The Constellation Approach is effective in addressing many life situations, not solely family issues. Other areas include chronic illness and disease, couple and partner relationships, and life direction such as work and career.
A Few Specific Topics...
Illness and Disease
The intention of using the Constellation Approach when working with issues of illness is not to cure the disease, but rather to try and understand the hidden dynamics that may have led to or contributed to the condition. The act of uncovering these dynamics may in itself add to the individual's healing process, as setting up a constellation is an attempt to release the source points or possible factors playing a role in the dis-ease. At other times working with disease and even the possibility of a terminal situation, constellations are very effective in helping a person come to accept what they do not have the power to change. We regard physical and mental illnesses with utmost respect because the meaning of the condition for a person's soul may be different from what our personality or society says about the condition.
Constellations for illness and disease can be done within a seminar setting or privately. Similar to other types of constellations, these sessions try to bring to the surface unconscious themes, helping the client learn an underlying truth and then allowing the energy in the constellation to find its balance point. This truth-finding and rebalancing may then help the client shift their relationship to the illness. Since it is our unconscious that has the most profound effect on the experience of illness, it can be expected that when consciousness is clarified, the perception of discomfort begins to shift and it is possible that the symptoms themselves can change.
Couples, Partners and other Relationships
As the saying goes, "We bring our baggage with us into each new relationship." The issues that arise in relationships are as diverse and endless as relationships themselves. The Constellation Approach is useful for couples trying to understand the hidden dynamics influencing them, and is equally effective for individuals striving to understand why they have difficulty starting or sustaining relationships. This work often covers topics such as infertility, terminated pregnancy, sexuality, infidelity, addiction, and previous relationships.
In these situations, conscious and unconscious generational entanglements preventing love from flowing freely have the opportunity to be revealed and explored. By turning back and looking openly at the family or past relationships, individuals begin understanding where they are still loyal to others, harboring excess guilt, or carrying someone else's fate as if it's their own.
Couples constellations can be done within a seminar setting or privately in person. If a couple would like to work with us but are not able to come to our office, we suggest that each partner make an individual phone or Skype appointment with Jamy or Peter.
Constellations may be as simple as a placement of representatives for each of the two persons involved, or may become as complex as including past partners, children or parents of the couple. The spirit of the work is to attempt to discover the entanglements that are preventing the couple, or the individual, from moving into a fuller experience and expression of love. One of the things that is extremely empowering for any relationship is when a partner is witnessed by the other doing their personal constellation. The best words we can use to describe the experience that one feels for the other is usually respect, understanding and compassion.
Constellations addressing life direction issues are approached in a similar manner to the ones listed above. The facilitator asks the client what the primary issue is and to identify the important people surrounding it. Through the process, the client begins to see their part in the situation with more clarity as the factors contributing to the issue are highlighted.
Constellations are very helpful for people trying to determine direction in regard to employment, provision and the deeper feelings about their work situation. An individual’s relationship to money, authority and career often has direct links to their family of origin.
Example of a Family Constellation
If there is to be peace in the world,
There must be peace in the nations.
If there is to be peace in the nations,
There must be peace in the cities.
If there is to be peace in the cities,
There must be peace between neighbors.
If there is to be peace between neighbors,
There must be peace in the home.
If there is to be peace in the home,
There must be peace in the heart.
-- Lao Tzu (570 - 490 B.C.)