1st Edition

Even if it Costs me my Life
Systemic Constellations and Serious Illness

ISBN 9780415898058
Published April 25, 2011 by Gestalt Press
362 Pages

USD $50.95

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Book Description

Family constellations work has broadened and developed in many different fields as a method of counseling and therapy. In addition to constellations in organizations and schools, applying this approach to working with illness and disease has expanded the potential for healing effects in the field of medicine as well. A view of transgenerational entanglements and family dynamics casts a new light on health and disease, and the insights gained from constellations with illness and health problems have led to a more holistic view of those who are ill. In Even if it Costs me my Life, Stephan Hausner aims to provide a picture of the healing potential of systemic constellations, entering into the reciprocal effects of family dynamics and illness. Extensive use of case studies demonstrates this technique in action, revealing how existing illnesses and pathologies are rooted within the family dynamic, and setting up healing postures to facilitate growth, development, and direction.

Table of Contents

Ullman, Foreword. Introduction. Context and Guiding Principles. Case Studies, Feedback, and Comments. Conclusion. Outlook. Wheeler, Afterword.

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Stephan Hausner is a Heilpraktiker trained in alternative medicine with a focus on traditional Chinese medicine, homeopathy, and osteopathy. He has also trained in humanistic psychology and since 1993 has used systemic constellations in working with health issues both individually and in groups, traveling widely as a trainer at institutes and conferences, workshops, and training programs around the world.


"With great clarity, sensitivity, and unique insight, Stephan Hausner lifts the veil surrounding the mystery of illness and disease. No one has more experience exploring the hidden patterns behind illness...this book is a must for all those who want to expand their understanding...opening a new view to how we have moved away from health and happiness, showing us ways to reintegrate the lost parts of our self.'" - Dale Schusterman, author, Sign Language of the Soul

"Through his intuitive use of the family constellation, Stephan Hausner has discovered a unique passage into the heart and soul of illness. Weaving wisdom and love with his considerable experience, he illuminates the path from illness to healing for the lay reader and clinician alike." - Sheila Saunders, RN, LMFT

"Stephan Hausner has given us a spectacularly unspectacular view into the complex world of mind/body healing from a transgenerational perspective. His work is based on careful observation of real people in real-life situations. Without extraneous metaphysical claims or hocus-pocus, it is nothing more or less than a plain old open-minded and open-hearted 'I'll believe it if I see it' examination of a fascinating subject. Whether professional or lay person interested in health and illness, this book has a great deal of common sense to offer." - Hunter Beaumont, co-author of Love's Hidden Symmetry

"This book...is the bridge over which traditional medicine may most easily walk to embrace alternative medicines." - J. Edward Lynch, co-author, Principles and Practices of Structural Family Therapy