Family calls again in October and November, and I will be unable to lead Open Heart Circle. Susan Davies has generously offered to host the circle on October 28 and November 18 (the week before Thanksgiving). Please contact me if you plan to attend. Open Heart Circle meets at 7 p.m.; feel free to arrive at 6:30 p.m. and to get comfortable.
Betsy Bergstrom recommended Systemic Constellations training to me some years ago - and specifically spoke with high regard for a teacher from Seattle: Francesca Mason Boring. This month I complete a year-long training with Francesca, in facilitating systemic constellation work. About thirty of us have met for three days, once a month for seven months in Ashton, Maryland. It's opened my life to new possibilities. The changes I'm announcing for the remainder of 2015 for Open Heart Circle reflect these important influences on my life and work.
Open Heart Circle will meet at my home September 23 and December 30. This circle is usually a shamanic journey circle. We will devote these two months, however, to family constellation work. The fundamental intention of this work is to increase the flow of love in a family. I experience the work as very shamanic, but there is no requirement to know how to journey. Like shamanism, constellation work offers direct revelation of spirit. Dr. Albrecht Mahr describes a "Knowing Field" that may be accessed: an energetic field rich with information pertaining to the family soul. Constellation work addresses the transgenerational, or systemic, aspects of issues like illness, pain, grief, loss, fear, abuse, and "bad luck." It also recognizes the resources that support families. We inherit many things from our ancestors: hair and eye color, body shape, certain abilities. We also inherit our family's energetic field and, with it, patterns of behavior and experience. Honoring "what is" in a family can open possibilities for healing old constraints.
The session September 23 will be an Introduction to Family Constellations. Those who wish may have an opportunity to constellate their nuclear family. Participants may also have opportunities to represent others' family members. In this session we will honor our families - adoptive families and birth families - and will not be doing in-depth exploration of specific personal issues. No experience is necessary. If you plan to attend, please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org. In 2016, I will offer Systemic Constellation workshops for a fee, scheduled at times other than those dedicated to Open Heart Circle.