constellations in words
Paint your life
A colour of sun
Breathe in vibration
Of shining gold
Stare in the eye of a crow
And say hello
To the dawn mystery
Holding the unknown
When the crow replies
With the song of the world
Bow with gratitude
Release what is old
Life is sacred
The crow tells
My love is reflected
In his bottomless eyes
And off he flies into the rising sun of India
A guided mediation I created for women to connect with they ancestors and receive blessings and gifts for them. Every time you do it your ancestors get blessed too, so feel free to add it to your regular practice for ancestral healing.
When we have repeated negative thoughts and strong beliefs about ourselves it could be that we didn't just come up with it as a result of our own experience but it may be a result of a curse.
It is a very strong word. It carries many connotations from various eras and traditions. But its weight also emphasises the power our words and intentions hold. Setting aside 'professional' curse creation, most of us have at some point done a little unintentional cursing that might have long term consequences unbeknown to us.
A child being absolutely taken by the joy of expressing her love to the divine in a choir singing to just be shut down and publicly shamed for being loud and standing out is cursed to stop singing and will reinforce and grow this message and intention into a believe and an identity of a woman who is just not into signing or having no talent for it. Angry, upset Ex cursing her former partner in a chat with a friend and this friend ‘helping’ by wishing he stays forever alone. A woman whose life choices were dramatically limited by her farther cursing him with all her righteous anger when she fails to achieve her dream. Jealous sibling wishing she were the only child from the depth of her heart. Sometimes this could be a systemic family dynamic, when people remember their grandmother cursing her husband, or grandfather cursing all medical doctors, then in constellations we see the entanglements of the grandchildren with those curse energies and their consequences.
Examples are multiple and depending what framework we choose, these could be named differently. It could be called conditioning or programing. It could be shadow work. It could be addressed by a practitioner or by self-help book or in your own deep inner work.
It takes so little and most of the time we don’t even notice we do it. We just want to rebalance the unfairness that we experience at that very moment. The quickest way we know is using our voice and words to express a whish that the other person is being put in to their place. The power of our feelings and sincere intentions is huge. We might laugh about it or shrug it off but then remember the moment in your childhood when your heart was shut down by one word, or look, or gesture, or silence. Just to say, we all do it and we need to become aware of it. It has consequences that last decades and take a lot of personal work to undo.
As you get angry with somebody and fuming with rage, it is important not to suppress it and it is important not to direct it at anyone around you. As you become aware of your strong powerful feelings, send a little prayer that this rage doesn’t harm anyone but empowers your life transforming into a resource. Intention matters. Awareness is key.
South african workshops experience-
Unforgettable birthday blessings.
We gather to run a ritual
I pray, drum and sing habitually;
We invite helping spirit of fire flames,
We cross many borders of time and space
Calling in missing parts of our souls;
We enter the dreamworld respectfully
Guides watch our back carefully
Our essence come back happily
We lovingly integrate on return.
South african present and future
Held with prayer with love together
Healing happening layer by layer
Restoring the flow of love.
Horses playing with dogs around us,
Pincushions showing the way,
Wheel of heart eternally nurturing
Hands full of ancestral abundance.
I am something good from your past
I am something good from your future
We are partaking in feast
Of joyful tears and healing gifts
Gratitude flows all ways
East south west north below and above
Heart is expressed through voice in space
Song is transforming resistance to love.
Beautiful people magnificent land
Creatures after my heart,
Blessings to what is unfolding and what lies ahead
May this delight be repeated again
Last days of August I spent in Helsinki taking part and supporting a three days workshop led by Daan van Kampenhout for about eighty Russian speaking participants. Daan first mentioned the possibility of this workshop about a year before and prior to that there were multiple attempts to put something like this together.
Russian speaking part of the world has high regard for this work but having the language barrier only few can attend systemic ritual workshops in person. So this opportunity has been long awaited and gathered people from far and wide. Similar to workshops in Paris, there was a dedicated professional interpreter with a good history of working with international teachers. It was important to hold this workshop on a neutral ground as this enabled everyone to be on the same page, being guests in a beautiful country, step out of routine scenery and journey to get to those three days of magic.
