By Shari Rhodes

Each of us has our own healing journey of choreographed experiences for soul growth and learning.

It is important to play out these mapped out karmic lessons scripted in our soul contracts. The purpose of the human experience is to resolve childhood and emotional issues and move forward in our consciousness and soul evolution.

However we are not these experiences. It is easy to lose our sense of identity thinking we are these karmic play outs. However recognizing our true soul essence goes beyond what is presented on the external screen. It is about holding the balance between being fully present in the game of life while remaining connected to the core self. It is not necessary to pull out of life in order to achieve heightened consciousness. But rather holding the intention of selfawareness moment by moment.

According to the famous quote, “Before enlightenment, chop wood, carry water. After enlightenment, chop wood, carry water.” It is acknowledging both parts of the whole. The way to achieve this balance is by becoming consciously aware of our circumstances from a detached point of view that we are in the world, but not lost within it.

We can remain connected to our higher selves through conscious focus and intention while engaging in daily activities. It is about choosing to be aware in our day-to-day focus. By putting energy into our awareness of core self, this connection gets stronger. It is like a muscle that can be developed. Other techniques to support this connection include, meditation, prayer, connecting with the breath, being silent, listening, noticing the intrinsic beauty of nature, creative expression, play, opening the heart in relationships, dropping into our vulnerability, being fully present in the moment.


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Shari Rhodes has been an international Intuitive Reader for the past 30 years. She is currently a citizen of both the United States and New Zealand. Shari’s purpose is to support people to grow and move forward in a positive direction with greater clarity, self-empowerment and self-confidence. She offers readings, workshops and public talks. She is available for sessions in person or over the phone at (027) 6295469 You can email Shari at,, or visit her website at