Shift-it Coach Newsletter
Volume 13, Issue 1, January 13, 2017


Dear %$firstname$%,

Welcome to 2017 ... I always love this time of year when we let go of the old and step into a brand new canvass so to speak.

Well, it's probably not going to be a boring year, we'll give it that, haha! So much is happening in the world that is bubbling to the surface ... including a battle for accurate information in mainstream, alternative and social media circles.

We as a world and our various societies are needing to adapt to the good, bad and ugly applications of new technology and tools at a dizzying rate. The natural group dynamics of forming, storming, norming and performing gets nerve wracking when the stakes are so high on so many fronts and clear info is hard to come by.

Laura & Christina

Despite all this tense stuff, I remain an optimist. We as a human species are poised for a great developmental leap forward, if we can just make it past the current volatile storming phase. Nothing like massive catalyst to make us individually and collectively figure out just where the heck we stand and what aligned action is for each of us.

I'm continuing to put my chips and my life energy behind us Process Professionals ... by training you in useful skills that aid your work with groups and individuals. And coaching you to loosen the binds of whatever is inhibiting you from standing fully in your power. And doing the same myself in my own practice. It's all hands on deck right now ... so let's get as many of us suited up and empowered as we can!

Sometimes when we are in the trenches of our day-to-day work, we can lose site of the larger picture that we're operating in. As Process Professionals we are operating in a world in the midst of a massive transition ... we are transitioning from a Type 0 to a Type 1 civilization.

That's why it's so intense right now on so many fronts ... a new world is being birthed and we are right smack in the middle of the birthing bed in the various rooms that we find ourselves in ... and we're in the mid-wife role, each and every one of us. Birthing what needs to naturally emerge from the groups and individuals we work with. Collectively this is huge!


So, I've decided to share a little in the article below about the Type 0 to Type 1 shift that is going on ... and also some of the speculation about where parts of humanity may actually already be. As Process Professionals it behooves us to do our Scenario Planning ... so we can be agile depending on which way the indicators start showing up.

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

The SHIFT-IT Coach
& Process Skills Mentor

P.S. Unused Coaching Sessions: The New Year is a great time for coaching! There are several of you out there who haven't used all your previously purchased private coaching sessions. My suspicion is you are kind people respectful of expiration dates. Please know I'm lenient with dates, as I'd rather you use them than lose them. If this is you, just write my assistant Patricia at [email protected] and she'll get you into my schedule. Or, you can donate unused sessions to assist others via my scholarship fund.

Graphic Facilitation Training: Susana Guardado Attracts a Fast Return on Her Investment


"Thank you Christina for your spirit of sharing with the Fundamentals of Working Visually. You have a wealth of knowledge and experience. Your approach to teaching gave me permission to try something new and tap into my creative spirit.

I really liked the session flow, variety of activities, opportunity to practice and to just try things and get dirty. I also found the info around business, marketing and logistics to be very useful.

Katherine Smith
Susana Guardado
Counsellor, Trainer & Facilitator

Since the training I have been incorporating working visually into my work. I have used my new skills with youth and adults and the response has been positive each time. A new world of tools to use in presenting information and facilitating processes has opened up.

People have come up to me at the end of sessions to tell me how the visuals helped them stay engaged and increased their understanding. They also want to know where I learned to do this and I happily send them your way!

I have wanted to learn how to work visually since I first saw it in action. Your training made this work accessible and possible. Enrolling was not easy due to my financial situation as a grad student, however new job opportunities have opened up because of my newly acquired skill set. The investment was completely worth it.

I have fun now presenting info visually and so happy to have an excuse to draw and colour. I have also participated in the Working Visually eCommunity drop-in webinars for your grads and enjoy making them a part of my monthly routine. And just got your Business Essentials for Process Professionals Kit for further support. Thank you for sharing your knowledge and skills so openly and generously."

Susana Guardado
Counsellor, Trainer & Facilitator
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.

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This issue of the SHIFT-IT eZine I'm sharing some thoughts and resources on a REALLY BIG SHIFT --- the shift of our civilization from Type 0 status to Type 1 status. A massive shift which isn't easy or pretty but is essential if we are to survive as a species and keep our planet functioning.

shift-it retreatReaders of my eZine and blog are typically external or internal Process Professionals of some type or other ... consultants, facilitators, trainers, coaches, therapists, teachers, Human Resources, Organizational Development, Communications and the like.

Most of you do me the honor of following me because you are interested in the various skills I use and teach including Graphic Recording, Graphic Facilitation, Graphic Coaching and Energy Work. And are also curious about the unfolding process of my career to pick up things that may assist you on your own path.

shift-it retreat My work and personal interests are increasingly being drawn to the 'Bigger Picture' lately ... literally and figuratively. At considering the extremely pivotal crossroads that we are all live and work in.

As holders of group and individual processes it's important that we recognize the larger context in which our clients and we are operating in.

In case you haven't consciously noticed, we are literally at the transition between worlds ... a scary, exciting and potentially expansion opportunity if we can successfully adapt.

The Kardashev Scale:
Developed in 1964 by astronomer Nikolai Kardashev, the Kardashev scale is a method of measuring a civilization's level of technological advancement according to the nature of how it harnesses energy.

shift-it retreatType 1: Planetary Civilization (harness via solar, wind, wave/tide, volcanic)

Type 2: Stellar Civilization (harness power via home star)

Type 3: Galactic Civilization (harness power via entire galaxy)

Unfortunately, for a myriad of reasons (special interests mainly rather than tech inability) our civilization doesn't even rate (we are a zero) due to our current infatuation of burning things depending on region (wood, coal, gas, oil, etc.). And nuclear options that generate long lasting toxic waste issues.

Below, is a quick video from theoretical physicist and futurist Michio Kaku, which does a nice job of defining the 3 stages further and the dilemma currently facing humanity (although I differ on his thoughts that anyone with objections to a ...


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


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