Shift-it Coach Newsletter
Volume 12, Issue 13, August 5, 2016


In August I attempt to slow down a bit, so no classes or client work this month. Although I and my team are still doing some prep for the season ahead (thanks Pat, Theresa, Elizabeth and Jessica, I could not live this unique existence without you and your capable skills!).

I was able to slip in a drive up to Port Renfrew, on the western tip of Vancouver Island where I'm based. Beautiful territory with provincial parks all along the way.

Port Renfrew, British Columbia
Port Renfrew, British Columbia
Glen Rosa Farm
Glen Rosa Farm

Also introduced a new-to-Victoria friend to one of my local favorite spots, Glen Rosa Farm, out in Metchosin where I spent my teenage years. The couple who own the farm have turned it into an organic field-to-table type restaurant. Lovely view of the rolling valley and great, clean, fresh food. Good combo for those who want a little trip in the countryside outside of Victoria.

kundaliniprocess-spineTo go with the slower theme of this issue, I thought I would write about my ongoing kundalini process and some of the things I have been drawn to by way of assistance.

It's a challenging process however I've been learning and changing a lot as a result of this powerful energy flowing through me.

Thought I would share in particular about some interesting authors that have shown up on my radar.

See article below for a preview of three - might be of interest to some of you!

Have a lovely summer (for those of you in the Northern hemisphere like me). See you in a few weeks.

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

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A few years ago my kundalini energy awoke (if you aren't sure what kundalini is or you would like to read my awakening story click here). Some people's kundalini awakening is an instant process. Other people have a slower more extended process. I'm the latter.

After an initial powerful burst of energy over two days back in 2011, I now get what I can only describe as waves. The kundalini activity is always there in the background ... usually softly and subtly present. I can activate it more prominently if I want to; through meditation, bodywork and sound therapies. And occasionally it activates on its own accord too. I've learned to accept that it's working its way through whatever physical, mental or emotional aspects in my system that it wants to.


Early on kundalini's focus was on my heart and throat regions. For the last year or so kundalini's focus has been in the middle region of my head, including teeth, jaws, ears and the inside glands in that region (pituitary, pineal, others?). For those who are aware of the body's energy centers called chakras, these regions are respectively the 4th, 5th and 6th chakras.

Lately I've been witnessing how the kundalini energy is working on many of my mental and emotional concepts. As a recovering business and strategic planning consultant, it has its work cut out for it, haha. I am still decidedly left-brained in a lot of what I do. Apparently kundalini wants to soften this. Mellow me out so I don't effort, grasp and try to control so much.

My kundalini process has a way of delivering me (in perfect timing) to the ideas, concepts and people who are helpful for what I am going through. Right now, during my delicious summer reading spurt, I've been brought to the works of three wonderful authors: Paul Selig, Michael Singer and Tosha Silver. Their work is helping me to go where my kundalini seems to want to take me --- learning more about the art of trust and surrender.

So for those who are interested here's a little blurb about each ...


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