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 were 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.