Issue 31, January 2018
- Barbara Morgan: Editorial
- Bert Hellinger: Prejudices of Conscience
HISTORY OF NATIONS, CULTURES & RELIGIONS
- Anngwyn St. Just: Todesmarch
- Alemka Dauskardt: The Theatre of War in the Balkans
- Tanya Mena & Salome Raheim: Healing the Transgenerational Trauma and Violence of Chattel Slavery in the United States
RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT
- Sarah Peyton: Finding Home: How Constellation Work Returns us to ourselves
- Diana Claire Douglas: Conscious Witness Project: Conversation with Rosalba Stocco
- Diana Claire Douglas: The Knowing Field & the Quantum Field: Interview with Judy Wilkins-Smith
- David Presswell: Case Study from a workshop run by Judith Hemming
- Melody Allen: A Personal Constellation with a Shocking Revelation
- Daniel Burge: Wild Communion
- Francesca Mason Boring: The Elk
- Jeffrey Rich: We Belong
- Melissa Roussopoulos: Exploring our Profound Interconnectedness with All Life
- Harrison Snow: Notes on an Accidental Constellation
- Ingala Robl: Addiction - A Personal Perspective
- Karl-Heinz Rauscher: Collective Healing
- Regina Moreno: The Imagined Meeting of Bert Hellinger and J. L. Moreno
- Karen Carnabucci: Introducing Family & Systemic Constellations to the Community
- Suzi Tucker: Abortion & Ambivalence
- Leslie Nipps: Primary & Secondary Feelings
- Alemka Dauskardt: Ethics
- John Cheney: Ethnocentric Belonging
REPORTS ON CONFERENCES & INTENSIVES
- Betsy Hostetler: Being Carried Across the Divide NASC Oct 2017
- Karen Carnabucci: Ten Takeaways from the NASC Oct 2017
- Rani George: Weaving a Sacred Thread: Creating the Container NASC Oct 2017
- Connie Rogers: West Coast Systemic Intensive May 2017
- Kamilia Badary: 16th International Intensive, Kloster Bernried, Germany May 2017
- Jane Peterson: Your Resonant Self: Guided Meditations & Exercises to engage your Brain’s Capacity for Healing by Sarah Peyton
- Jamie Hasenfus: The Forest
- Jamie Hasenfus: Crossroads
- Bert Hellinger: The End
Issue 31, January 2018
Prejudices of Conscience
“Our conscience decides under what conditions we may belong and under what conditions we lose our right to belong. Conscience judges. All movements of conscience are judgements. More precisely, they are prejudices. They judge in advance, they pre-judge what I may or may not do, again, largely without any detailed knowledge of the matter. In this sense they are also collective prejudices. They are set by the groups we belong to without our being allowed to scrutinise them. Even questioning them would already be an offence to this conscience, and accordingly, it would be punished by it and by the group it serves. As long as the deeper reasons for the existence of this conscience are not brought to light, we remain its slaves.
The basic question this conscience puts to us is: What must I think and do so that I am allowed to belong?
Our conscience decides at any given moment whether we may belong or not. Ultimately, it decides from moment to moment whether we live or die. Severe breaches of its demands result in a death sentence.
Who carries out the execution? Our group, and in many regards we do it ourselves, through our bad conscience. To be precise, we carry it out through our feeling guilty about what we have done and through our penance for it.”
Healing the Transgenerational Trauma and Violence of Chattel Slavery in the United States
Tanya Mena & Salome Raheim
“The abolition of slavery at the end of the U.S. Civil War in 1865 created a dilemma. How could this population of former slaves, whose every movement had been controlled, now be constrained? The solution: Make any association with these people synonymous with fear, laziness and sexual depravity and then legally sanction and morally encourage any action of protection against them.
The slavery-era stereotype of the ‘happy darkie’ evolved into the vilified ‘nigger’. Both were inventions and caricatures of the African American community created by white America. Moral, educational, social and psychological superiority was the mandate of post-Civil War White America over all black people. Despite low socio-economic status, white skin was often seen as a commodity.
African Americans were kept on the bottom rung of the societal ladder by the Black Codes; policies that crippled their abilities to take advantage of the freedoms they were granted by the 13th (slavery abolition), 14th (equal protection under the law) and 15th (right to vote) Amendments to the U.S. Constitution. Vagrancy laws restricted their movements and allowed them to be arrested for loitering. The ‘Convict Leasing Program’ rescinded, by conviction, their 13th Amendment rights to freedom and kept them for lengthy prison terms as free labour to the emerging agricultural, transportation and coal mining industries.”
“The medicine of the plants is a real medicine, one of wholeness and encounter, and although scientists still attempt to isolate the ‘active’ components of plants to treat disease, it is only when a plant is fully intact, that its delicate and yet formidable web of intelligence can work directly upon us.
Would you like to experience this potent medicine? Meet directly with the wonderful plants? To taste, feel and dance with their living medicine, as a communion of perfect aliveness in which everything is realised as one?
Nature is wild, so wild it can take over. And it always takes over. It also has a presence that is as permanent as its seasons; plants and flowers are momentary passings. If grace unlocks the door, and you open to the wildness, it will take over and assimilate you as well.”
Ten Takeaways from the 2017 North American Systemic Constellations Conference
“Here are my ten takeaways from the Conference:
1. Our Conference attracted a lot of newcomers, some familiar with Family and Systemic Constellations and some quite unfamiliar but eager to learn. There was a pleasant gasp of surprise when the question: “Who is here for the first time?” was asked and about a third – or was it more? – of the group raised their hands.
2. We hosted a good number of young people, which shows us that they are definitely interested in this healing, learning and change modality. Carola Castillo, one of the keynote speakers, discussed the perspective of the ‘Millennial generation’, their willingness to investigate this kind of work and systemic philosophy, and their love of social media for communicating.
3. People came from everywhere, as presenters and attendees. The roster included: facilitators, teachers, volunteers and attendees from Argentina, Australia, Canada, Croatia, Germany, Israel, Mexico, Portugal, Russia and the United States.
4. Innovations abounded! Karl-Heinz Rauscher introduced us to his Healing Voices, which he describes as an ancient healing language that he receives, during his workshop with Anngwyn St. Just. Carola Castillo, a longtime innovator with her systemic footprints and figures, demonstrated her Reconstructive Constellations, a structure consisting of one client and three representatives where she gives the client his or her issue privately and then opens the Field to movement by all four. Sarah Peyton demonstrated her ways of working with resonance with two mini constellations of what she calls ‘time travel empathy’ where the client sees and heals a past trauma. She also demonstrated a longer constellation using Jaak Panksepp’s neural circuits where we saw and disentangled the intergenerational entanglement of nervous systems in the wake of tragedy.”