When I was first introduced to Family Constellation Work over a decade ago, I was enthralled with how this elegant and comprehensive modality supported change and healing. The “constellations” that were set up had nothing to do with “astrology” or “stars”, I discovered. Rather, they provided a very wonderful, experiential way of exploring the underlying dynamics that create health and well-being (or dysfunction), in our families, relationships, workplaces, communities and other groups or systems that are integral to our lives. “Constellations” refer to the various interconnected elements within these groups or systems.
My first constellation experience was an eye-opener. A client and student of mine had breast cancer and was undergoing several allopathic and alternative treatments. I’ll call her Debra, for the sake of anonymity. Our work together involved energy healing, which is extremely effective in addressing the deeper roots of physical, emotional, mental and spiritual challenges. I discovered that the constellation work integrated beautifully with the energy work and other modalities she was using. It also added a whole new dimension to her healing process!
The depth and specificity revealed in the constellation was breathtaking. The “constellation” started with Debra discussing the issue she wanted to explore with the facilitator. In this case, she wanted to know the deeper psychospiritual and ancestral dynamics related to her cancer.
Several volunteers from our circle served as “representatives” for various elements that were being explored. In Debra’s constellation, a representative for Debra and a representative for cancer were chosen (the representatives were unaware of what they were representing). They were asked to stand up and feel the subtleties of their bodily sensations and dynamics with one another as they stood in the center of the circle, or the “field.” As the constellation unfolded, several representatives for Debra’s family members were brought in as well. Since, the energetic dynamics of all of life are always around us, constellation work provides a ritualistic way of connecting with these undercurrents of life, and animating them so they can be used for edification and healing. The representatives are simply availing themselves of this resource.
Debra’s constellation ended up providing a tremendous healing for her. Though many things came to light, her central insight was that she had been blocking herself from feeling certain traumatic dynamics that had happened when she was young (which was a common pattern in her family), and in turn was rejecting the more feminine, nurturing parts of herself as a way of aligning with that family pattern.
As the representative for Debra was able to finally receive the love and strength as it was passed down from her mother and father, and hand back an issue that was not hers… fascinatingly, the representative for cancer exclaimed, “I don’t feel like I belong here any more” and slowly drifted out of the circle. It was a powerful reflection that conditions and crises can serve as messengers to point us toward what creates greater healing and well-being in our lives, families and communities. Once they have served their purpose, and we address the imbalance, the messengers either leave or our experiences of them change dramatically.
At the end of the constellation, Debra stepped into the constellation herself, and was able to viscerally experience this deeper healing truth that was being offered to her. It changed her life and mine, as well!
I was instantly captivated by this amazing healing system! Since this first experience, I have immersed myself in constellations, attended trainings and workshops from top trainers and facilitators worldwide, traveled internationally to conduct workshops of my own, and deepened my passion and involvement as the Co-Director of the upcoming 2015 North American Systemic Constellations Conference in November.
In my private practice and workshops I use the constellation work on a regular basis to compliment the energy healing work that I’ve been doing for nearly two decades. The results have been wonderful and there seems to be no end to the creative ways in which these two very flexible, powerful modalities can be used to support us and our healing process.
Constellation work, in partnership with energy healing, becomes an especially potent duo. The constellation work adds layers of insight and understanding regarding the ancestral roots and systemic dynamics related to the issue that a person is delving into. And energy healing provides a powerful set of tools for perceiving the systemic dynamics and deepening the healing movement occurring within our own beings and in relationship to the myriad systems of which we are a part.
In my subsequent work with Debra, we were able to go much deeper with her healing process using the energy healing in combination with the constellation work. The constellation opened deep passages of untapped grief and hurt from the family dynamic. The energy healing worked beautifully in providing Debra loving support and guidance, and healing energy, so that she could feel, honor and release these old wounds that no longer served her in her life.
I’ve discovered that the dynamics you can explore with this combo of healing systems are truly endless… they can be used to support most any modality and explore any issue.
Do you want to find a deeply fulfilling romantic relationship? Constellation Work with Energy Healing can point the way. Are you at a fork in the road in life and wondering which life choice that’s facing you is most in alignment with your soul path? Or, are you ready to release a challenging family pattern that is holding you back from stepping into a new career? Constellation Work with Energy Healing can reveal the root cause of your blocks and open you to greater healing and potential.
I can say from experience, that the only way you’ll really know the beautiful impact that these modalities can have in your life is to experience them yourself. I think you’ll find the combination of constellation work and energy healing to be as wonderful and life-changing as I have.
To have your own experience of these powerful healing modalities please contact James Woeber at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 858-395-4918.
– James Woeber