A NOTE FROM CHRISTINA:
Whew, that was a LONG run ... January through June is my longest season. Not only am I running classes, but I took a few this season too. I LOVE what I do but running a little school and keeping up with the latest for my SHIFT-IT coaching practice is hard work!
I thoroughly enjoyed the 9 Month Certificate in Traumatic Stress Studies that I just completed by distance via Bessel van der Kolk's Trauma Center in Boston, MA, U.S.A.
It may seem an oxymoron to enjoy a course all about the many faces of trauma, however it was fascinating to learn about the latest neuroscience and what research is discovering about treatments for complex trauma including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and the like.
Turns out body/somatic approaches are our best bet including yoga, meridian therapies (i.e. Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is currently the controversial forerunner) and parts work (something I've been doing for over a decade with Future Self, Conference Room, Orphan Rescue and other sub-personality work).
I also studied another meridian related methodology this season called PEAT (primordial energy activation and transcendence) created by Serbian psychologist Zivorad Slavinski. PEAT works with the neutralization of polarities within ourselves (which Law of Attraction being what it is, can impact what we attract in our lives).
I will discuss these methodologies (via invited guest experts) and more in a new course I'm in the midst of preparing for fall tentatively named "Practical Energy Work". Talking about the fall - I just released the course dates for our Fall/Winter 2015 and Spring 2016 curriculum, click here for full details.
I'll be busy for the next month refreshing various things on our websites as well as building the new Practical Energy Work course and then intend to take August off for some much needed R&R. Plus just a little heads up, July 20-24 will be our Summer Sale, a great time to stock up on private coaching and mentoring opportunities (more news in a few weeks!).
Until then here are some thoughts via this issue's article on the polarities of light and dark ... and which side are YOU putting yours skills and heart towards?!
Yours in SHIFTing IT,
The SHIFT-IT Coach
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ARE YOU WORKING FOR LIGHT OR DARK?
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I was catching up with a colleague of mine last week who I go WAY BACK with ... we both got our start in visual process work at The Grove Consultants in San Francisco about 20 years ago (thank you David Sibbet).
I got her laughing with a turn of phrase I used. I told her that 'visuals are a gateway drug' in my little training and coaching company, SHIFT-IT Coach, Inc. The awesome visual skills are often the starting place for a much bigger unfoldment, that of light work.
What I meant is that when I train people in the Fundamentals of Working Visually, a high percentage of them get opened up in other, often unanticipated ways too. Not unanticipated for me (as I've witnessed it repeatedly for many years now) but sometimes unanticipated for the person coming for the training ... at least their left-brain.
They think they are coming to learn how to work visually (and at one level they most definitely are) however, given the nature of what visuals is deeply about (authenticity, energy and light) something deeper often gets ignited in their training process too. Something that is very powerful, important and needed in our world today. Something I feel extremely aligned with that forms my personal mission.
For me, teaching visual skills is a fascinating thing; cause SO MUCH goes on at various levels that it can sometimes take people by surprise.
The Power of Positive Visioning:
With the risk of coming across as a Pollyanna or zealot, I'm going to share why I love working visually so much, particularly when ...
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>>In Your Words
Are You Working For Light Or Dark?
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