Integrating Western, Indigenous and African Roots
Our approach has been to build a bridge between systemic practice and ancestral family principles ain order to balance Western, African, and other Indigenous perspectives. It is a method that can support BIPOC communities (Black, Indigenous, People of Colour) who are interested in family research as well as those coming from a European rooted background who are interested in the method.
There is a recognition that community experiences and roots are diverse and the legacy of history impacts families differently and in many complex ways. This approach anchors the 'search for roots, identity and belonging' within the wider framework of a search for ancestral knowledge. This is a theme that continually emerges from my work with people from many different cultural and ethnic backgrounds.
Other Ways of Knowing
There are examples of African and Indigenous 'other ways of knowing', that can be found within the constellations process and relates to other cultural traditions from around the world. They speak to levels of authority, rules of respect and the different orders within the relationship system, they include....
- Call and repeat patterns with clarifying or healing sentences that the facilitator leads
- A clearly defined order to how family members stand in relation to each other.
- Rituals like ‘bowing’ to elders and acknowledging authority and precedence
- Ancestors being welcomed into the process as a part of a transgenerational map
The Ancestral Constellations process can help strengthen family relationships, by exploring the impact of the past on present-day and also support the exploration of family research and ancestral knowledge. To book a personal consultation, go Here or if you are interested in a workshop, you can find information Here.