Imagine the weight of negative thoughts, self-destructive impulses, troublesome behaviors, and dark emotions lifting off your shoulders. It may seem far-fetched to think that your inner disturbances could simply go away, but why couldn’t they? What keeps them around?
Dan Booth Cohen, PhD and Emily Blefeld Volden, LICSW are two of the United States’ most skilled innovators in merging advanced consciousness and spiritual principles into psychotherapeutic practice. They have refined Systemic Constellation Therapy to enable their clients to perceive the otherwise invisible effects of trans-generational trauma within their family lineage. Together Dan and Emily access the ordinary, ancestral and spiritual dimensions of consciousness to create healing processes that are illuminating and life-transforming. In the field of their Constellations, ancestral presences often become tangibly real. Behind the pain of personal and transgenerational trauma, people can feel love and receive healing from the consciousness that envelops us.
Their unique therapeutic approach has revolutionized both their practices and created scores of extraordinary success stories. You are not only the accumulation of your personal experiences. You are also a being that exists within a larger fabric of collective consciousness. Problems and disturbances, especially those that cannot be easily remedied, are often after-effects of inherited trauma from parents, grandparents, or older ancestral lines.
Using the heart as an organ of perception, Emily and Dan are able to identify specific traumas from past generations that continue to affect living descendants. The human body has evolved to perceive consciousness that endures beyond physical death. When shrouded in secrecy, shame and guilt, the impact of prior generations’ traumas appear as the present generations’ emotional disturbances, chronic physical symptoms, and painful relationship patterns. Their therapeutic method reverses these effects and unties the binding knots to the past, so people can move forward without burden. A broken heart can heal in one beat.
Systemic Constellation therapy is an experiential process that starts with you and a specific issue or problem. Instead of talking about the problem or trying to solve it with our thinking mind, the Constellation opens a space of stillness and silence that activates awareness of three dimensions of consciousness: personal, inherited and spiritual.
We enter this space together. First, we connect with our breath. Then, we tune in to the consciousness of the heart. In just a minute or two, we begin to feel. Emotions arise and memories stir. Unlike a therapist, who remains outside your process, we tune in with you. Together, we pick up a thread that traces from this moment into the distant past, to the root, the source of your issue in the history of your biological past.
Constellations are alchemy. In the mind-space, where memories and images come alive, a powerful transformation occurs. You feel the presence of an ancestor whose trauma is at the root. When they are seen, acknowledged and honored for what they endured, the thread of trauma dissolves. In its place comes a feeling of love and connection. This is the transformation. This is alchemy.