Volume 6, Issue 4 | March 5, 2010
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  1. A Note From Christina
  2. Events Calendar
  3. Article: Inner Ways to Move That Outer Home
  4. Recent Blog Entries
  5. More Links & Resources


Dear %$firstname$%,

Wow, we are coming down from a BIG HIGH here in beautiful British Columbia after hosting the Vancouver 2010 games. Thank you world for allowing us the pleasure of hosting you and showing you our neck of the woods. It was a FABULOUS experience!

Truth be told, I was initially a skeptic about our bid to host the games. But the Olympic spirit took hold – especially when the games finally got here. Was fascinating to experience the province and country come together like that – the energetic alignment was amazing!

And, the cherry on top for us Canucks were the gold medals in women’s and men’s hockey. Ohmigod … the overtime game with the U.S. held Canada captive (media estimates that over 88% of the Canadian population caught some of the game … and over 66% saw the whole thing). I was in the 66% and I cannot remember the last time I actually sat through a complete hockey game (too many memories of grown men crying in their beers after Hockey Night in Canada … a cultural institution on our airwaves then and now).

But this game had me, like so many of us, riveted … and on the edge of our seats. Hockey is not just a sport here, it’s a cultural connector that is woven into our makeup and nostalgia. So it’s very kind of you all to graciously allow us our mania and pride (all except the British press … hey dudes, your mean comments were uncalled for!).

So, this week feels like post-prom. A heck of a party behind us with the next phase of our life ready to blossom. Congrats to every country on an awesome games and all the best with your next round of dreams – collectively and individually!

See you next issue!

Christina Merkley,
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SHIFT-IT School (upcoming courses):

Soothing Saturday Webinar
Sat. March 13, 2010, 1-2:30 pm pacific
Join guest Monique Gray-Smith and I as we discuss SHIFT-IT work at the larger cultural level and how cultural, ethnicity and race issues (and related traumas) impact society and individuals … and how you can effectively soften and soothe these issues in your own journey (whatever your heritage and background). Monique is a First Nations consultant who works in aboriginal change settings in British Columbia and across Canada.

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3-Day Professional Skills Training for Graphic Recorders, Graphic Facilitators & Graphic Coaches.
May 20-22nd, Victoria, BC, Canada

Add the power and differentiation 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 things to immediately improve the efficiency and range of your work with groups and/or individuals. No previous art ability required – really! Treat yourself to this extremely productive (and fun) skills building workshop in a beautiful location … that you can write-off! Act fast as spots go quick - Early Bird rate ends March 15th.   

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Online Training: Tuesdays, April 20 – June 22nd (10-11:30 am Pacific)
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Fundamental skills in Interactive-Graphics can be applied in many, many ways (and I open your eyes to that range in my 3-day fundamental training). 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 am now teaching and licensing other helping professionals in my custom process and tools. Import this highly effective, ready-made system and suite of materials into your own practice – giving you instant range, tangibility and marketability … resulting in more skills, confidence, clients, mo.ney and fun for you! Become a valued member of the SHIFT-IT helping community! Some pre-requisites required: Full Details and Online Registration


(Now Recorded!) To Listen to My Audio of This Article, Click Here)

In my own private coaching practice, I’ve encountered several clients, in varying places from around the world (Vancouver, London and Miami) who were vibrational stuck in the process of selling their home and came to me for some ‘SHIFT-IT’ coaching to get their process smoothly flowing. Here are some concepts and ideas from these sessions to help you if you are in a similar situation:

1. It Is Possible for You to Have a Successful Experience – No Matter What is Going on Generally in Your Market.
Law of Attraction tells us that we can be, do and have anything that we want. The kicker is we can be, do and have anything that we are ‘vibrationally aligned to’. Which means, we need to get energetically aligned with what we want. We have to become a vibrational match to it in order for us to attract and/or become it.

Inner Ways to Move That Outer Home

The first layer of work that often has to be done, depending on what the local real estate conditions are, is to buff up the belief that you can have a successful experience no matter what is generally happening in your area. You can become the exception to the rule.

People are having an unsuccessful experience because they have erroneously bought into the collective beliefs around them. It takes a strongly focused person to think differently and outside of the box of the norm. However, when you do so, you get different results than the norm. You become the person that your real estate agent raves about.

You become the person that things flow for. You become the person that things go right for. And hopefully, in people sharing your story, some of the entrenched thinking shifts too … and suddenly others are getting different results too … all because of the shift in vibration that your positive model caused. A new story gets born ... first through you then because of you (your discipline in finding a different way to think and feel).

