Further Reading - Constellations
I have read many excellent books on constellations as part of my initial facilitator training in 2015 and since. Here are a few which I can heartily recommend to start with, mainly because of their clear explanations and inclusion of case studies and personal stories:
- The Constellation Approach: Finding Peace Through Your Family Lineage, by Jamy & Peter Faust. Regent Press, 2015. This is a new book, and a beauty: it is workbook which also gives a lot of information on how constellations work within a family. This book presents, then takes you through worksheets on which you record what you *do* know about your family At the end are more than a dozen constellations that you can do to go along with the things you've recorded about your own family. Highly recommended if you want a taste of constellation work before coming to a workshop.
- Family Constellations: Basic Principles and Procedures, by Jakob Robert Schneider. It's published by Carl-Auer in Germany. Available from Amazon and other booksellers.
- Even if it Costs Me My Life, by Stephan Hausner, also published by Carl-Auer. Available from Amazon and other booksellers.
There are other lovely books, and these two by my teacher, Francesca Mason-Boring, are especially beautiful. The first one describes her personal journey to constellation work, and the ways in which the Knowing Field is part of everyday Native life. The second has many constellations-as-ceremony:
- Feather Medicine: Walking in Shoshone Dreamtime: A Family Constellation, by Francesca Mason-Boring. Aeon Publishing, 2004. Available from Amazon and other booksellers.
- Connecting to Our Ancestral Past: Healing Through Family Constellations, Ceremony, and Ritual, by Francesca Mason-Boring. North Atlantic Books, 2012. Available from Amazon and other booksellers.
This is not a definitive list, by any means. Many more can be found on my Books and Links page on my shamanic web site, www.waterwillowmoon.com, and articles may be found on the web. Here is a beautiful systemic constellations resources page from Barry Krost's site.
Here are on-line articles describing constellations and their many aspects:
- Family Constellations Explained from the FamilyConstellations web site in Australia
- Thinking About Your Roots Boosts Intellect and Confidence, an article about a study published in the European Journal of Social Psychology, 2010: Fischer, P., Sauer, A., Vogrincic, C., and Weisweiler, S. (2010). The ancestor effect: Thinking about our genetic origin enhances intellectual performance. European Journal of Social Psychology. 41 (1), 11-16.
- "Where Germans Make Peace With Their Dead", The New Yorker magazine, sept 12, 2016.