Active volcano at Geldingadalir, Iceland, where the European and American tectonic plates meet. May 2021.

What is the nucleus, the kernel, the hot core of human life?

Three kinds of life energy

Jan Jacob Stam describes thee forms of life energy:

1. Explosive energy
It works randomly; when it is blocked it can feel like extreme frustration; when it unblocks it can feel like a volcano exploding; affecting anybody in its path no matter who they are

2. Killing energy
has victim perpetrator within it. underlying is the unspoken sentence “I want to kill you; I want to get rid of you.” Can feel like a soldier, executing someone else’s strong energy that they may be still holding.

3. Warrior energy
is not against something; it is in favor of doing something, moving something, creating the cracks where the light comes in. One can work a garden with warrior energy, practically forcing plants to grow; deciding where is the energy directed to.

Constellations make sense intuitively when you see them in person, but are famously difficult to describe since they work from a place beyond words. These are some of the most helpful introductory materials available about the history of constellations, how they work, and what you can expect when you encounter the process for the first time.

Intro to Constellations Books

Some of the most recommended books for an introduction to constellations.

The Healing of Individuals, Families & Nations: Transgenerational Healing & Family Constellations

John Payne

The Language of the Soul: Healing with Words of Truth

John Payne

It Didn't Start with You: How Inherited Family Trauma Shapes Who We Are and How to End the Cycle

Mark Wolyn

Family Constellations

Family Constellations was first popularized in Germany, in the aftermath of WWII. Some of the first discoveries were made with German families, who were looking at the after-effects showing up in the descendants of victims and perpetrators in the war. This article explains the origins, why there is often historical undertones in constellations, as well as how they are set up in a group process.

Where Germans Make Peace with Their Dead

by Burkhard Bilger. The New Yorker.

Businesses and Organizational Constellations

After seeing how constellations worked in a family system, early practitioners began extending the work to look at a wider range of systems, including businesses and organizations. Systemic constellations is now known as an effective tool for improving businesses. Jan Jacob Stam is one of the foremost practitioners and trainers for how constellations works in management, non-profits, and government.

Intro Video Courses

For those who are ready to dive a bit deeper, one of the first generation of constellators, Bertold Ulsamer, offers very a clear and practical video introduction to constellations. Many of them are free.

Introduction to Family Constellations with Bertold Ulsamer