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Volume 7 | Issue 4 | February 18, 2011


Whew, was one of those weeks that only happens every couple of years. You may have noticed that we launched OUR NEW WEBSITE last week!!! I have a very large site with tons of written and audio content (especially in the behind-the-scenes where my course content is stored) --- so it's a bit of a bear to revamp and move it all (we moved web hosts too). So a big thank you to Jessica, Theresa, Chris and Pat --- my wonderful team for working on this giant task these last months and putting the bow on it this week ... well done gang!

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I'm also continuing to research and write the 'Orphan Rescue' process that I showcased last week. Had a quick talk with Sheila Gillette, my friend and colleague (Sheila is the direct trance medium for the Ask Theo teachings - which I've studied and received guidance from for years). Looks likely that we'll be moving forward with some collaborative offerings ... perhaps a tele-series (to begin with) and in-person workshops (later on) that combine her THEO Teachings with my process facilitation and coaching. A great combo to help people actually DO their "Soul Integration" work (resolve your inner blocks so you can smoothly manifest your soul-directed path).

Last issue I shared a visual map and part one of Orphan Rescue instructions. This week is part two. Try it yourself or drop-in for assistance during SHIFT-IT Central® on Mondays nights. I'll keep you posted when The Gillettes and I have our exciting new collaborations together!

Hope you enjoy,

Christina Merkley,
The SHIFT-IT Coach



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Terms of Use: This work is still in preliminary draft stage (yes, there are discrepancies between the map and the directions) however I have found that releasing early drafts of my tools to my e-zine and social media audience helps all of us. It helps you with inner work and it helps me by getting feedback and comments. So, in the spirit of new product development, here is a Version 1.0 prototype to play with. Please respect my copyright on this material. It is for your personal use only. If you are a coach, therapist or other helping professional, you may not use these materials with your own clientele. For proper training and certification in my visual way of working, please see Graphic Coach Certification.

Note: This article is Part Two of a series (so may not make much sense on its own). For Part One, click here.

Overview of Steps

  1. Notice Current Situation That Has Emotionally Activated You.
  2. Define What The Best Thing(S) About Being Your Current Age Is.
  3. Go Within And Ask 'Who Inside Is Uncomfortable?'.
  4. Identify The Age And Circumstances Of Your Orphan.
  5. Freeze Frame The Scene And Nurture Your Orphan.
  6. Ask What Else They Are Upset Or Confused About And Soothe.
  7. Explain Current Life And Invite Orphan To Join.
  8. Collapse Time And Bring Them Forward.
  9. Set Appropriate Roles And Expectations.
  10. Check For Relief.

6. Ask What Else They Are Upset Or Confused About And Soothe.
After the initial round of soothing, see how what you are saying is 'landing' with your orphan. Are they taking it in? Are they understanding what you are saying to them? Find out if there is anything else that they are concerned or confused about and explain that layer of things to them too.

Often these traumatic situations have several layers to them. For example, a child who is being yelled at by an upset adult may not understand what the adult is saying or why they are saying it in the manner they are. They may be upset, scared or intimidated by the energy coming at them. They may incorrectly internalize messages that because this adult is upset at them, they are 'bad' or 'not enough', or 'not wanted'. Or some other equally damaging message that the child internalizes and carries with them through their life (all the way into your adult life now!). Set your orphan straight. Just because someone is mad at them does not mean they are inherently bad or worthless. Teach them the healthier way of looking at things.

If you don't know what to say to your Orphan, think of what you would say to any child of their age caught in a similar situation. If you are a parent, what would you say to your own child? If you aren't a parent, think of your friend's or colleague's children or even children in general. Another tactic: bring in your Future Self or Higher Self to speak to your orphan. Also, seek the assistance of a qualified therapist or coach to help you 're-wire' and 're-program' the erroneous thinking (and feeling) that your orphan took on. (Note: I say 'feeling' because these feelings can have long ranging effects ... in Law of Attraction speak, a person's 'vibration' or 'frequency' can be set from these childhood experience seemingly mysteriously attracting like situations until the original trauma is SHIFTed).

7. Explain Current Life And Invite Orphan To Join.
When you have soothed your orphan and some level of relief has been reached, it is now time to extend an invitation to your orphan to come and join you in your present time. They have unknowingly been living in their negative alternative reality for perhaps many, many years (like the movie Groundhog day, where the same day plays out over and over – but in this instance, unlike the movie, there is no improvement or positive progression). Explain to your orphan that is not necessary for them to spend another minute in discomfort. That they can release any loyalties or concerns they may have for the people in their memory scene (all of these people have already moved on in time and got on with their lives and they are not responsible for them). Now it is time for your orphan to do the same. To join you in your present day life and to live as they were not able to live before.

