Recognising the bigger picture

An organisational constellation works on the premise that, in any individual organisational problem, complex dynamics and inter-relationships involving different parts of the organisation are involved. Constellations assume that we are all part of an interconnected universe and thus can tap intuitively into an 'in-forming' or 'knowing' field using a level of knowledge beyond our rational or imaginative processes.
A constellation works to bring these dynamics to light, allowing what is normally invisible or unknown/ half-known to be viewed and experienced in real space and time, and for experiments to be made that can point the way to potential solutions.
Organisational constellations are an innovative and living method of seeing below the surface of an organisational issue or dilemma into the systemic forces that are shaping and affecting that issue. An organisational constellation does not "solve" an organisation's problems; instead, it makes information available on a much wider canvas about what is affecting an issue? they dramatically increase insight and expand the possibilities of new interventions and inform decisions.

Organisational constellations are a valuable resource to organisational leaders, managers, developers and consultants who want to:

What Happens?

Constellations are usually run in workshops involving ten or more people, though adapted methods can be used in small groups or in one-to-one coaching/mentoring. In a workshop, a participant "presents" an issue, and other participants then stand, or "represent", key elements of the issue, thus forming a three-dimensional map. As representatives progressively self-observe and report on their sensory and emotional experiences within their representational role in the constellation, the underlying dynamics of an issue are vividly brought to life and potential interventions can be explored and their effects witnessed.
As the constellation is set up it externalises the inner image that a client has of his or her system and represents it in three-dimensional space. It reveals the underlying dynamics that shape a system stripped of the details and points of view that lead to opinions and judgements. It reveals the hidden dynamics or the relationships between the things that make up the system. It also points to the hidden energies for change within the system, revealing where people would like to move and who seems to be holding tensions for the system or appears weighted down inappropriately.


A constellation is rather like using a spreadsheet where it is possible to see how changing one value will affect all others. You can move things in the system and see how the rest of the system responds to the change.
Through this process of working with representative feedback, the constellation points to strains within the system and shows what might be possible within the given realities of a situation and where support might most economically and usefully be focussed so that change can take place. Experimental moves are made and sentences are given in the constellated system until a resolution is reached in which all members of the system have their appropriate place and feel more at peace.
The moves include things like shifting people's position to make sure there are clear lines of vision, taking into account existing hierarchies, or re-including marginalised or excluded members. The moves help to establish a better flow of energy through the system by everyone having a place and being in their right place for the function they serve. The sentences are used to look into the hidden realities of the system and to resolve hidden dynamics. In a post-merger situation, for instance, it was important to use situations to acknowledge the difficulties of the merger discussions and the old loyalties to former organisations. Acknowledging 'what is' is often the critical intervention of a constellation. We can then release energy for new possibilities and new internal images of the system.

For example:

An Insight constellation, can give new insights about a situation or change process. The wisdom of the constellation is working with the 'below the radar' issues and with acknowledging what really cannot be changed. Participants see key movements within a constellation, which point towards next steps, and occasionally reveal very clear decisions that need to be made.

A resolution constellation can point to a resolution of a presenting issue that will suit all stakeholders.

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