Shift-it Coach Newsletter
Volume 8 | Issue 7 | August 3, 2012


I hope you are having a lovely summer (if it's the warm season where you live). And that your creative and authentic self is shining – whether you express it with markers or not.

I'm about to take off for a much-needed vacation with my honey Darius and his two wonderful kids ... part of which will be spent at Christina Lake (hehe --- I've got the right name for it eh!).

In tow, will be my new puppy, the adorable JJ or Jerry Jr. (named in honour of Jerry Hicks, Law of Attraction teacher who transitioned late last year). Jerry's work (along with Esther and Abraham) is all about moving up the vibrational scale --- JJ does that for me throughout the day given his mellow nature and cute antics. If you follow me on Facebook, or participated at the tail end of last season's webinars, you've already met. If not, here's JJ ...

JJ the Yorkie

Christina Lake in Beautiful
British Columbia

Near the end of August, after a few visual facilitation engagements, I'll be popping over to Seattle to catch the Abraham-Hicks workshop (please say hello if you are there!). Then prepping for what's sure to be a busy fall season given how the visual way of working is growing in leaps and bounds. Fall and winter curriculum dates are now on my sites (see events section below). JJ and I will SEE you on the new videocam service we are now using!

Have a great summer, be well ... and get your marker on!

Yours in Visual Expansion and SHIFTing IT,

Christina Merkley,
The SHIFT-IT Coach
and Interactive-Visuals Mentor



Beth Cougler Blom

Beth Cougler Blom
Facilitator &
Instructional Designer

Ron Cougler

Ron Cougler
The Visual Facilitation Guy

"Fundamentals of Interactive-Visuals is likely one of the best jam-packed, informative, practical and useful courses we have ever taken (separately and definitely together!). The variety was excellent: chart work, visual recording/visual facilitation/visual coaching demonstrations, balanced with quiet time to work with others and develop our skills. The course manual is full of detail and lots of useful examples that we have continued to reference after the course. We appreciated the excellent pacing, class atmosphere and interaction with our peer group. We can't believe how fast the time flew! Since completing the course we have both dived into the visual way of working, creating charts and using our new graphics knowledge in our facilitation practices. We appreciated our private coaching sessions afterwards with Christina: getting feedback about building our separate businesses, while considering ways to work together at different stages of our career paths. It was definitely a wonderful father/daughter experience!"

Christina's Curriculum (Upcoming Classes)

Online and In-Person Options

In the scheme of things, life is short. It's a shame not to live it in alignment with who you truly are. I have successfully SHIFTed my life to one of authenticity, creativity and abundance. That is aligned with who I truly am as opposed to what the mainstream world says is possible. Let me assist you in doing the same via private mentorship. I specialize in unique individuals who need to get their 'special it' into the world (entrepreneurs, biz owners, team leaders, consultants, facilitators, trainers, coaches, therapists, scribes, artists). I coach you to build/enhance your internal or external practice or small business (including identity/brand, biz basics, creation of effective offerings, necessary systems (tech and socio) and marketing & sales). As well as having a congruent personal life of supportive family, friends and community. Stop splitting your energy - get aligned and integrated with work and life that truly suits you.

Full Details and Online Registration (online and in-person options)


SHIFT-IT Online Group
7 Weeks Online: Sept. 15 – Oct. 27, 2012
VideoCam Webinars: Saturdays, 10-11:30 a.m. Pacific

This is my signature group coaching program – which gives you a wonderful foundation to Become Your Next Self. I only run it twice a year. It's a very powerful experience that gets you what you next want for yourself in work and life. You develop a crystal clear vision, unravel your erroneous beliefs and resistance … and rapidly shift your world to a new level. Includes leading-edge Law of Attraction wisdom coupled with practical real-world coaching. All in my innovative 'visual coaching style' in community with other kind SHIFTers from across the globe. Make your SHIFT now, includes The SHIFT-IT Home Retreat Kit® with 17 visual maps.

Full Details and Online Registration

* Note: Pre-requisite for Visual Coach Certification. FYI, Repeater Option available for those who have taken this program before and want to refresh.

Fundamentals of Interactive-Visuals
(Online Version)

Oct 15 –Dec 12, 2012 (9 weeks, VideoCam Webinars, Mon & Wed, noon-1pm pacific)

Over 87% of your facilitation, coaching, training and consulting clients are visual thinkers – learn powerful visual skills to boost the effectiveness of how you work with them. This in-online, professional skills training thoroughly covers custom chart work, visual scribing, visual facilitation and visual coaching (the four main applications of working visually with groups and individuals) so you can add these powerful tools to your own process toolkit. This is the online version of my popular 3-day fundamentals training (no travel required).

Early Bird Until Sept 10th or Full:

Full Details and Online Registration

* Note: Pre-requisite for Visual Coach Certification. FYI, Repeater Option available for those who have taken this program before and want to refresh.

Thrive in the Time of Awakening (with THEO)
12 Weeks: Oct. 2 – Dec. 18, 2012 (Webinars, Tuesdays, 11:30-1:30 p.m. Pacific)

This collaboration with Sheila & Marcus Gillette and THEO is deep inner work --- designed to help you find and integrate wounds that have been holding you back from manifesting your life purpose. For the spiritually minded. with a focus on 'soul integration' and 'orphan rescue' work. An intimate opportunity to receive direct guidance from THEO and practical coaching from me --- a fascinating marriage of heaven and earth. Supportive, international community of lightworkers from across the globe

More Info Coming Soon



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As I end a busy season and prepare for the next one, and sit down to write this eZine ... my mind wanders over the terrain of the last while.  The people I have worked with, the dilemmas they face ... and my own journey in continuing to keep up with who I now am and what now wants to emerge in my work and life.

