The steps in the process
1. Clients are ready to make a movement in their life and consciously choose to engage in the SCW process.
2. The facilitator prepares herself by tuning into the Knowing Field and aligning with her ancestors.
3. For in-person sessions, the facilitator prepares the space, acknowledging the Knowing Field. For groups sessions, chairs are placed in a circle. Within organizations, floor and/or large table tops can be used.
4. For distance-sessions, each participant prepares their own space − either desk top or floor space − placing a clock chart in the centre of the space. This represents the Knowing Field, the circle or field within which we work. Paper, sticky notes, and ordinary objects are used as place-markers on the clock chart. Each participant maps the process visually so that all participants are working from the same map.
Clarifying Intention & Placing Representatives
5. The facilitator clarifies the intention or question to be constellated in conjunction with the client.
6. The facilitator calls in the Knowing Field which holds us in our work together.
7. The elements (unique to each constellation) to be represented in the field are named.
8. Representatives for each of the elements are chosen. The elements (for instance, people — father, mother, boss; abstract elements — money, emotions, permission) can be represented by people (in a workshop) or coloured mats, footprints, paper, books for their titles, and ordinary objects such as pens, silverware, dolls…
9. The representatives for each element are placed in the field. When people are representatives, they stand in their place and report back what they are experiencing (as images, body sensations, emotions, thoughts or phrases) from the Knowing Field. When objects are the representatives, the client stands on or holds the objects and reports back what she is experiencing.
10. This first image (which is a visual and kinesthetic map of the question or issue) externalizes what the question-holder or team is carrying internally and perhaps unconsciously. We then explore this image — noticing how all the elements represented interact with each other. These images allow clients to see beyond the personal to seeing systemically: Hidden dynamics begin to reveal themselves. Clients shift perspective from seeing from their own viewpoint to experiencing others stance in life.
11. Transition images: In individual sessions, the first image begins to shift (this is the transition image) when the client feels a shift in what feels right for the image. In group sessions, the first image begins to shift when representatives make slow movements showing the direction for change. Most often the different elements dialogue with each other, which is one way we gather collective intelligence.
12. Gently, images shift so clients can make a movement — sometimes big, sometimes small — to be free from entanglements and step into Life.
13. Resolution image: When everyone or thing represented feels strong and peaceful and in their rightful place. When that does not happen in the time allotted, we bring the process to completion, acknowledging there is more to do.
Closing the session
14. The client and representatives release themselves from the element they have been representing and come back into themselves.
15. Debrief: A movement has been made, a seed for change has been planted. The change may show itself immediately or happen over time. The SCW protocol is for the facilitator not to interpret or analyze the constellation process, rather allow it to unfold. The debrief then is a sharing of the experience of the constellation, a noting of the shifts in perspective from a systemic viewpoint , and the next possible action steps to be taken.
SCW is an experiential process and practice that can be described as:
- a skill and tool, honed through practice
- an emergent, evolving “technology” for these changing times
- an experiential and embodied process that has been and can be integrated with many other ways of working.
- a discovery process, open to experimentation, testing
- a creative process that can be adapted and applied to many issues using many kinds of constellations: classic, constellations with intention, chaos, nature, collective, healing, trauma, structural
- a way to create and read a living 3D map of the whole system
- a way to embody energy and information so that they are made visible
- a change process for shifting underlying dynamics that cause conflict and limitation, finding the hidden strengths and resources and designing optimal pathways to reaching our full potential
- an approach that is participatory and practical
- an approach that is open and able to effectively integrate many other processes
The systemic constellation process gives a snapshot of the family system, organization or workplace as it is now without any bias or judgment. Using time, space, direction, dynamics and living maps we are able to create a dimensional map of both the issue and the resolution for the issue. The SCW process reveals underlying dynamics, finds the hidden strengths and resources, and initiates change that can be immediately implemented.