Sacred Representation in Systemic Constellations
Francesca Mason Boring
Wisdom traditions have utilized "the knowing field" for millennia. This "‘knowing field" is most evident in Family and Systemic Constellations is in representation. For facilitators, representation is often not understood nor introduced in the context of mechanisms and facts regarding representation in a constellation. German research documented the efficacy of representation in constellations; neuro-research indicates that the hippocampus identifies the world in spatial mapping; quantum physics implies the revelations in constellation through representation as a likely and natural phenomena. This workshop will provide tools for facilitators and participants to minimize any residual difficulty that might occur from standing as a representative in a difficult role.
There are special challenges in modern Western society (the United States being the most litigious society in the world), and healing models in the West wrestle with a dependency on the part of patients and clients, with practitioners being surrogate parents and responsible for the care, health and wellness of clients. Indigenous traditions assume a level of responsibility when one participates in a healing circle. In many wisdom traditions one should decline to participate if one is not well, or "clean." Self-evaluation of the representative is indicated before standing as a representative in many healing traditions. Do I have permission? There are techniques to de-role, but this workshop addresses a deeper level of what being a representative requires, what the responsibilities are when facilitating and standing as a representative, to contribute to "the knowing field" in a good way. A large group constellation and small group sharing and constellations will be included in this workshop..
About Francesca Mason Boring
Do You Really Know Who You Are?
I did systemic work, still doing it. I did constellation work, still doing it. Then I confronted myself in front of the universe. I have a gift, and I asked, “How do I combine this with all this knowledge?” I was afraid, and I am still in shock from the response of being faithful to myself. Then Reconstructive's exploded inside of me. The field and all this information that we interpreted is immense and eternal. There is an origin, and we cannot visit it if we don't experience the "something that is beyond our memories." There is more in the memories of our bodies, mind and family. We struggle every day with the walls that keep us apart from this return to the origin. Reconstructive's work is a quantum intervention where you can expand the possibility of something that is keeping you away from yourself. This is a true story and it is a workshop.
About Carola Castillo
From Oppression to Freedom: Dismantling the Master’s House in the Healer’s Heart
Dan Booth Cohen, Ph.D., & Emily Blefeld, LICSW
We live in a time in which the tectonic plates of consciousness are rapidly shifting. Many of us question how to live free amidst oppression, remain vibrant within a decaying overculture, and stay awake to our collective potential as human beings. When cause-minded heart-centered individuals seek to initiate a movement of collective healing - such as understanding racism or dismantling the patriarchy - the shadow of that intention activates within. Even the most well-intentioned person may unconsciously be drawn into embodying the injustice they purport to set right. Power dynamics erupt, cycles of victim, perpetrator, and rescuer repeat, and the multi-generational roots of disempowering beliefs, self-destructive impulses, and paralyzing fears unintentionally surface.
Human beings are born with extraordinary capacity to experience ordinary reality, ancestral presence, and the divine without imaginary lines. As we move through life, the deep, inherited wounds of war, displacement, poverty and oppression constrict our spirit. The corrosive voice of shame, blame and fear imprisons our minds. We attempt to live, love, and do power differently; yet, what we resist, persists often hijacking our hope for healing.
Now is the time for us to reconcile with our family’s fate, honor our personal and lineal resilience, and embrace the ancestral presence that enlivens us with the strength and vitality that is the miracle of human evolution.
In this experiential presentation, Emily Blefeld and Dan Cohen will facilitate constellations to explore the interplay between the desire for collective healing and the internalized oppressor within us. Inspired by Audre Lorde’s 1983 essay, The Master’s Tools Will Never Dismantle the Master’s House, this workshop invites you to pierce the veil of awareness and the heart that grows when we learn how to take our differences and make them strengths. Our aim is to transcend the limitations of individual story, dance in the shadow and light vibrating in our hearts, and claim the possibility of collective freedom and peace.
About Dan Booth Cohen & Emily Blefeld
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Journey of the Soul: Healing the Divide Between Our Collective Masculine & Feminine Through Constellations
Peter Faust, M.Ac., & Jamy Faust, M.A.
If there is to be peace in the world we must first come to peace within ourselves. This session will explain, explore and demonstrate how The Constellation Approach supports the healing process between the masculine and feminine. Offered will be a clear pathway of knowledge that leads to the level of Soul. Collectively we can support healing and bridge the divide that exists between men and women if we are willing to face the divide each of us carries within. During this vital time in history, Family Constellations facilitators are called upon to address the mistrust that exists from the trauma, abuse and sense of abandonment that pervades all family lineages.
