By Bill Mannle, LMFT
After year and a half of doing Family and Systemic Constellations at a high school in Connecticut for the school’s regular Alateen group, I began to notice a pattern. The first student to enter the room was the one who would work that day. Today was no different.
“Hi Bill,” said Laney, 16, as she walked in.
“Hi, Laney. Are you going to work today?” I asked.
“Yeah, I think so, I don’t know,” she replied.
“Whatever you want,” I said.
When the other students filed in and settled, my colleague Sue, the school social worker who ran the Alateen group, shared announcements, introduced me to the new students, and then we did a round. After I explained Family Constellations, I noticed Sue looking at Laney.
Thomas Hübl speaks to 150 practitioners from around the world in seminar in Israel..
Thomas Hübl, one of the pre-conference and keynote speakers at the North American Systemic Constellations Conference, speaks during the Pocket Project gathering in Israel, encouraging what can be done to understand and heal collective trauma.,
By Samvedam Randles, LMHC, Dipl. Psych.
Recently, Thomas Hübl, who has done significant healing work around Holocaust trauma in Europe and Israel, sent out an invitation to mental health professionals to explore what can be done to help us understand and heal collective trauma.
Last month, 150 practitioners answered that call and made the journey from all over the planet (39 countries) to his Pocket Project training in Israel. They brought their knowledge, skills and resources, as well as the traumas that have impacted, and are still impacting, their countries.
I was one of these practitioners. I’m now back home, and before daily routines claim all of my attention again I want to share a little of the amazing journey that I was immersed in. I feel a new level of peace within, and my understanding has been upgraded a few notches.
What causes collective trauma?
By Kenn Day
My first encounter with Family Constellations occurred in Cornwall, back in 2001.
I was leading a tour group of my shamanic students and Lisa, an old friend from Germany, met us there. She told me about this new technique she had been exploring. I asked her to demonstrate it for us, and we wound up doing Family Constellations sessions every evening we were there.
One of my first impressions on seeing Family Constellation Work was “this is group shamanism!” In each constellation field I saw revealed a clear manifestation of the communal ancestral soul. I watched again and again as chosen representatives took the position of ancestors and then saw them feel the connections and information flow through them.
Honoring the ancestors of Virginia and North America, as we prepare for Constellations Conference in October in Virginia Beach
Weyanoke Association's Coming Together Festival, above. Below at right, Little Beaver Winston, at Weyanoke Association's Coming Together Festival Photos courtesy of the Weyanoke Association..
By Melody Allen, MA, PMA, LPC-S
Rani George and Chuck Cogliandro are the "holders of sacred space” for this year's North American Systemic Constellations Conference Oct. 5-8 in Virginia Beach, Va. This station involves energetically meditating and praying over the well being of the conference along with planning rituals for the opening and closing ceremonies.
They have also headed an initiative to get the Native Americans of Virginia involved in the conference. At the steering team's request and through Rani and Chuck's meditative vision, we saw the need to honor the ancestors of Virginia and North America as a whole.
This impulse was in alignment with the emphasis of Family and Systemic Constellations on ancestral reverence. Bert Hellinger believed, and systemic constellation work agrees, that family history is a great place to start when trying to find answers to present family dynamics.
Systemic Constellations also speaks to acknowledging the excluded people and stories in our personal histories and we must be in integrity and expect the same of our nation.
Do you want a taste of ancestral Family Constellations?
Join Betsy Hostetler and Melody Allen, co-directors of the 2017 North American Systemic Constellations Conference, for a conversation about why constellations matter, and for a practical experience of constellation work. Melody will take us through a process to find out what it’s like to directly experience the ancestors, in our bodies. Betsy will share the unique insight into family bonding (and what gets in the way) that Family Constellations provides.
Join us live via video or phone Monday, June 26, at 5 p.m. ET, 4 CT, 3, MT and 2 PT. (Check your favorite time zone converter for other times across the globe.) You’ll meet these leaders and ask your questions about why ancestral constellations work matters, how it works, and what will be happening at the conference Oct. 5-8 in Virginia Beach, Va.
Hosted by Leslie Nipps, co-director of the 2015 Systemic Constellations conference. To register for this conversation, contact Leslie at email@example.com, and she’ll send call-in info.
