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FAMILY CONSTELLATION - Living Change With Virginia Satir

FAMILY CONSTELLATION - Living Change With Virginia Satir

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An overview looking at marketing strategy and definitions used to introduce family constellations to a world wide status quo.
An overview looking at marketing strategy and definitions used to introduce family constellations to a world wide status quo.

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FAMILY CONSTELLATIONS – LIVING CHANGE WITH VIRGINIASATIR 
An overview looking at marketing strategies and definitions used to introduce familyconstellations to a worldwide status quo.
“After centuries of separation and antagonism, psychology and religion are atlong last entering into a meaningful dialogue. Whereas psychology is a sciencethat addresses mental, emotional, somatic and relational dynamics, spiritualityilluminates the inherent mystery of life itself. Each approach provides aperspective that completes the other. We need to listen to this sharedconversation, for it affords new understandings to heal and to advance ourpsychological and spiritual development.A strengthened dialogue, even a communion, between psychology and religion isneeded.….there is a great need for this new paradigm of psychospirituality.1. Sharon Mijares 
The following reflections in this writing have evolved out of personal observations of how family constellations has been presented and marketed to the wider worldwidecommunity. The main focus of contention is upon statements used to describe thework, provided in Wikipedia and similar write-ups and referrals used by various FCmembers. Firstly this essay is a critique of how the name of Bert Hellinger has been placed last on those historical referrals - Wikipedia – up until Jan 2012 and ISCAwebpage - that indicate the origins of the work. Secondly it is to highlight theattempted linkages and related context that tries to align the work of familyconstellation to past concepts and persons of psychiatry, science and mathematics inthe left field. Thirdly, it is the intention of these reflections to shed light upon hiddendynamics that may contribute to these movements and question the internal motivesfor doing so. It is not the intention of these writings to enter into any argument or  proof of point of view. These personal reflections are best described as sharedconversation of meaningful dialogue that seeks communion for “new understandingsto heal and to advance our psychological and spiritual development.” Sharon MijaresPsychospirituality – I like this word as it has dual meaning and is full of polarity thatmakes it holistic. It is representative of not only the effect psychology has had onspirituality for decades but it holds potential for future growth of humanconsciousness too. Psychospirituality is a great word to describe humankind’s psychological growth up until now. Psychology itself has made a major contributionto the turning of human spirit into psycho! On the flip side it offers great opportunityfor transformation of mind, making way for restoration and communion of psyche andsoul. James Hillman had much to say about these things in his many writings onPsyche and Soul.“Hillman has been critical of the 20th century’s psychologies (e.g.,
,
,
) that have adopted a natural scientific1
 
 philosophy and
.Main criticisms include that they are reductive, materialistic,and literal; they are psychologies without
 
