Dr. Karl-Heinz Rauscher gave this keynote speech in "Collective Healing" at the North American Systemic Constellations Conference on Oct. 7, 2017 in Virginia Beach, Va. The theme of the conference was “Bridging the Divide: Healing the Personal and Collective Soul.”
By Karl-Heinz Rauscher, M.D.
Good morning. I am delighted to be invited to speak about the important issue of "Collective Healing" at this conference. Collective healing is defined as a healing impulse from which not only a few, but many people benefit, perhaps even large parts of the population.
The centerpiece of systemic constellation work is still the family constellation. It remains important and valuable. On the personal level, however, we only reach a small percentage of people who suffer from the consequences of collective trauma. Plus, in the face of current wars, expulsions and natural catastrophes, the work on personal problems often occurs to me as a Sisyphean task. We work with the consequences of the First and Second World Wars and the Vietnam War, while every day hundreds and thousands of people die in the current wars.
We work with the descendants of people who were murdered in genocides in the 19th and 20th centuries, while new genocides are being carried out. We work with the consequences of the expulsions of the great-grandparents, while millions of people are on the run every day.
These daily new burdens for victims and perpetrators will continue in their families for at least three or four generations.
What can we do about this as constellators? For which sun of knowledge would we have to open up, so that we are able to mitigate and heal the consequences of past collective trauma in the whole society and to prevent collective trauma such as war, genocide, misery, hunger and even natural disasters in the future? How can we stop the wheel of traumatic repetition?
In order to place a collective healing impulse at this great scale, we first have to focus on the collective level and explore the consequences of collective trauma. The information we collect there helps us to develop the tools we need for collective healing.
With the Systemic Constellation Work we have a wonderful instrument at our disposal which gives us unlimited access to important information. We just have to look and listen.
As we take this step and expand our field of vision towards the collective level, the entire field is suddenly energized.
Because concentrating on the collective level is not just another way of looking at things, but a quantum leap in view, which will lead to a rapid acceleration of the whole development, like many groundbreaking inventions in the technical world did. Think of the developmental boosts which have been triggered by the invention of the steam engine, electricity, or, more recently, by the invention of the Internet.
The discovery of the representative perception by Bert Hellinger, the ability of man to easily access invisible information in a constellation, has the quality of an epochal developmental potential for all mankind. The past decades, in which the constellation work was applied mainly in the field of psychotherapy of individual clients and in coaching of organizations, were only the beginning.
By closely looking at the collective level of human stress patterns, a major development will emerge. The expected new insights will raise the constellation work to a new level. This could lead to a leap of awareness in the whole population, which we today cannot imagine. The development which is thereby initiated will, as in the case of the earlier mentioned technical inventions, be irresistible in the long run.
Okay, what do we so far know about collective trauma and its effects?
These insights are by no means new. Yet, in the light of the “collective view,” they appear more distinct and concise.
The question now is whether there is such a thing like collective healing and how it might look like.
In addition, you are working automatically on a collective level, whenever you are successfully finding a systemic solution for a personal problem of a client, because every person is always connected to other people, and the healing of one person will also affect his environment in a positive way.
In those constellations, amazing healing can take place which affect 50, 60 or more people at the same time.
Last year, Anngwyn and I had the chance to facilitate a constellation of this kind in Mexico City. At the end, more than 70 participants stood in this constellation, which was focused on war, peace and the relationship between the archaic man and the archaic woman. One of the touching insights of that constellation was that peace is stronger than war if we give peace its proper place in our consciousness. This constellation was so rich in experience and knowledge that the participants thereafter produced a written documentation. You can read this documentation at this link.
The summary of my thoughts on this topic you find on my blog at this link.
Over the last 20 years I developed an energetic-shamanic healing method, which I call “Healing Voices”, because sounds and intuitive language play an important role in it. For the last two years, I have been using “Healing Voices” in constellations in which no progress can be achieved with the classical tools, especially in situations where victims and perpetrators are facing each other irreconcilably.
In such a situation, I step into the systemic position of a healer and make myself available as her or his energetic tool during the healing. This only takes a few minutes. During the course of this energetic healing, the representatives of the perpetrators often lie down at the victims’ feet and cry bitterly and full of remorse about their deeds. Simultaneously the representatives of the victims free themselves from the frozen agony of the deadly trauma, stand up and open up to the sky, ready for their further journey. This kind of healing does not only touch the few representatives of the victims, who might stand in the constellation, but invisibly hundreds of victims on this level.
One gets the impression that this healing takes place on a large scale, the effect of which may even extend to the descendants of the victims. In this way, hundreds of people could possibly profit from such a constellation.
The greatest insight given to me by working with Healing Voices is:
Those healing forces are waiting for us invisibly in the field, just like the information about human relations and past events are. But in order for them to be effective, we have to make us available for them as a medium. We human beings are needed for our own healing.
The knowledge about the consequences of killing unarmed civilians for the live of the perpetrators and the lives of their descendants should be taught at school. At the very least, young people should know about this before they go to war and kill other people. They should know this before they decide to become bomber pilots or soldiers in the army.
To achieve that all media can be used, print, books and articles, as well as film documentaries, feature films, music and all other forms of art.
Informing people on a big scale will prepare the population and all of us for the most powerful instruments of collective healing:
The most important elements of a collective healing ritual of this dimension are:
At this level, we do not start at zero. We already have examples. Just think of the peace process in Colombia.
However, great power of vision is needed for rituals of this dimension to become reality in many parts of the world.
The international community of systemic constellators can and will play an important role in these developments and future possibilities.
Well, in short, what can you do?
We can do something right now.
How can that work?
It begins with the high respect for yourself and the high respect for the other, and it starts with the knowledge that on a deep level we are all connected.
To experience high respect, I offer you now a short exercise:
If you want, let your eyes wander in this room until your eyes stick to another human being. Then look at this human being at eye-level as your brother or sister, no matter what skin color, nation, religion, or what may have happened in his or her past or the past of his or her ancestors, or what may have happened in your past or in the past of your ancestors. It is not important whether this person looks at you or not. It is only important how you look at this person.
After a while, let your eyes wander again and do this exercise with two more people.
You can start now.
What you just did creates connection and creates community. All the power we need for a good present and future life lies in this kind of community that connects people and peoples. Then humanity becomes our nation. One for all and all for one, but, and this is the new thing, against no one. And what we have then is repeating peace.
This consciousness is the powerful source of energy for the new time.
It starts here and now, with us.
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