Systemic Therapy was first developed by the German therapist, Bert Hellinger in the late 1980s. The systemic therapy is also called “Family Constellation” or “Systemic Constellation”. The process of this therapy reveals the hidden dynamics within a family system that can contribute to unwanted issues and experiences in life, including health, relationships and financial issues.
For example it has been observed that the children in us, in our deep need to be loyal, does not allow us to be happier or more successful than our ancestors. This and other unconscious emotional “entanglements” can be the cause of recurring challenges in our lives. In this trans-generational approach of psychotherapy, the individual is seen as part of a greater whole – a family system – rather than as a separate entity, and as such this approach of healing is very different from the approach of reductionistic mainstream psychotherapy.
In Bert Hellinger’s words,
“…all people carry with them an energetic field or blueprint of their biological families—this field has been called by some a family soul, or family conscience. That field has an enormous unconscious effect on each family members’ life and all the people they interact with. Long standing problems with health, depression, relationships, failed finances, etc. are usually a result of unconscious ‘entanglements’ in the family soul. Doing a constellation is a way to bring those entanglements to light, and to allow for some resolution to happen. Quite often after a constellation, other members of the family who were not present for the constellation—and didn’t even know it was happening–report dramatic shifts as a result. Because the family is a system—like an energetic mobile, what affects one, affects all. And what keeps one stuck, affects them all…“
The science of Epigenetics is now also suggesting that what our grandparents or great-grandparents experienced is passed down to us biologically. What is passed down to us is more than the physical attributes but emotional patterns and imprints from trauma. For example the children and grand children of the holocaust, even though they did not experience the Holocaust, suffer PTSD.
An excluded family member (such as someone who has committed suicide, or from abortion or miscarriage) can cause imbalance until he/she is acknowledged. This has nothing to do with morals but it simply shows up as an existential phenomenon in therapy. German origin Dr. Dietrich Klinghardt M.D., PhD, who is renowned for treating the most difficult health cases (patients who “have tried everything”) places Family Constellation as the 4th level of healing in his 5 levels of Healing model, below the ultimate level of “God” and “faith”. This approach of healing unlies Eastern medicine such as Tibetan, Chinese, Ayurvedic medicine and yogic tradition of healing.
Principles of systemic therapy and Family Constellation and Life Integration Process (more recent development in Family Constellation) is often applied in our founder’s multi-dimensional healing sessions.
There is a rare opportunity to experience Family Constellation (and Life Integration Process – explained below) in November 2017 with very limited spots to have your own Family Constellation and Life Integration Process in one weekend.
Regardless of how grown up we feel and present ourselves, our child feelings and behavioral patterns deeply impact our daily lives, especially when we are under stress.
We have all come with an inner vision into this world, with specific and unique potential that is meant to unfold through us during the course of our lives. Yet it’s easy to become disconnected with this inner vision.
The Life Integration Process (LIP) is a powerfully direct yet profound application of Constellation principles that can facilitate lasting integration of our conflicting tendencies and connect us to our inner vision. The result is profound sense of inner strength and peace.
LIP was developed and created in 2011 by Dr. Wilfried Nelles, an experienced Family Constellation trainer who has worked closely with Bert Hellinger, the founder of Family Constellation. Since his development of the LIP, Dr Nelles no longer facilitates Family Constellations and has been focused on the Life Integration Process.
Like Family Constellation, LIP goes beyond the intellectual to the somatic and allows for powerful shift as a result. But unlike Family Constellation, representatives are used to represents one’s different life stages. While Family Constellation looks at our place in the family system, LIP looks at the most important relationships of all – our relationship with ourself.
LIP may especially benefit practitioners or individuals who have experienced Family Constellation work and are ready for deep level of integration.