Shift-it Coach Newsletter
Volume 11, Issue 14, July 17, 2015


Summer is flowing along nicely here in surprisingly sunny Victoria, British Columbia. This is the time of year that I get to decompress a bit.

Long dog walks with JJ in the mornings before I sit down in front of the computer to get some long awaited research, writing and curriculum development done. Then outside as soon as I can again.

JJ on his walk

Throw it again, again, again ...

Energy Psychology Conference
Victoria, BC, CND: Oct. 1-5, 2015

I'm doing research (including experiential practice!) with various energy modalities. After the crash and burn with the BodyTalk Association I'm thankfully discovering other modalities and organizations more congruent with my values. Turns out Victoria is hosting the Canadian Energy Psychology Conference in October!

Bessel van der Kolk is giving the opening speech (just finished his 9 month Trauma Studies program). Plus Donna Eden and David Feinstein will be there. And Joyce Hawkes, who I've been curious about since reading Cell Level Healing. How rare that I don't have to travel for this kind of event. If you are attending too, let me know!

Since I'm right smack in the middle of curriculum development of my new course: Practical Energy Work ... I've decided to write this issue's article about it. At least an overview of how it's shaping up and the kinds of topics and guests I'm including.

I'm getting VERY EXCITED, as it's been a few years since I've launched a brand new course. And, since my kundalini awakened, these topics are really front and center and impacting my work across the board. Helping people to understand and get their energy aligned is what my work is all about at its core!

Yours in SHIFTing IT,
Christina Merkley, the SHIFT-IT Coach and Visual Mentor

The SHIFT-IT Coach
& Visual Mentor

P.S. Summer Savings Next Week: Pat, Theresa, Elizabeth, Jessica and I (it takes a village!) have been hard at work pulling out various products and services for next week's summer specials. If you have been contemplating one of our Home Study Kits or considering private training or coaching with me then act July 20-25th. Get in on the summer savings now and take up to a year to use the service of your choice!

In Your Words: Judy Southwell


Judy Southwell
Judy Southwell
Facilitator, Instructor, Trainer

"I have been involved in adult education for 25 years as an instructor, facilitator, and in curriculum design and program development. I really enjoy learning experiences where interactive, reflective and illustration methods are incorporated.

It is an ongoing goal of mine to illustrate confidently, use colour effectively, and instinctively use visual processing methods to interpret and apply information. It was for these reasons that I was drawn to Christina's courses.

I've taken SHIFT-IT Online, Fundamentals of Working Visually, Business Essentials for Process Professionals and, most recently, Magic Marker Retreat.

I enjoyed SHIFT-IT for its comprehensive documentation and helpful templates, and loved using coloured pens and illustrations to bring clarity to the reflective exercises.

Fundamentals of Working Visually was a turning point. It is a really well designed online course. My learning was greatly enhanced through the combo of written materials, weekly lectures, Christina's generous sharing of her knowledge and expertise, as well as the extra time to answer participants' personal questions. Assignments were relevant, and it was fun to participate in the forum where co-learners shared projects and encouragement. I immersed myself--taking my sketch book everywhere (still do!).

Business Essentials was an eye opener, especially with regards to figuring out my ideal clients, potential offerings, a company name and elevator pitch, and how to stay afloat financially. I took this course online and enjoyed taking my time to think about and refine project work. I also thoroughly enjoyed the video interviews with experts and past participants.

Magic Marker Retreat was a super opportunity to gather with other visual keeners in person. It was wonderful to see Christina apply her craft as she drew out classmates to shift and break through resistance. It was remarkable to see the profound insights that occurred.

I have applied visual processing most notably in the planning and implementation of Instructional Skills and Facilitator Development Workshops in Ghana via a CIDA project between Vancouver Island University and a polytechnic in Sunyani.

I designed a pre-workbook (with visual templates), and I also instructed trainee facilitators on how to draw icons and use headings and colour when generating purposeful feedback. Workshop participants took up their new skills with great enthusiasm and applied them really effectively to record feedback on flipcharts and chalkboards. It was also fun to watch the Ghanaian humour unfold through their icons!

A Ghanaian colleague recently asked when I would be going back to Sunyani so they can learn more about visual processing! I'm looking forward to exploring effective applications for visual processing in instructional and other settings in local and international environments."

Judy Southwell
Facilitator, Instructor, Trainer
Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada

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Practical Energy Work
Energy Techniques to Productively Clear and Manage
Your Physical, Mental and Spiritual Space

We are multi-dimensional beings with potent energy bodies. Learn powerful methods to effectively manage your energy and maintain a calm, neutral stance in the midst of a rapidly changing world. Each person who raises their consciousness and frequency counts and matters AND impacts the whole. Advanced Law of Attraction principles with an emphasis on Service to Others and following your soul's path. Plus powerful trauma soothing tools to get relief, break negative habitual patterns and actualize your Vision and Mission. For Process Professionals, Lightworkers and others who want to shift individual and collective worlds for the better!

Brand New Course: More Info Soon
Live 10 weeks online: Oct. 17 - Dec. 19, 2015
Video Webinars: Saturdays, 1-2:30 p.m. PST



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As my increasingly silver hair can attest to, I've been a Process Professional for two decades now. And the common denominator for successful Process Work in my opinion, whether with groups or individuals, is POSITIVE and HIGHER ENERGY.

clip-plugged-inYes, mine as the process designer and container holder is important (I gotta believe that change is possible and worth pursuing in the clients that I take on). But, MORE importantly my clients need to be PLUGGED IN with a critical mass of tingly energy and belief in order for the desired change to have legs.

Birthing of a New Course: Practical Energy Work
I've been wanting to do a new course on Practical Energy Work, given its paramount importance in life and in Process Work, for a while now. And to update some of my previous teaching with new things I've learned. And I want this new course to be exceedingly PRACTICAL and experiential. Simple and doable things that anyone can easily do without having to rely on outside authority or conditions (cause both are often fickle and it's our internal guidance system that really matters most).

Roots in Energy Work:
I've developed roots in energy work over the years (see Right-Brain Journey for too much info). In addition to my signature SHIFT-IT Visual Coaching System, I've created and lead Advanced Masterminds (centering on business and Law of Attraction principles) and designed and co-hosted programs with a popular Medium/Channel. Along the way studying trauma and learning a methodology called BodyTalk (consciousness based healthcare) to better aid my clients in their energetic shifts too.

It was during the phase with the Medium that my journey with energy took a ...


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