Many of you might be familiar with Family Constellations Therapy which was pioneered by German psychotherapist Bert Hellinger. Hellinger observed that traumatic events occurred in a family system can exert a powerful force affecting later generations. Therefore being able to connect the root of the issue with that original triggering event can have dramatic benefits in a family system, such as:
- Improved relationships
- Improved health
- New directions
- Movement in areas where previously stuck
- A sense of peace and acceptance
- Useful insights
The Chinese system of 5 Elements (Fire, Earth, Metal, Water, and Wood) has been used for thousands of years as a device for describing interactions and relationships between phenomena. It is a systemic model of wholeness that reflects our body’s energy system. The 5 elements have been utilized in a wide variety of fields and disciplines, including agriculture, astrology, government, martial arts, military, music, tea ceremony, and traditional Chinese medicine.
Many of you have participated in Family Constellations, but in this workshop we will use the 5 Elements; representing 5 different aspects/archetypes of an individual which were derived from Chinese Taoist traditions. The Chinese Medicine Meridian system are characterized in these archetypes. They can represent our resources, character strength, our willingness to give and take, our sense of organization, our drive in life, our fractured self, physical trauma, psychological trauma, health difficulties, and energetic health. It’s purpose is to look at how our body’s regulatory system is functioning and assist it in releasing and achieving balance.
In Family Constellations we pick representatives from our Family in order to work on issues that pertain to our relationship to the Family System. In a 5 Element Constellation we pick people from the workshop to represent aspects of our own personality and energetic system. The goal is to bring our system to a state of balance.