Systemic Constellations

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What are systemic constellations?

Systemic constellations are a powerful mapping technique for surfacing hidden dynamics in human relationship systems. They may be used in both organisational and personal contexts. Constellations work by enabling a ‘true’ mapping of the problem or issue. A mapping that often shows what is less visible and what is unsaid. And, from such a place of deeper understanding, systemic constellations allow you to then explore how the situation could be improved.

Types of constellations

Systemic constellations fall into two broad categories: Family constellations and organisational constellations. Family constellations traditionally focus on identifying and healing personal, family-oriented difficulties. Organisational constellations, on the other hand, are more about uncovering and resolving difficult human dynamics in the work place.

Of course, things are rarely that clear cut in real life. And, a constellation can really be used to explore almost any topic. Be it a conflict at work or what stops you from getting to where you want to be in life.

How it works

Systemic constellations work by creating a living map of the issue using people (“representatives”) to represent key persons and elements involved. The magic happens when without any prompting, representatives begin to embody the behaviours of the persons that they have been invited to represent. Access to such a living map often surfaces yet unseen dynamics, which once identified could be crucial to improving the situation. Constellations can also be used in a 1:1 context using objects, rather than people as representatives. 

It is in my nature to be skeptical, yet every time that I facilitate a constellation, I am reminded of its power to enable deeper understanding, healing and change. Get in touch to find out more about how you could benefit from using systemic constellations in either an organisational or family context.