Volume 5, Issue 22 | November 20, 2009
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  1. A Note From Christina
  2. Events Calandar
  3. Article: How to Expand Your Ability to Receive
  4. Recent Blog Entries
  5. More Links & Resources



Getting reports back from my Graphic Coaching Clinic graduates - about how they are integrating their new skills.  Congrats to Kelly for a successful reception to the Process Overview Map she created and used the very next week with her Nation.  To Martine for the fabulous visual handout she posted on the Global Community of Graphic Coaches Facebook page – and to Ann on getting in weekly icon practice and moving forward on her Life Preserver visual tools.  Keep the reports coming in ladies and get your private mentor call booked – I love helping you to integrate your visual learning!

Talking about continued visual learning …  I’m having a blast doing the application interviews for my new SHIFT-IT Coach Training and Certification Program!  Its so exciting to see this program (after many years of being asked to create it) finally come to fruition … and seeing whom the members of the ‘Pioneer’ group will be.

This new Certification Program trains you in my trademarked SHIFT-IT System® & Visual Tools (17 Merkley Maps) – and grants you an individual license to use these effective resources with your own coaching and consulting clients.  Expands your graphic landscape and reach!  Remember, if you are a graphic graduate of mine, there is a December 7th deadline to apply!  Also, see notes below about an info webinar I’m hosting on this program in early December - get all your questions answered and determine if you are a fit.  

As you can see, things are expanding at a wonderful rate here at SHIFT-IT Coach, Inc … which lead me to write this issue’s article on ‘How to Expand Your Ability to Receive’ – something I’ve been learning a lot about lately.  Here’s to expanding your own upper limits!


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After years of fielding inquiries, I’m now opening my proprietary SHIFT-IT System® with 17 Merkley Maps® to a select group of coaches and helping professionals – so you can add the benefits and structure of my custom graphic coaching tools to your own work.  The application process ends December 7th for “Priority Pioneer” status (the special deal for graphic graduates who’ve already taken one of my live interactive-graphics trainings).  Then a full public launch in January.  Enhance the reach, differentiation and effectiveness of your coaching or consulting practice with this exciting, cutting edge opportunity – come join the SHIFT!  Click Here for Details on Pioneer Application Process.

7 Saturdays, Jan. 16 - Feb. 27, 10-11:30am Pacific

Get SHIFTed!  It’s that time of year --- time for another SHIFT-IT Virtual Coaching Group!  In a transition?  Ready to breakthrough to your next level of expansion and expression?  If so, join this virtual 7-week coaching group where I’ll help you (and like-minded people from across the globe) clarity your Next Self and next steps … and demolish the erroneous thinking, self sabotage and blocks that keep you stuck!  This is a virtual experience (no travel required – participate from the comfort of your own home).  Includes digital version of my SHIFT-IT Home Retreat Kit (with my 17 Merkley Maps for your own personal use). Click Here for Full Details and Online Registration

Soothing Saturday Series: THE FOCUS WHEEL WEBINAR (f.r.e.e.)
Saturday, Nov. 28, 10-11:30am Pacific
Join me for this f.r.e.e. webinar as I use visual charts to explain The Law of Attraction (LOA). After sharing some foundational LOA concepts I’ll explain and demo The Focus Wheel Process (my favorite exercise from the Abraham-Hicks material) and shares a visual tool that you can use to help do your own focus wheels to SHIFT your vibrational set point.  Have me personally coach you live on the call! Register Here

Tuesday, Dec.1st, 1-2:30pm Pacific  PIONEER LEVEL
Want to use my SHIFT-IT Process® and suite of visual tools in your own practice? Now you can! Come join me for the official launch of this program - for my Pioneers. I'll explain SHIFT-IT, the 17 maps, what's included in the program, how it will be run (completely online), dates, who I want in this group (and who I don't) and most importantly, how adding these visual tools to your coaching, consulting or other professional practice will reap great results for you now -and for the rest of your working life! Click here to register for this interactive info webinar.



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I’ve been going through another big shift in my life and business – a good one (with a revamped team, larger contracts, more volumes and my new Certification Program … and fun in my personal life too) and in looking back on what caused it; I attribute a lot of it to my increased ability to receive. 

Upper Limits:
In order to speak to you about receiving I first need to talk a little about ‘upper limits’.  I first heard of this term many years ago via Gay and Katie Hendricks – relationship teachers.  They used the term to discuss a concept that happens a lot in couples – when one or both people encounter their ‘upper limits’ in terms of intimacy and closeness and then consciously (or more likely, unconsciously) sabotage the relationship in some way to bring it back down to what they are more familiar or comfortable with.  In Law of Attraction speak we would call this bringing it back to the more familiar vibration. 

