Constellation Work as Sacred Activism April 28, 2018
For the last 10 of years I have been offering family constellation work workshops and trainings…and now I know it is time to bring in working with the collective (community, country, social justice, collective consciousness). That’s why I have invited Diana Claire Douglas to bring her experience and focus on constellating for the collectivetoco-facilitateour workshop on April 28.
For years, I really believed that my family patterns were the strongest indicators of what could happen to me or for me. This is, in spite of consistently learning about thethreelevels of conscience: universal, collective and the personal conscience. Perhaps that is because the Americas have been built with the belief that the individual alone determines one’s owndestiny. And so for the last 10 years, I ignored the universal and the collective conscience, while focusing on better understanding myself and my family conscience. What I discovered was that understanding my personal and family conscience is simply a good place to begin.
At the NASC conference in Virginia Beach last year, my intention was to learn more about the collective conscience and I was surprised to do so in a session about organizational constellations.
What do Systemic Constellation Facilitators want to explore about organizational constellation work when they come together at Conferences? It turns out to bewhat is blocking this profound work from becoming more popular.
We picked the elements together—systemic constellation practitioners, those who can support them, family members of the practitioners, the different type of clients, those who were unemployed, those who were angry, those who were under privileged, the corporations, etc.
I was not moved to volunteer for any of the elements. To be honest, I cannot even remember the dynamics that were happening in the middle of the room, except that at one point I became quite annoyed with what was happening. The constellation appeared stuck while going around in circles. I found myself judging the elements. I could not sit still. I stood up and began to move to the back of the room outside of the circle. Someone thought it was his constellation and it came to some sort of resolution for him while I felt even more distraught with what was transpiring in the middle of the room. A part of me said, “No, they are missing it. What are they missing? What does this have to do with me?” All the while I continuedto pace.
Someone approached me and bowed to me, it was then I realized I was definitely representing something. What was I representing? I stayed in my body and watched. Whenever the representatives stayed focused on what was happening in the middle of the room, I became more anxious. When they began to focus on three representatives who did not feel included in what was happening, I relaxed. I wanted them to see more and I could not get them to see anything, yet I was more at peace when they looked at the representatives who felt excluded. One represented those who lost their jobs, another represented those who were angry and yet another represented those who lacked finances.
Whatever I was representing was more at ease when the attention of those in the room was brought to the excluded and yet I knew it was not enough. I wanted them to see ME….or rather whatever I was representing, however I was also ok for now for them to begin to focus on those who were excluded. I don’t mean the individual but the group of individuals that was being represented by the one representative. I told them that what was happening wasn’t real. When they looked beyond themselves to the excluded I was more at peace and the systems in the room seemed to rest more.
I went to the North American Conference to learn more about working with the collective. This session was about organizational constellations, not about the collective.Yet, while representingthis greater force I received a requestfromit:. it is time to move beyond the personal. And amazingly,in moving beyond the personal, the personal also finds its own resolutions.
Rupert Sheldrake tellsus that the land we live on carries the energy of everything that has happened before it. Just as our DNA holds our family’s past so toothe land we live on, the land where our workplace sits, the land of our community holds the energy of everything that happened before we arrived. Accidents tend to happened where lives were lost either by accident or in battle. Peacecan be felt at sacred sites that have hosted many sacred rituals.
At the Soul of Canada Workshop in October, the representative for “The Settlers” noted that when the Indigenous were fine, the Settlers were also fine. When the representative for the Indigenous was distraught the representative for the Settlers also struggled to find ease.
So what are those of us who are Settlers to do? (Settlers are those who come from other lands).We noted that yes, we need to resolve our own traumas. It is a beginning and yet Is that enough? We all carry the burdens ofthis nation( the impact of a nation built on harming Indigenous Peoples), whether we are conscious of this or not. As Canadians,we all have a responsibilityto comeinto right relationship with the land and all its peoples. And we can wonder how,when we do, how this willimpact everyone’s personal and family well-being!
On April 28th, we will show you how we can do this. You areinvited to explore your own personal issue and watch it transform as you focus on the greater forces that impact it.
Where: William Chartwell Retirement Homes, 4th Floor Wellington Room, 181 Janefield Ave, Guelph Ontario.
Time: 9:30 – 4:30
When: April 28, 2018
Cost: $160.00 at the door, $150.00 if paid prior to April 28, 2018, $100.00 if you are a student or Graduate of the Foundations 101 Course
To arrange payment, please contact: Rosalba at firstname.lastname@example.org