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What is an underlying question that gives form to your work or interest in this field?
How can I/we embody wholeness and evolution in the here
and now, again and again, - in a sustainable manner – in and as
What is your personal experience of collective
wisdom in groups?
There are two different places where I have experienced
the richness and depth of Collective Wisdom.
The first is in a women’s circle I initiated in
June 2000. We gathered ‘in circle’ not knowing where we
were heading, and found our way to collective wisdom. In every situation
we asked ourselves: How can I (re)act out of love? Even if I don’t
like what you said or when I am in a hurry? It was an intense and deep
journey together, with , its ups and downs. Almost unnoticed, silence
took over and we aligned ourselves with the wisdom that spoke through
all of us. Out of this experience I developed a map for ongoing groups
to find their way to collective wisdom: Becoming the CircleBeing: building
the container for collective wisdom.We are still in the process of deepening
our experience and understanding of the potential that can be found
Another inspiring and fascinating place to see collective
wisdom at work is in Systemic Constellation work. It is a great healing
tool on the group level. Using their body and their senses, the ‘representatives’
‘set up’ in ‘a constellation’ can tap into the
information of the collective field. This makes it possible to show
the hidden dynamics that are at work. Mostly it is used for resolving
family issues, but it is proven that it is valuable for a lot of organisational
What is it about the work in this field that excites
you and connects you to your own deepest self?
What excites me the most is how to use both fields of
experiences to be in service of the whole, and of evolution.
What deep wisdom can we reach together when all participants
in a group are fully aligned in themselves?
What deep healing can be done with people in a constellation
about cultural and global problems?
How can we combine the feminine competences in a fruitful
and sustainable way with the masculine powers of task orientation
How to go together –as an ongoing group –
through ‘the eye of the needle’, the bottom of the U-curve
Please provide a brief storyline or snapshot of
what brought you to this work.
What brought me to this work is the listening to my inner
feeling and intuition.
Being a young mother in the feminist era, convening
a women’s circle of Feminist Radical Therapy, brought awareness
of an incest experience, which led me – by intuition – to
Emotional Body Therapy. I decided to become an emotional body worker
myself and started my professional life as a psychotherapist. From ’95
on, I started women’s circles again and we followed the flow:
from more shamanic and druidic forms – through meditation –
to a search for our highest potential, in ourselves and together. Constellation
work called me in the same way: I knew I had to be there, and I still
How would you like to be available to others in
I am eager to join different kinds of fruitful experimentation
and cross pollination to deepen our understanding of this field, and
– at the same time – to be in service of meaningful, far
I am especially interested in connecting (with) the European
people in this field
Links to this site or others:
Women Moving the Edge
- March 3-7, 2007
Meeting the Collective Shadow - September 10-13, 2006
Building the Circle Being