The Healing Circle ("Heilkreis")

The Healing Circle (in German "Heilkreis") is a special form of constellation work for persons with experience in the “movements of the soul”. It allows members of the circle to ask for assistance with a particular problem and lets the persons in the circle help in solving their dilemma. One big factor concerning the Healing Circle is: the whole group acts as a resonating body and helps and supports the others in the group.

The healing circle works with the movements of the soul. The only prerequisite is that the persons in the circle trust the movements which are being shown. These can be body movements, emotional outbursts and/or spoken words. The work with the healing circle is a process in, and out of, silence.

Appropriate Circles meet with the idea of solving by means of the healing circle problems experienced by members and duly supported by each other. There is no defined leader of the group, the whole group is responsible. All members have the same relevance in the group, each one serves the other. The healing circle, the group as a whole, trusts the whole process and the results which entail. The main requirement is a humble reverence and fearlessness concerning the movements of the soul.



The Healing Circle is a beneficial method used by a group of constellation practitioners e.g. whenever an experienced group gets together for supervision. In fact it can be used everywhere, where apart from reflection and advanced training, a need to look at personal requirements or concerns is necessary.

As an example : it would be possible in a group of 100 persons, in say a 2 hour period, to incorporate 10 healing circles each with 10 members. It is then possible to perform 3 to 4 constellations in each healing circle. This means that approx. 35-40 constellations can run parallel to each other with literally no guidance.



A group of between 5 and 20 persons sit together in a circle, the healing circle. Each constellation then requires a watchman and a timekeeper.

The function of the watchman:

The watchman must first determine, whether the circle is complete. He/she can then start his/her stint either with a short meditation or some other means of focusing the group’s attention on the task at hand. It is then his/her task to collect concerns from the individuals in the circle and to determine which of the concerns, in the opinion of the other members, is to be chosen. At this point it is possible that the group is not able to decide, in which case the watchman takes it upon him-/herself to make this decision. From this moment on, the watchman’s work is completed.

The person chosen then repeats his/her concern (e.g. it can be just one word, a sentence or even more, or nothing ….) and can then choose from several forms, how the constellation should take place:

  • from the information presented (or not, as the case may be) the constellation can begin with no further delay, each person feels his involvement or non-involvement with the constellation

  • the person with the concern can decide whether he/she wishes to name and select certain members to represent someone/something, whether he/she takes part and also whether others are allowed to join in.

The function of the timekeeper:

Normally the constellation reaches a point where everyone senses that a solution has been reached. If this is not the case, the timekeeper is the one who then decides to bring an end to proceedings. He/she also has the job of assuring that the person for whom the constellation is being done does not become re-traumatised.

The decisions of the watchman and the timekeeper in the healing circle are final.

After a constellation has finished the person for whom the constellation took place can ask for feedback from the individuals in the constellation, if required. Once this is over a new constellation can take place and the procedure of defining the next watchman and timekeeper begins.

Harald Homberger