Volume 6, Issue 7 | April 17, 2010
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  1. A Note From Christina
  2. Events Calendar
  3. Article: Yes, Your Creativity Is Valuable & Worth Developing
  4. Recent Blog Entries
  5. More Links & Resources



Dear %$firstname$%,

Had a nice time last week presenting my f.r.e.e. Fundamentals of Interactive-Graphics Webinar.

Thank you if you joined us live – really great questions and comments from the 150+ registrants. Added an additional 30 minutes of Q&A to the end so it topped out at close to 2 hours. Very rich info.

If you missed it, the audio recording is now available … just register at the old sign-up page and you’ll be sent the mp3 access immediately.

This week is a whirlwind of activity as we’re busy fielding last minute inquiries and registrations for next week’s launch of my first-ever SHIFT-IT Certification Program(32 fabulous professionals from around the world have been admitted) and May’s Fundamentals of Interactive-Graphics Workshophere in beautiful Victoria, British Columbia, Canada … down to just four open spots.

In the process of communicating with A LOT of people about the fundamental visual skills and the different ways one can apply them to consulting, facilitation and coaching work --- I’ve chosen to write today’s article about some of the convincing that certain people need around the validity, worth and value of working visually and why tapping into the power of their own perhaps latent creative ability is worth the effort.

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Christina Merkley,
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F.R.E.E. Soothing Saturday Call:
Crab in the Bucket with Tereasa Golka & Denise Findlay

Saturday, April 24, 10-11:30 am Pacific

Are you struggling to make a SHIFT? Does it feel like as you climb your way ‘out of the bucket’ others around you are pulling you back? Join Tereasa Golka, Denise Findlay and myself as we discuss this not uncommon experience. This dynamic Canadian consulting duo have a specialty in this fascinating topic via their work with First Nation communities and corporate cultures. Sure to be an insightful and info-loaded call. Opportunity for Q&A and coaching for those who dial in live. Register Here.

May 20-22nd, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

Learn Fundamental Visual Skills to Work with Groups and/or Individuals: Graphic Recording, Graphic Facilitation & Graphic Coaching Just 4 Spots Left!

Add the power of working visually to your own consulting, facilitation or coaching practice! Strategically build your foundational skills – no matter where on the visual spectrum you want to play. Apprentice-type training draws keen attendees from across the globe (our graphic tribe) Learn easy, doable tricks to immediately improve the efficiency and range of your work with groups and/or individuals. Treat yourself to this extremely productive (and fun) skills building workshop in a beautiful location. No previous art experience necessary. Full Details and Easy Online Registration

Online Training: Tuesdays, April 20 – June 22nd (10-11:30 am Pacific)
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One of the ways that I personally have applied my fundamental visual skills is into the realm of Graphic Coaching (a new niche I’ve helped pioneer) and more specifically into my custom SHIFT-IT System® and suite of 17 visual maps. After years of being asked – I now teach and license other helping professionals in my custom process and tools. Import this client-pleasing, step-by-step, proven system easily into your own practice for instant visual suave and marketability. Results in more range, options, confidence, clients, prosperity and FUN for you! The Fundamentals of Interactive-Graphics course (see above) is a pre-requisite (or equivalent experience). Special ‘Combo’ package of both trainings available (only 4 left):
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(Now Recorded!) To Listen to My Audio of This Article, Click Here)

The last few weeks my team and I have been busy fielding inquiries and booking spots for my upcoming trainings The Fundamentals of Interactive-Graphics and The SHIFT-IT Certification Program. It’s always an interesting process as we witness the different manners and attitudes in which people value their creativity and make their way into my programs (or not).

Some registrants charge confidently full speed ahead --- over the years we have had many people who through some synchronicity or other stumble upon my offerings and immediately sign up. Drawn to the power of the visual way of working and instantly and intuitively get how these skills can be of use and value to what they are doing (or want to be doing). Or, are at least so powerfully drawn that they trust that pull and jump in --- taking a leap of faith that their attraction will pay off. And it does.

Others take a much more hesitant approach. They circle around for years – finding themselves drawn to me/my work but something keeps them from acting. Sometimes its just ‘right timing’ … due to different factors in their lives the timing eventually becomes right for them to follow their impulse … and they do. For others, its something much more complicated.

