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Some days, i am the The Love Doctor. Some days, I am the Grim Reaper of Relationships. A few weeks ago, I did a session for a married woman which ended with her clearly seeing she should go. The next morning, I got a phone call which started, "Are you the person who did a session yesterday for my wife?" I was immediately sorry for answering the phone. He went on, "She told me one session with you is better than 5 years of therapy. Can I make an appointment?" So I gave him a Constellation. It showed all his faults in the marriage could be corrected and they could be happier than ever together. Now the wife is thoroughly confused and questioning everything. 1B 2B 3A 4B
Toggle Commented Jul 25, 2013 on DATE ME? at Crazytown
From "I Carry Your Heart in My Heart: Family Constellations in Prison" by Dan Booth Cohen. No one expected that Family Constellations with lifers in a Massachusetts state prison would transform the meeting room into what one volunteer calls, “The most sacred space I know.” These prisoners are serving long-term sentences for violent crimes, most life-without-the-possibility-of-parole for 1st degree murder. The men have been inside for decades and few have good prospects for being released. They represent society’s ultimate outcasts. Sentenced to die imprisoned, they personify evil brought to justice. Ironically, to be in their presence is to be touched by grace. Volunteers come for the first time unsure of what to expect. Perhaps we want to offer help and comfort. By the end of the afternoon we realize instead it has been our “great privilege to be in the company of people who had gone through an ordeal that we can only imagine and had worked to find a way to their souls.” Again and again the Constellation process reveals unexpected connections across space and time: the love between children and parents endures, literally piercing brick walls and razor wire enclosures; murder inexorably bonds the fate of the victim to the fate of the killer; lovers can touch each other, even after one of them dies. The poet e. e. cummings described these eternal truths: here is the deepest secret nobody knows… i carry your heart (i carry it in my heart) In our hearts we carry the hearts of those who gave us life, those who gave us love, and those victims or perpetrators whose fate is entangled with ours. There is tender love and blessing in those hearts, but suffering and grief as well. Those captive hearts retain ancestral memories of the orphan’s grief, the exile’s lament, the soldier’s guilt, the widow’s anguish, the slave’s humiliation, the mother’s anxiety, the father’s emptiness, the child’s loneliness. These hearts can be murderous, the heart of a rapist or the heart of a saint.
Toggle Commented Sep 1, 2011 on 10 Books About (and From) Prison at Isak
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