self control, personal growth, Spiritual growth.
- Resolving Personal issues Self Esteem, Depression, Anxiety, Panic Attack, Abuse, Emotional, Sexual
- Blended families Blending the old with the new and finding your healthy place.
- Abuse physical abuse, emotional abuse help, sexual abuse and incest
- Business and work. conflict resolution. Effective management for success.
- Personal Development Self acceptance and love. Creating healthy base for personal or spiritual growth
Who founded Family Constellations -Bert Hellinger?
He left the priesthood to become a family therapist. Hellinger developed this method from the mid 1990’s while working with families as a family therapist. As a family therapist Hellinger took this knowledge along with that of many former therapeutic approaches and found that when he asked people to set up their issue through people in the group that it appeared to tap into the underlying dynamics of the family system to which they belonged and that information became available and the constellation could evolve to show new possibilities.
Family Constellations is a dynamic therapy that continues to evolve, as is evident if you look at Hellinger’s earlier and his more recent work. However, the basic principles of the work remain the same. Bert Hellinger is now in his eighties and until recently has continued to practice and teach world wide. Since the launch of his first book, “Acknowledging What is,” more than twenty years ago his unique method of working with the energy in family systems has spread throughout Europe, America and Asia and more recently Australia.
Bert Hellinger gave an alternative name for Family Constellations
“Movements of the Soul.”
This is an exciting and effective methodology that is established and popular in Europe and spreading around the world.
What is the Philosophy and Science behind Family Constellations?
The latest research in neuroscience says ‘what wires together fires together’. What this means in this context is that in the process of Family Constellations acts on many levels of awareness or sensation simultaneously in a multidimensional holistic way, This is different to methodologies that have a mono focus on one aspect such as thoughts , beliefs, emotions or the story with the belief that benefit will spread to other levels over time.
This enables change to take place speedily and deeply to take you to a new place of perception, feeling and awareness
What is the Science behind Family Constellations?
Epigenetics is a relatively new science that has been revolutionising the study of genetics. It has shown that while we inherit physical characteristics and traits through DNA, we also inherit behaviour, emotional and social patterns or disruptions such as trauma, through the subtle connections between one generation to the next in family systems.
Scientific studies finds that these factors have much more power than we thought in switching genes on or off. The psycho-social effects of epigenetic have been found to be powerful in controlling the genes (DNA) in human beings. More studies.
This means that in resolving systemic, ancestral family entanglements and personal relationship issues, it can have a very positive effect on mental and physical wellbeing for ourselves and our children.
Epigenetic, neuroscience and psychotherapy and the place that Family Constellations and Rapid Core healing play in cutting edge effective approaches is explored in my book Rapid Core Healing Read the synopsis and Preview or Buy.
Neuroscience, Epigenetics and Family Constellations
This is showing that it is normal for us to continually grow new neural pathways through out life. So if we can release feelings and traumas and find new perspectives it is absolutely possible indeed normal to grow from it and means our brain can find new pathways. I discuss this at length in my book Rapid Core Healing
How can Family Constellations help with clearing Karma?
From a Constellation perspective we have to honour ‘What is’: Those things we can’t change. From a Constellation perspective the culture and family we are born to is destiny.
From the eastern traditions we have the idea of karma which is not well understood here in the west. Karma literally means action. This is action that has a cause and effect relationship. According to Eastern philosophy we are in a cycle of reincarnation, so that our thoughts and actions come back to us, either in our present or future lives.
The good news is that while some karma may not be changed like destiny or fate, much of it can be with free will and positive action. We have a choice as to how we deal with life situations and how we steer our life. We have a choice to grow from the situation and make changes or stay in old patterns.
Most of us experience mixed karma in many areas of our life, a mixture of pleasant and more challenging situations. Life is full of experiences. You may have a good job and valuable assets, but without good relationships it is likely that meaning, purpose, happiness or peace will be missing for you.
Facing it and accepting it, as it is, is usually all that is required to release you from the karmic cycle and improve your relationships from now onwards.
Not being connected or resolved with your roots, in terms of family, can be the cause of a wide range of difficulties, such as, relationships with partners and children, or in the work or business arena.
How Can Family Constellations Help Me Deal With My Karma?
Family Constellations is an alternative to traditional counselling and can be seen. This is a powerful way of assisting you in finding a healthier place and position within your situation from which you can move forward
This may take place in a private session or workshop. From this position of strength and freedom you can start to make the most of your potential to create what you want in your life. Family Constellations is an effective way of dealing with your karma, in terms of relationships, that is relatively cost and time effective. For amuch more indepth, modern and psychological exploration of relationships and spirituality see Stardust on the Spiritual Path
Try something new. Family Constellations is the ultimate, in personal development and soul therapy, for the person who is really ready for change.