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Connecting to Our Ancestral Past: Healing through Family Constellations, Ceremony, and Ritual [Format Kindle]

Francesca Mason Boring

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"Francesca Mason-Boring brings the blessings of her people’s traditional views to her practice of family constellation therapy."
—Daniel J. Benor, MD and editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Healing and Caring (IJHC)

“In words and stories of haunting simplicity, Francesca Mason Boring speaks to heart and mind, dealing oh so gently with knotty themes in philosophy, science, intercultural understanding, trauma, prejudice, suffering, and redemption … The text is an open invitation to walk a while together in a new but strangely familiar landscape, to share a meal lovingly prepared, then to sit back and enjoy the feeling of a satisfied belly and a grateful heart.”
—Hunter Beaumont, PhD, author of Toward a Spiritual Psychotherapy: Soul as a Dimension of Experience and coauthor of Love’s Hidden Symmetry: What Makes Love Work in Relationships
“This book is a universal prayer that invokes and reminds us of our connection to and embedment in the Truth behind all denominations or, as the German mystic Meister Eckhart says, ‘The Divine behind God.’ The content is well-grounded, tested over the centuries by innumerable individuals and groups, and applicable for every woman and man in any challenging personal or social situation.”
—Dr. Albrecht Mahr, MD, psychoanalyst and internationally known Systems Constellation trainer, and founder and president of Internationales Forum Politische Aufsetllungen (IFPA)

“Yet another gift of cross-cultural medicine carefully drawn from the universal indigenous traditions of spirit and the European tradition of mind. As Francesca Mason Boring says, this is not a book for those in search of psychological theory inherent within Systems Constellation work. The treasures offered here lie within other worldviews of healing individuals and communities, of supporting rituals and stories … and the prospect of a good long walk with this gentle and very wise lady.”
—Anngwyn St. Just, PhD, director of The Arizona Center for Social Trauma and author of Relative Balance in an Unstable World: A Search for New Models for Trauma Education and Recovery and A Question of Balance: A Systemic Approach to Understanding and Resolving Trauma
“For those who want to make a connection between Systems Constellations and nature-oriented spirituality, there is no better guide than Francesca Mason Boring. Her humble voice inspires trust. The wisdom of her mother’s Native American lineage speaks through her words and her father’s Western roots give structure and clarity to her message. On the walk she invites us to take with her, she not only shares concepts and rituals with us, but also introduces us to a variety of people from very different backgrounds who all have something valuable to share. Pointing out what the essence of the work should be, she guides us to treat ourselves and each other with more respect.”
—Daan van Kampenhout, founder of the Practice for Shamanistic Ritual, Netherlands, and author of Images of the Soul: The Workings of the Soul in Shamanic Rituals and Family Constellations
“Francesca Mason Boring guides us on a journey whereby we can begin to understand family constellations through indigenous eyes. By evoking the elemental, her language connects us directly to nature’s resources. This very naturally brings us to the act of ceremony and accessing the archetypal story as sources of healing. At the same time Mason Boring projects a rare natural humility and groundedness that maintains respect for science and Western psychologies. It is delightful and edifying to read this clearly and beautifully written book.”
—Chris Walsh, MBBS, DPM, psychiatrist, international Constellations trainer, and founder of Constellation Talk, an online discussion group for Constellations practitioners
Connecting to Our Ancestral Past is a wonderful guide to bring healing to indigenous people suffering from trans-generational trauma. Using ritual, ceremony, and Constellations together will bring new hope to people who are suffering. Many Native people will be open to these rituals and ceremonies as they were practiced for centuries among many indigenous people. Helping those who want to heal is an honor; the circle of healing benefits everyone. It is my hope that others who seek healing may find comfort, hope, and laughter in this book as I did.”
—Inez Larson, PhD, counselor and healer
“Francesca Mason Boring moves beyond traditional Family Constellations and presents community and ceremonial constellations that incorporate her profound understanding of indigenous healing practices, nature, and Constellations. Her work is deeply honoring of all nations, cultures, and races, and has the ability to transcend the marginalization of non-Western communities and practices. Mason Boring’s humility and deep honoring of all nations of ancestors, including those of the earth, inspired and touched me deeply as I read this book.”
—Tanja Meyburgh, founder of African Constellations, South Africa
Connecting to our Ancestral Past is clearly one of the most important books of our time. Like ceremonial sweet grass, Francesca has braided together a deep understanding of Family and Systems Constellations, and indigenous life and stories, with a heartfelt wisdom that can only come from years of deep personal interaction with people and the field. As modern humans have lost touch with the ecological and psychic reality of Gaia, this book shines a ray of sunshine and hope that we can become connected again.”
—Terry Willard, PhD, clinical herbalist and author of Flower Essence: Emotional Alchemy and Spiritual Evolution and Mind Body Harmony: How to Resist and Recover from Autoimmune Diseases
“This book is an important, timely contribution to our human family’s understanding of what ‘family’ really means. Through clear, heartfelt language, Francesca Mason Boring provides readers of all lineages the opportunity to see, feel, and experience the importance of embracing connection with our ancestors. Whether the reader is experienced with Systems Constellation work or not, this book is a gentle, illuminating guide on the path of embracing our humanity. Mason Boring’s expression of indigenous wisdom is a gift to all and beautifully embodied in this book.”
—Lisa B. Iversen, MSW, LICSW, author of Ancestral Blueprints: Revealing Invisible Truths in America’s Soul
“Francesca Mason Boring’s book introduces us to a different quality of the here-and-now with every traditional ceremony, ritual, and sharing of an elder that she presents. The book took me gently but powerfully into that inner ceremonial space that connects us with that deep wisdom within. This is a must-read for anyone interested in or called toward the integration of ceremony and ritual in Constellation work.”
—Aurel Mocanu, psychologist, shamanic practitioner, and Family Constellations facilitator

