Illustration of an open book showing a family's history with diverse individuals emerging from the pages, interconnected by colorful threads, symbolizing Family Constellations.
Daniela Storti

Daniela Storti

Family Constellations Facilitator

What is Family Constellation Therapy?

Welcome to my blog!

Today, we’re diving into a topic that’s not just near and dear to my heart but is essentially the core of what I do. We’re talking about Family Constellations. Yeah, you might be thinking, “What’s that?” or maybe you’ve heard of it but don’t really get what it’s all about. Stick with me because you’ll have your answers by the end of this blog!

What’s All the Buzz About Family Constellations?

Family Constellations is a therapeutic method rooted in group dynamics, first developed by a German psychotherapist named Bert Hellinger back in the ’80s. Now, this isn’t some woo-woo magic. It’s grounded in quantum entanglements and Morphic fields—real science! Essentially, it’s a way to understand the undercurrents of our relationships, why we behave the way we do, and how we can heal from generational wounds. Think of it as the science of relationships!

You might have heard the term ‘entanglements’ before. In Family Constellations, we refer to family dynamics as entanglements. These invisible cords tie us to our past, sometimes reaching back generations! Have you ever noticed how certain issues or conflicts keep popping up in your family? That’s an entanglement, my friends.

When you first hear the term “Family Constellations,” you might think of it as another therapeutic approach, maybe lumping it in with psychotherapy or counselling. But the uniqueness of Family Constellations lies in its intersection with science—more specifically, the principles of quantum physics and Morphic fields. This is what makes it stand apart as the science of relationships.

The Science Behind Family Constellations: Quantum Physics and Morphic Fields

What Are Quantum Entanglements?

Quantum entanglements refer to a phenomenon where particles become intertwined in such a way that the state of one particle instantly influences the state of another, no matter the distance between them. This interconnectedness, deeply studied in quantum physics, provides a scientific foundation for understanding the deeply interconnected nature of family relationships.

In Family Constellations, this principle translates to how family members are emotionally and psychologically interconnected. It illustrates why something that happened in your grandfather’s life can have ripple effects that influence your emotions or behaviour. Your family is not just a random assortment of individuals but an entangled system where everyone is co-influencing everyone else, often in unconscious or overlooked ways.

What Are Morphic Fields?

Biologist Rupert Sheldrake proposed the theory of Morphic fields. He argues that an inherent memory in nature shapes the formation and behaviour of systems and organisms. It’s like an invisible field that holds the collective memory and behavioural patterns of species, and yes, that includes humans.

In Family Constellations, this invisible field represents the family’s collective emotional and psychological memory. This field holds your ancestors’ traumas, joys, sacrifices, and experiences. You’re born into this field, and whether knowingly or unknowingly, it influences your behaviour, relationships, and even life choices. In the Constellations process, this Morphic field can be tapped into, revealing hidden dynamics and helping to resolve generational wounds.

The Universal Language of Love in Family Systems

Both Quantum Entanglements and Morphic Fields suggest a form of a universal language in nature, which Bert Hellinger identified as the ‘Orders of Love’ in family systems. By understanding and aligning with these universal rules, we can navigate our familial relationships more effectively, unearthing unconscious dynamics that might have been affecting us adversely.

Universal Rules of Love

Just like any organization, even families have rules. Hellinger identified these as ‘Orders of Love,’ and they’re crucial to understanding your place in the family system. Let’s break it down:

– Belonging: Everyone has a right to belong to the family system. Exclusions lead to disruptions. Ever heard of kids put up for adoption or an abortion? That can send ripples through the family soul.

– Hierarchy: It’s about who came first. Our grandparents precede our parents, and our parents come before us. Even among siblings, the firstborn has a certain precedence. 

– Balance: This is the give-and-take in relationships. It’s like an invisible ledger. If you’re only taking and not giving back, it creates an imbalance that can affect your relationships for years.

We facilitate Family Constellations sessions in two main formats: group workshops/sessions, the original form started by Hellinger, and one-on-one sessions. Oh, and if you’re worried about logistics, we can do both in-person and online. The goal is to unearth what’s hiding behind your conflicts and issues, both conscious and unconscious.

Types of Sessions: Choosing Between Group and Individual

When it comes to Family Constellations, one size doesn’t fit all. Depending on your needs, personal preferences, and the kind of experience you’re looking for, you might gravitate toward group or individual sessions. Let’s take a detailed look at each to help you make an informed decision.

Why Choose Group Sessions?

The original method developed by Bert Hellinger was designed for group settings. Why? Because the collective energy in a group session can often amplify the healing experience. You not only gain insights into your own issues but also contribute to others’ journeys, making it a reciprocal process of giving and receiving. 

What Happens in a Group Session?

In a typical group session, participants take turns setting up their ‘constellation’—a physical representation of their family system. Other group members may be chosen to represent family members, and as they move around the space, deep-rooted issues and dynamics start to emerge. The facilitator will guide this process, ensuring a safe space for everyone involved.

While group sessions offer a rich, communal experience, they might not be the best fit for those who are more introverted or feel uncomfortable opening up in a group setting.

Individual Sessions: A Personalized Journey

Why Choose Individual Sessions?

If you prefer a more private, focused environment, individual sessions are the way to go. These one-on-one meetings allow for an intimate dive into your specific familial and emotional challenges without the input of a group.

What Happens in an Individual Session?

In an individual session, tools like figurines or placeholders can be used to set up your family constellation. The absence of a group doesn’t make the experience any less impactful. A trained facilitator will guide you through the constellation, and because the session is focused solely on you, it often leads to quicker identification of issues and faster solutions.

While individual sessions offer focused attention, they do miss out on the collective wisdom and shared energy that can arise in group settings. 

Life gets messy when we disregard these Orders of Love. Disorders in the family system manifest as conflicts and problems in our lives. Family Constellations help us examine these disruptions and realign ourselves to find healing and peace.

Being open to look at these sometimes painful truths is the first step toward healing. You’ve got to be brave to face these issues, but the beauty lies in this vulnerability. When you open your heart to look at the pain with love, that’s when the healing starts.

Who’s Family Constellations For?

Determining if Family Constellations is right for you is a highly personal decision. It involves willingness, openness, and, sometimes, confronting painful aspects of your past to foster healing and transformation.

If you’re into self-knowledge, hit a wall in your life, or are simply curious about why certain issues keep resurfacing, then Family Constellations is definitely something you should explore.

Time to Get Brave

I genuinely believe that bravery and making the right choices are at the core of our happiness. Remember, life is a series of choices, and to be truly happy, you’ve got to make the brave ones.

So, if this resonates with you and you’re eager to dive deeper, drop a comment below. I’d love to chat! You can also catch me on social media to keep the conversation going.

Let’s be brave and choose happiness. Until next time, keep shining your light!

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