Shift-it Coach Newsletter
Volume 12, Issue 15, September 26, 2016


Wow, did I have a GOOD and BUSY time on my 'vacation'. August is my annual chance to take a longer break. My break was complicated this year by the need to find a tenant for my condo and relocate myself for the next year due to coming construction. It was a whirlwind but thankfully I was able to squish it all in!

My trip to Mt. Shasta (which I had just begun last issue) was a fun and fascinating one ... see more in the article below about the unusual conference I was attending and how it fits into my process work.

Mt. Shasta is really, really beautiful. Crystal clear streams. Forests. Mountain meadows. Clean air. And a palpable high energy ... made my head spin (folks aren't kidding when they say it's packing a powerful vortex).

Laura & Christina

Laura & I in Panther Meadows

Laura & Christina

Gorgeous Mt. Shasta

It was a metaphysical girls trip which I was so lucky to share with my friend and energy work buddy Laura Leon. Neither of us are camping types but we both really wanted to attend the SSP Conference to hear the speakers up close ... so we sucked it up and pitched a tent with roaming bears no less (thanks for the tent Fiona!).

Laura & Christina

Camping with Roaming Bears!

Laura & Christina

Gorgeous Mt. Shasta

After Shasta I made the last minute decision to attend Paul Selig's workshop in Seattle (in past eZine issues I've been sharing about his books and how they were my summer reading project).

It was fantastic to experience him and his Guides in person (for more details also see article below).

I've decided to attend his upcoming workshop in Berkeley next month too. And am eyeing Esalen for 2017. My kundalini stirs up in the frequency of his workshops and I REALLY benefited from the private session I was able to recently have with Paul directly for specialized guidance on how my system is integrating higher frequencies.

For those interested in these topics, I'll most likely share that session in my upcoming Practical Energy Work course, as well as sessions with other energy practitioners of various modalities.

On my busy vacation I also made a quick trip (thanks Louisa for joining me!) of a few hours up the coast of Canada where I live, to visit Denman Island. For about 18 months now I've been feeling the pull to get out of the city into a more natural setting so I've been checking out various areas ... particularly those that feel like 'The Shire' of Lord of the Rings. Denman Island is the closest I've come yet!

Laura & Christina

Checking Out Denman Island

Laura & Christina

Washington State Ferry

The listing I went to check out wasn't right, too much of a fixer upper for my abilities. But I did LOVE the feel of this beautiful Gulf Island. Next step, I've booked an Airbnb for a week in November to spend some quality time in the area (see you soon Gillian, I saw you signed up for the eZine and I look forward to my Arbutus Retreat).

Right now JJ and I are on a road trip staying with various friends between Portland and Berkeley for the next few weeks. Thankfully with strong internet it's possible for me to connect in from various locations. We return to Victoria in mid-November at a temporary location for 5 months until our next location emerges after that. I never thought I'd say this but I am LOVING the unfoldment of having to vacate my condo for a year!

Laura & Christina

Fall Roaming with JJ

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

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I'm busy running SHIFT-IT School for most of the year. August and early September is a chance to take a break from my usual schedule and squeeze in some travel and exploration before my own classes start up again. I really relish the chance to break away from the computer and take some 'in-person' trips.

This season I had two opportunities to attend events as a participant, which is a rare treat given I'm often the one holding space for others. One was a conference in Mt. Shasta, California and the other a workshop in Seattle, Washington. I thought I'd share some thoughts from each as both were rather unique and provocative experiences.

Event One: Mt.Shasta Secret Space Program Conference
Last issue I mentioned I was on my way to the Secret Space Program Conference in Mt. Shasta with my friend Laura Leon (who's also a colleague, we do joint energy work sessions). From my 'Note From Christina' above, you'll get a sense of the raw location and conditions (takes a lot to get me to go camping!).

Panoramic View of Castle Lake, Mt. Shasta, California

This conference, and others like it, explore the structures that exist on our planet and attempts to piece together what is happening in the larger picture and why. And how 'regular' people can navigate within and maybe even change those systems.

My interest in these topics is multi-fold. As a long time Graphic Facilitator I've been in many, many, many different kinds of rooms in various industries across several countries over the two plus decades of my process career. I've worked with all kinds of people trying to solve all kinds of problems. And as a coach, I work with people shifting their lives (work, finances, relationships, health, etc.).

In all of these process settings one inevitably bumps up against the larger system or matrix that we are all embedded in. Sometimes there is wiggle room and space to move about in (to make changes that last and benefit) and sometimes there isn't (structures are entrenched and seemingly not going to budge).

I've always been fascinated about ...


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