By Anita Harrell
Tsenacommacah was a political alliance of Algonkian-speaking nations in south-eastern Virginia, sometimes referred to as the Powhatan Chieftaincy or the Powhatan Confederacy. It was led by paramount Chief Wahunsenacawh, frequently spoken of as Chief Powhatan. Tribal holy men told Wahunsenacawh of a prophecy in which a nation would come from the East and defeat him. He concluded the prophecy referred to the Chesapeakes, the largest tribe to the East, and either killed or forcibly relocated almost all of them, replacing them with families loyal to him.
He was wrong, of course. What actually came from the East in 1607 and caused his destruction was the English.
The reconstituted Chesapeakes, or a smaller related band farther east, were those who drove off the Jamestown settlers when they landed initially at what is now Virginia Beach. Apparently one of the first things the English did was to plant a large cross on the beach, annoying the residents. The three ships then stopped at Kicotan, where they were welcomed and fed by the Natives there. All of that area, and considerably more to the west, was part of Tsenacommacah.
Some of the English proceeded to establish James Cittie, which later became Jamestown, in 1609. At first it was believed the English remaining at Kicotan had come to trade. But in 1610 they pretended to invite the Kicotan to a celebration. They sent a merry piper to the village, who beckoned for everyone to follow him. When they arrived the English killed most of the Kicotan and drove the rest away, acquiring in the process 6,000 acres of cultivated land that later became part of the City of Hampton. Hampton celebrates 1610 as the year of its founding. From 1610 through 1614 the English killed many Natives and burned their homes and cornfields, and it became clear they weren't planning to leave.
by Anita Harrell
Native peoples have been in the Americas for from 13,000 to 20,000 years, depending on your source. Those in what is now Virginia Beach were part of a group referred to as Eastern Woodlands, found up and down the East coast, most speaking a variant of Algonkian.
After them came the Africans, among others, although chances are you didn't learn that in school.
There are documents in Arabic recording the story of Abubakari II, who in the 1300s abdicated the throne of Mali in favor of his brother, known as Mansa Musa. Abubakari had heard old stories of ships that went to sea and didn't return, and had a burning desire to explore what lay on the other side of the ocean. There is a current off the west coast of Africa that carries ships south, then meets another current flowing west. Barring accident or poor planning, such as not taking along enough fresh water, the second current will deposit those same ships anywhere from northern South America to the Caribbean, whether they had intended to go there or not. It is believed that this is where Abubakari II's ships went, because they didn't return either.
Although the early arrival of Africans in the Americas is not widely known, those who doubt should consider this:
By Reva Hamilton
Once upon a time I walked on this earth in a bit of a fog with a belief that I was never enough. Shame lived in me like a vine, tangling me with doubt and fear, holding me back from living freely, fully and wholeheartedly.
My destiny introduced me to Family and Systemic Constellations with facilitator Mary Rentschler in 2006 in Washington, D.C. The person I am today has been influenced greatly from my journey with constellations.
I now dance in the world with a mysterious and delicious comfort in trusting I am enough.
I am humbly grateful to my teachers and the creators of this remarkable method of being given the opportunity to consent, and to agree and to see what is.
Cecilio Fernández Regojo, a featured presenter at the upcoming North American Systemic Constellations Conference this October in Virginia, will be our next guest for our online live video series. You can see Cecilio, listen and ask questions in this special online live video call on Thursday, Sept. 14. The times are:
10 a.m. PT
11 a.m. MT
This internationally-known organizational constellations consultant and trainer is a born entrepreneur who has created companies across many countries for more than 40 years. He is especially interested in empowering the client through constellation work, preserving the autonomy of client insight and choice. He is also warm, funny and has a keen intelligence, making him a delightful presenter and speaker. He is one of our international presenters, coming from Portugal.
Join us live via video or phone, meet Cecilio and ask the questions you want answered about why organizational constellations work matters, how it works, and what he will be offering at the conference. This will be an interactive and enjoyable hour together!
This is the last of a series of live conversations hosted by Leslie Nipps, co-director of the 2015 conference. To register for this conversation, contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org, and she will send you the call-in info.
More about the conference, from Oct. 5-8 in Virginia Beach, Va., is here.
By Sarah Peyton
“I don’t even know what you are talking about when you say the words “self-warmth,” said Michelle.
“Oh,” I said. “Would you like to know?”
This question – or any question like it which determines what our clients are willing to want for themselves – can be of great importance in the initial interview for Family and Systemic Constellations. And even if a client like Michelle, says yes to my question, she still has not committed to actually giving herself the gift of self-warmth.
So, to make it explicit, after her “Yes,” I asked “Do you want to feel warmth toward yourself?”
