What are family constellations ?

Family Constellations and Systemic Representations are based on the consciousness of spaces, structures, and interrelations between people living or deceased, things, and current, past, or future events. This consciousness implies a perception that includes people, things, events, relationships, and structures; according to the Dervishes, the whole forms a Makam which is today referred to as a system, ensemble, or morphic field.

During the course of Family Constellations and Systemic Representations, the representatives perceive bodily sensations, emotions, or thoughts that belong to the people or system they are representing.

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Every system – that is, our family, professional milieu, social milieu, or the organisations to which we belong – is a field of force, a Makam within which we live and evolve. Taking the example of our family system: when we are born, each of us occupies a place in this family system and receives from his or her parents and ancestors not only a hereditary, genetic heritage, but also an ensemble of beliefs, thought schemas, and behavioral schemas. All of these schemas have a determining influence on our way of living, thinking, and feeling. They have either a positive or negative influence on our ability to feel ourselves free and act freely, to be happy or unhappy, to succeed or fail in our undertakings. They influence our state of health and well-being and are the cause of our illnesses, and they are often responsible for our positive or conflictual relationships with other people and the world.

Working with Family Constellations and Systemic Representations, we begin to understand these schemas at their most profound level. Subsequently, through the Family Constellations and Systemic Representations or other specific techniques, we can learn to liberate ourselves from the schemas that limit us or are the cause of our problems. Each family system (field of force or Makam) is determined by the entire past of our family, parents, and ancestors, as well as by their own thought schemas, beliefs, religion, nationality, and ethnicity. This field of force is imprinted particularly strongly by all of the significant and decisive events that occurred in the lives of our parents and ancestors.

Some examples of such significant and decisive events include :

  • difficult situations, conflictual relationships
  • premature deaths due to serious illness, abortions, miscarriages,
  • children who died at an early age, suicides,
  • accidents, wars, adoptions, incest, ancestors who were guilty of or victims of a crime (even if unrevealed),
  • psychiatric hospitalisations, incarcerations,
  • victims of abuse, thefts, or acquisition of material goods through doubtful means…

In the same way, positive, good, or generous actions have an effect on this field of force, fortifying and harmonising it, whereas harmful actions give rise to negative energies that have repercussions on one’s descendants, who will later be obliged to pay for and repair them.


A genogram is a kind of family tree with at least three generations and varied information about the family members and their relationship. It provides an organized overview about family structure, relationships and recurring patterns .