There are actually very few individual issues and issues that we have caused. Quite often they are patterns that are being played out from previous generations. So when working with an individual, we look at the pattens of the bloodline, including parents, grandparents, etc. Most of the time, some trauma or tragedy triggered events that we are still carrying for the family system and for which we are trying to find solutions.
Family issues are a combination of the individual member issues of the family. Each member brings with them their own package of issues. When we look at families, we first sort out who brings in what issue. This is done by looking at the family of origin and the existing patterns. We are initially attracted to a partner because we recognize similar traits in each other; some are positive and some are negative traits. Sorting out these traits creates a healthy breathing space and disentangles each individual. Then we return the unwanted patterns back into the ancestral line.
In an organizational system, we have multiple layers of issues relating to the organization’s mission, vision and tasks, as well as issues that every individual brings in. Sorting these out is a primary concern. Often the task at hand is the functionality and health of the organization. Organizations are living systems and all issues are alive in the people working in and interacting with this organization. Therefore the individuals of an organization can represent the issues and the system will give us information about what it needs to be healthy and sustainable.
Individual case scenarios
Multi-personality disorder: One Client had to negotiate with 10 sub-personalities to make any kind of decision in life. After three sessions, the sub-personalities agreed to be integrated into its owner. All these parts had different jobs of protection and they emerged in early childhood. Now the client’s life depends on only one person’s decision.
Reversing childhood trauma: An adult client with Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome (PTSD) stemming from an early childhood experience worked on her issue over four months (in 10 sessions), using objects on a table that represented her needs and resources. The end result was that her symptoms (overeating) were no long a problem.
Organizational case scenarios
Finding the structure of an NGO: A not-for profit organization was looking to find its style of leadership and organizational structure. The members of the organization all came together in one room and moved according to each person’s inner guidance. A workable structure emerged from within the organization and without any verbal exchange.
Merger of two organizations: Using a three dimensional process, all elements and parts of the two organizations were laid out. Within less than two hours, the merger was complete because all aspects could be seen and negotiated all at once. And it was a true merger with equal partnership.