This is a question for everyone who struggles with self-kindness and self-care. It is actually possible for people to have the sense that it would be a betrayal of integrity to turn toward the self with warmth.
“I’m not sure,” she answered. “I’m not really worth it.”
"The experience was like a waking dream. Family Constellations are like a waking dream, too. They honor the difference between noticing and knowing, the space between. All I know is that when I searched for my ancestors, I found them.."
By Betsy Hostetler, Ph.D.
“Let’s keep looking. Maybe we’ll see a sign.”
That was my only hope, because we had no map and no directions. Lou Ann, my best buddy in high school, had accompanied me to Sugarcreek, Ohio, to look for the place where my great-grandparents had lived their lives and died. We found only a worn and deserted town.
“I see a sign,” I told her. “It’s the sign to the highway.”
We’d come a long way to get here, and we were both reluctant to leave. As we drove out of town and up the hill, Lou Ann asked, “Would you like to pull over, look back and at least take a picture?”
When we talk about the 2017 North American Systemic Constellations Conference, Jamy and Peter Faust are among our Very Important People.
We are so glad to have them!
The Fausts are pre-conference workshop leaders for the upcoming conference Oct. 5-8 in Virginia Beach, Va., presenting on “Awakening to Soul Consciousness” as well as workshop presenters for the general conference.
They are also stepping forward as one of the key conference sponsors, and Jamy has been serving on the board of directors for the North American Systemic Constellations, the non-profit volunteer organization which is now organizing the biennial conferences and has taken on the mission of spreading Family and Systemic Constellations throughout North America.
On Thursday, Aug. 31, you can meet the Fausts during our special live video call with Leslie Nipps. It is the fourth tele-call that Leslie is producing, and this is your special invitation to join.
The times are:
The couple have been constellation leaders in the United States for decades, and as the founders of The Constellation Approach Immersion Programs, have trained thousands of students in peaceful, soul-centered constellation work. They are both graduates of and former faculty for the Barbara Brennan School of Healing and authors of the recently published book The Constellation Approach: Finding Peace through Your Family Lineage.
Join us live via video or phone, meet Jamy and Peter, and ask the questions you want answered about why ancestral constellations work matters, how it works, and what they will be offering at the conference. This will be an interactive and enjoyable hour together!
The one-hour live program will be hosted by Leslie Nipps, co-director of the 2015 conference. To register for this conversation, contact her at email@example.com, and she will send you the call-in info.
By Kate Curran, Ph.D.
The more I am involved with Family and Systemic Constellations, the more I am convinced that if we want to shift the stuck, circular, fractal dynamics of racism and other divides in our country, we must first look at our own immigrant traumas.
I write this article shortly after the incidents in Charlottesville, Va., and I know that by and large, this article will be read by a white, middle class, well-meaning audience – the immigrants and the settlers. Before we can look out and successfully affect the visible and the not-so-visible horrors of our own American situation, we must look within.
A recent constellation session about chronic pain in my shoulder and leg revealed a woman keening over her dead baby in the Irish Great Hunger, intoning “Not another one,” with death all around her.
Carola Castillo is one of our amazing keynote speakers and presenters for the upcoming North American Systemic Constellations Conference. She has developed a unique blend of Family and Systemic Constellations, shamanism and quantum medicine, and she is the founder and director of the Bert Hellinger Institute in Venezuela.
Join her for a conversation about why Family and Systemic Constellations matter, and for a bit of practical experience of her way of constellation work. This will be a fascinating conversation!
The call is scheduled on Monday, Aug. 14, for:
Join us live via video or phone, meet Carola, and ask the questions you want answered about why ancestral constellations work matters, how it works, and what she will be offering at the conference. This will be an interactive and enjoyable hour together!
Hosted by Leslie Nipps, co-director of the 2015 conference. To register for this conversation, contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org, and she’ll send you the call-in info.
Missed our previous video conversations?
To learn more about the 2017 North American Systemic Constellations Conference Oct. 5-8 in Virginia Beach, Va., click here.
Many practitioners of Family and Systemic Constellations have talked about their desire for more interaction and connection.
Here's a chance to connect – and for free! – during an online live video conference with Suzi Tucker, one of our featured pre-conference presenters at the North American Systemic Constellations Conference..
Mark your calendars for 6 p.m. Eastern, 5 p.m. Central, 4 p.m. Mountain, and 3 p.m. Pacific Time on Thursday, Aug. 10, and connect with Suzi for this special hour-long presentation.
Suzi has been involved in the world of constellations for a long time, initially as the editor and publisher with Zeig, Tucker & Theisen and working closely with Bert Hellinger and bringing his books about Family Constellations to the United States.
Welcome to our blog, which explores what people are doing with Family and Systemic Constellations here, there and everywhere throughout North America.