Family Constellations – The Knowing Field

by | Oct 16, 2015 | Family Constellations | 0 comments

The Knowing Field is the term used in Family Constellations to describe the space from which the Representatives (people chosen by the person, called Issue Holder, whose issue is being represented) sense information about their situation. This information sensed through emotions and body sensations. The Representative does not need to know anything about the Issue Holders history or story, in fact, it is possible for the Representative to not even know who they are representing!

Women representing a line of mothers in a family constellation presentation at the AMT conference

Women representing a line of mothers in a family constellation presentation at the AMT conference

This sounds bizarre but the way I first experienced the Knowing Field was when I was picked to be a representative for a mother who had given her child away to be adopted. All of a sudden I was filled with emotions that were not mine! When I was asked to look at the representative for the child I had giving away, I felt complete disgust when my “child” was standing in front of me and had to look away. In fact the person representing the child was a friend of mine and I had no hard feelings towards them.

Under the instructions of the constellator (facilitator) each Representative was asked to move or say various sentences to other Representatives. When either of these things happened my emotions and body sensations changed and if felt as if we were all in a giant bowl of soup in which I was feeling the ripples of movement made in some other part of the bowl!

Now this may sound far fetched but that good news is that this Knowing Field has also been defined by Rupert Sheldrake, biologist and author of more than 80 scientific papers and ten books, as a Morphic Field in which “contains a built-in memory given by self-resonance with a morphic unit’s own past and by morphic resonance with all previous similar systems.”

Autumn leavesIn this part of the world its Autumn at the moment and as I was walking the other day I saw a wirlwind of Autumn leaves being swirled around by the wind. I realised that the wind is like the Knowing Field and the leaves are like the Representatives. If you are out of the wind, you can’t see or feel the wind, but you can see the impact of the wind on the leaves, blowing them around.

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