Family Constellations (FC) Process
The PARTICIPANTS IN THE FC Process
THE FACILITATOR: A trained FC Practitioner who coordinates /manages the constellation according to the principles of systemic work.
THE CIRCLE / GROUP: A group of usually unrelated people, gather with the intention of helping and supporting each other heal /resolve an issue they are facing. This creates an energy field or system of unconditional love that is the safe, sacred container within which constellations take place.
THE SEEKER / CLIENT: The individual who is exploring an issue that is negatively affecting his/her life.
THE REPRESENTATIVES: Members of the circle chosen by the client to represent the people or elements involved in the issue s/he is exploring.
THE KNOWING FIELD: The energy field of the Seeker containing subconscious information of his/her whole family system. In a sense the Group or Circle represent the Knowing Field, and are able to subconsciously / intuitively access and express information from the Field that the Seeker needs to heal him/herself and the whole family system.
THE WITNESSES: The circle of participants who are witnessing and holding sacred space for the process.
What happens in a Family Constellation Circle?
Participants identify an issue in their lives that they would like to explore at each constellation. On arrival, they place their names written on a slip of paper, and place it in a basket. The name of the Seeker to receive a process will be picked at random.
The Facilitator has a brief, private meeting with the Seeker to get necessary and essential background information about the and the known family history. The seeker also states the intensity of the issue / challenge on a scale of 0 (best) and 10 (worst), states an intention for the constellation, and visualizes the desired outcome. Factual information relating to past traumas of the system may be shared with the group as context. Sometimes the process is carried out "blind" meaning that the group is not given any details or context, but trusts in the Field to provide the Seeker with the information s/he needs.
The Seeker chooses specific members of the Circle to represent members of his/her family system or other elements that s/he believes to be involved /entangled in the issue that is being explored. When the representatives accept the role, by intention, they connect with the energy of the person (living or dead) or elements they represent. The Seeker places each representative in a spot in or out of the circle according to where s/he thinks they belong in relation to others. Then s/he sits in the circle and observes actions, interactions and reactions of the representatives.
The Representatives are asked by the Facilitator to think, feel emotions and act according to their impulses. As this occurs, hidden subconscious dynamics are revealed, enabling the Seeker to gain new insights, understanding and greater clarity on the presenting issue. Healing and transformation may occur in subtle or dramatic ways during the session or continue to occur in the period following a process. The work of the Representatives is simply to allow themselves to be expressions of the Field, so that the Seeker and Facilitator can receive the necessary insights and revelations from the Field that can help the Seeker.
Once representatives are static, the Facilitator suggests that representatives change position and express phrases / language to create balance, connection, and right relationship according to the “orders of love.” As this occurs, the Representatives and Seeker often receive further insights and often experience healing shifts that resonate throughout the field of the whole family system as well as in those who are in the Circle.
Constellation participants are frequently amazed and deeply touched when the hidden dynamics, connections and entanglements within their family systems are revealed. For instance they could never have imagined that their unhappiness, depression or health problems could be connected to an unresolved trauma experienced generations ago, or even to the former partner of his/her parent, or that the illness of a child might have been a carry over from an adoption of a child, or from a traumatized grandparent.
Often, other participants in the FC Circle report that they resonated with what was revealed and observe shifts within themselves during and after the process. The FC process is a eloquent expression of the connection we have with each other and the generations who came before us as well as those who will come after us through the Knowing Field. Moreover, FC is a phenomenal experience of oneness and the healing power of collective intention and unconditional love.
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