It is not enough to see where the entanglements originated and give back the burden to our ancestors. We must be willing to pick up the responsibility of coming to peace and carry it forth into our lives. At the root of every constellation is a relationship with another person. They may be a long-deceased ancestor, mother, great-grandfather, sibling or boss; regardless, the person presents in either a masculine or feminine form. Until we can see beyond the personality and connect with them at the level of Soul we will continue to carry projections and distortions of their form inside of us. In this presentation, you will have opportunity to experience Soul Recognition, so that you may begin to see others through the eyes of your Soul. The material presented is relevant for individuals new to Family Constellations as well as seasoned facilitators. This workshop will combine lecture, demonstration, experimental exercises, guided meditations and constellations with teaching points.
About Jamy & Peter Faust
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Loving ‘What Is’ In America’s Ancestral Blueprints
Lisa Iverson, MSW, LICSW
Time and again, Family and Systemic Constellations reveal love’s truths: in the stillness and depth of the family and greater soul, there is no division. All that exists belongs. Yet our human tendency to focus on division and healing reveals blind love’s attachment to problems, exclusion of the perpetrator, and identification with the role of “healer.” Soul’s truths coexist with Americans’ shared inheritance: a country created out of disconnection from family through immigration, slavery and colonialism. Seeking belonging in work and fierce commitment to innocence are just some of the echoes of this legacy.
Daan Van Kampenhout, in a speech in Cologne, Germany, in May 2007, says: “Wherever the constellation work is taken, it will arrive in a place where people are dealing with the effects of collective trauma. And in each place, the local population tries to come to terms with what has happened, and has to find a place for the victims and the perpetrators of the past. These will be given a place either openly in the light or they will be hidden in the shadow zones.” (Excerpted from Ancestral Blueprints: Revealing Invisible Truths in America’s Soul).
This session offers embodied guidance, practical wisdom, experiential dialogue and ancestral prayers. With gratitude for all, we welcome visibility of these historical influences on the development and practice of constellation work in the United States. Humanness abounds: here’s to deepening our individual and collective humility. We’re all in it together!
About Lisa Iverson
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To the Heart of the Matter: Re-discovering Presence, Vitality and Creativity
Bill Mannle LMFT
Finding your way in the field can be difficult. Often a facilitator will become immobilized, feel frustrated, alone, and set drift without a compass. This can be the result of hidden loyalties in the therapist’s family system, past trauma or fear, being activated by the client’s system.
In this workshop, using short exercises and rituals, we will look deeply into the self of the facilitator, identifying personal blocks and blind spots, discover resources to help us to remain open and present, and re-connect to our creativity and vitality. We will seek the existential moment that takes us forward.
We will also learn to:
About Bill Mannle.
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The First Order of Love - Honoring What Is: Nature Constellations for Radical Self-Acceptance and Deeper Connection
Leslie Nipps, M.Div.
Nature is essentially “self-accepting.” When the lion eats the gazelle, the tree falls in a storm, the sea batters the cliff, no one goes to therapy. Nature Constellations were developed by Sneh Victoria Schnabel and Francesca Mason Boring based on the classic Family Constellations. For the last two years, I’ve led nature constellations at a private picnic area in Berkeley’s Tilden Park, set aside from our intense urban environment. In this workshop, I share my innovations, and we notice when nature shows what’s missing in our systems: the tree that represents our loving grandmother who died too young; the passing hawk who represents the family tragedy, long over. We learn to be surprised and feel the pleasure of nature’s spontaneous gifts; what our systems need appear with ease. Observing the results, I’ve noticed participants leave these events in deeper rapport with themselves and their life issues. We do less “resolving” and more accepting and reconciling. Participants are in their proper weight, more resilient, feeling less burdened, and eager to engage their commitments. Classic constellations can leave a group feeling “stirred up” and identified with family trauma; nature constellations leave people more calm and less attached to trauma stories; more connected to stories of endurance and creativity. Constellations done in this context share in this way of being in the world, and has its effect on participants. They leave with the peaceful sense that they can be with what is. This workshop will share information about how to do nature constellations, including the practical logistics of doing constellations outdoors.
About Leslie Nipps
Brains at Play! Using Neuroscience in Constellations to Resolve Blocks to Self-Love and Self-Care
One of the most confusing experiences of being human is when we cannot turn toward ourselves with warmth and consistent kindness. In our modern world, with its emphasis on self-reliance, people are often profoundly lonely and unaccompanied, both externally and internally, which leads to alienation from self and others. We rarely see models of people in deep, loving relationships with themselves, so the idea is almost unimaginable. In one recent study, the majority of participants (deprived of their smartphones) chose to give themselves an electrical shock rather than sit quietly with their own brains. Happily, constellation work provides openings for self-love and deep change in the way we treat ourselves. In this interactive session participants will:
About Sarah Peyton.
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Disease as a Chance: Your Body Is Your Friend
Karl-Heinz Rauscher, M.D.
