1. WHAT IS THE "KNOWING FIELD "?
The KNOWING FIELD is the basis of the constellation work. Albrecht Mar, a senior researcher and therapist with the method, gives the name, which means that during a constellation there is a kind of field in which information about the members of a system is available and in which the memory of all significant events and feelings of life is present.
The knowing demonstrates itself in many ways. Some experience knowing dreams in relation to the constellations that are about to happen. Some experience a smell that may specify a moment in the family history. For instance, someone may smell freshly baked bread: it may be that in the family, several generations ago there lived a family of bakers who were impacted by an epidemic and suffered deaths of family, loss of home and business all at once. Such a dramatic level of loss may leave a psychic footprint on the subsequent generations. In one constellation regarding difficulty with relationships, several people in the circle smelled and tasted alcohol. Alcoholism had not been mentioned as factor in the family history, but as indicated by the knowing field, it had a definite impact on the ability to trust. (Mason-Boring. F. 2012:81)
Our ability to trust and gather these points of information in the constellation often has a beautiful and unexpected yield. Biologist Rupert Sheldrake has long been in discussion with developers of Family Constellation, researching and encouraging the investigations of morphogenetic fields in which there is a transmission of information between generations. When we work with the knowing field, we trust an older way of knowing. The difficulty for facilitators and participants occasionally lies in supporting the representatives’ ability to trust what they experience in the constellation and allow the client to integrate parts of a constellation that convey peace or information that may not fully make sense in a linear way.
All natural systems - birds, bacteria, corals, etc, and people live in and through information fields that instinctively direct their vital functions and movements (such as, for example, bird migration, virus adaptation, crystal formation, etc.). Sheldrake calls them 'morphogenetic fields'. In a very simple language, the knowing field is simply Life that is all around us and within us - a huge creative force that guides us and moves us to the extent to which we allow it. Constellations provide an opportunity for this life force to show the hidden dynamics and the possible movements to change.
2. HOW DO PARTICIPANTS FEEL THE EMOTIONS OF PEOPLE THEY DO NOT KNOW?
For a long time, Hellinger called this strange phenomenon “a secret”. In recent years, there have been many experiments giving some EMPIRICAL explanation for this phenomenon, although it still hides an element of the esoteric. It is normal to ask ourselves whether the representative really feels something about the person or "fakes it." Thousands of constellations around the world have been observed in clinical and academic setting, and the information is consistent: in most of them, the feedback from the representatives is the same, or very similar, and a constellation happens in similar ways when it is done at the same time in different locations with different representatives. (for further reading - Indra Torsten Preis, Family Constellations Revealed, Mirror Neurons Chapter)
How can this be explained?
According to Sheldrake, people have access to information fields, which he calls morphogenetic (forming) fields. The transfer of information from the morphogenetic field to the species it includes is called "morphic resonance."
How does morphic resonance work?
In 1979, biologist Lyall Watson observed a colony of monkeys in Japan. Years earlier, explorers on the island of Kosima left sweet potatoes that they used to wash before they eat them. The monkey copied the human behavior and began to wash the potato before eating it. The other monkeys, seeing this, repeated the action. One day, when a certain number of monkeys had already mastered this skill, something surprising happened. Just before sunset, all monkeys on the island, even those who had never observed the action, learnt to wash the potatoes before they ate them!. Soon, other monkeys, hundreds of miles away, acquired this skill without an obvious information transfer system. Obviously, when a significant number of monkeys reach evolution of awareness, this affects the general morphological field of the species. Although the exact number needed to reach a turning point of the collective consciousness is not known, it is symbolically denoted as 100. Thus it is believed that it is necessary to reach the "one-hundredth monkey" in order for collective awakening to happen.
Morphogenetic fields help us to raise our consciousness. They transmit information beyond time and without obvious pathways for communication. It is the same with the representatives who feel the feelings of completely unknown people.
Quantum Physics explains the phenomenon of transferring information beyond time and space as "nonlocality" - manifestations in quantum-mechanically separated photons that occur in the same way at different points at the same time, regardless of distance. (read more about “Einstein - Podolski - Rosen" on the Internet).
How do we feel? Our tool is our body. Science has also discovered the presence of mirror neurons in the brain (Franz Rupert). They are responsible for our feelings of empathy. Through mirror neurons, we can sense others, understand their intentions, and empathize. The more we are emotionally connected with someone, the stronger the resonance.
How is this theory applicable to the constellation?
When doing a constellation, the facilitator is in alignment with the client. The client selects the representatives intuitively and places them in the space, and then remains an observer, but fully connected with what is happening. The morphogenetic field creates access to information - the family history of the person. Mirror neurons reflect the feelings and emotions of the participants.
This is just one theory to be considered. The constellations keep an element of mysticism, and that is good in itself. For example, there is no scientifically recognized theory of what electricity is, but we use it every day.
3. HOW TO BECOME A REPRESENTATIVE?
A client might invite participants from the circle on a random basis to represent someone from their family. Every person has the right to refuse going in, if they do not feel that it is right for them to take the role. Usually, however, when we are selected for a role, we find that it is directly or indirectly related to our own issues. So, being in a role, we can be of service to someone else, but also we can get insights for ourselves. The selected representatives and the client make sure everyone is clear who they represent. Guided entirely by their inner feeling, the client takes one by one each representative by the shoulders and directs them to a place where they feel it is right for this representative to stand.
There are no further instructions about the posture or gesture one has to take. The constellation is done in silence with the full attention of everyone.
The only important condition is that the representatives do not interfere with their personal interpretations and do not try to "help" by directing the process where they think is good. It is important to remain tuned only to their physical sensations, follow their inner impulse to move (if they feel it), and stay aware and sensitive. The constellations do not rely on emotional catharsis, but on the movements that arise in the field, which can lead to solution. Representatives speak only when the facilitator gives them the opportunity by asking them for a feedback. It is good to remember that "mistakes" are rare. Everything matters in the circle and might carry a particular meaning. Sometimes, if a representative does not feel anything, it is still a valid information and might give a hint to what is needed for the process.
4. Is doing a constellation enough to resolve my problem?
Constellation can have a lasting and profound impact. Like all therapeutic methods, however, it is not the answer to everything. Sometimes you need to continue with individual therapy or other therapeutic methods that address other possible aspects of your personality and problem.
FOR BEST INTEGRATEGRATION of a constellation:
- Try to talk with others as little as possible after your constellation and give yourself the time and space to integrate your new insights and the new image. Avoid questioning the representatives out of curiosity. This will disturb the process and will only distract you and take away the strength of the work.
Most facilitators advise their clients to forget about their constellation after it is done. What you can do, however, is to remember the feeling you had at the end of the constellation - the feeling and the image of the new gestalt.
This will allow you to remain in resonance with the solution and the force behind the healing movements.
Integration of the resolution from a constellation takes time and the process is different for everyone. One can experience immediate and obvious changes in their life afterwards, while another may experience a process of worsening of all symptoms before things change for the better. This is a phenomenon known in classical homeopathy, where symptoms at first may become more severe when the right medicine is taken.
If this is your case, be patient. Do not start looking for another therapy right away. Instead, check back with the facilitator who guided your constellation. He can best guide you through the process of healing. Of course, this process can never replace any necessary medical treatment.
The best thing you can do is wait a few months before putting your next constellation. Remember that you may need months and sometimes a year to complete the integration process. So relax. Let your soul do the job for you.