Volume 6, Issue 13 | July 16, 2010
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  1. A Note From Christina
  2. Events Calendar
  3. Article: Go for Your 'A' Life
  4. Recent Blog Entries

Dear %$firstname$%,

Summer was off to a slow start here in beautiful British Columbia … but it’s pretty consistent now. With the surge in sunshine, I figured it was about time I got a big, beautiful BBQ for my deck finally. Being delivered tomorrow. I was finding the choice kind of overwhelming ... so was glad to manifest an uber knowledgeable sales guy at Capital Iron to help me out. Made it so easy and fun ... hard to wait the week to get it delivered though, but there’s no way I can haul it up the stairs to my tree fort on my own.

Got another big, beautiful thing delivered this week – my new painting easel! Had my eye on this monster since before my San Diego trip ... so it's wonderful to have it physically manifested in my place now.

Brazilian wood (smells so good), a crank system for easy angle and height adjustments, and can handle canvasses up to 200 lbs or something ridiculous like that! I figure it's something I can grow into as big, big canvasses (think graphic recording mural size) are definitely in my future ... I can FEEL them so much that my hands tingle with the thought.

My Big, Beautiful New Easel

I admired it in its new nook for a few days then finally had a chunk of time to create in ... out popped Painting Number Four below. Spontaneous sketches of 'spiral people' keep poring out of me. I'm collecting them into a file. Then I select one to have a go at. This is last Sunday's effort. For now, I'm just going to name them. I have a feeling there is going to be a long series of them in all sorts of configurations and colors.

XinaMerk Painting Number Four

I took it to the framing shop and hope to have it back and hanging in my hall to my bedroom by next week. Goes really well with the colors of my carpet in there and replaces some store bought boring prints I never really liked.

My forays into painting go with this issue's article "Go For Your 'A' Life". Each of us has things that if we do them, bring us joy and put us 'in the vortex'. Painting does that for me and I'm so glad I listened to the evolutionary whispers in me and began doing it. What is whispering (or perhaps shouting) inside of you to do? As your SHIFT-IT Coach, I say ... go for it! Life wants to be expressed through you in your own unique way so follow your impulse!

Hope You Enjoy!

Christina Merkley,
The SHIFT-IT Coach

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SHIFT-IT SCHOOL (Upcoming Events):

Coming This Fall:
Level 1: SHIFT-IT Online Group
7 Weeks: Saturdays, 10-11:30 a.m. Pacific, August 21 – October 2
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12 Weeks, Sundays, Oct. 3 – December 19th
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SHIFT-IT Central (weekly drop in and special guests)
Mondays, 5 pm Pacific, Starts August 2nd
With the SHIFT-IT community growing in leaps and bounds a regular, ongoing place to learn, receive support and mingle has become a new reality. Starting this summer, I'll be offering "SHIFT-IT Central" a weekly opportunity for drop-in coaching, SHIFT-IT related guests and educational sharing. A place for you to regularly feed your SHIFT-IT soul and connect with like-minded others who are doing the same. Connection. Support. Education. For SHIFT-IT graduates and newbies alike – first month is F.R.E.E.!
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Fundamentals of Interactive-Graphics(both online and in-person) Professional Skills Training (details soon)
87% of your facilitation, coaching, training and consulting clients are visual thinkers – learn powerful skills to more effectively engage them, differentiate yourself from your local competition, and have more fun too! This 9-week online or 3 day in-person professional skills training thoroughly covers custom chart work, graphic recording, graphic facilitation and graphic coaching (the four main applications of working visually with groups and individuals) so you can add these powerful tools to your own consulting, facilitation, coaching and training offerings.
Details and Early Bird Registration Next Issue


The Biz and Life Accelerator
9-Month Elite Mastermind, Oct.-June (invites coming soon!)
Very excited about this new elite coaching program. For serious SHIFTers, this 9-month guided mastermind is for solo practices and small businesses with goals in the $50-$500K range. Take a quantum leap in your personal and biz development, not to mention your bottom line! Internet marketing instruction coupled with deep inner manifestation work (the unique one-two combo that has resulted in my own success). Plus great new like-minded friends and collaborators. Launch begins with advance student invite-only application process – watch your home mailbox for more details in a few weeks!



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Each of us has it ... that leading edge in our life that calls us forth ... that image and feel of our 'A' life beckoning us into Becoming Our Next Self.