One of the consistent themes I witness is the beauty, the dogged persistence, and the stubbornness of people's creative path.  Their Authentic Self wants to come out and it plows through things that stand in its way.  But the plow is not without its challenges, angst and tribulations.  As old ways of being and thinking ... and even people, places and things ... often need to fall by the wayside in order for the next level of order to emerge. 

One of the things that helps authenticity thrive is having an environment that is conducive to the creative process, with its ups, downs and all arounds. This environment is everything that surrounds us. Our home and space, our geography, our climate, the prevailing energy and atmosphere. Whether we are out and about in the real world and/or wandering around online. The same principles apply to both realms – our day-to-day environment is VERY important as it imprints us. We want to make sure it is as healthy, happy, positive and as supportive as possible, especially in consideration of what it is that we want to create in the world.

In the pursuit of actualizing ourselves and bringing our gifts, talents and aptitudes more fully out into the world ... my clients (and myself) often have to take a look at what we have around us.

Is our environment supportive of who we now are? Will it assist us in going to our next level? Or will it act as an anchor or drag ... resistance that interferes, clogs and slows down our journey?

I have the honour of working very deeply with my clients. Getting to know them in many aspects of their lives. Mostly they engage me to help build their creative-based careers. I help them clarify what they next want to do, provide education and training, then define and implement their next steps. Lately I have been noticing an interesting wrinkle in my work with clients --- the ones who are 'out' about our coaching and the ones who aren't.

When I mean 'out' .... I mean to their significant other or other important people in their life (business partners, collaborators, employers, employees, etc). Some partners know of my alliance with my client --- I'll even be introduced when they are in the background of our video chats or when they are in Victoria for a visit. Others don't. It's the latter that I find interesting. Why is coaching with me a secret? Why can't it be shared with the partner? What would happen if it were?

I help people become their authentic selves. Help you be who you really are and develop and bring your talents out into the world in a robust way. For some clients, the exploration of authenticity and innate creativity is in baby-step stage. They need a private, safe incubator in which to explore and that is why they have engaged me. Hopefully, when their explorations are a little more definite they will share their discoveries with their partner - and they will be well received.

For other clients, our explorations are part of a much bigger exploration --- an exploration that might lead to SHIFTing their lives in a BIG way. They hide our coaching alliance because for various reasons it doesn't feel safe to share it with their partners, at least at this point in time. Maybe the investment is secret (the partner feels they have already invested too much in personal growth). Or, their partner wants things to remain in the status quo. Or, even more challenging, the partner belittles or undermines what the client wants to create and puts up blocks, challenges and ultimatums.


In my client roster there are several clients who have lovely relationships. Their partners not only know of their coaching with me but fully support and encourage it and the SHIFT we are working towards. Some of these clients came fully loaded this way ... their relationships were secure, safe and supportive partnerships long before they started coaching with me. Other clients have SHIFTed their relationship over the course of our coaching alliance (either the original partnership improved or they created supportive partnerships with different people).

However they got there, these clients have the following traits in their relationships:

  • their partner fully knows about their coaching alliance with me and is supportive;
  • their partners is on point with the goals of our coaching (even if it means that the change may impact them in some ways);
  • their partner wants them to be happy, even if it means pursuing something that the partner themselves doesn't quite understand;
  • their partner trusts them, their instincts and their judgment;
  • their partner has optimism and general good cheer in their ability as a couple to help my client get what s/he wants.

The nature of these relationships can be defined as a 'safe haven'. Each person in the couple is valued as a unique human being with loads of intrinsic value. And the atmosphere is one of emotional safety, connection, love, support and security. These qualities and these kinds of relationships help so much when one is making a career transition or building a specialty business or practice, especially a creative or unique one. When I take on a new client I'm always curious about the state of relationship in their life. Not because I'm inherently nosy (and I am!) but because I know from decades of change management work that its easier for happily coupled people (and satisfied singles) to make SHIFTS. Things take on an added layer of complexity when an unsupportive or reluctant partner is in the mix. Its soooooooo much easier when the foundational area of relationship does not also have to be addressed.

If you are interested in learning more about safe haven relationships, I highly recommend the work of pioneering couples therapist, Dr. Sue Johnson (she's a fellow Canadian based in Ottawa, Ontario). Dr. Johnson's work is based on Attachment Theory ... the study of what all humans inherently need to feel secure in the world (whether they are children, adolescents, or grown adults). For years she has run clinical studies on relationships in distress --- and what creates relationships that meet our deepest intimacy needs.

"Hold Me Tight" is her book for the non-clinician. I also recommend her training DVDs and nuts-and-bolts academic texts for process professionals who want to learn more. I've been blitzing through this material the last few months and find the Emotional Focused approach utterly fascinating. And very compatible with Law of Attraction premises (what you focus on and habitually feel is the reality that you will ultimately create).

A Related P.S:
While I'm not sure if she in a Safe Haven type relationship (I suspect she is) ... a recent Fundamentals of Interactive-Visuals student, Leena, has been writing a blog about her transition to a more integrated life after voluntarily leaving corporate work. I've thoroughly enjoyed reading her thoughtful reflections. You can check out her Inspiring Adventures here.

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Christina Merkley
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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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