Upper limits can happen in all sorts of life areas – in relationship (the types, duration and intensity levels of intimacy and closeness that you are able to sustain), in money (the amounts, frequency and duration of money and financial prosperity that you are able to allow) and in success (how ‘high’ you let yourself fly, your comfort with visibility and exposure, and how extended your structures, systems and networks become).  Just to give you a few examples.

Comfort Zones:
In going through my own SHIFTS and in helping my clients through theirs, I have a front row seat to seeing ‘comfort zones’.  People most often come to me when they are playing in a certain zone and want to bust through to another.  But unfortunately that new zone is unfamiliar and hence uncomfortable to them to varying degrees.  My job is to help them get acquainted with it – to be become familiar with it.  To ‘find the feeling place’ of it.  And often, to validate the new zone … make it ok for them to want it and more importantly to HAVE it. 

Blocks to Receiving:
Depending on the issue, different people can have different blocks that interfere with their ability to receive what they say they want.  For example, in relationships, some people (myself included) have fears about the limits that relationships will place on them.  Or are afraid of repeating past unpleasant experiences.  For money, some people have family and societal programming about what level of money is ok for them to receive and how they should go about getting it.  And, in success, there are all sorts of saying about ‘being too big for your britches’ or ‘tall poppy syndrome’ (don’t stand out too tall or you’ll be chopped off).

Make It Ok for You to HAVE:
If you are to shift from one zone to another you must make it internally ok for you to make that move – make it ok for you to have what it is you want to have (no qualms).  This is an internal journey that no one can take for you – you must make it yourself (although a good coach can guide you through the steps!).  You must uncover the limitations that you are placing on yourself, examine them and ‘flip them’ … change them out with thoughts that FEEL better. And, it can’t just be affirmations that you don’t really believe – these new thoughts have to truly be authentic for you, at least eventually!

Remember, It’s An Expansive Universe:
One erroneous belief that creates interference for a lot of people is that in order for them to expand they are somehow taking away from others or being selfish, self-centered or greedy.  One thing that I have taken great comfort in from the Abraham-Hicks material (the source of Law of Attraction information that I’ve been studying for years) is the premise that the universe expands and it can accommodate EVERYONE’S desires. 

We are not hampered by limited resources, we are hampered by the inability of people to reach energetic alignment with what they want. As people align, the universe figures out a way to accommodate the desires – and does that for EVERYONE who finds their alignment (new reserves are discovered, new technologies or methods are created, etc). So there is no taking away from anyone else. Its all an internal game of energy alignment, everyone gets what they want and there is enough!

F.r.e.e. Resource: Focus Wheel Webinar:
A powerful way to align yourself to what you want (and to increasing your ability to receive) is to step-by-step talk yourself up the ‘emotional scale’ on subjects that you have resistance on.  A powerful process that does this is a fantastic exercise from Abraham-Hicks called The Focus Wheel.  In this exercise, you start with the contrast of what you don’t like.  Use it to identify what you do want. Then are off and running in collecting up thoughts that match what you do want – which in turn shifts your vibrational point of attraction.

I’ve written of The Focus Wheel exercise in a previous article, see here.  It is from Abraham-Hicks’ Ask and It Is Given book (we use this book as our central focus in Merkley’s Manifestation Mastermind).  FYI, on November 28th, as part of my Soothing Saturday Series, I’m doing a f.r.e.e. webinar on the topic – so come join us to learn how to do effective Focus Wheels to shift your own energy for the better!  More info here

Individual Journey:
Aligning to your desires is an individual emotional journey.  Of uncovering your blocks and expanding your ok-ness to having what you want.  You can have what you want.  The only thing that is standing in your way is you and your internal alignment.  So do your inner work, open up your arms, and receive what is coming in for you.  It really is ok for you to have what you want – truly!

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Christina Merkley is The SHIFT-IT Coach. Creator of the SHIFT-IT System®, she guides individuals, partners and conscious companies in defining and getting what they really, really want.

A teacher of Law of Attraction, she is also an expert in visual meeting techniques, strategic planning and visioning: having worked for such notable companies as BBC, Readers Digest Funds, eBay and Stanford University. After a move from San Francisco, she now lives in charming Victoria, British Columbia, Canada - where she maintains a vibrant coaching, facilitation and training practice.

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