Systemic Work and Family Constellation can be regarded as a new science that serves to reveal hidden dynamics in social groups that affect the individuals and the system. A “system” can be a family, a company, a school, a country etc… We are all part of many overlapping systems and each system has its own principles and sometimes they are in conflict.
Imagine flocks of birds or animal groups who seem to effortlessly communicate telepathically and they seem to be able to move and act in harmony and in sync with their survival and evolutionary needs. Cambridge and Harvard educated Biologist Rupert Sheldrake has explained such connection coming from a shared information field as the “morphic field”. Everything that has happened is stored in this field of information and it seems to serve evolutionary purpose. Animals of the same species for example seem to master new skills at similar time even they are not in physical contact.
This “field” is found to function beyond time and space.
Epigenetics research on animals as well as humans has found that trauma imprints get passed down to later generations. While again it may serve an evolutionary purpose, it also creates unwanted entanglements that limit our potentials and freedom. For example the children and grand children of the Holocaust, even though they did not experience the Holocaust, suffer PTSD and other disorders at statistically higher rate. Transgenerational trauma imprints have been found in animal studies to affect up to 18 generations. In humans, transgenerational imprints have been found to correlate with recurring challenges in health, in business, in relationships, un-explanable thoughts, self sabotage tendencies etc.
In systemic and family constellation, it has been been observed that the child in us, in our primal need to “belong”, may hold loyalties that do not allow ourselves to lead better lives than those in our “system” who did not have the opportunity – that may include an unborn sibling, or a member in our ancestry who has been “excluded” or not seen – for example the “black sheep”, someone who has had a terrible fate and whose fate is too painful to acknowledge, someone who has committed acts considered unacceptable…
The system is observed to have a natural need to be “whole”. Exclusion asks for inclusion, and what was incomplete asks to be completed. Such principle and other systemic principles have nothing to do with morals but have been observed from thousands of constellation performed.
While the systemic approach is now used not just in family therapy but also for personal development, as well as solving business and society issues, the origin of the systemic and phenomenological approach AND the constellation method was first developed by the German psychotherapist and philosopher, Bert Hellinger, in the late 1980s.
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…“
This approach of discovering hidden dynamics is also found to address deeper causes of health challenges and can effect profound healing. 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 systemic approach to healing underlies Eastern medicine such as Tibetan, Chinese, Ayurvedic medicine and yogic tradition of healing.
Principles of Systemic Constellation and Life Integration Process (one of the recent developments in Systemic Constellation for personal development) are often applied in our founder’s multi-dimensional healing sessions.
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. It is a process that facilitates truly “growing up” and becoming a whole and mature person.
LIP may especially benefit practitioners or individuals who have experienced Family Constellation work and are ready for deep level of integration.