The body is our friend. It is much wiser than we. It knows no separation from soul or spirit and is deeply connected to everything and therefore has a great wisdom. Learn to listen to its voice -- it is worth it. This workshop will focus on physical and mental health problems and the use of Organ Constellations and Symptom Constellations. In this special type of systemic constellation work, your symptom (pain, heart problems, depression, etc.) or the diseased organ (heart, lungs, liver, kidney, intestine, skin, etc.) gets a voice. You can literally listen to what it has to say and what message it has for you. These messages may provide an insight, which you desperately may need in your current stage of life, or tell you that you may have left a part of your soul back in a past traumatic situation in childhood or even in a previous incarnation, or that you are missing a certain person in your clan or your family history. It is astonishing what you can learn from your body. These constellations have a strong healing power.
About Karl-Heinz Rauscher.
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Constellation Power Versus Client Power: Interview, Connection, Responsibility and the Empowerment of the Client
Cecilio Fernández Regojo
We really don't know what is the effectiveness of a constellation -- "great" constellations can have poor results and apparent "bad" constellations can have excellent results. The reason is not about the quality of the constellation but about the strength and the will of the client. The constellation doesn’t happen in front of us; it happens inside the client. It is what he sees, what he feels, what he integrates, how he can change something about the issue he is looking at, how he can change his own perception, how he can get a real change and a good result for him.
The challenge is to be more effective with this work so the client has real results, as he is the only one that can change anything. If not, we can be doing very "nice" constellations, the "magic" can be in the air, but all of this, can have real effects in the client? Will it produce real change? Perhaps it would be better to do less "show" and get better results in real life.
In many cases, the client doesn’t take full responsibility of all that happens in the constellation. Our objective is to find ways to have an effective connection with the client and how to help him to assume his responsibility in all the process. Also, how can we help him to understand that the real constellation is happening inside him and not outside in the constellation / representatives feedback.
In all constellations, we know the importance of the representatives helping the clients to have a lot of insights and to give a new image of their system. But, a lot of times, we forget what the clients are really “seeing” and what the clients are really “feeling.”
Nobody has access to client's reality besides themselves; nobody can see inside the client. When the clients “say” what they “see” and describe their reality, we can think that we are seeing the same reality as the clients. If we believe this, we risk to take the constellation to a place related with our systems than with the client systems. We will discuss these different views and make an experiment for all workshop participants in order that each one can have his or her own experience and can take their own conclusions.
About Cecilio Fernández Regojo
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Intentional Constellations: The Knowing Field is Much More Active than Just Inside Our Family System.
The Knowing Field is not only active or available in our family system but also the root consciousness hidden inside all aspects of our existence. Intentional Constellations access and activate "the field" around a particular subject or issue where we need some transformational clarity. The client directs his or her intention to see what he or she is not fully aware of, providing the impetus for change by unlocking what’s unseen. The results are striking and deep: dyads and triads explore specific areas using representatives for the clients hidden dynamics on different issues -- romance, interpersonal relationships, sibling dynamics, money issues, phobias, fetal and conception drama, past life or another trauma. His latest exercise is “Making Peace with War,” a short yet powerful way to address grief while creating healthy boundaries between us and the greatest generation.
In almost 20 years of facilitating, these are invaluable and proven ways to harness the field. Many were developed as group opening or closing exercises or to reward attendees and increase business. These experiences build a stronger client base when done before or after any Family Constellations-style workshop. This Intentional Constellation process does not denigrate the power of Family and Systemic Constellations in any way; it targets issues with the client’s intention to what needs to be seen or uncovered to improve specific areas of their lives. If the problem is systemic, the client will feel the need to engage in deeper work on their family issues with a Constellation healing experience..
About Gary Stuart.
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Emotions are the Blocks that Divide, Releasing Them is the Bridge that Connects
For far too long, emotions in Family Constellations have been denied expression. However, this blocked emotional energy is an important factor that prevents the flow of love through the generations. And this unexpressed and withheld emotional pattern is then carried down the ancestral line, and needs to be expressed in the present state. Come learn how to effectively and efficiently clear the emotional blockages in Family Constellations with the aid of essential oils and flower essences that assist in allowing the energy to flow through the ancestors to you. Many times the use of essential oils and/or flower essences helps bring the constellation to a quicker and more satisfactory resolution. Learning objectives include:
About Susan Ulfelder
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Energizing, Empowering and Enhancing Collaborative Leadership Through Constellations
Collaborative Leadership Constellations, an innovative new Systemic Constellations format, offers an amazing tool for exploring and facilitating collaborative leadership in groups with shared goals or visions. A cultivated sense of joint leadership deeply benefits work teams, organizations, communities, social movements and other groups. In this workshop, we will explore how this flexible system fosters personal empowerment and belonging, harmonizes the group toward a shared mission, and provides an in-depth road map of what best serves success and well-being on both the individual and collective levels.
About James Woeber
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