Constellations make sense intuitively when you see them in person, but are notoriously difficult to describe, since they work from a place beyond words.
Case in point: Oscar Westra van Holthe took it upon himself to ask ten constellation trainers, some who have been working in the field for decades, to explain constellations in their own words. Sure enough, he got ten different answers.
Alemka Dauskardt describes how one of the reasons constellations defies definition, is that to define constellations is to freeze them in time, and the work is constantly evolving. It is always in response to who is in a given circle, the place where a circle is being held, and what personal history each person brings.
Some of the things many of the definers named, is that constellations is above all a technique; that it works with the knowing field; and that it involves representatives standing for elements of a system, reporting what they experience based on our innate human capacity to be in resonance.
Many of these conversations took place at the annual ISCA conference. Their website also has a collection of how different people have described constellations. Even this collection is an expression of the impulse of this work to widen the tent, and demonstrate that “it all belongs.”
This understanding of the True Self comes from Betsy Bergstrom — that the True Self holds the blueprint of who we could be if everything had gone perfectly in our lives. It is the part of us that is connected to the divine, to the field of universal intelligence. Connecting with the True Self, you can familiarize yourself with the blueprint and become recharged by filling up with soul power.
For people who are sensitive, it can be overwhelming to go through this world with so much energy being thrown our way. While the tendency is to contract and become small, the real protection is in becoming big, in the sense described at the end of the meditation.
True Self Meditation
sit comfortably and close your eyes
feel your feet on the floor
feel your grounding cords, stretching out from the bottom of your feet, and from the base of your spine, reaching down towards the earth
be aware of the earth below you. i am here in brooklyn, where the top layer of the earth has been worked over. most recently there have been many people walking over it, bringing the energy that they do. and parts of this particular place on planet earth has been paved over and there has been centuries now of people owning the land, commerce, and a lot of history. it has all of these impressions people have put upon it.
drop your cords through those layers, and beneath the topsoil, going further down, below the subway tunnels, below the sewers, is an earth that has never been touched by human hands
there may be the remains from the animals that were here before humans
and the glaciers moving over this particular part of the planet
beneath all this is terra firma
drop your cords deep into terra firma, to the untouched mystery of earth
of how the earth was formed,
below bedrock and shale through the layers of magma
drop your grounding cords through all of this mystery
past geological time
and feel yourself firmly rooted to the earth
that you are of the earth
and part of the earth
now that you are part of this great earth
bring yourself to a beautiful place in nature
it can be a place you have been before
or that only exists in your imagination
use all of your senses to make contact with this beautiful place
make contact with your eyes
taking in all of the vision of this beautiful place
make contact with your ears
what are the sounds that you hear?
do you hear any animals or birds?
are the plants there making any sounds?
make contact with your sense of touch
reach out and feel
any textures that your feet or hands are feeling
as you breathe in
what does this beautiful place smell like?
what does the air smell like?
how does it feel in your body to take in a deep breath of this air?
and does this place have a taste?
as you sit and take in the extraordinary beauty of this place
see if you can perceive that this would be the perfect place to meet your true self
see if you can perceive your true self
even if it is just a glimmer or a shimmer
when you do, greet the true self
notice what she is like
gaze at her
take her in with all of your senses
feel her presence
after some time, see Does your true self have a message?
Notice how your true self communicates
with a feeling?
Invite your true self to come a little closer
and then closer still
and then finally let it become part of you
come back to terra firma
letting the mist of terra firma wash over you
notice how your true self can expand and become very very big
and then it bring back closer to your body
letting it coalesce