 psyche
, without soul. Accordingly,Hillman’s work has been an attempt to restore
 
 psyche
 
to what he believes to be "its proper place" in psychology. Hillman sees the soul at work in imagination, fantasy,myth and metaphor. He also sees soul revealed in psychopathology, in the symptomsof psychological disorders. Psyche-pathos-logos is the “speech of the suffering soul”or the soul’s suffering of meaning. A great portion of Hillman’s thought attempts toattend to the speech of the soul as it is revealed via images and fantasies.”2. WikipediaSharon Mijares in the quote above uses the word religion, I would like to replace thisword with spirituality and say that religion also has been equally effective in creatinga psycho human spirit. An ill at ease spirit that is collectively suffering the effects oinstitutionalized authorities that subjugate individual self determination/realizationand do little to promote individual autonomy and self governance, when it comes tothe spiritual. Whilst there is a growing awareness and acceptance of these things,there is little awareness of how to transform, improve or change them. Perhaps it isenough to acknowledge exactly what is as it is and be motivated to change it. Such anacknowledgement might also be capable of the growing awareness that there existssomething very valuable in all of this.For example, the placing of Bert Hellinger’s name as last on the list of famousfounders of the work indicates subjugation of some sort. Why has this happened? Itwas documented with full knowledge of the value of precedence in the right order of things. What was the underlying motive? Was it an effort to commune or dialoguewith late status quo? Did it attempt to say “we are the same as you; look weacknowledge all that you respect and relate to”….and “we’ll just put Bert at the endso it doesn’t threaten you”. Is this why many in the FC field are presently feeling theeffects of a compromised self respect and integrity both personally and as a group?What is the effect of that? The most important effect is that it anchors further embodiment of authenticity, truth and will to power in those courageous enough to beeffected. Recent comments on Constellation talk seem to be experiencing a sharedwill to connect to status quo in a new way, a whole way, and an uncompromised way.A way that looks at and embraces individual value held in every small move madewithin the FC field, even when it at first appears foreign.VIRGINIA SATIR’S MODEL OF CHANGE – THE FOREIGN ELEMENTThat something valuable is what Virginia Satir in her model of change would call aninner foreign element: foreign, simply because it remains separate and unaware i.e.alien. There is a present common element within and without FC that is beingexperienced collectively and personally. It is an element full of potential to transformthe pollutant effects of past psychology into luminous psyche and soul; an elementthat Bert Hellinger refers to as the “spirit-mind”. Perhaps this is what Sharon Mijaresalludes to in her quote above when she mentions psychospitituality: -a spirit mind -that is, a purified, unpolluted, emerging psychospirituality. After all, the movementsof the spirit mind are a communion between mind and spirit, a shared conversationand meaningful dialogue from spirit to the mind. The new paradigm is not coming, itis here. It is a living paradigm if there is such a thing; a living evolving science of 2
 
love and life that has little to do with traditional psychology and the workings of mindand body itself.Defining family constellations has been a challenge for most involved in this practiceover the years. By many in the field it has been presented as a particular form of therapy that has in some way evolved out of psychotherapy and various paradigms of  psychology; and the various works of psychologists, scientists and evenmathematicians. Psychiatrists who have played with ideas of phenomenology andsystems theory and practice have also been linked to it. It is not the object of thisessay to argue, prove or disprove these postulated connections to FC. It is however,the intention of this writing, to bring attention to the direction in which FC, generally,has been moving in its efforts to mainstream FC’s to the wider community.DOES CONNECTING FAMILY CONSTELLATION WORK TO PASTPARIDIGAMS AND PERSONS PIONEERING PSYCHIATRY SERVE TO MOVETHE WORK FORWARD?Will to power is the driving force behind all evolutionary process and it is alsodestined to be instrumental in driving FC systemic leadership and others tomainstream the work. Without it human potential can action nothing and nothing iswrong with this. However it is worth observing the direction this will to power ismoving in. It appears to move towards mainly Science, psychology and economy?All left brain sections of society that have actualized the mind and remain in thelogical mind. It is not so difficult to observe that the greatest source of collectiveactualization of power and autonomy in the world is dominated by such groups at thecost of the wider community. It is only natural that FC leadership should seek equalrecognition and existential weight within these already established fields. In fact it isan essential and important effort or duty of care, by FC workers everywhere, toestablish this in order to preserve balance and harmony in an otherwise ailing planet.Returning to the works of Virginia Satir’s model for change it is obvious that FC is aforeign element itself within a wider field of an ailing status quo. I think it would besafe to assume that most in the FC family are inspired by a desire to change the statusquo of stakeholders in the common marketplace of competing psychology. 
“How such desires are substantiated by which stakeholder how, willgreatly affect a systems reaction to a foreign element….”
3. Virginia Satir How has the status quo reacted to family constellations, and how have those involvedin FC practice (particularly leadership), reacted to the foreign element of “spirit-mind?
“In the case of an unwanted, unexpected or mandated change thepeople within the organization (or other system) may try a number of strategies to neutralize the impact of this alien element. The systemmay reject and expel the foreign element; members may ignore it oruse delaying tactics; they may try to encapsulate the foreign element
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