The most important thing that I took away from my Systemic Constellations time in Athens with Ubele and Fractality, was the power of building a ‘knowing field’. In systemic constellations, the creation of a ‘knowing field’ enables all the participants in the space to (somehow) get on to the same (psychic) page and share a deep understanding and connection with each other by examining and ‘feeling’ latent family/ancestral dynamics. This idea of examining family (and ancestral) dynamics rather reminded me of a variety of Continental African ancestral worship. But what was interesting to me, was how this spiritual element of the ‘knowing field’ resonated very strongly with Robbie Shilliam’s book, Black Pacific: Anti-Colonial Struggles and Oceanic Connections, where he identifies the cosmologies of Europe, Africa and Oceania, as represented by their spirit totems, Hermes, Legba and Tāne/Māui (respectively), who come together in a spiritual ‘hinterland’ away from the “fixing gaze of Britannica” (p. 23). In this hinterland, which is in essence a ‘knowing field’ these totems or ancestors walk in unity of purpose (where there is no hierarchical dominance), giving their children direction and guidance (if we choose to listen!).
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