Systemic Constellation Work (SCW)

Knowing Field Designs facilitation is rooted in Systemic Constellation Work.

Systemic Constellation Work is:

A philosophy

A philosophy and a perspective holds a systemic perspective, understands families and larger collectives are living systems , is also an inner attitude or stance of the facilitator in relation to the “Knowing Field.”

body of knowledge

A body of knowledge including premises, principles and themes based on the understanding that living systems are guided by principles of balance, internal order and exchange. This knowledge was originally gathered phenomenologically

experiential process

An experiential process and practice that allows for embodied energy and information to be made visible.

community

A world-wide community of practitioners, trainers and institutes practising in Europe, South, Central and North America, Russia, China, Japan, Australia, South Africa — in almost every country around the world.

As SCW evolved, this naming was coined to include the two main branches of the work — Family Constellation Work, founded by Bert Hellinger, and Organizational Constellation Work, inspired by Hellinger and developed by Gunther Weber, Jan Jacob Stam and many others. It is now a term in general use for all applications of the process.

SCW is used with systems: individuals, families, organizations, and larger collectives like cities, or countries.

There are many different types of constellation processes that have evolved over the last thirty years. These processes range from a non-directive approach, allowing Information to emerge from the field to a structural approach using a pre-designed structure or map as template for the process. The creativity and flexibility inherent in the process allows for its application to many issues.

Why is it called 'Constellation' work - family, organizational, or systemic?

Originally known as Family Constellation Work or Hellinger Constellation Work, SCW started in Germany, and so much of the original language used by Constellators needed to be translated from German into English. The nearest translation of the original German word Aufstellung was “constellation,” which means “placement, assembly.” In this context, it means the “patterns of connection between elements.” Constellations are groupings of elements within their home group—in families these are all the family members; in organizations, all the roles within the organization; in collective work all the elements within the larger system. 

What makes SCW unique: The Knowing Field and Representative Perception

“I have referred to the Knowing Field and Representative Perception as two distinguishing features of Systemic Constellation Work. As a Constellator my relationship with the Knowing Field continues to develop over time through all the ways I participate in Systemic Constellation Work. When I shift my awareness to the Knowing Field and/or physically step into the Knowing Field, something changes in my ability to be Presence and to perceive messages from this Field.” Diana Claire

 

The Knowing Field refers specifically to the Systemic Constellation Work energy and information Field. It is a palpable, sacred, multidimensional energy that is a container for this work. It is made up of the interconnection of many systems at many scales, including the personal, the Collective, the Mystery, and Consciousness (including Jung’s collective consciousness/collective unconsciousness). It is always here, surrounding us and informing us.

Representative Perception 

As human beings, we have the ability to tune into the Knowing Field — we are the antennae receiving and broadcasting information and energy from the Knowing Field. Indigenous peoples have continued to honour different ways of knowing for millennia. Many of us who have a Western education need to remember that we are more than our intellect that perceives with five senses. Brain science is now showing that we have somewhere between 20 and 31 senses. What if Systemic Constellation Work is a way to develop our capacity to use all these senses?

History

Over the last 40 plus years Systemic Constellation Work has been practiced, tested, and evolved. Bert Hellinger (1925-2019), a German philosopher (as he called himself) was the founder of Family Constellation Work. After WWII he became a Catholic priest and was sent to South Africa where he worked with the Zulus for 16 years. He was influenced by their stance in life — when we are in right relationship with our ancestors, life goes well. He returned to Germany, left the priesthood, and began to work as a therapist, exploring many modalities, including primal scream, transactional analysis, Satir’s family sculpting, psychodrama, and others. Weaving these processes into his own ways of working and using a phenomenological (learnings through direct experience) approach, Hellinger began offering his work and training facilitators around the world.

In the mid-90s, Hellinger was asked to facilitate an organizational constellation, which he did and then decided it was not the work he was called to do. Gunther Weber, a long-time colleague, began to develop this work with organizations. In 2000, Jan Jacob Stam and his wife Bibi Schreuder started the Bert Hellinger Institute of the Netherlands, where they have now trained over 1000 facilitators of Organizational Constellations (OCW).

Hellinger, with his wife Sophie, continued to evolve their work, expanding from family systems work to family soul work to spirit-mind work and now cosmic power constellations. Facilitators have been trained at each of these levels (which accounts for some of the variety in the ways SCW is facilitated) and not all facilitators have evolved with Hellinger.

Hundreds of constellators from around the world are also evolving the work, finding many new adaptations of the process and new applications for it. There are now constellators specializing in Ceremony Constellations, Healing Constellations, Dream Constellations, Creativity Constellations, and Nature Constellations. The work has also been evolving through Diana Claire, which she now calls Constellating for the Collective.

Diana bows to her teachers: Bert Hellinger, Carolla Castillo, Judy Wilkins-Smith, Suzi Tucker, Francesca Mason Boring, and Mark Wolyn (and many others). Diana is deeply happy to have found her place at this time in the Constellation Family and pleased to pass on to others the gifts given in this work.

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