The Denigration of Art & Creativity
Perhaps it’s a harsh word, but some of what I see and hear in my role as an international Interactive-Graphics mentor and as the SHIFT-IT Coach can only be summed up as ‘denigration’ of that which is associated with being artistic, creative or even ‘feminine’.

That even in 2010 some men and women still have very old-fashioned beliefs about art, creativity and collaborative-style methods being ‘silly, fluffy, stupid, frivolous, unserious, childish’ and the like. Sometimes its challenging not be personally offended by the energy that is implied in some of their comments or in their questions --- the more aggressive (which is thankfully not many) kind of having this ‘prove it to me’ attitude when they approach us. I’ll admit that it does get tiresome and I’m not as sweet about it as I used to be.

First off, I don’t need to prove anything anymore – my own life and livelihood has proven to me that it is totally possible to live a creative-based life – and a prosperous one at that. And so I do. Second off, I’ve gained a bit more maturity (thank god for aging!) and understand that it’s more about them proving something to themselves. They’ve got an internal battle going on between the different sides of themselves. And are drawn to me as a step in potentially resolving their split … or not.

My Own Journey
I know enough about Law of Attraction to know that these conflicted people are in my realm because at some level I am a vibrational match (and its part of my mission and purpose in life to go through my own shift and then help others).

I come from a pretty traditional background myself, having been raised in a Canadian air force family. While education was highly valued, nobody in my early environment had any overt creative or artistic talent or drive – or at least I couldn’t easily see or communicate with them. I was always a natural athlete and had a knack for doodling, but its only in the last few years that I can honestly say that I am self-identified as an artist (even though others have seen me and my work in that light for over a decade).

My entry to the graphic way of working came through graduate school and my studies in Organizational Development and Change Management. I entered the visual realm through the backdoor of academics and process work. Perhaps even denigrating the artistic and creative sides of the work (and myself) in my desire for it to be useful, logical and of service.

So my journey with the visual methods that I am now so known for has been an inner alchemical process --- uniting the masculine and feminine principles into a marriage so both are valued … resulting in a healthy and strong union. Those people who call or write in with their conflicted attitudes who need some convincing and reassuring that they are not being crazy or silly in being attracted to this stuff … are, at one level, my younger, less informed self. I had to go through an interesting integration journey to become who I am. And so will they if they care to continue pursuing it.

The Rise of the Feminine
Much has been written about the present SHIFT that we as a world society are going through. Integration is happening between the logical and mechanistic energy of the last two thousand years with the feminine energies that have been suppressed. This connection between the masculine and the feminine is not just happening to the collective, it is also happening to us as individuals. Some people are conscious of this happening and some are not.

The graphic recording, graphic facilitation and graphic coaching work that I do in my professional practice and teach others about … is very integrated work. It brings together the left and right sides of the brain and of your being (and the beings of your clients who you co-create with). It is both practical and logical AND intuitive and emotional. It has it all. It’s a very holistic way to work and, in my opinion, aids the massive transition we are all in the midst of. It’s a cutting edge technology.

Yes, You Can Be Creative AND Make Money
For the record, let me state unequivocally for those of you who need to hear it, YES YOU CAN MAKE MO.NEY DOING WORK THAT YOU LOVE! You do not need to split yourself. You do not need to do work that you don’t enjoy because you think that is the only way you can make mo.ney and look after yourself … and keep your creative life stuffed into the corners.

That way of living is perfectly fine for a stage in your development and as part of a larger, unfolding picture. But if you are in pain with the reality you have created for yourself (and many of you who call and write into us are in pain), please know that there is something you can do about it. You don’t have to live your life like that forever. I have made my own SHIFT so I know it is possible (I’m living proof) as are the many, many people I get to witness and assist. There is a very big tribe out there creating new ways of working and being! You are not alone – many are also going through the hero’s journey. Our planet is banking on it.

P.S. Watch the Soothing Saturday announcements as in the months ahead I will bringing guests in to talk on these exciting topics … so we all get some good mind and heart food to aid in our creative unfolding!

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Christina Merkley
The SHIFT-IT Coach

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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