On Morphic Fields and Constellations


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"If physical treatments are to work, they must be accompanied
by changes in the realm of consciousness." - Dr. Andrew Weil
Dan Booth Cohen

Inner Disturbances. External Problems.

Imagine the weight of negative thoughts, self-destructive impulses, troublesome behaviors, and dark emotions lifting off your shoulders. How would that change your ability to deal with all the very real problems in your life? It may seem far-fetched to think that your inner distrubances could simply go away, but why couldn't they? What keeps them around?

Dr. Dan Booth Cohen helps people understand and dissolve their inner disturbances using an experiential process known as a Systemic Family Constellation. Constellations are a deep, profound and moving way to expand understanding and restore peace of mind. Our culture rewards people who behave normally and claim to feel fine. If you have an inner disturbance, you may have to contain, absorb, or deny the part that feels anything but normal or fine. In this way, you become a stranger to yourself.

Instead of trying to get rid of problems, a Constellation considers them as messages to be seen and heard. The major insight of this approach is that at the root of problems that resist resolution are ancestral traumas that reverberate through a family system. When these are clearly understood, the disturbance is transformed. Then, you can behave authentically and express the full range of human emotions. If you are weighed down, a Family Constellation lifts the burden, freeing you to create positive solutions.

Using intelligence, heart, intuition, and humor, Dan will help you find relief from the stress of being you. For virtually any serious issue, a Family Constellation can be the turning point where the problem is transformed for good.

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Books, Newsletter and Blog

I Carry Your Heart in My Heart: Family Constellations in Prison Llevo tu corazón en mi corazón:Las constelaciones familiares y el sistema penitenciario
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I Carry Your Heart in My Heart
I Carry Your Heart in My Heart

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The Bed Woman and the Master's Wife
A Community Constellations about Social Welfare, Injustice and Foster Care

Free Constellation Call

Free 45 Minute Teleconference with Michael Reddy and Dan Booth Cohen
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Alchemy Evolution Summit 2012 Hosted by Katrine Legg Hauger
October 2 - November 28, 2012
Dan Booth Cohen speaks on
Alchemy in the Heart: Family Constellations and Human Transformation, October 22, 2012

Special Events

5th North American Systemic Constellations Intensive
With Edward Lynch, PhD, Francesca Mason Boring, Dan Booth Cohen, and Carolyn Zahner
Farmington, CT
July 25-29, 2012

Sao Paulo, Brazil
Three Day Professional Training Module in Systemic Constellation Work as Applied to Relationships
August 24-26, 2012

Honolulu, HI
Two Day Professional Staff Training in Principles and Applications of Systemic Family Constellations
October 17-18, 2012

Tucson, AZ
Working in the Field ~ Integrating Constellations into Your Professional Life
December 1-2, 2012

San Francisco, CA
Milton Erickson Foundation Brief Therapy Conference. Course on Systemic Constellation Work
December 5, 2012

San Francisco, CA
Advanced Constellations Facilitator Training and Skills Development Workshop
December 8-9, 2012

On-going Groups

The "Monks" of Bay State Correctional Center
Volunteers welcome: Saturday, January 7, February 4, March 3, April 7, May 5, June 2, September 22, Ocotber 7, November 7, December 1, 2012

Providence, RI
Individual Constellations at Larger Visions by Appointment

Community Circle of Boston
Free Gourmet Dinner and Constellation Circle
Jamaica Plain, MA
(Donations accepted to pay for the following week's food)
Monday, October 1, 2012

Praxis der Systemaufstellung (German)
The Knowing Field Journal (English)
The “Bed Woman” and the Sami Grandmother: Tracing the Threads of Continuous Consciousness

Full Article Available By Request
Family Constellations:
An Innovative Systemic Phenomenological Group Process From Germany

Published in The Family Journal

Grandparent's Unresolved Wounds and Traumas

At birth, every child loves their parents and grandparents. Even if their father died or abandoned the mother, the helpless baby's heart radiates love. Infants' emotional sensors are so sensitive and empathetic that they feel their elders' secret heartbreaks. As long as we breathe, the heart remembers and stirs impulses in resonance with these archaic wounds. Years later, many adults find themselves acting out self-limiting and self-destructive behaviors. Others enjoy fulfilling and loving lives...except for a few persistent patterns that cannot be broken.

When mothers and daughters turn against (or away from) each other, or depression takes hold, a marriage breaks down, a perplexing symptom afflicts the body - in fact when nearly any problem overwhelms us - our grandparents' sorrows live in the memory of the heart.

Every Constellation begins with a real person and pressing personal issue. The process reveals with stunning specificity how our difficulties today are unconsciously connected with events from before we were born. With this revelation, the cells in your body respond. Afterward, the issue finds its own way towards a positive resolution.

The Constellation experience provides life-changing insight into the hidden roots of many common problems:

  • Mother - Daughter Hostility or Indifference
  • Addiction
  • Sibling estrangements
  • Burdened Children (Eating Disorders, ADHD, Self-injury)
  • Difficulty earning, managing, or saving money
  • Child custody conflicts
  • Chronic loneliness.
  • Physical symptoms

FriendsConstellations are especially effective when the circumstances of your problems change, but the fundamental pattern remains the same. It's not about changing what you think. A Constellation heals the part of the wounded Self that "thinks you."

About 80% of participants report afterwards that the issue has eased or even resolved completely. Full resolution of a particular issue can take months to unfold, but the release itself occurs in a profound moment of insight. Despite years of sorrow and pain, a broken heart can heal in one beat.

Dr. Cohen works with groups, individual sessions, and by telephone or Skype. Please email him with questions or to schedule an individual session. His professional rate is $150/hour.

About Dan and Constellations

The Constellation process was originated by Virginia Satir and further developed by Bert Hellinger. Today, thousands of practitioners worldwide are adapting and expanding the Constellation experience.

Dr. Dan Booth Cohen is certified as a Trainer and Constellator by the German Association for Systemic Constellations (DGfS). He holds a Ph.D. in psychology from Saybrook University. He received his training in the Constellation approach directly from Bert Hellinger and many of the world’s leading trainers including Gunthard Weber, Hunter Beaumont, Albrecht Mahr, Eva Madelung, Jakob Schneider, Francesca Mason Boring, Harald Hohnen and Stephan Hausner.

After receiving a Bachelor's degree in History of Science from Connecticut College and an MBA from Boston University, he became a founding partner of Pequod Associates, Inc. which grew to become a leading provider of energy and water conservation engineering services in the United States. He and his partner sold the company to Equitable Resources (EQT) in 1996.

In 1980, he provided strategic planning services to the Director of the Los Alamos National Laboratory, the fourth lineal successor to J. Robert Oppenheimer. The following year, he became a founding member of the City of Cambridge Peace Commission. In 1983, he walked the length of the West Bank with the Bethlehem Peace Pilgrims. Later, he was Co-Director of the Boston chapter of Children of War and led international peace exchanges between German and Jewish-American teens. For the past 6 years, he has taught the wisdom of Constellations to a group of lifers at Bay State Correctional Center.

Click here for an essay on Dan's personal history.

Dr. Dan Booth Cohen is not licensed to practice psychology in Massachusetts. Constellations are a process for expanding understanding and awareness. They are not a diagnostic or treatment method for any psychological condition or disorder. Please consult a licensed professional if you require such services.

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