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What is Systemic Constellation work?

Systemic Constellations is a philosophy and approach to understanding and addressing the underlying dynamics and patterns that affect individuals, teams, and organizations. It was originated by German psychotherapist and philosopher Bert Hellinger, who applied it in the context of family systems. Hellinger recognized that individuals and their families are part of larger systems, and that hidden dynamics within these systems can create patterns of behavior and outcomes that are difficult to understand and change.


According to Jan Jacob Stam, a prominent trainer and practitioner of systemic constellations, "The approach involves uncovering the often-invisible dynamics that are shaping a system, and then working with these dynamics to create new possibilities for action and change." This approach can be applied to a wide range of challenges and issues, including leadership development, team dynamics, organizational change, and personal growth.

John Whittington, author of "Systemic Coaching and Constellations," describes systemic constellations as "a way of seeing and perceiving the patterns and structures of a system and its members, and using this awareness to facilitate change." Through this approach, individuals and teams can gain new insights and perspectives on their challenges, and uncover hidden resources and potential for growth and transformation.

At Systemic Lens, we believe in the power of systemic constellations to help organizations and teams perform at their full potential. By leveraging the insights and techniques of this approach, we can help our clients uncover the root causes of recurring patterns and obstacles, and identify new paths to success and growth. Whether you're looking to improve team dynamics, navigate organizational change, or unlock your own personal potential as a leader, we're here to help.

Here are some systemic constellations that we may leverage to tap into the field for an expanded systemic lens

  1. Diagnostic constellation: Used to understand why things are the way they are and to arrive at a diagnosis of the systemic reasons for current symptoms.

  2. Process work constellations: A follow-up to diagnosis, used to improve relationships between parts of the organization thus the whole.

  3. Periodic/preventive check constellations: Used to get an overview of the whole organization and to see the vitality of parts and relationships. Used as a systemic pulse check.

  4. Scenario constellations: Used to test the effect of future possibilities/decisions.

  5. Potential constellations: Used to assess how much potential there is in the system and to identify blockages preventing potential from flowing.

  6. New crystal/fractal: Used to explore potential new constructive patterns that can grow on their own without resistance to change and of the old.

  7. Team constellation: Used for different purposes, such as increasing awareness of systemic function, understanding the parts and whole, and identifying movements in the system.

  8. Constellation with guiding principles: Used to explore guiding principles, verifying how team members feel about the relevancy of the guiding principles and align them to let potential flow.

  9. Product-market constellation: Used to open/activate creativity and explore the relationship between a product/service and the market. This can help you remove any blind spots on how the product may be perceived by the market.

  10. Timeline constellation: Used to create awareness of which phase of history or future team members are connected to and to identify key events that should have been done but were not done. Being in different places internally can be a reason for not understanding each other anymore. This process creates awareness of which phase of history or future we are connected to.

  11. Trauma: Used to deal with organizational trauma and teach the organization how to digest the trauma and grow beyond it.

  12. Transformation: Used to bring a system into a transformative state and to deal with the issues that arise during the process of transformation.

  13. Multi-stakeholder constellation/Landscape constellation: Used to explore the dynamics within a multi-stakeholder project and identify new patterns in the field.

  14. Constellation for collective trauma: a constellation that helps communities or groups heal from collective trauma. 

  15. Systemic Housewarming: a constellation to understand how new or former team members have been integrated, this explores the dynamics of a new function or space within an organization.

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