It's Different for Everyone:
What I love about the 'A' Life is that it's different for everyone. Each of us gets to define what 'A' means for us. Might be buffing up your personal life – so you have more closeness, love and harmony in your relationships. Or, might mean adding more creativity, zest and spontaneity to your work life. Or kicking back and relaxing more (sometimes manifestation is about less not more!). Whatever 'A' is for you ... it's compelling and kind of nagging at you to emerge.

Your Whispers or Shouts:
In one of my SHIFT-IT maps ... called the S.E.L.F. Inventory ... I have my clients list out their 'evolutionary whispers'. The things that evolution is whispering or shouting into their ear about what is next for them - what they really want to be doing (even if they don't yet know how to go about it or the information is somehow confusing or perhaps nerve wracking to them). Sometimes evolution has built up quite a voice so the whispers have progressed into shouts. The question is ... are you listening? Do you have the guts to follow your gentle yet increasingly insistent impulses?

Questions to Ask Yourself:
It's easy to identify these evolutionary whispers – every one of my hundreds of clients has been able to do it, in a matter of minutes. I'm always blown away by the elegance of how evolution works through us, when we are brave enough to take note.

To uncover your own evolutionary whispers ask yourself these quick questions ... and allow your answers to come forth easily (have pen and paper ready to jot your wisdom down!):

  • What Am I Here To Do?
  • What's Next For Me?
  • What Do I Really, Really Want to Do?
  • If Time, Money or Ability Were No Barrier (because they aren't!), What Would I Pursue?
  • Who Is My Next Self?
  • What Does My Soul or Higher Self Want Me To Be, Do or Have?
  • What Feels Joyful to Me?
  • What Must I Do, Be, Have So My Song is Sung This Lifetime?

Make Space and Room:
One of the signs I personally have when I'm in 'up-level' mode is that I start chucking out stuff ... my surefire sign that a new level of my self is on her way.

I am a naturally organized person and tend to fall on the sparse or minimalist side. I like to be surrounded by things that make me feel good, so if something doesn't 'cut it' ... it's gone. (just went through a purge last week ... couldn't believe the pile of stuff that got chucked or relocated out of my office). Made room for my new painting easel (and the life that comes along with it!).

When my clients tell me that they just did a big purge or that they are spring cleaning ... then I know our coaching work is having an effect at a deep, somatic level. In order to create your 'A' level life, ya gotta get rid of B, C, D or F stuff! That old stuff is just no longer a vibrational match to the person you are in the process of becoming.

If you understand the power of creating space and room for your next life ... and find organizing or letting go of stuff a challenge, I recommend the 'From Clutter to Order' work of Alison Marks (she's another of my old grad school friends doing cool work in the world).

For more on clutter and making room, see previous blog post.


Gone, gone, gone.

Ahhhhh, Good Riddance!


Listen For Your Next Impulses (and act on them!)
After clearing room, you will have calm and space in which to listen for your 'marching orders'. Your Higher Self knows what she or he is doing. It's beaming directions to you all the time however you have had so much noise interference (your old stuff manifestations) that the lines of communication have been clogged.

Now that you have a sparser space, what are you able to hear, sense or feel in it? Back to those impulses that you listed out. After you clear some space, you will get intuitions and senses about what is next for you (or things will start showing up!). Is there something you want to get? Something you want to do? Somewhere you want to go? People you want to meet? Experiences you want to have?

An 'A' life is built by listening and acting on those impulses ... one after the other in a calm and faith-filled way. Unlike the clutter that gets built up, our intuitive wisdom comes in easy, doable steps --- when we create the proper conditions for it. Impulses come one at a time. They are easy and doable (not overwhelming ... that is another side of you talking!).

The trick is to act on the impulse you are getting. When you do your next impulse (the next clue or guidance) will reveal itself ... kind of like breadcrumbs (or gold nuggets!) along the murky forest path. Your job is to follow your guidance one step at a time. To trust it and to trust yourself and know, even if it might now always seem evident, that your steps are leading you to your 'A' level ... to the life of your Next Self! It's a fun and magical process that I take much delight in, in myself and in my SHIFT-IT clients.

Support to Manifest Your 'A'. Life:
To aid you in creating your 'A' life I've crafted two new programs. SHIFT-IT Central, a new weekly support forum open to everyone on Monday, August 2nd, - seasoned SHIFT-IT clients and newbies alike. And, the new 9-month (like a baby!) Biz and Life Accelerator launches soon with invite only application process to my previous clients and mentees – watch your mailbox!). Both great ways to be in wonderful community as you Become Your Next Self.

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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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