Inner Ways to Move That Outer Home

2. Make Peace With Your Situation.
In order for things to move smoothly, you need to get good with your now – you need to make peace with your situation.

Different people have different reasons why they are releasing their residence. Some are happier feeling than others. If yours is not a happy feeling, then you will have to do some inner work to re-frame it as much as you can – so you can shift your vibrational stance to what you are doing.

For example, my Miami client … she is putting her beloved home up for sa.le because she was not able to effectively reach inner alignment on her new coaching business providing the kind of income she needed and she also allowed her usually mojo in the stock market to become influenced by collective fear. However, she is extremely gifted in the stock market when she listens and follows her own instincts and usual optimism. And she is a very good coach (just has issues about allowing herself to charge and receive a good income for it).

She has a wicked inner gremlin that berates her for her ‘stupidity’ on having to put her house up for sale. We’ve had to work on reframing this self talk. If she was truly a bad-with-money-woman she wouldn’t have owned a house in the first place, let alone have the equity that she does have in it … let alone have the business background she does (this is a woman who single-handedly created a medical transcription business back-in-the-day that was a pioneer in using new tech and employed many people in her region). Like her, you may need to talk back to your negative self-talk and truly see your situation in its right light … not the light of your most negative self. When you do you will find relief and make peace with your situation in a new way, which will make a BIG difference to your vibration (and the results you will attract).

3. Thank Your House.
This might sound silly … but I invite you to have a conversation with your current house and ‘thank it’ … think of it as a person and truly talk with it. Sometimes houses hang onto us … they don’t want us to leave. You may need to thank you house for its years of service to you. Explain to it the many things you are appreciative about. The memories of it and the sanctuary it provided to you (and your family if others lived there and were sheltered by it too). And explain why you are leaving. When our homes feel our love and appreciation and have things explained to them, they feel seen and appreciated, just like people do and become supportive rather than resistant.

Inner Ways to Move That Outer Home

With my U.K. client she had an interesting twist. She was hanging on out of fear and old scripts (thinking she had to have a mortgage and be a home owner because that is what is generally expected of ‘proper adults’ … even though her daughter was no longer a child and she and her husband are creative, untraditional kinds of people with a yen for travel and culture).

When she talked to her house … she found that the house was in fact encouraging her to leave. That it wanted new people who would put some effort into it (they had been holding off on doing renovations, etc). And, this particular house had a history of being a haven for artistic people. It had already sheltered three families during their transition time … who eventually left for more creative, alternative lifestyles elsewhere. Her house was egging her on to go for it too!

Inner Ways to Move That Outer Home

4. Pre-Pave Happy, Delighted New Owners
My Vancouver client really loved her house and underneath we discovered that she was concerned that nobody would treat it as well as she had.

To remedy this, I had her do a Law of Attraction process called ‘pre-paving’ or ‘virtual reality’. I had her imagine fabulous new owners for her home. People that would love and appreciate her home as much as she did. And, lo and behold, wouldn’t you know that is exactly who got attracted and put in an offer just a few weeks later!

5. Find the Feeling Place of Having Done It
A final thing for you to consider and do when wanting to speed up the process of selling your home (and bring yourself some much needed relief during the process) is to imagine yourself done and complete with the whole thing.

See (and feel!) yourself having the bill of sa.le in your hot little hands. Imagine a gigantic smile on your face. And funds in your bank account (if that is what you situation holds). If you have sold a home previously then remember the great parts of that experience. Milk it! Get the feeling of ‘so.ld’ coursing through your system. Tell yourself “I am good at this. I am a natural. Things work out well for me”.

Find the Feeling Place of Having Done It

Go out and buy yourself an ‘easy’ button (at Staples for those of you who live in North America). So you can whack that thing when you sell your home quickly, easily and with a lot of fun (yes, it can be done that way, first you have to imagine it so!).

Whew, well there you have it. A little longer article than usual cause this is a topic I have a lot of passion and interesting breakthroughs with. Plus, I know I have a lot of home sellers and also real estate agents and developers on my list … so this will give you folks some good food for thought!

Ohhhh, and for when you do sell … please remember who helped you with your vibration … I look forward to receiving your happy emails, pictures, or hey, commission cheques are welcomed to! Hee hee. Yours in SHIFTing IT!

Find the Feeling Place of Having Done It

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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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