Say to your orphan "would you like to come and live with me?" and "you don't need to stay here anymore, you can come and live with me". Explain what your adult life is like (where you live, what your home is like, what you do, who is around you). Wait for an answer. Most orphans will jump at the chance to leave the scene they have been playing out over and over in order to come and join you in a new life. If you encounter any resistance, ask what they are concerned about and find a genuine way to soothe whatever concerns or hesitancies exist.

8. Collapse Time And Bring Them Forward.
When your Orphan has given their permission to join you --- take them by the hand (or in the case of a very young child, pick them up and embrace them) and bring them forward in time. Be sure to 'collapse time' behind you. Feel the old scenario collapsing in on itself, never to be resurrected again. The only way to go is forward --- forward into the tine and place of your own adult reality.

Bring yourself back to your present reality. Open your eyes (if you have had them closed). And sense your Orphan. They are there with you now. You will sense them somewhere around you (perhaps to your left, to your right, right in front of you, or within you). Welcome your Orphan to their new home and surroundings. Point things out to them. This there new home. You may feel their excitement and curiosity within you. Allow them to check things out!

9. Set Appropriate Roles And Expectations.
When your Orphan has had an opportunity to quickly take in your surroundings, spend a moment defining your roles. You, as the adult, are now responsible for this younger you. It is now your responsibility to parent her or him (in the case of a young child) or mentor her or him (in the case of older children and young adults). Make a pledge or promise to them to be the parent and/or mentor that they never had. The parenting that they received in the past was most likely lacking. Now you have the opportunity to be the kind of parent or mentor that they truly need. You can right the wrongs of the past and enable this Orphan to finally fully flourish --- most likely using talents, abilities and gifts that were hampered before. Now you want to fully welcome them to be their full selves (as their natural energies and talents can often hugely benefit your present life).

If you are dealing with a younger Orphan, it is important to explain to them that you are the adult and they are the child ---- and it is not their responsibility to get involved in the adult issues of your life ... that is your territory and responsibility, not theirs. Their role is to be a kid and enjoy life! You will take care of the adult responsibilities like your career or business, earning and managing money, interacting with other adults, any adult problems that come up, etc. This is very important, as sometimes our Orphans have been running the show! It's important to have them be in their appropriate spaces in your life and you the adult to be in the leadership role in your own life! Your Orphan can often help you by providing creativity, enthusiasm, talents and gifts --- but ultimately it is your responsibility to look after them ... not them look after you!

10. Check For Relief
Your final task in the Orphan Rescue process is to complete all the previous steps and then consider how you feel as a result of doing them. How are you feeling after doing this process? Do you feel relief of some sort? Do you feel better? (more relaxed, calm, centered?). If so, this is your indication that effective integration work has occurred. That you have successfully integrated your Orphan!

Go back to the original incident in your life that provoked the whole Orphan Rescue process. Consider it. Now, after doing this process, how do you feel about it? Is it as charged as it was? Do you have a different perspective or connection to it? If so, another indication that you have done successful inner work! If not, you may have another layer of Orphan Rescue work to do ... as sometimes there are several orphans connected to a triggering situation in our life. Rescuing one of them will make a difference, however you want to do a thorough job of rescuing all of them to get full relief and integration.

Visual Map to Assist With Orphan Rescue: I am a pioneer in Graphic Coaching ... as such, a lot of my work has a visual component to it. The Orphan Rescue instructions you have just read are to be used in conjunction with the following Graphic Coaching map:

Download Map Here (pdf) Draft Version 1.0 of Orphan Rescue Map

Orphan Rescue Assistance: Intrigued by Orphan Rescue? Having a tough time doing it on your own? While self-coaching yourself via my maps and instructions is helpful, it sometimes helps to have me personally coach you through your Orphan Rescue work. I have a drop-in coaching community every Monday evening at 5pm pacific called SHIFT-IT Central®, where we often do Orphan Rescue work. Swing on by for some direct assistance.

Call for Volunteers: The material I have shared with you today is the preliminary start of a new self-coaching product. Over the course of the next weeks and months I will refine the map and instructions and add audio examples (of me coaching clients through their Orphan Rescue work) and hopefully a guest audio with Sheila Gillette and THEO on their Soul Integration and energy shift perspective. If you are interested in being a volunteer, requiring an audio recording of your Orphan Rescue session, please contact my assistant Chris Miller at [email protected] to express your interest to be added to my volunteer list.

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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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