Shift-it Coach Newsletter
Volume 10, Issue 15,  November 22, 2014


Are things intense in your life? Feeling a ramp up of energy? Me too! According to some of the spiritual communities I am a part of, things are indeed heating up in the transformational process of our planet --- a bifurcation (splitting) happening between the various energies and stances that folks operate at their core from (i.e. fear or love). Turning into two earths, at least at the vibrational level.

Choosing love ain't easy. We all have defensive and reactive parts within us (that get mirrored in the angst we draw to us or view around us or on the world stage). I'm becoming EVEN more aware of when I get activated, what sets me off, what is REALLY going on inside of me (hopefully before I act) ... and then doing the Inner Work (Orphan Rescue, energy work and other methods) to integrate whatever the heck it is. Transmutation! It's not easy, and it's a human and humbling process at times however I do feel it's a good mission to be aligned with. And just going about my work and life gives me plenty to work with!

Another thing that is happening, that has been at the back of my mind for a while, which is heating up now ... is the desire to provide some sort of ongoing community for those who have graduated from my various programs. My courses, be they visual or personal growth related, are powerful experiences for those who stick with them. Often when courses end, things are mid-process for the participants. Not a fault of the course structure per se (at least I hope) but more the nature of the topics that are covered and how they often provoke catalytic change that requires additional time for integration and implementation.

The Fundamentals of Interactive-Visuals is a good example. Whether taken in the 3-day in-person version or the 9-week online version, it's a powerhouse. We just get the basics properly covered and a great community formed when its time to end. Same goes for SHIFT-IT Online, by the end of the 7-weeks we've really bonded and great inner change has begun. But often we don't know what happens after that. How did things go? How did things play out? Do you need help, encouragement and support?

I do offer advanced programs and private coaching, so that is one way participants can take responsibility for their ongoing development. However, I'm going to also start offering no-fee, peer-oriented forums for my graduates ... where, if they would like to, they can continue to interact with others who have been through the same program (whether their cohort or others).

Sooooo, if you have been through an Outer Work or Inner Work class of mine, heads up that we'll be sending out invites to the various peer forums soon, starting with "The Interactive-Visuals eCommunity". I hope they will be a well-used and useful resource for those who want them.

Well, that's a longer than usual note from me, so I'll end it here. In short, things are a poppin'. This issue's article is along the visual vein, a video excerpt from a recent training session where I do an overview of the common formats used in graphic recording and other visual ways of working (i.e. studio work, graphic facilitation and graphic coaching/counseling).

Yours in SHIFTing IT,

The SHIFT-IT Coach
and Interactive-Visuals Mentor



Alexa Linton
Lisa Moore
Accounting & Software Specialist

"I "met" Christina in fall 2012 when I joined a 12-week webinar program she co-hosted (Thrive In the Time of Awakening). During the next months, I was simply awed by her intuitive and compassionate facilitation as participants worked through sensitive connections and integrations.

Later, I followed an unlikely inner prompting (considering that I have a beloved career in accounting) and joined the spring 2013 Fundamentals of Interactive-Visuals in beautiful Victoria, BC. I was concerned I might feel like an outsider, but I felt welcomed in a group of graphic and process professionals as she blended detailed training with facilitation of personal expression and expansion for each of us.

Most recently, I joined SHIFT-IT Online. I had been exposed to some of her visual maps in my earlier work, but this was an opportunity to dive deep. The maps helped me zero in on functional areas of my life I would like to improve without colliding with my internal resistance. And now, I am excited to venture into private coaching!

What I love about my work with Christina is that I know I can trust her to follow her intuition and internal guidance as she helps me to reveal to myself what I might not quickly see on my own. She recognizes and honors that inspiration is important to me. It's my work to do, but it's really nice to have her by my side. We all have gifts to share with the world. I'm glad Christina shares hers, because she is helping me to share mine!"

Lisa Moore
Accounting & Software Specialist
Oklahoma, U.S.A.


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One of my enjoyable activities this fall is sheparding a keen herd of visually interested professionals through The Fundamentals of Interactive-Visuals via my 9-week online course.

I use web conferencing technology, plus have the ability to do live scribing via the use of my digital tablet. Very handy for explaining concepts and demos of the various things I teach.

One of the fundamentals that Graphic Recorders, Graphic Facilitators, Graphic Coaches/Counselors and other Process Professionals who use visuals have to learn about is COMMON FORMATS.

These formats can be used when working from a blank sheet of paper (or digital surface) or in pre-constructed templates and forms that facilitators, coaches and therapists use to guide thinking and feeling.

They can also be used as layouts for Studio Work: i.e. murals, charts and other tools that collect and 'push' information for use in process work with groups and individuals (i.e. agendas, history maps, life maps, visions, etc).

Below is a video snippet from my teaching webinar on Common Formats, where I explain the 5 Most Common Formats as well as how to combine them for visual diversity and variety ...

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Christina Merkley
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Interactive-Visuals Mentor

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