ABOUT HORSE CONSTELLATIONS
WHAT IS A HORSE CONSTELLATION?
Family Constellation therapy originates from the work of Bert Hellinger. Hellinger first introduced this powerful, healing modality to the west in the early nineties. Since then, facilitators all around the world, have taken this work and integrated it into their own unique services. Consequently, there are constellations focused in areas such as business, nature, art, environmental and horses.
Typically, Constellations are performed indoors. Constellations that are performed outdoors are known as Nature or Environmental Constellations. Sara was introduced to Nature Constellations by her teacher Francesca Mason Boring. Sara decided to explore performing Constellations outdoors with her team of horses. The results were profound.
For those of you who are new to this work, here is an example of a Horse Constellation performed in a group (Horse Constellations can be performed privately or in a group setting).
The Constellation begins with the client, articulating their healing intention to Sara and the group. Based on what is said, Sara asks the client to pick people in the group to represent specific roles, i.e. a representative for themselves (focus), mother and father. The client then picks a horse to represent what else is needed in the Constellation. The role of the horse becomes apparent during or after the Constellation.
Entering the Field
The round-pen becomes the designated area for the 'field', also known as the morphogeneic or knowing field. This field of energy has access to information specific to the client's intention. In the designated horse coral, the horse navigates his/her way into the Constellation. The Representatives (Reps) are often times placed into position by the client. The client now witnesses and participates in their unfolding Constellation.
Representatives are directed to their feelings and physical sensations. Information is accessed through the representative's awareness of their physical and emotional bodies. The horse attunes to information in the field, demonstrated though his or her actions.
Within minutes the Constellation takes on a life of its own. As the facilitator, Sara, is aware of what is happening with the reps and the horse, including how the client is responding to the information which is being revealed by the Reps, horse and environment. Sara interviews each Rep by asking them, "How do you feel and what do you notice"? Based on the Rep's reactions and what the horse is doing, Sara will direct a Rep to repeat a simple statement. For example, parents who split up soon after the birth of their child, are asked to look at each other and state, "This is our beautiful daughter Rosemary, who we brought in together." This simple statement validates the child by capturing the parents' attention and acknowledging their child's existence. During this exchange, the horse may respond by walking towards and taking position next to the focus; the horse is responding to the emotional and mental energy shifts activated by truths. In this situation, the horse is emphasizing the power being returned to the focus when she is seen by her parents. In this case the horse is representing the return of the client's power.
This work is considered phenomenological by nature. Indigenous cultures believe that everything that happens in nature is a microcosm of universal truths, like imprints of the divine reflected in the physical world; therefore, they used the natural phenomena to understand spiritual phenomena. Constellations held in nature, invite all of nature to participate, including the elements. At any particular moment, a bird, rabbit, coyote, insect, thunder, rain, sun, or wind may make its presence known in the Constellation. If we rationalize or over-analyze the appearance and interaction of either one or more of the above, we dilute the potency of the work. Alternatively, if we honor and hold reverence for all that occurs and participates in the constellation we receive the greatest benefits.
In every ritual or ceremony there is a beginning, middle and end. It is important to close a Constellation with all Representatives acknowledging the focus and 'leaving the Constellation with them'.
Listen to Sara speak to Mosie Trewitt about Horse Constellations in her 'The Spirit of the Horse' podcast episode 21.
Read this recent interview with Sara Fancy and Alicia Chapin in a Conscious Conversation about Horse Constellations
IS A HORSE CONSTELLATION RIGHT FOR YOU?
If you feel drawn to horses, love nature and are on a healing path, this work is perfect for you. People may choose to do a Constellation for various reasons such as:
-Finding and connecting to one's life purpose
Horse Constellation Retreats at Silver Horse
Check our events page for upcoming Horse Constellations retreats. Or create your own private Horse Constellation Retreat
DEEPAK CHOPRA'S 30 DAYS OF INTENT
Watch episode #4 to see Sara Fancy facilitate a Horse Constellation with guests Iman and Natalie.
How will a Horse Constellation benefit me?
Having horses in your Constellation is a memorable experience. The impact of relating with so many different beings affects us on a deep level. The presence of a horse in your Constellation brings potency to your healing. Being outdoors and in nature creates a therapeutic environment for your Constellation.
Why use horses?
Horses divide their time between the spiritual and physical worlds and are able to navigate the Field with a natural ease. The horses at Silver Horse, enjoy offering themselves to this type of service where they are allowed to move and interact freely of their own choice.
Do I need horse experience in order to have a Horse Constellation?
No experience is necessary. If you are scared of horses, a preliminary session is advisable to overcome any fears or traumas related to horses.
Will the horses bite or kick me?
No, our horses are accustomed to people and are not aggressive. They may gently nudge you or rub their heads on you.