"Coming from Shoshone and European and Canadian immigrant roots Francesca brings to her work a reverence for place and honoring ancestral resilience."
—Science to Sage e-Magazine

Présentation de l'éditeur

Connecting to Our Ancestral Past is a pragmatic, spiritual journey that introduces a variety of specific rituals and conversations in connection with Constellations work, an experiential process that explores one's history and powerful events of the past in order to understand and resolve problems of the present. Constellations facilitator and author Francesca Mason Boring presents this therapeutic method in the context of cultures like the Shoshone, of which she is a member, that have seen the world through a prism of interrelationships for millennia. In Constellations work there is an organic quality that requires a discipline of non-judgment, one that is embraced in traditional native circles, where the whole truth of a person's life, roots, and trans-generational trauma or challenge is understood and included.
Mason Boring provides a transformational walk through the universal indigenous field— that place of healing and knowledge used by Native healers and teachers for centuries—by describing stories and rituals designed to help people with their particular struggles. These rituals, such as "Facing the Good Men"—designed to help women who have suffered abuse in relationships with men—reject Western notions of over-the-counter medication. Instead, they stress a comfortable environment whereby the "client," with the help of a facilitator, interacts with people chosen to represent concepts, things, and other people. In Western culture the word "medicine" is thought of as a concrete object, but Mason Boring explains that indigenous cultures favor a process of healing as opposed to an itemized substance. She re-opens doors that have been closed due to the exclusion of indigenous technology in the development of many Western healing traditions and introduces new concepts to the lexicon of Western psychology.
A range of voices from around the world—leaders in the fields of systems constellations, theoretical physics, and tribal traditions—contribute to this exploration of aboriginal perspectives that will benefit facilitators of Constellations work, therapists, and human beings who are trying to walk with open eyes and hearts.

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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 217 pages
  • Pagination - ISBN de l'édition imprimée de référence : 1583944478
  • Editeur : North Atlantic Books (19 juin 2012)
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  • Langue : Anglais
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Highly Recommended 9 août 2013
Par D. Benor - Publié sur Amazon.com
Francesca Mason Boring, of the Shoshone Nation, has been facilitating family constellation therapy and instructional workshops for over twenty years. This is a form of exploration of the collective consciousness of a family, usually initiated by a single member of the family who is seeking help with psychological and/or physical problems which they suspect might be related to issues in their family.

The constellation brings together a group of people who have no prior familiarity with each other, to help each other release interpersonal and intergenerational issues within their own families. The person who is being helped (the 'focus person') states the issues needing help and then invites other participants in the workshop to stage a representation of her or his family members, including the spouse/partner, their children, and the focus person's parents. Previous partners, any children brought into the family through marriage, siblings, aunts, uncles, grandparents and all significant others may also be included. Very few details are shared by focus people about their families when the constellation is set up.

To this point, this method resembles the 'family sculpting' approach (Keeran; LeBlanc web refs) in which the sculpture speaks for itself through the placements of the participants and the apparent relationships expressed in the human sculpting.

In Family Constellation Therapy there is a much more extensive and detailed exploration and unfolding of intergenerational relationships. The constellation facilitator asks each of the family

representatives how they feel in the starting positions that the focus person has designated. Intuitively, the participants cue into the collective consciousness to respond - often with outstanding accuracy, as acknowledged by the focus person (and their spouse or partner if they are also present). The therapist then may invite participants to shift positions to where they are intuitively guided to more, or the facilitator may suggest various shifts in sculpted positions, asking for further feedback from the participants after each shift about how they feel.

As a part of the clearing process, the therapist may suggest that the focus person take the place of his or her representative and make clarifying statements to various other members in the constellation. These seemingly simple interventions can be deeply transformative. Here are a few examples.

Francesca Mason-Boring brings the blessings of her people's traditional views to her practice of family constellation therapy. She notes (p. 4-5) that

For many tribal people throughout history... a story is... a form of medicine...

