Good questions help you reflect on things. But great questions bring you off balance.
Use this set of cards to review issues from a systemic point of view and allow this perspective to work for you. You can use one side of the card set to ask great questions or use the symbols on the other side as representatives for a table constellation. 65 (!) Questions to help you get started. Which of them resonates? Which don’t? Symbols to keep looking, as representatives in a table constellation. There is always room for this set in your bag.
The questions on the cards take you to a different track or lead you to an undercurrent. If you are getting acquainted with systemic work of if you are more experienced. The wording is sometimes abstract or even magical. That is how you are led to the different realm.
Not all questions will be relevant for an issue you are on at the moment. Work with the questions that resonate today.
Let the questions give you fresh idea and change the questions where you feel it fits.
The questions have been subdivided into six categories:
Every category has its own colour. The colours and categories aren’t shown anywhere on the cards themselves. This creates room to use the questions and colours in your own way. On the other side of the cards are symbols. You can use these as table constellations. This way, the cards become representatives.
The following symbols have been used:
- An arrow across
- An arrow down
- The systemic symbol for a man
- The systemic symbol for a woman
- The systemic symbol for a boy
- The systemic symbol for a man girl
- A question mark
- A lamp
- A crucifix
- A chair
- A door
- A cross
- A cloud
- A circle
- A gold bar
- A symbol for a secret
- A heart
The distribution of the questions over the symbols is arbitrary.
The card set has been printed on the highest quality paper. You can always bring them when visiting clients. Be it to use them or to give them away.
Ways to work with the questions:
- First determine in which category your question most probably lies. Answer all the questions in this category. Please, take your time. Write down all the answers in a different form, using drawings or symbols on a large piece of paper. This way, you will start seeing the bigger picture. Answer the following question: “what does this mean for the wider scope of this this issue.”
- End your research by answering one random question from one of the other categories and adding the answer to the other answers.
- Think of the issue at hand. Choose one card from the card set. Decide that the question on this card can give you direction for your issue. Answer the question in as many ways as possible. Carry the question with you for a couple of days. SO that you progress further and deeper into the issue.
- Lay the card down in front of you in questions side up. Go do something else for a while, make a cup of tea or make a phone call. Return to the cards and be aware which card catches your attention. Find 2-3 other cards that belong to this one. Work with these questions.
Ways to work with the symbols:
- The symbols can be used in any table constellation. Work using your own style and preference as a facilitator.
- Instead of using ‘classic’ representatives, you can use the arrows to show movement/motion and to point out direction. You are in fact only setting up ‘movement’ and not persons or functions of the self. This method is interesting only if the issue at hand, or parts of it, have been set up previously.
- For more suggestions about constellations and forms, please read the book “The ‘how to’ for constellation for organisations”(translated from NL to GB)
What you do before you ask a question and how you listen are equally important as the quality of the question. Be aware with which intention you ask a question. Why did you choose to ask this specific question and not one of the other questions? And does asking this question more about you or about the other? There is no good or bad but it is important to know from which system-energy you are working from.
Use all your senses as you listen to the answers, also your ears. What happens in your body when you hear the answer? What do you see happening with the other?
That information is equally important as the words used.
This card set was developed by Barbara Piper and Siets Bakker, partially based on the Dutch version.
Please enjoy working with these cards. We look forward to reading your feedback: