Charging for Psychic Readings/Healings
Whether you just started practicing readings, or you’ve been doing them for years, occasionally, you'll get asked the questions regarding the value of your work.
If this is a natural gift, why do you ever charge?
Why don’t you do it all for free from purely the goodness of your own heart?
You, reader, probably started sharing your abilities with others completely free of charge, yes indeed, out of the goodness of your heart.
At the beginning of things, you generally do make your gifts available to all, and at the end of things they really are, however, the cost exchange for time in this country has been whittled down to the dollar bill in formal circles.
In smaller, intimate circles, the trade economy still exists and is used heavily amongst friends and family members to provide a value-to-value exchange of goods and services.
This is why I urge everyone who is looking for a healer or a psychic to seek within their community first, first and foremost, because you can usually get the best deal.
If you're referred from a friend by a friend, there usually are courtesies that are extended that wouldn't ordinarily get extended if you weren't part of the circle.
Healers and psychics are also often the medicine keeper and the story keepers of their societies, so along with providing a vital resource to those in their extended and intimate circles, they also act as historians and lore keepers, making them precious assets to any community.
So when you pay for a session or by a product from a local healer or psychic, you are also investing in this historical resource of a person continuing to be around and passing on the wisdom of the elders to others.
Aside from that, there are three reasons why intuitive work, often considered the core intelligence of women, has a value. Here they are:
1. The practitioner has invested - physically and non-physically
While gifts are most undoubtedly natural, your practitioner developed them to the point where they can be helpful to others. They've likely done an apprenticeship, gone to a professional school, took classes and workshops, read, and are usually actively conducting experiments that will go on to benefit the world and their communities.
All intuitives worth their weight have schooled themselves on the techniques required to do their work in the most helpful, loving and compassionate way. Most are lifetime learners, and in today's society, intellect is a commodity that fuels all other invention.
Additionally, in order to offer services at all, the practitioner likely has to host a website, pay credit card processing fees, have insurance, pay for workman's comp, have a separate phone line and an office space, and buy tools and supplies to keep services up and running and available to the public. To keep things up and running in today’s commodity society, money is needed as are trades, which is why charging something matters. In other cultures outside of the Western World, donations are given to host these spiritual workhorses, but in our society, today, they are typically funded by their clients.
2. Intuitive work is indeed actual work
You probably already know this, but if you don’t, being a medium, healer and intuitive can be an incredibly rewarding profession.
You get to witness people's transformations. You get to walk alongside people as they rise from the literal dead and cheer on their successes. You also get to interact with great thinkers every day, which is the biggest reward for me, to be honest. I love a lively intellectual discussion.
However, also, to help others, your practitioner has to do the tedious stuff too. Respond to emails and then rewrite them thirty times, format websites, develop newsletters, learn accounting and business finance software, troubleshoot technical errors, write articles and design courses, and in other words - do administrative stuff.
When you are working with your clients one-on-one, you devote dedicated, focused attention to another person, and this requires an incredible amount of mental focus, which can be exhausting on the eyes as well as the brain.
In other words, let me explain it like this. When I was first dating my boyfriend now, his real idea of my job was images of me laying in wildflower fields drinking lavender lemonades, which he slogged away at an office in center city. Some of this was true - but most of it isn't. Most of the time you are dealing with vendor returns, politics and sitting in meetings, all of which is what the masculine side of society classifies as work.
3. It's a service
No matter if you are an artist, a vet, a professional consultant, nutritionist, a photographer, a chef, or a personal trainer - you provide a specialty service that benefits those who are in need of your fine-tuned abilities.
I've heard many times that one psychic reading is worth a year's worth of therapy! Moreover, if you do non-physical healing work, a good session can indeed regularly be like that for a person. Some say that intense sessions are like surgery, in that sense. What if you used that metric to price your sessions?
Most don't, and many non-physical healers often keep their rates within insurance affordable prices, but in any event, your practitioner has crafted, adjusted, and enhanced their natural talents and passions, to serve the world around you to be a more beautiful, better, happy, and healthier place.
Investing in the health of yourself, and providing a place where others can invest in their health is a value to society, not just for our current community, but for all future communities to come.
If you are pricing out your rates, I have a few suggested price sheets in The Membership Program's Business Article Section and discuss this topic and others like it more in The Intuitive Professional's Kit.
For more articles on intuitive work and creative ways you can continue offer value to your clients, regardless of where they live or what format they can take in materials, check out a few of the articles below.
Everyone deserves to be healed, to connect with his or her loved ones, guides, and angels - regardless of ability to pay in a physical sense, which is why many healers and psychics do some amount of pro-bono work every year, usually shooting for above the national average of around 52 hours a year to around 100 hours a year (read more on our code of ethics here).
Amanda Linette Meder
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Last Updated 13 Nov 2018