The Institute's Dean, Stephen Gyllenhaal, was recently interviewed on the Visionary Leadership Podcast. His episode, Our Past In Utero and Future on Earth, can be listened to here.
To support mental health in all areas of life by better understanding recent discoveries in human identity development.
Provide training and outreach to healthcare professionals and the general public, through research, content development and delivery of group workshops and individual tutorials.
Bring together three or more people. Have one person (the subject) present a strong personal need or issue, which is broken into segments (for example the words in a sentence, i.e., I want to be happy; I want a loving partner, I want to be wealthy. etc.).
Have the subject pick others in this gathering to experience each word or segment.
In less than an hour the others (often strangers) will deliver profound and important details about the subject’s childhood and even infancy. These details shed light on some of the subject’s earliest identity developmental issues, which have made life challenging, often without his/her previous knowledge.
Why and how this works
Bonding with one’s mother (or mother substitute) is critical to how an identity develops from the very beginning. As an unborn child, infant or toddler, we are extremely vulnerable to various traumas or “troubles” (big and small). These troubles can go unremembered and unaddressed as we grow up.
But these unremembered troubles leave a biological impression in the body, which can be sensed (often very powerfully) in the bodies of the people surrounding us.
The explanation for this phenomena is emerging from cutting-edge research and clinical work in trauma and bonding therapies and from the “new sciences” of epigenetic and quantum mechanics, as well as from research involving indigenous healing.
We call these gatherings Identity Development Sessions (I.D.sessions), which are derived from the work of Bert Hellinger (Family Constellations) and Prof Franz Ruppert’s more recent approach, Identity Constellations.
Here is an I.D.session (called an Identity Constellation in Europe) facilitated by Prof Franz Ruppert, edited down to 12 minutes to clarify the process.
Prof. Franz Ruppert, from the University of Munich, Germany has developed IoPT (Identity Oriented Psycho-trauma theory), using what he calls “the sentence of Intention."
The Institute’s I.D. sessions, follow a similar format and are derived from Hellinger’s work and IoPT discoveries. Nonetheless I.D.s are not therapy nor a substitute for therapy, even as they can be powerful and effective. For this reason we strongly recommend that participants work with a licensed therapist to help integrate the results of I.D.s into daily life.
It is also important to focus on body work - exercise, informed diet, massage, acupuncture, chiropractic adjustment and other forms of body healing, including Western medicine when necessary.
After any I.D. session, the facilitator will be available by phone, if necessary, to help process the material that emerges.