Volume 6, Issue 19 | October 15, 2010
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  1. A Note From Christina
  2. Events Calendar
  3. Article: Mentees, Expansion & Wouldn’t It Be Nice If
  4. Recent Blog Entries

It's no secret that my career as The SHIFT-IT Coach and a teacher in "Interactive-Graphics" could be described as innovative or niche. My use of visuals in facilitation and coaching was/is unusual … let alone my fascination with Law of Attraction and other meta-physical principles.

In the early days, it was a lonely journey … being a pioneer out on the leading edge and holing away on my island (some would call it the 'laughing' edge … got my fair share of judgment, cynicism and pettiness).

However a fascinating thing has happened along the way --- by being brave and stubbornly authentic I have created a career that is not only stimulating and fulfilling but now it is immensely social and rewarding as well. I'm blessed to attract fascinating people from around the globe to guide and support as they SHIFT their ITs too --- bringing passion, enthusiasm and skill into the world, in their own unique ways.

In the last few weeks I have been blown away by the rapid expansion that is now occurring … a critical mass --- of the visual way of working, the acceptance of the importance of inner work & energetics and to the blooming of students, mentees and workshop attendees as they unfold in their own unique ways.

How do people live authentic expressions of what they truly value? Somewhere along the line they exhibited the bravery to dream and ponder what they would truly like, sought training and education from a mentor who had successfully traveled the path, dealt with internal resistance … and took consistent, aligned actions to make it happen with their own touch and flair.

In that vein, today's article is about the expansion I am witnessing in my students, clients and colleagues … and includes a handy visual map to help you begin to align your energy towards what YOU want. It will clarify your thoughts and harness your energy – and in the process open you to your next logical manifestation steps (just like my clients, mentees and myself have and are continuing to do).

Life is here for the creating --- I wish you well in making yours an enjoyable, creative and prosperous one. We're here when you are ready for support and community --- you can make your SHIFT to an authentic livelihood too!

Christina Merkley,
The SHIFT-IT Coach
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In the last few weeks I have been blown away by the rapid expansion that is occurring around me --- of the visual way of working, the acceptance of the importance of inner work & energetics and to the blooming of my students, mentees and workshop attendees as they unfold in their own unique ways.

Visual and Energetic Expansion:
A big congratulations to these students as they launch new sites and careers or successfully add/enhance their use of interactive-graphics, SHIFT-IT, and online marketing skills to existing practices. I see, applaud and appreciate your talented application of the skills and your authentic expressions – and your companionship in the expansion of the visual and energetic ways of working:

Sue Keely, Lisa Arora, Martine Vanremoortele, Sonya Welch-Moring, Sue Bates, Jacquie Lloyd-Smith, Ann Leach, Michele Anderson, Aftab Erfan, Corrie Melanson, Allison Crow, Sara Heppner-Waldston, Dana Wright, Doug Thompson, Colleen Stevenson Susan Low Julie Stuart

(Please Note: If you don't see yourself, please don't be offended – I've only included those who have already publicly acknowledged our connection in some way … didn't want to 'out' anyone without their permission --- if you are ok with being highlighted in future issues, please let us know via reply email).

How They Did It:
How do people develop and live authentic expressions like these? They bravely dream and ponder what they would truly like, they follow their interests and heart, they smartly invest in training and education from mentors who have successfully traveled the path, they resolve problematic internal resistance and mixed beliefs … AND they take consistent, aligned actions --- with their own unique touch and flair.

A Helpful Focus Tool:
Whether you are a seasoned SHIFTer or new to the journey, here is a helpful exercise you can do regularly to aid in the manifestation of your desired outcomes. Called the “Wouldn’t It Be Nice If” process – from one of my favorite sources of Law of Attraction and Deliberate Creation information (Jerry and Esther Hicks and The Teachings of Abraham --- see their book "Ask and It Is Given"). I've taken the liberty of creating a visual tool to help you do it.

Download “Wouldn’t It Be Nice If” Map Here


1. Identify Your Focus Area:
Take a moment to identify the focus of what you want to apply your map to … perhaps you'd like to apply it to the topic of 'right livelihood' given the examples of my clients and students that I’ve been sharing with you (FYI: you can focus this map on any area of your work and life – whatever you want to bring more positive energy and focus to).

2. Answer This Simple Question:
Now that you have the topic you wish to focus your map on … gentle ask yourself this simple question: “Wouldn’t It Be Nice If …” and let answers pop into your mind. Record your answers on the map.

3. Suspend Your Inner Critic:
Write whatever comes into your mind – do not censor! The first step in manifesting what you want is to begin to articulate and FEEL what you truly desire. This process subtly helps you poke into the energy of what you desire – even if you still have resistance in the way (disbelief, doubt, guilt, embarrassment, uncertainty, etc). You are not making a locked-in-stone commitment --- you are merely playing the 'wouldn't it be nice if' game.

4. Notice the "Hot Spots":
If this is the first time you have poked into what you truly want and/or if you have a lot of resistance on the subject, be aware that it might feel a bit awkward to begin with. Keep going. Don't give up. Notice how as you stick with it (like after the 5th or 6th answer) your energy begins to 'warm up' a little. That is normal. Pay attention to the 'hot spots' … those answers that 'light you up' (even if just a little bit) when you contemplate them. That my friends is ENERGY (what successful Law of Attraction is about) … all of the above people who have successfully manifested a significant stage in their livelihood felt that hot spot within them when they first contemplated their desired SHIFT too. Big SHIFTs can begin with little sparks.

An Example:
FYI, your right livelihood (or whatever you are in the process of manifesting) will be an unfolding, evolving journey--- its not like you will 'get it' and all will be perfect and set. Even with the accomplishment of big SHIFTs in your life … your desires will continue to morph and change … that's evolution alive and kickin' in you.

I've been doing 'Wouldn't It Be Nice If' maps for years now … and my answers continue to morph and shift as my next chapters gather clarity and momentum within me. Here's one I've just done to give you an example.


Wouldn't It Be Mice Map

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Please Note: do not let my answers influence you unless you truly resonate with them … what you want for yourself may be radically different … this is just where I am at this time in my life and I offer it by way of example of how to do the map … not what or how to think/feel! Your own guidance will direct you as to what the right answers are for you!

Be Yourself:
In manifesting, it's natural to seek out mentors and training – to learn new skills, models and mindsets. However, there comes a time when you need to integrate what you have learned into your own authentic expression rather than shallowly copy or mimic. Be respectful of your mentors and their content that they have shared with you (give credit where credit is due, site sources, etc) – and go through the journey of honorably integrating their guidance and example into your own unique expression. Nobody can be another person--- so rejoice in your own individuality and figure out how to genuinely express it. The Law of Attraction richly rewards those who honestly actualize themselves!

P.S. Are you resonating with the visual and energetic way too? Check out these like-minded (and hearted) trainings … where members of our visual and energetic tribe gather for professional skill & mindset development plus supportive community: Fundamentals of Interactive-Graphics, SHIFT-IT Certification and The Biz and Life Accelerator. Make your SHIFT now!

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Christina Merkley is The SHIFT-IT Coach. Creator of the SHIFT-IT System®, she guides individuals, partners and conscious companies in defining and getting what they really, really want.

A teacher of Law of Attraction, she is also an expert in visual meeting techniques, strategic planning and visioning: having worked for such notable companies as BBC, Readers Digest Funds, eBay and Stanford University. After a move from San Francisco, she now lives in charming Victoria, British Columbia, Canada - where she maintains a vibrant coaching, facilitation and training practice.

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