‘What does our heart listen to?
It listens to the rhythm of life and the rhythm of love.
It receives its pulse from this beat.
When we are attuned, we hear this rhythm with our heart;
we resonate in harmony with it.’ ~Bert Hellinger
Healing art constellations invite a return to innocence through creativity and change. The process brings the individual, the family, and the group into an understanding of and reaction to specific, difficult life events. The individual observes patterns (usually hidden) in her/his/their relationships that consistently block progress. With artistic expression and or group representation acknowledgment and acceptance of a home truth is catylized. The experience is usually cathartic. The accompanying epiphany has a ripple effect on all who are part of the individual's family and group system. This stimulates growth beyond former self and societal limiting beliefs.
What is a family constellation?
Everyone is born into a family system. It has gone before and will be passed on after one dies. The family is a constellation of people and family events, which create a unique dynamic. Each individual relates to this system in their own way. In a family constellation the facilitator uses tools, such as an artistic procss, to represent the part of the family, which is not functioning to its fullest potential. This is acknowledged, accepted, and with healing statements, growth follows.
What is a healing art constellation?
Kate Campbell has developed family constellations using the creative process to open the door to the the deeper streams of an individual's psyche. She facilitates the creative voice with visual art and words, poetry to reveal inherent personal dynamics. People learn about themselves and their gifts, while finding fresh ways to relate to their families and their group.
What are we looking for?
Relief from an issue that has been troubling us. Everything belongs in a healing art constellation; all of it. Rage, delight, fear, euphoria, hate, compassion, alienation, community, anxiety, exuberance, depression, happiness, illness, vibrancy, shame, vulnerability and so on. All these emotions, these mental states are reinforced by patterns of behavior. When we alter the pattern the emotional timbre lifts. Humans search for answers in cycles. Constellations zoom in on the specific question to enable resolution.
We start with a theme, and paint, collage, write, choreograph it from different perspectives. The honest act of creation launches what we need to review and in the constellation process to clean out. Eventually, we unite with others as we understand our own issue as part of a greater family dynamic.
Our common desire to heal generates trust. We drop our beautifully developed personalities, and slip gently into a soul level. We respond to a person's core and a connection with their family system. The issue we wish to relinquish is embedded in time. It has been locked in our past and in our family's history. We see, feel, and understand it is the root of our pain. In the constellation the hold it has over us is released.
“Do not go gentle into that good night.
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.”
Though Dylan Thomas wrote the above poetic refrain at his father’s death bed, it is a universal compulsion. Sometimes, many times a day. We want to hold the lighted torch, to see our path illuminated clearly, and yet it slips out of reach like the flash of a firefly. The light dances before us and blinks away. The healing art process brightens and sustains the light a little longer. The illumination changes us with lasting happiness, insight, and compassion.
I love the tangible euphoria generated during a healing art constellation circle. This above all, prompts me to offer another group and another one-on-one. Lifting the veil, which obscures our vision is as liberating as it is humbling. I love sharing it with you!
Kate Campbell MFA