Shift-it Coach Newsletter
Volume 11, Issue 2, January 27, 2015


This issue is a little late. I have a good excuse ... my kundalini ate my homework! For those who aren't sure what the heck kundalini is (and why I would be talking about it publicly) well, its universal energy that runs through all of us. We are literally made of it at an energy level (otherwise known as chi, prana, etc). And I think it's healthy to talk directly about stuff rather than skirt it.

jan-26Mostly kundalini lies dormant in us, operating in the background. Sometimes it ignites in unforeseen and overwhelming ways (spiritual emergencies). Thankfully mine, while unforeseen at the beginning, hasn't been overwhelming. What started out as a trickle a few years ago is now a steady stream. Much more energy is flowing through me and I'm having to figure out how to open up to it and ground it through my body in some way.

I have good support through my BodyTalk community. And this weekend I learned about and experienced Continuum Movement via lovely Sarah Pidutti ... which was amazing. Continuum (the life's work of somatic pioneer Emilie Conrad) helped the energy move through me in ways it hasn't before. It's also very reassuring to be around people who understand what kundalini is and don't think it's completely strange.

I'm at the stage where I still think it's weird and a little scary. My left-brain is having a hey day and worried what the heck this means for my nicely stable life (it doesn't like change). While my right brain trusts and is excited and can't wait to see where this all leads. Frankly, it reminds me of the state that some of my students are in when they encounter me and my SHIFT-IT and visual work. Half of their psyche is raring to go (as it's the part that deposited them at my website). While the other half is wary and concerned for the impact on their status quo.

space-cosmosIt's good for me to remember what this feels like. I felt this 20+ years ago when I first encountered Graphic Recording. That particular combo of excitement laced with apprehension ... that comes when I know, if I choose to continue, that I will never be the same. That a whole new world exists out there, that beacons. That it will be a process with lots of steps to embody it. That it isn't foolish. In actuality it's intelligent, wise and just a little bit magical in its timing and how it enters my life.

I wrote this issue's article earlier in the week after a series of Exploratory Chats with potential clients. Called "Are You Foolish to Want to Use Innovative Methods?" It's about the siren call of the visual skills and other things that I teach and hold space for. And how some folks need reassurance that they aren't foolish for being attracted to them.

After my experiences this weekend, I have an even greater compassion and tenderness for folks who are captured by something they don't quite fully understand yet. May we all be able to relax and more fully trust our unfolding process ... whether our introduction is to visuals or kundalini! And be rest assured that our Higher Selves know exactly what they are doing!

Yours in SHIFTing IT,

The SHIFT-IT Coach
and Interactive-Visuals Mentor


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Every week I do Exploratory Calls with people from various places that contact me because they are attracted to things I do and teach. This week I found myself repeating several statements to the folks I chatted with ... which made me think "this would be a good eZine article" ... so here it is:

I'm Attracted to This Stuff, Am I Nuts?
My work covers quite a swatch of territory ... from basic and intermediate instruction in "working visually" to leading edge personal growth and resistance-busting methods. All the stuff I am into could be defined as 'innovative'. I'm decades into it, so it all seems "normal" to me. So I find it a bit surprising (and even jarring at times) when I encounter folks who live in more conventional worlds. There definitely is an acclimatizing curve involved, dependent on the kinds of environments and belief systems you typically inhabit.

smileyface-questioningSooooooo, to answer the question of whether or not you are foolish or even nuts to be attracted to innovative or creative stuff ... No, I can reassure you --- you most certainly aren't foolish, far from it.

You are sane, in good company and part of an evolutionary arc that is happening. You are waking up (further). And getting ready to do your part in making yourself and the world a happier, more fulfilling, more efficient and balanced place. But, here is the rub; sometimes waking up more isn't a cake walk (i.e. easy). It takes study, effort, and developing stronger belief in yourself, your instincts and your capabilities. And, sometimes you will be ahead of the curve (i.e. the people around you).

Can I Apply This Stuff to My Current Work? Will They Cover It?
Some folks get on a call with me and they want to know if my course(s) are applicable to their current work, and ideally, will their employer pay for it...


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Christina Merkley
The SHIFT-IT Coach &
Interactive-Visuals Mentor

SHIFT-IT Coach, Inc. is a boutique training and coaching company specializing in visual process work for groups and individuals. Founded by Christina Merkley, pioneering Visual Facilitator and Coach, we work deeply with individuals, partners and conscious businesses to define and manifest what you really want. We also train Process Professionals from across the globe in our innovative ways of working. For more information visit and

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