By Betsy Hostetler, Ph.D.
Melody Allen, my colleague and friend, flew from Houston to Washington, D.C., to get together and visit the new National Museum of African American History and Culture. Even though the museum had been open for more than six months, it was still difficult to get tickets; people snapped them up the minute they were released.
But Melody, who is the co-director of the North American Systemic Constellations Conference with me, was able to get tickets for us, and we were both thrilled. The team from the Smithsonian, which oversees this national museum and others, said that visitors spend an average of an hour and a half in most museums, but in this one they stay up to six hours.
We arrived there early and found a long line had already formed. We could see that there’s both a hunger to see what’s inside, and a readiness to be in touch with what it holds.
Dr. Karl-Heinz Rauscher talks about his upcoming workshop "Disease as a Chance: Your Body is Your Friend" scheduled for the 2017 North American Systemic Constellations Conference Oct. 5-8 at The Founders Inn and Spa, Virginia Beach, Va.
We invite you to attend the 2017 North American Systemic Constellations Conference Oct. 5-8 in San Diego, Calif., where presenters from the United States, Canada, Mexico and around the world will discuss and demonstrate their innovations of this systemic method of inquiry, healing and change.
The event includes both a pre-conference with internationally recognized presenters offering in-depth presentations and the main conference with 50-plus sessions with keynotes, workshops, ceremony, sponsors and vendors, and other special events.
Continuing education credits are expected to be provided.
See North American Systemic Constellations for presenter list, to sign up for e-letter, social media links and to register.
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There are so many wonderful online resources about Systemic and Family Constellations available these days, and we’d love to share them all with you!
We’ll start with two substantial e-books offered by two of our international presenters at the North American Systemic Constellations Conference, scheduled Oct. 5-8 in Virginia Beach, Va.
One e-book, titled Ecos del Pasado, comes from Carola Castillo, the well-known trainer of Family and Systemic Constellations who comes from Venezuela and lives in Miami, Fla., and travels worldwide. She will star as one of our keynote speakers at the conference, with the topic “Under Chaotic and Archaic Expressions of the Energy Lies an Enormous Healing Power. We Need to Experience It in Order to Expand Our Perception.”
Nature is essentially “self-accepting.” When the lion eats the gazelle, when the tree falls during a storm, and when the sea batters the cliff, no one goes to therapy. Constellations done in this context share in this way of being in the world, and has its effect on participants. They leave with the pleasant sense that they can be with what is.
By Leslie Nipps, M.Div.
Nature Constellations are now a firmly established way of doing constellations that manifests in a wide variety of formats and contexts.
Sneh Victoria Schnabel and Francesca Mason Boring first developed Nature Constellations based on the classic Family Constellations format, and many have followed their lead.
Later, Francesca edited an anthology of Nature Constellations-related essays in her book Returning to Membership in Earth Community. I was first impressed by the possibilities of Nature Constellations when I attended a horse constellation weekend at Silver Horse Retreat with Sara Fancy in 2015, who has a chapter in Francesca’s book.
For the last two years, I have led Nature Constellations workshops during California’s dry season. We hold them at a private picnic area in Berkeley’s Tilden Park, which is set aside from our intense urban environment.
We do classic long-form constellations sessions, as well as many other formats, including Michael Reddy’s Altar Constellations; William Mannle’s Heart Constellations; and the Spirit Animal Constellations of Michelle McKinney.
By Samvedam Randles, LMHC, Dipl. Psych.
Our bodies are wise, and they are also deeply connected to our soul as well as the field that we move in and through. When we receive sudden or unwelcome messages from our bodies in the form of illnesses or accidents, we usually react with shock and annoyance. Most of us just want to get rid of painful symptoms as quickly as possible.
But these events tend to come with teachings and purpose. Family and Systemic Constellations are a great tool to understand the learning that might be brought through physical symptoms.
Here is a recent example of listening to physical symptoms in Constellation Work.
Chloe, one of the senior students in our Constellation Learning Circle, suffered a fall on the ice in January and ended up with a concussion that left her quite incapacitated for some time. She had been a busy practitioner with a full private practice, and had to take a break from seeing people after her fall. She simply could not handle any stimulation.
Welcome to our blog, which explores what people are doing with Family and Systemic Constellations here, there and everywhere throughout North America.