Morphic Resonance and Inherited Memory: Healing from Trans-Generational Trauma Using the Systemic Family Constellation Process Dan Booth Cohen (Systemic Constellations Conferences and Education, Inc., Needham, MA ) P1
Sheldrake’s theory of morphic resonance posits that there is a collective field of memory among humans which form a background against which individual experience and memory develop. While the theory has not been validated under controlled conditions, the experiential Systemic Family Constellation process has been found to be a practical method for accessing and working with these fields. Systemic Family Constellations are widely used to relieve recurrent or persistent emotional, behavioral, and physical difficulties produced by archaic traumatic memories embedded in the family. The process is applied in therapeutic settings by psychiatrists, psychologists, and an array of mainstream and alternative care providers throughout the world. The lineage of Systemic Family Constellations traces through philosophers and psychologists including Husserl, Boszormenyi-Nagy, Erickson, Satir, and Hellinger. Standing still and silent, many humans can accurately perceive the collective field of memory for themselves and others. To understand the effects of trans-generationally inherited trauma, representatives create a three dimensional matrix of the ancestral lineage. This transforms irreal field dimensions of human experience into real spatial symbolic representations, thereby allowing them to be worked with directly. This opens a dimension of consciousness that is familiar in First People’s traditions, but nearly lost within the cosmology of science and technology. Inherited memories and repetitious patterns of loss and trauma occur in multiple generations absent direct sensory inputs – e.g. an adopted child’s phobias mirror the phobias of a biological relative. This contradicts the mainstream scientific consensus that humans perceive, transmit and receive information exclusively through direct sensory input. Tens of thousands of Constellations worldwide suggest that there is a transpersonal dimension of mind, memory, and behavior that is not derived from personal history and experience. With several thousand licensed doctors, psychologists, and therapists using the process and sharing case histories in on-line forums and print journals, a new understanding of this aspect of human consciousness is emerging. This picture challenges more familiar findings of quantitative, reductionist research in psychology. There are no published peer reviewed controlled research studies assessing these claims. The evidence base comes from clinical case histories. Personal consciousness – which is the object of scientific psychology – is the accumulation of sensory input, individual experience, and brain/mind functions. Fields of continuous consciousness resonate among individuals and across generations. Recent research in the fields of epigenetics, quantum consciousness, morphogenetic fields, and psi phenomenon create a theoretical framework in which to understand how the memories of parents, grandparents, and great-grandparents, and the countless ancestors that existed before them, can literally co-exist in the minds and bodies of living individuals.
Psychology; Morphic resonance; Morphic fields, Sheldrake; Memory; Trauma; Telepathy; Systemic Family Constellations;