Shift-it Coach Newsletter
Volume 12, Issue 14, August 26, 2016


Hi. Hope you are enjoying the final weeks of summer (or for those of you in the Southern Hemisphere getting ready for some!).

My team and I have been busy bees getting SHIFT-IT School refreshed for the fall and next year. I'm happy to report that most of the new 2016-2017 courses are now available for viewing and registration.

I say most because I will also eventually be adding a 6-Month Biz and Life Mastermind to the roster (running May - December 2017).

It's been 5 years since I offered one of these intensive, special Masterminds ... my guidance is saying it's time to call in another one.

So much has happened to me personally these years (more experiences, more skills, more awareness, more things I'd like to hold space for). And, the need is great given what's going on in our world at large.

Plus an awesome partnership is coming together with a really great colleague who brings a lot to the table. More on her later and the program in the months ahead!

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Laura and Xina On the Road

On another note, now that my admin tasks are complete, I can get away for some R&R and also R&D. My friend and energy work colleague Laura Leon and I have done a Thelma and Louise (minus the dramatic ending over the cliff hopefully!) ... driving the convertible down to Mount Shasta for the Secret Space Program conference aka Corey Goode and all. One of my adventures into 'messiness' this season, as per the article below.

Its 'interesting times we live in' for sure nowadays. Each of us hold a piece in the puzzle in how to help our world shift to the next level. I wish you well in figuring out yours as it's all hands on deck now! See you in a few weeks.

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

The SHIFT-IT Coach
& Process Skills Mentor



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I was also very impressed with Christina's ability to create safe space, provide energetic support and accept each of us with a compassionate heart. Her openness to hearing and honoring the wisdom in the room, allowed all of us to be valued contributors.

I also liked hearing more about Christina's story, including the ups and downs and the lessons she has learned along the way. As a professor of business strategy, I loved hearing how the SHIFT-IT story and brand have evolved over time - a beautiful example of strategic thinking at its best."

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Lubar School of Business, University of Wisconsin
Milwaukee, WI, U.S.A.

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Running SHIFT-IT School and conducting my own Process Practice is hard work. Its work that I truly love and work I'm very appreciative of the opportunity to be able to do, but its hard work nonetheless. That takes a lot out of me on various levels so it's important I take time to replenish.

Thankfully there are two times in my year (December and August) where I can get some needed R&R (rest and relaxation) and where I can also get in some R&D (research and development) on topics that are my leading edge.


Right now, I'm very interested in how to more graciously handle 'messiness' ... especially on subjects that it seems that I (or most individuals) have no or very little control over.

Just how the heck do I (and we) physically, mentally, psychologically and spiritually deal with the big messiness of our current situation here in the 21st Century at this point in time?!

So below are my three adventures this month, while I have some time to putter, that are an attempt to create some headway for myself on this huge question ...

1. Books To Help Deal with the Mess:
As I wrote last issue, my August break gives me a chance to read (I collect books, knowing that eventually it will be the right time to read them). The books I shared last time from Selig, Silver and Singer all address various ways to deal with this messiness, or at least I had hoped they would.

some booksI have absolutely adored the Selig books (am in the middle of the 4th one) and marvel at how they dovetail into various metaphysical practices I have already studied. I was also charmed with the breezy yet illustrative stories within Silver's book, especially the frequent references to San Francisco (brought back memories of my years in that special city).

And while I enjoyed one of the Singer books (the memoire of his business life), I find myself resisting his other one. After I listened to several of his audio lectures I'm leery of his seeming 'just say yes to life' approach.

I understand at the spiritual level how it's futile to argue with what is. However, as a Process Professional I find it tough to release the need to protest perceived injustice and to not take action to try to make things better. That last Singer book is gonna sit on the shelf a while longer!

2. A Method to Process the Mess:
Back in grad school eons ago, I studied some of the deep psychology work of Arnold Mindell that existed at that time. Now, all these years later, I'm swinging back again as he and the many other practitioners now in the ProcessWork and WorldWork field have some very useful processes, tools and info to share on this subject of messiness.

deepdemocracyOne of my visual students from about a decade ago, Aftab Erfan, is holding the Deep Democracy space both in Vancouver and abroad.  She came to Victoria last Saturday to host a Civic Dialogue on the topic of Privilege.

I jumped at the chance to attend ... to see her, see several friends, colleagues and clients who were also attending, and to experience the Deep Democracy methodology to deepen my own learning and awareness.

The short time allocated only allowed a brief taste of this intense work. What I took away was the importance (and gift) of hearing and speaking the tough perspectives embedded in these messy topics, as a step towards reconciliation. In some ways the Deep Democracy work reminded me of Voice Dialogue, Sub-Personality work as well as Primordial Polarity methods --- however done in a group rather than with just an individual.

If you want to learn more about the Deep Democracy approach here are a few ...


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