Family Constellations vs. Systemic Constellations

Exploring the nuances

Hey there, fellow explorers of the human psyche!

Today, we’re venturing into the fascinating realm of Constellations therapy. Aren’t Family constellations and Systemic constellations the same thing? Well, not quite! Let’s have a look into the differences and dive into the unique nuances of each approach.

First things first, let’s break it down.

Family Constellations

Family constellations, pioneered by Bert Hellinger, focus primarily on exploring the dynamics within family systems. Picture this: you’re stepping into the shoes of family members, ancestors, and even significant events to gain insights into hidden patterns and unresolved traumas. It’s like peeling back the layers of an onion to reveal the core truths lurking beneath the surface.

Systemic Constellations

Now, let’s shift our gaze to systemic constellations. Unlike family constellations, which zoom in on familial relationships, systemic constellations cast a wider net. Here, we’re delving into the broader systems that shape our lives, such as organizations, communities, and even cultural norms. It’s like zooming out on Google Earth to see the interconnected web of relationships that extend far beyond our family tree.

So, what sets these two approaches apart? Well, it all comes down to scope and focus. Family constellations zero in on the intricate dance of relationships within our family unit, while systemic constellations broaden the lens to encompass the larger systems that influence our lives.

Imagine you’re navigating a labyrinth. With family constellations, you’re exploring the twists and turns of the familial maze, uncovering hidden passages and secret chambers along the way. But with systemic constellations, you’re stepping back to see the labyrinth from above, gaining a bird’s-eye view of the intricate patterns woven into the fabric of society.

Now, you might be wondering: which approach is right for me? Well, that depends on your specific needs and what you’re hoping to explore. If you’re grappling with deep-seated family issues or seeking resolution in your personal relationships, family constellations might be the perfect fit. But if you’re wrestling with challenges in your workplace, community, or broader social context, systemic constellations could offer valuable insights and solutions.

Let’s delve a bit deeper into each approach. With family constellations, the focus is on uncovering the hidden dynamics within our family system. We might explore intergenerational traumas, ancestral patterns, or unresolved conflicts that continue to reverberate through the generations. It’s a deeply personal journey that often leads to profound healing and transformation.

On the other hand, systemic constellations invite us to consider the broader systems that shape our lives. We might explore the dynamics within our workplace, the power dynamics within our community, or the cultural beliefs that influence our behavior. It’s like zooming out on a map to see the interconnected web of relationships that extend far beyond our immediate family.

But here’s the beauty of constellations therapy: it’s not an either-or proposition. In fact, many practitioners integrate elements of both family and systemic constellations into their work, creating a holistic approach that addresses the complexities of human experience from multiple angles.

So, whether you’re drawn to the intimate exploration of family dynamics or the broader perspective of systemic relationships, there’s a constellation approach that’s right for you. The key is to find a skilled practitioner who can guide you on your journey and help you navigate the labyrinth of human experience with wisdom and compassion.

In conclusion, family constellations and systemic constellations may have different focuses and scopes, but they share a common goal: to illuminate the hidden truths that shape our lives and empower us to create positive change. So, why not embark on a journey of exploration and discovery? Who knows what insights and revelations await you in the constellations cosmos!

Written by Lucy Ascham, Body & Soul Energy Expert

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