And that is exactly how it felt – magic. Deep, insightful, poetic, healing process that opened hearts, it focused a lot on seeing goodness, blessings and strength in the ancestral field, retraining our minds that are so used to looking for what is wrong, for a weak link. Focusing on ancestral resources and healing we worked with themes of children and parents, mothers and daughters, symptoms and four levels of the soul, past and future resources, alcoholism and disconnection from ancestors, relationships and money etc.
Every day had a different group dynamic and by day three the tension started rising as it became clear that there was no time to address all requests made. Daan held it beautifully constantly staying in touch with higher powers to surrender any control of what was unfolding and letting go of expectations. It also helped to have several rituals that allowed everyone to work on their own issues at the same time. Having a group of almost eighty systemic practitioners holding space for each other for three days made such work possible.
Personally it was an incredible honour to be there and to be of service to the land of my ancestors in that way. I believe the fact that I live far from that land and am not invested into it allowed me to contribute freely and completely openly. It touched me deeply to see how many people are doing this work and to have a chance to participate in healing the wounds of the land and ancestors. I pray that more healing is possible, balance restored and loving connections made in all parts of that beautiful part of the world, place of my birth.
Daan Van Kampenhout website
Systemic Ritual community in the UK
My upcoming systemic ritual in London
Anywhere you go, even if just a few steps, you can contribute to the forces of good and bring light to this world. Here is how: imagine that every time your foot touches ground it sends a blessing into earth. As if as you walk you leave footprints of light behind. One step at a time, one blessing at a time from you to mother planet.
In the darkness the light shines
Please tell me a story
Little candle, flickering flame
Do tell me your story
In the darkness the dark is alive
Waiting to tell its story
Soul parts are piling up
Bursting with their stories
Hundreds of years of split souls
Stories of pain and survival
Stories of human heroic self
Stories for those left behind
Lighting a candle in the darkest night
Opening heart to listen
Hearing stories releasing past
Breaking the seal of silence
Tell me your story
Show me your gift
Received in the land of darkness
Come to the light and be released
Back to sea of kindness
Inspired by this book I am now reading. Deep, touching reflection and personal story of a child of a survivor. So moving. Talking about transgenerational transference of trauma from a very personal perspective.
In May I had a privilege of interviewing Judith Hemming - a world leading facilitator and teacher of systemic work - for Changemakers magazine, that tells stories of individuals who are making a difference in the world around them. You can download the article below and the full magazine is available here
Changemakers Issue 7
In the recent experience I had with an environmental festival in Montenegro, I was given two hours to run a constellation workshop. Provided a regular workshop for me is at list six hours, this was a challenging request. It had to work as an introduction to family constellations method, be safe, and be an insightful experience. So what to do in two hours on a beach at sunset. I decided not to open any personal issues as the time was insufficient and the space wasn't exactly a therapeutic safe space, rather a well used public beach with a music stage around the corner.
With a group of twelve people we started with a meditation reconnecting with our place in our own family systems. In that way some systemic personal work that really wanted to happen had a safe space inside each person. We followed with a constellation for the festival and for the land, opening to bigger system of stakeholders, recipients and the Earth herself.
Then i offered a systemic ritual to walk through time on Earth, from the very beginning of life to the future ahead, sensing where healing is most desired right now and to come back to these places as healers. Using the constellation method, to represent a healer and do what feels right to symbolically or literally give healing to a particular place on this timeline.
Later participants reported their experience of how much light there was in the future and how one was able to project this light from the future back through time to where it was needed. Others seemed to be drawn to their family systems on the timeline attending to what was left unseen. After the ritual, back in a circle, we were very quiet for some time. As if it was too soon for any words.
In two hours we moved from a small unit of individual family system to a present moment larger system experience of a festival in a beautiful country to experiencing global timeline of the planet Earth. Big trip in a short time with lots of insights into what is.
Albreht Mahr and Gabor Mate talking about constellations. Very interesting watch.
I am fascinated by the Systemic Family Constellations work. I study it, practice it, research it. Here, I am sharing what I learn and hope it can be of use to somebody interested in healing their families, communities and lives.