A constellation is set up as a multi-dimensional mapping of the client’s inner knowing, to make visible what has previously been invisible. These processes take from 30-75 minutes, using pieces of paper, objects, figures, footprints or group participants that represent people and elements in an issue. This unique mapping draws on the inner knowing of the client to “out-picture” what is going on related to their current concern.
One-on-one work in private consultation, whether for team leaders or for individuals, is sometimes preferable to a group workshop setting. However, groups can very often provide powerful and wonderful containers in which to expand our lens of awareness. The Family Constellation work, as brought to the world by Bert Hellinger, originated as a group process.
The Constellation approach, using representatives in a group, or directional markers, sets up a kind of map where hidden patterns can be seen, revealing the effects of a number of dynamics on a system.
During a constellation, a client’s issue is set up by using a representative for each person or element involved. Some issues might be:
Self and other
Self, parents, siblings, grandparents, etc.
Self and illness, self and bodily systems
Self and project, self and colleague or business
Another Type of Issue
It could be something more abstract – “I want to explore this feeling of _____ that I always seem to be carrying”.
The facilitator and client choose markers to represent the people or things that make up this issue. A marker can be names or words written on pieces of paper, people, things or emotions placed symbolically on mats, identified as figurines, footprints or other objects. They can be participants in a group setting who are willing to represent. Or they can be virtually imagined. The client places the representatives in relation to one another in the space, including one to represent him/herself (most importantly).