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What are Systemic Constellations

Systemic Constellations are a means of working with energetic systems that have been ingrained in Family and Cultural systems. These mechanisms have often been created during traumatic events and while they served as a means of survival, they are often carried with us and manifest in negative behaviors. They can have a profound effect on how we communicate and can often lead to hiding what was deemed to be shameful. 

In Constellation work we set up a model of the family or cultural system with volunteer representatives, or objects. In a typical workshop, participants are chosen to represent members or elements of the Family that is being addressed. In this process hidden and unexpected dynamics operating within the system are revealed and addressed in a way that aims to find a healthy and respectful place for all members of the system in question. 

This work was developed by German Psychologist Bert Hellinger who noticed that clients in his individual therapy would often reach a block in their healing and discovered that these hidden loyalties or invisible secrets within the system were playing out in the individual's lives. A powerful insight that Bert discovered during his work with Family systems is that each Family system has a collective conscience that required that all members be connected and remembered in a particular way.


If someone in the system is not remembered correctly then younger members, out of love or a need to belong, can become "entangled" with their ancestors, particularly those who have been excluded, forgotten or shunned. Unconscious entanglements are behind many of the issues that are explored in these constellations. During the process, we search for possible solutions that can reveal entanglements and restore order and balance to the family system. The process provides the client with a new image of their "right" place within the family system. Giving correct honor to the orders of love within the family system. 

This work takes place in an energy field that connects family,  ancestors, cultural and the natural world with all of humanity.  The "knowing field" is a conscious energy the we can access in order to experience the feelings and sensations that mirror those of the family system that we are representing in the group. 

During a Family Constellation, representatives begin to take on the essential qualities of who or what they are representing, and begin to sense thoughts, emotions and physical sensations through the "knowing field." They can then report on how they feel, revealing what is true to the system they are working in, even though they have no prior knowledge of what has happened within this system. 

Systemic constellations are an innovative approach to working with the hidden dynamics that influence our lives. For me the main theme of this work is Healing through Discovery. Looking to see where the problem or behavior originated and finding ways to integrate that which was so traumatic that survival required it to be hidden. In constellations we work in a safe and supportive environment that allows us to look at what caused the wound and thus allowing us to treat and heal it at its source. 

Pay attention to your patterns. The way you learned to survive, may not be the way you want to continue to live.  Heal and Shift

-Dr. Thelma

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