Introduction to Systemic Constellations/Systemic Law
Systemic Constellations work is a relatively new and growing unique approach to practicing law. Although it can be applied to the practice of law, it is used for problem solving purposes in many other areas, including in families, couples, children, professions/work settings, business, management, and in cases of disease. Systemic constellations work within so many various areas because all these aspects of people’s lives are intertwined with their relationships.
Bert Hellinger is considered the father of family constellations and has written many books providing insights to the ins and outs of the impact conducting these constellations can have on individual families and couples. According to the Hellinger website, our beliefs that we have inherited from our parents, stored within us subconsciously, and keep us imprisoned. It is these beliefs that were instilled in us prevent any changes to our behavior. Family constellations are used to bring these deeply ingrained beliefs to light to finally reach a resolution to any problems that may have arisen because of them. The same concept can be applied to issues that arise within all social contexts: in legal issues, issues at work, businesses, management, and more.
At this point, you must be thinking, “one approach to solve issues in essentially every facet of life? How does it work?” The simplified answer to this question is: through role play. With a professional trained in systemic constellations, a group gathers and participates in a process of creating a model of a particular system. A model is set up and is comprised of volunteer representatives, objects, or other tools used to for visualizations, and participants are chosen to represent members or elements within the context of the issue that is being addressed. This process plays out, and hidden dynamics are revealed. Then, the process is used to find healthy and appropriate solutions to the issue.
Experts in this field, including Bert Hellinger, advocate so strongly for these methods because they believe that everyone is connected to a bigger system. A person has a connection to their family, to their coworkers, to society – to any other group of individuals that an issue has a possibility of arising within. According to these experts, systemic constellations work so well in addressing issues in such a broad spectrum of social contexts because they are all systems that need balance. If one element within the system is out of balance, the others will be as well. Noticing the imbalance within a system is simply an invitation to address the issue and “heal” it.
The practice of systemic constellations is an incredible tool which has only been adopted by a handful of practitioners thus far. It is slowly gaining momentum and attention around the world, as more and more families, couples, businesses, professionals, and others have experienced the incredible results it can provide. At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter which social group is facing an issue. The root causes can always be simplified down to the same things, such as inequality, illness, depression, harassment, mistrust, and more. Systemic constellations can provide an insight and awareness that is necessary to resolve these issues in a more impactful way than is otherwise possible.