The Unburdened System

 “In IFS we put so much emphasis on how to release parts from their extreme roles that we sometimes neglect to give enough attention to that transition to a new role.   Mariel is an excellent IFS therapist and teacher who has developed a beautiful mandala and method for us to foster the transformation of burdened parts into their unburdened valuable roles.”

- Dick Schwartz

Developer of Internal Family Systems

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(not suitable for printing - it will eat all your ink!)



      "All parts are welcome," the reassuring IFS refrain goes.  In Internal Family systems communities, we know it's the tough and painful burdens driving parts of ourselves to extremes that often constrain the flow of life. The mission of the IFS movement is to further health and healing in all corners of the world by unburdening parts and releasing more Self Energy.

     Created by IFS Lead Trainer Mariel Pastor with IFS founder Richard Schwartz, the Unburdened Internal System mandala presents a vision of what life can look like when we befriend and unburden our parts and discover their inherent gifts, with Self Energy increasingly more available to tend and to lead.  The glow surrounding the mandala reminds us that we are all held within a greater sea of Self energy.

     Like the IFS model itself, this mandala was inspired by clients;  by those who took the plunge inward and made surprising and joyful discoveries about themselves, and by other clients whose parts felt discouraged after years of struggle and were initially skeptical about "going inside" and who needed a vision of hope.

    This stunning visual aid is available in English, Spanish, and French and can be used in treatment with clients, in the classroom with students, or for personal reflection in understanding your inner world.  


    Click the mandala image to download a PDF attachment and let your parts get inspired by the Unburdened System Mandala.  Warning:  It will eat up all your ink if you try to print a copy yourself.   Posters are available on the IFS Institute online bookstore if you'd like a glossy print.   Enjoy!   

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