During an Ancestral Constellations workshop, you create a living ‘map’ of your family system, past and present. This is done with the help of other group members, who act as representative’ for your family members and network of relationships. The constellation is mapped out in front of you. And you can see how people, stand, sit and move in relation to each other. The person who is exploring their family chooses the representatives, based on their intuition or ‘strong feelings’.
Representatives for your family members appear to know how the person feels and are able to express this. The ‘living map’ can be explored and any difficult issues brought to the surface. The representatives are able to tune into the feelings of others, even though they may not know them. Their verbal feedback and body posture, can help to surface some of the core issues which are then relayed to the person exploring their constellation. This method helps to clarify personal experience and supports them in becoming more conscious about what is happening within their family system.
You can Sense other People’s Feelings!
This may seem unusual, but we often have connections with unknown people. We may walk into a room and suddenly feel sad or angry and realise that we are connecting to the feelings of others. Or we may meet someone who reminds us exactly of a family member or friend. Often it is about the way that the person looks, at other times it is a gesture, or way of walking or talking.
This a powerful method to aid transformation, reconciliation and healing. As you witness the process unfolding, you gain insight and greater clarity on difficult and complex issues by literally being able to ‘see’ family and community patterns emerge.
The space that people step into when they start to ‘map-out’ their constellation is hard to define or explain. First the person who is exploring an issue will place a representative for a family member’ in the constellation space. Then the representative will start to sense the feelings and movement of the family member.
This arises from an intuitive felt sense of the other person. An inner knowing, or deep connection with the person that they are representing. This cannot easily be explained to rational Western minds, yet it is something that many indigenous communities know instinctively and accept as real.
Remembering What Once was Known!
This sense of knowing has been lost in many Western communities. But when I have run workshops in the Caribbean or with people of African heritage in the UK, there is an understanding of this knowing. It is deep in our bones and psyche, even if we do not speak of it.
In Ancestral Constellation workshops, we aim to support you in exploring and finding solutions to difficult family issues, by drawing on this instinctive knowing. The only way to really understand, is by coming to a workshop. To find out more go here
Until next time!