Whether you just started practicing readings, or you’ve been doing them for years, occasionally, you get asked the questions regarding the value of your work.
If this is a natural gift, why do you even charge?
Why don’t you do it all for free, out of the goodness of your heart?
If you’re anything like me, you probably started sharing your abilities with others, completely free of charge, yes, out of the goodness of your heart.
You may have even denied monetary payment, turned it away, or charged less for your services, because you wanted it to be available to everyone.
Everyone deserves to be healed, to connect with their loved ones, guides, and angels - regardless of ability to pay. This was and is still my mindset, and to keep up the practice, I offer a sliding payment scale upon request. But, I no longer provide free sessions, mostly, because, while I want to help hundreds of people, I also want to pay my utility bills and buy groceries.
Your intuitive practitioner loves what they do, but they also deserve to have their work seen as valuable.
Why intuitive work has value
1. your practitioner has invested
While your gifts are most certainly natural, you’ve developed them to the point where they can be helpful to others. You’ve gone to a professional school, took classes and workshops, or read 1,000s of books. In fact, all intuitives worth their weight have schooled themselves on the techniques required to do their work in the most helpful, loving and compassionate way. While much of this likely cost you money, it’s also time and energy spent in focusing on your own development.
You’ve sought out teachers and new classes, and invested time, money, and energy in becoming the best you can be and offer top quality focused work to your clients. In fact, ALL of my intuitive friends continue to spend time at workshops, finding and reading new books, double checking their work, evaluating their abilities to improve them, and fine tuning their business. I have no doubt you are doing the same. Like any professional, developing and evolving in their trade, you are too.
Additionally, in order to offer your services at all, you likely have to host a website, pay credit card processing fees, have insurance, have a separate phone line and an office space, buy tools and supplies, and more, to keep your services up and running and available to the public. You may even spend you time offering “free” guidance to others in need through writing blog posts, articles, or hosting events. You likely offer your services at minimal to no rates by request, just like I do. In any event - you’ve invested in this and spent time, money, and energy to keep your services professional, available, and top-notch. You deserve to charge a rate that reflects this value. You offer something wonderful to the world!
2. intuitive work is actual work
You probably already know this, but if you don’t, being a medium, healer and intuitive is an incredibly rewarding profession. You assist people to heal, find their souls purpose and jobs, and connect them with loving guidance from the Divine. But, also, you respond to emails, format websites, develop newsletters, learn accounting and business finance, troubleshoot technical errors, write articles and develop courses, and in other words - do administrative work! In addition, when you are working with your clients one-on-one, you devote dedicated, focused attention to another person, with the intention that during this time - you are working for their highest and greatest good.
To work in and with this intention, ‘for the highest and greatest good’, it is very energy intensive. And, it’s also hard work! In the case of myself, I allow those in Spirit to use the energy within my body to come through for a session - afterwards, I feel as though I've just run a marathon - and often look like it!. During a reading, or development session, I am spending every second focusing my clarity and abilities to deliver you the best, highest, and most helpful information.
My sister, Sarah, practices her sessions in the same way. And neither of us would do it any differently - it’s important to us - and to you - that your clients receive the best, most focused work with the highest intentions. While my partner and many of my friends, often suggest that I spend my days in psychic never, neverland, burning sage and incense, wearing crystals, and contemplating life in a bed of flowers - it’s often not like that at all! It can be very hard work.
3. it's a service
No matter if you are a artist, a vet, a professional consultant, nutritionist, a photographer, a chef, or a personal trainer - you provide a speciality service that benefits those who are in need of your fine-tuned abilities. You’ve crafted, adjusted, and enhanced your natural talents and passions, in order to serve the world around you to be a more beautiful, better, happy, and healthier place. You are a helper and a healer, and you’ve figured out a way to use your abilities to serve others in their highest and greatest good.
This is a valuable service.
In fact, anyone that works to assist others in creating the healthier and more complete life that they deserve has an amazingly beautiful gift to offer to the world. And while this gift is beneficial to all, it’s an investment that you’ve made in yourself, for which others will use to invest in themselves.
your intuitive practitioner deserves to have a happy, healthy life where they can provide for themselves and pay all of their bills.
You invested time, money, energy and resources into your abilities and in turn, will ask that those you serve invest in you - so that you can continue to offer your services to the highest and greatest good of all those involved.
Don’t ever be afraid to ask for what you are worth.