May be you are searching
among branches for what
only appears in the Roots.
(Meeting) The Shadow: The Dark Side of Human Nature and its hidden Power
“That which we do not bring to consciousness appears in our lives as fate.” (Carl Jung)
A crucial aspect of any integral practice is a way to be profoundly honest with ourselves about our shadow, or unconscious, or false self, or dishonesty, or disowned self.
At a young age individuals learn that certain personality traits, impulses, emotions, and behaviors elicit reproach and negative feedback from their family, peers, and society at large.
This negative feedback elicits anxiety in the individual, resulting in these “negative” characteristics being relegated to the unconscious. Over the course of development these repressed characteristics of one’s self coalesce to form the shadow – the “dark” side of our being.
Since all individuals by nature have a shadow, what differentiates human beings is not the existence or non‑existence of a shadow, but the degree to which one is conscious of their shadow.
What is especially interesting is the idea that the shadow contains not just destructive and evil aspects of the personality, but also potent, creative, and powerful capabilities. Certain personality traits that would be beneficial and lead to greater wholeness and harmony, are frowned upon by one’s family, peers, and society out of envy, ignorance, or self‑contempt.
“One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by making the darkness conscious. The latter procedure, however, is disagreeable and therefore not popular.” (Carl Jung)
The Intensive started in 2001 with the programme director Hunter Beaumont, and myself as the programme administrator. At this time the faculty members were Hunter Beaumont, Bert Hellinger, Harald Hohnen, Ilse Kutschera, Albrecht Mahr, Jakob Schneider and Gunthard Weber.
In the course of time faculty members changed, programme directors changed, I remained. I took the lead in 2014. This years faculty and myself have worked on the programme for 2018 (different groups, different special guests) and we believe the Intensive matters.
Workshop on Systemic Resolutions
Constellations explore hidden dynamics in relationship systems, as well as the embedded laws governing the success of love. Building on Bert Hellinger’s pioneering work and the further developments and innovations of many others, the Intensive gathers an outstanding faculty comprised of the most experienced facilitators, to offer an opportunity to study this wonderful approach.
The faculty shares a deep commitment to personal integrity, openness to innovation and continuous learning through dialogue and careful observation. Together with the multicultural community of learners, the faculty provides a variety of perspectives and interests. The Intensive is an opportunity to experience different approaches in action. It is organized to facilitate learning for people from differing cultures, with various levels of experience. And it is designed to help participants understand:
- The hidden systemic orders of love operating in human relationship systems.
- The resolutions to conflict that may be possible within these systems.
The course language is English
The workshop is open for everybody, no requirement for a particular profession.
Participants are responsible for their own ethical practice. This requires of all of us that we limit how we use constellations to clients and situations for which we have the appropriate qualifications and experience. The workshop is not a training in the practice of psychotherapy, and the certificate presented at the end of the week is a certificate of attendance only.