“Keep going towards your dreams, they come to you for a reason, not everyone else will understand.”

Nestled beside the wairua of the Waikato River in River Terraces, Ngāruawāhia, Sarah welcomed me into her home. A tranquil, peaceful, calm sanctuary with an energy that had me wanting to stay all evening. 

A warm cup of Zen herbal tea and healthy snack were already prepared as we sat down in the living room next to a beautiful table with three oracle card decks that Sarah had intuitively selected for the oracle card reading. This was the first part of the session. 

A relaxed conversation began where Sarah made me feel comfortable, at home and listened to, constantly holding space for me to relax. Then Sarah asked if there was a specific question I had to ask of the cards on this Spring evening. I wanted a general reading for my life at this time. Using her intuition, Sarah did a three-card spread with one card for strengths, one for heart and one for challenge, each selected from a different deck. The core messages that came through were believe in yourself and your grounded feminine power, trust the path the universe has for you – and make it simple. This really resonated with me and was a lovely lead into the Reiki session that followed.

Comfortable on the massage table and surrounded by unobtrusive, relaxing, calming music, Sarah channelled Reiki energy. The tension in my head and neck released and I found myself drawn to the element of water. 

The messages from the Oracle cards came through as a personal mantra and song in my head and the image of a fairy on a flower surrounded me. It was lovely!

I would highly recommend the combination of reading and Reiki hosted by Sarah. I left the session feeling more clarity about my present path, a release of the physical pressure in my head and a comfort wrapped around me.

Q&A with Sarah Sparkles

What services do you offer?

Reading + Reiki sessions
Sacred Women’s Circles
Intuitively Created Guided Meditations
1:1 Holistic Lifestyle Coaching

Why is this work so important to you?

I feel like we can become lost in following things we’re told to be or do, and push down who we really are to try fit in. My parents passed away in my early 20s which deepened my path into personal and spiritual development. I believe we need to support each other to remember to follow what’s in our heart and connect with our spiritual side. I enjoy sharing the Te Whare Tapa Whā model by Mason Durie where wellness is looked at holistically to include our physical, mental/emotional, social/whānau, spiritual and whenua/land connections.

Could you tell us about how your interest in holistic healing began?

I remember growing up and my Mum learning Reiki. I felt stuck working a corporate job that didn’t fulfil me and I reached out to a Spiritual Life Coach who supported me to create shifts and changes in my life. Returning home after living in London I studied Reiki and Oracle Cards. After experiencing a Women’s Circle in Bali I knew I had to bring the magic back home with me. Since the first retreat I experienced I’ve loved them and have wanted to host and guide others – I hosted my first one this year and I’m excited for more to come!

What obstacles did you face to get to where you are now and how did you overcome them?

It can be an uncomfortable journey, growing and changing and trying new things. Having the support of coaches and friends has helped me to keep going. I’ve often felt alone which has drawn me to create experiences to connect others so that they don’t feel as alone in their journey.

Who should seek Reiki and oracle card readings as a holistic wellness technique?

If you’re feeling a bit stuck, energetically full/heavy or looking for a bit of clarity, a Reiki + Oracle Card Session is a great reset!

Could you share a wellbeing tip with the community? 

Keep putting yourself out there to make new friends! We are social creatures and need this support for our wellbeing. As adults we often tell ourselves it’s harder to make new friends. Go to the events that catch your eye or take a look at Facebook groups or Meetup.

If you could tell your younger self one thing what would it be?

Keep going towards your dreams, they come to you for a reason, not everyone else will understand. Lean into your creative spirit and open yourself to connect with like-hearted souls – they are out there! Some people may drop away from your life, nothing personal – they can be in our lives for a season, a reason or a lifetime!

– Experience and Q&A by Vicki Shannon