Volume 5, Issue 9 | May 15, 2009
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  1. A Note From Christina
  2. Events Calendar
  3. Article: What ‘In the Vortex’ Means
  4. Recent Blog Entries
  5. More Links & Resources



Spring has sprung in Victoria --- trees are bursting into leaf, cruise ships are in port and I'm hauling the deck furniture back out. There is something so stabilizing about the reliable ebb and flow of the seasons isn't there!

My spring Graphic Coaching Clinic is right around the corner, happening next week. That deck furniture will be put to good use on Thurs. evening (and the hot tub too if anyone's game!) as I'm hosting a little open house that night.

Raven Nibbling on Fresh Shoots

If you live in Victoria, British Columbia or happen to be in the area, please consider yourself invited (see events sections for details).  Should be a fun gathering of our developing Graphic Coaching Community.  Lots of ‘in the vortex’ energy.  J

Talking about ‘in the vortex’ …  In case you aren’t sure what that phrase means … this week’s article fills you in on what the vortex is and why you definitely want to be in it!


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Thurs. May 21st, 7pm: Open House / Cocktail Party. With The Graphic Coaching Clinic in session, I’m hosting an open house at my Dallas Road studio on Thursday evening. If you are in Victoria, come on by to meet visiting participants and local graphic and SHIFT-IT folks. Great people, good munchies and fun conversations. Please RSVP [email protected] [email protected] and we’ll send you directions.


FEATURE ARTICLE: What “In the Vortex” Means

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Don’t know what ‘in the vortex’ means? … well, you aren’t alone. From the number of Twitter and Facebook questions I receive and from search phrases in my web stats, many people are a little confused about what this new metaphysical catchphrase really means.

Where Does ‘In the Vortex’ Come from?

It comes from the amazing work of Esther and Jerry Hicks and their Teachings of Abraham (see www.abraham-hicks.com).

Esther is a ‘translator’ for Abraham, who are (as they tell it) a cluster of non-physical intelligence. They refer to themselves in the plural (we) rather than singular (I).

Esther & Jerry Hicks

And Esther receives ‘blocks of information’ from them that she matches up with the best language that her sub-conscious mind can muster. (if you are new to this, yes, I know, this can sound kooky – rest assured, I used to think that too).

Me Covered in Abraham-Hicks
Workshop Tapes

People go to Abraham-Hicks events to ask questions of Abraham via Esther and to listen to the impressive answers that unfold.

I first stumbled upon their work around 2000 and have been increasingly hooked since – attending four of their cruises, many live workshops and I’ve attracted the fortunate opportunity (over several years) to listen to their workshop recordings circa 1990 to the present (over 600 tapes and CDs). Has had a huge impact on my work and on me personally.

Jerry and Esther have hosted basically a workshop a week for the last 20 years and they keep on going --- as does the evolving message. It changes due to the evolution and nature of questions that are asked.

“In the Vortex” is the latest evolution of Abraham’s message – as they are always looking for phrases, stories and anecdotes to better communicate their concepts. In recent workshops they repeatedly and lovingly encourage, prod and tease us to ‘get in the vortex’ - as an answer to basically any human dilemma.

Your Non-Physical Self:

Abraham tell us that the real secret behind all of this Law of Attraction stuff is that we have a non-physical self (which they refer to as our ‘Inner Being’), in addition to our physical self

And, that we are a complex multi-dimensional being and much communication occurs between the two parts of ourselves. Understanding the two parts of our overall being is necessary in order to really understand the ‘In the Vortex’ concept.

The Vortex:

The vortex then, is simply the connection or alignment between your non-physical self and your physical self – the link between you and you. Our non-physical selves are totally ‘tapped in, tuned in and turned on’ to all that we truly are. However our physical selves have the habit of disconnecting from this awareness. Reconnecting our physical and non-physical selves is what ‘in the vortex’ means.


How to Tell If You Are In or Out of the Vortex:

Thankfully we have a built in system that tells us when we are in alignment with our Inner Being (and that we truly want and desire) and when we aren’t. This built in system is our emotions. Simply put, when we are in high, uplifted and enjoyable emotions we are in the vortex. When we are in low, downtrodden and painful emotions we are out of the vortex. And, we do have the power to bridge this gap.

It’s An Ongoing In and Out Process:

Being in and out of the vortex is an ongoing, in and out process. As Abraham tells us, it’s not like a degree you get that you have forever more. Its natural, and in fact necessary, to go in and out. Being out of the vortex (or in contrast) is helpful as it feeds new clarity, ideas and desires to our Inner Being (who instantly lines up with them). Whether or not our physical self has the same pleasure is up to us.

How To Get In the Vortex:

Getting in the vortex is a matter of emotional or vibrational change. You need to shift your emotional (and vibrational) state from lower to higher. In essence, you need to become more Inner Being like and embody an optimistic, empowered and positive relationship with yourself, others and life in general. When you do so, not only will you feel happy, content, secure, appreciative, and joyful, but you will now be in the vibrational vicinity to all that is at match to that as well.

There are many, many ways to get in your vortex – and different things work for different people. My SHIFT-IT work is about helping people get organized with graphic visions and plans. And doing their inner alignment work so they can really believe, allow and manifest what they ultimately want. My work aids some in getting in the vortex depending on where they are and how much they really do what I guide them to do.

There are many, many ways to get in the vortex that aren’t related to drawing maps and/or directly working on your thoughts and feelings. Things as diverse as sleeping, meditating, walking in nature, getting angry, making love, reading inspiration literature, listening to Abraham recordings, dancing, cutting a good business deal, going to the beach, etc will pop you back into your vortex. The key is to develop some emotional awareness, collect and do/be things that work specifically for you.

Recommended Resources:

If you are resonating with ‘in the vortex’ and aren’t already connected with the Abraham-Hicks material I invite you to check it out. The workshop recordings are fabulous as are their live events (if you are in the U.S. there’s probably a location near you). And they have a wealth of books; DVDS and other resources in their online store , just use your intuition to what most calls you. A good beginning place is their wonderful book, Ask and It Is Given (half the book is conceptual and the other half has 22 practical processes that you can do).

We use Ask and It Is Given as our text in my Merkley's Manifestation Mastermind (a 12-week virtual coaching group that I offer twice a year: spring and fall by webinar). This great group walks you step by step through the Law of Attraction principles and processes – a great way to learn how to get ‘in the vortex’ with other like-minded people from across the globe.

“In the Vortex” is a great analogy and getting more popular by the day by the looks of what crosses my world. I hope this article has given you more understanding about what this phrase means and how you can apply it in your own life. All the best in getting in your vortex!

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© 2009 Christina L. Merkley

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