FAMILY CONSTELLATION

Family Constellation is a powerful method to help you recognize difficult entanglements both in your family of origin as well as in your present family or relationship. Solution-oriented interventions bring understanding, which is followed by a deep relaxation that allows love to flow again between members of the family system.

Systemic Family Constellation Work was first developed by the German therapist Bert Hellinger. In this approach, we consider the individual as part of a greater whole – a family system – rather than as a separate entity. His individual behavior, feelings and attitudes have to be understood in the context of this larger group. As in any other system, unspoken laws operating in the family guide behavior that we, as family members, are largely unaware of. Suffering usually arises in a family member when one or more members of the system unconsciously violate these archaic laws. They do this unknowingly, not out of rebelliousness as one might expect, but out of love – a 'blind' love.

The way we bring the hidden family dynamics to light is to have the client use the help of other group participants to create a constellation of his or her family. The participants representing members of that person's family are positioned in the room in relation to each other according to the client's feeling in that moment. In this way, we create a living model of their original (or present) family. What we have found is that the feelings and thoughts of the people representing family members are very similar to those of the actual family members.

This is usually carried out with a group of people, but it also works in individual sessions where cushions or other symbols can be used to represent the positions of family members.

This work uniquely uncovers any destructive family dynamic that may be lingering beneath the surface. When we use the responses of those standing in for family members, we find that the relations between members of the family can be modified to establish a new, more natural balance for the family members.

This shift can be life-altering and enduring once people begin to connect with the essential commitment that allowed ancestors and their descendants to carry life force forward. I see the client who stands with me – no matter his or her circumstances – as being the clear and unequivocal manifestation of the family's life force. Once a person is in contact with being carried by – and carrying – life force (love), he or she can allow the deadening aspects of negative dynamics fall away.

In this session, we will look at some of the ways we may be blindly connected to the systemic events in our family or community of fate. Once revealed, these connections can be brought into the light so that we may be freer to live in present time without the veil of the past obscuring our view. This change affects not only our own lives, but those of our children, of generations to come.

Workshop Structure

A group of persons can support this process. The facilitator assits the client in specifying the issue they want to address.

Workshops can take place, evenings, a whole day or during a weekend depending on how many people want to work on their family constellation.

We also offer individual sessions.

* Bert Hellinger.

A former priest and a missionary to the Zulu in South Africa for 16 years, as well as an educator, a psychoanalyst, body therapist, group dynamic therapist, and a family therapist, he brings a lifetime of experience and wisdom to his work. The family constellations, which have become the hallmark of Hellinger’s approach, as well as his observations about systemic entanglement and resolution, have touched the lives of thousands of people and have changed how many helping professionals carry out their own work.

Bert Hellinger has written 64 books. Translations of them are available in 25 languages. His work is documented in many CDs and DVDs.

Next workshops

Dates : Mondays, 26 June, 21 August, 25 September, 30 October, 20 November, 4 December, 2017; Mondays, 22 January, 21 February, 12 March, 2018. From 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm.

Location : 9823, Saint Laurent Blv, suite 3.1, Montreal H3L 2N5. (Sauvé metro station)

Facilitator : Claire Khudai Dagenais. Regional Director of the Hellinger Learning Center for Eastern Canada.

During an evening workshop, 2 persons can set up their Constellation.

It is important to reserve in advance.

Cost : Starting in June 2016 the price to set up a Constellation during a wokshop will be be $180 (includes all taxes); to participate as a representative: 25$, reduced for people who have done their Constellation in one of my workshops.

Registration : info@constellationsfamiliales.ca  514-850-0903

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