F. David Peat is a theoretical physicist whose life and thinking were deeply impacted by a Sundance he attended in Blackfoot country. As a result of his experience and a journey with native people and teachings he wrote a book called Blackfoot Physics. He speaks eloquently about the challenge in translating Native concepts into nonindigenous language, particularly the concept of "medicine":

English, and for that matter French, German, Italian, and other European languages are noun-oriented. They are employed to divide the world into separate concepts (again, nouns). Many Native American languages do not work this way. They are verb based. Thus, when in English we speak of "medicine" we automatically seek a referent, a substance, an object, something tangible, something that can be conceptualized. But suppose we begin with something verbal, with activity, process, a movement of harmony and balance. Medicine could then be felt in the beating of the heart, sensed as a movement around the sacred circle, the wind blowing through the leaves of the trees, the growing of green plants, and the astronomical alignment of the medicine wheel. (Peat 2002, 128)

Mason-Boring focuses on the flow of love in the family system. When this is impeded, often due to trauma that leaves emotional residues, individuals within the family may develop symptoms and relationship issues - through the knowing field of their family. It is well recognized in conventional psychodynamic psychotherapy that in people with individual trauma there is often an acting out of any feelings that are not processed and cleared. The same is observed within family dynamics.

In constellation work, many facilitators use the term "re-member" to refer to the dual experience in which forgotten or excluded members of a family are brought back into the family system through remembering in a more accurate way the isolation of their trauma and the impact of their transgenerational pain on a family or descendant. (p. 26)

Mason-Boring brings a deeply reverent approach to her constellation work.

Both facilitator and participants are encouraged individually to prepare in some way for the
constellation workshop. One simple prayer is: "allow me to be present with clean hands and a clean heart." There is a posture of humility and preparation for service to others, the ancestors, and the family soul. (p. 31)

Ceremony in Constellation, and the experience itself, are not "externally" directed, but
internally protected. Each participant is encouraged to trust their soul and their family soul, their ancestors, life experience, intuition, and innate wisdom. (p. 36)

When a constellation has difficulty, ask representatives (and ask all that is represented in the field in an internal way while facilitating) "Is there permission?" "Do I have permission to do this constellation?"

For me to facilitate, a number of components need to be in agreement: my soul, the souls of my ancestors, the soul of the seeker/client, and the souls of their ancestors, as well as the souls and the ancestors of all those in the workshop. All have to be in agreement that we have permission to do this particular constellation. (p. 93)

I leave it with the individual to decide if they wish to pursue the work as a movement of the soul or the mind. Some people need both. It is not for me to dictate how someone must integrate the work. I cannot impose a deep movement of the soul on anyone. True growth, deep movement, rarely comes without some pain. If one cannot bear the discomfort of growth, I do not try to make them feel obliged or guilty if they choose against what is required by life to hold a quantum shift. (p. 96-97)

Native medicine can be a helpful complement to Family constellation work.

Some use song medicine, some use touch, some utilize story medicine, some use herbal medicine, and some may use a combination of these interventions. (p. 159)

This book is highly recommended for anyone wanting to extend their personal healing to include their family collective consciousness. It also invites your participation in the consciousness of all beings.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A Gentle Gift of Insight 5 septembre 2012
Par C. Donaldson - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Many of us who come to Family Constellation work in the United States come with a bit of skepticism regarding the concept of ancestors influencing or present lives. Francesca Mason-Boring, strongly influenced by the culture of her Native American mother, had no such hesitation. Because of this, her experience with Constellations had an ease and familiarity that quickly led to profound and deep work in her own life and with the participants in her workshops.
The insights in Connecting to Our Ancestral Past have led me to a deeper understanding of the Family Constellation work I've been doing for the last seven years. Mason-Boring's gentle approach to the concepts, and to her readers, has inspired me to conduct my own workshops differently--with more heart. To those familiar with Constellation work, this book is a gift of depth and breadth. To those new to the work, it is a great and very readable introduction.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A must read! 27 novembre 2014
Par Barbara M. - Publié sur Amazon.com
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With her roots firmly embedded in Native American tradition, Francesca Mason Boring manages to convey to the reader a depth of knowledge and inner wisdom surpassed by few.

At the same time, she brings a deep humility to her writing, offering the reader the option to reject or embrace everything she writes about at each moment in time.

She builds bridges for the Western world, inviting us to embrace more fully our deep connection to Mother Nature. She shows with numerous examples how this becomes possible through the use of ritual and ceremony in constellation work, often outside in the open air, in a close relationship to our immediate environment.

She respectfully challenges the worldview of the Western, individualised culture many of us adhere to and asks us to consider the inter-connectedness of everything and everyone.

As with all of her books, this one is beautifully written, inviting love and respect for all that is.

Barbara Morgan
Editor, The Knowing Field International Constellations Journal
Trainer in Family Constellations
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Soulful & connects Family Constellation concepts with Native American Tradition & Spirituality 9 mars 2013
Par Patrizianna Ordes - Publié sur Amazon.com
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This book now stays by my bed for refreshing connections to Soul, Spirit, & Healing Thoughts at Bedtime. The writer makes important connections to Native American Spirituality, Dreamwork, Ancient Spirituality of Europeans, and Family Constellation Work as first developed by Bert Hellenger of Germany.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Fascinating and enriching 27 septembre 2012
Par A Franco - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Mason-Boring takes you to a journey deep into the world of rituals and right of passage ceremonies of our Ancestors. Beautifully written makes it accessible to anyone who is interested in bringing back to our daily lives the richness of age-old knowledge.
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