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.
By Melody Allen, MA, EAS-C, LPC-S
During winter break, I flew to Washington, D.C., to visit Betsy Hostetler for a weekend work meeting for conference preparation. Betsy and I are co-directors of the North American Systemic Constellations Conference, planned Oct. 5-8 in Virginia.
Our task has been to organize, invite, and appoint a team of volunteers to offer keynotes, featured presentations and panel discussions to the North American audience of systemic constellations, a methodology founded by Bert Hellinger from combined studies in Zulu tradition, transactional analysis and family systems theories. The philosophies are applied in all career disciplines for family and business problem solving.
In between our planning meetings, Betsy and I had the opportunity to visit the National Museum of African American History and Culture.
The museum is devoted to the documentation of African American life, history and culture. It was established to promote and highlight the contributions of African Americans.
Three generations of yoga: Rani George, center, meditates with mother and daughter.
By Rani George
For the last three years, my daughter Anjuli and I have been offering a monthly workshop to explore the weaving of yoga with Family and Systemic Constellations.
As yoga teachers, we are grateful for the grounding that this connection to our Indian heritage provides. As Constellation facilitators, we are deeply conscious of the gift of working together as mother and daughter. We acknowledge my mother Mercy’s lifelong daily meditation and yoga practice, which often included her curious children and grandchildren, as sacred ground for our learning.
Through yoga, we have both experienced the deep joy of awareness and presence in our bodies. Asana, the poses which are only one of the many aspects of yoga, is focused predominantly on the body. Devotional chant can open the heart and allow expression of deeply held emotions. The poses and the chanting are designed to prepare the student for deep meditation.
So much activity with Systemic Constellations in the U.S., and the conference brings it all together!
By Karen Carnabucci, LCSW, TEP
When we move to a new community, we’re in the habit of asking our neighbors, co-workers and colleagues, “Where can I find a good doctor, dentist, or chiropractor?”
We’re also likely to ask about where to find that cool yoga studio, the best pizza eatery and the closest drive-through bank.
Family and Systemic Constellations are not yet fully integrated into the lexicon of our communities – yet.
But it may also be possible that the newcomer’s question of “Where can I find a Family Constellation session?” isn’t that far into the future.
The reality is that Family and Systemic Constellations as a recognized method is growing by leaps and bounds in 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.