Bert Hellinger is the founder of Family Constellations. Hellinger is a German psychotherapist and family therapist who was a former Catholic priest. His time in Zulu land as a priest informed him of family grouping, loyalties and what is required for a healthy sense of belonging for the group and for the individuals within it.
He left the priesthood to become a family therapist. Hellinger developed this method from the mid 1990’s while working with families as a family therapist. As a family therapist Hellinger took this knowledge along with that of many former therapeutic approaches and found that when he asked people to set up their issue through people in the group that it appeared to tap into the underlying dynamics of the family system to which they belonged and that information became available and the constellation could evolve to show new possibilities.
Family Constellations is a dynamic therapy that continues to evolve, as is evident if you look at Hellinger’s earlier and his more recent work. However, the basic principles of the work remain the same. Bert Hellinger is now in his eighties and until recently has continued to practice and teach world wide. Since the launch of his first book, “Acknowledging What is, ” more than twenty years ago his unique method of working with the energy in family systems has spread throughout Europe, America and Asia and more recently Australia.
Bert Hellinger gave an alternative name for Family Constellations
“Movements of the Soul.”This is an exciting and effective new therapy that is an alternative to traditional counselling, that is very established and popular in Europe and spreading around the world. It is very powerful and effective at uncovering the situation and providing a solution.
What is Family Constellations?
A Family Constellation is a process that allows you to discover the invisible underlying dynamics of that you are involved in coming from your daily from your family of origin. This may involve your original family, present family and your ancestral past
A Family Constellation or Business Constellation workshop or seminar consists of a group of people who agree to meet in a confidential and safe sacred circle.
“This is an effective process to help you improve your relationship with yourself and others that may indeed improve your relationships in general. ” (2014) Stardust on the Spiritual Path
Benefits of doing a Family Constellation
There are many benefits of doing a Family Constellation or Business Constellation compared to the traditional methods such as counselling, extensive psychotherapy, coaching or personal development or motivational seminars.
A Family Constellation is a brief, deep, experiential process that allows change to take place for those who are really ready for change. READINESS is KEY.
The process is Cost Effective because it is Brief as it may be as little as one session.
And allows space for:
- New perspectives to arise– No homework necessary because we deal with the core issues
- Acceptance that require maturity, compassion and letting go of Ego and past hurts. Acceptance of what we can’t change is destiny
- Gratitude at what we have. Most importantly this life
- Love for self and others.What is required is acceptance of where and who we come from, so that we can accept ourselves. This may involve resolving unfinished business from our earlier experiences and the release of family and systemic traumas.
What’s different about Family Constellations
This is an effective alternative or compliment to counselling or coaching in showing the underlying dynamics of the issues and also the solution in a brief experiential approach.
The process of Family Constellations:
- Is a brief, experiential, solution focused intervention that utilizes body sensing in tapping into the dynamics of the individual’s family, relational or systemic issues.
Family Constellations explained further
Individuals do not have to take the people of their issue with them as the constellation is about helping the individual to work out their own feelings, beliefs and connections in a way that enables them to connect in a better manner.
Often this in itself may cause a shift in dynamics that other members of the family may feel and respond to because we are all connected. Connected as human beings, through family systems and through biological systems as the study of Epigenetics is showing us through research.
The Purpose of doing Family Constellations
“The client observes the process from the circle. New perspectives arise and emotions are dissipated through the representatives in the field that ripple through the mind, body and soul of the client and also the greater body of the family soul in finding a resolution and a healthier order.” taken from Stardust on the Spiritual Path (2016) For more details of the book