Do You Work For Free?
|June 21, 2010||Posted by Teresa Ivory under Articles|
I attended a seminar this weekend where two people upon finding out about my profession asked me to scan their energy. The first person’s scan revealed the common combination of beautiful energy mixed with some congested areas. We chatted about what he was doing right to help his energy flow well and what he could add to his routine. When the second gentleman joined the conversation and asked for a scan, I obliged and immediately began clearing some of the heavier congestion in his heart chakra. When I finished and told him what I had done, he thanked me graciously and the conversation continued. It seemed from the look on the first man’s face that he was wondering why I cleared the second guy and not him. The answer? The first man was not at any risk. He practices yoga, is young and strong, and is of a mindset that will lead him towards constant improvement in his life. And I wasn’t going to say right in front of the second gentleman – this guy is at risk. Not, hey! Let’s head to the emergency room risk. But that part of me that makes me good at this work knew that he needed my help and this was the right time to take care of it. So I did. Intuition is that simple when you get used to following it.
Today, logic is taking the upper hand and I’m reasoning through those events and other related things that come up regularly. The primary issue that comes up amazingly often is that some people think that I should do all healing work for free. A client recently described to me how one of her co-workers was outraged that she was paying me $10 for a healing session saying I should do it out of the goodness of my heart. Did you do a double take just then? Ten bucks isn’t very much to a lot of people yet this woman was ranting about the hugely discounted rate I had given my client.
I met a nurse at the same seminar that cares for patients dying of cancer in their home. Does anyone expect her to work for free? I can guarantee you that she has a loving and gentle heart – a must for a great nurse. Should she work for free because she cares enough about people to help them? Would she have time to help people in the same way if she had to earn her income in another way?
These thoughts lead me to think of my own choices. Healing has never been my only source of income. And although I could do much good in the world if I weren’t working on other projects, most people simply cannot afford to pay me what I’m worth as a healer.
In many of my workshops I share this example from my own life. I learned to do energy healing because I needed to heal. I spent 5-10 hours a day working on myself the first year. Most of the healers I know of charge anywhere from $60 to $400 an hour. Five hours times 365 days at, let’s say, a low average of $80 an hour is over $140,000 for that first year.
Could you afford that? Can people who are truly ill and can’t even get to work to make money afford that? That’s why I teach self-healing workshops. That’s why I have multiple sources of income – so I can afford to charge some people only $10. Other people know they can afford more, so they pay more. Some people even pay my full rate!
But I still feel the dilemma in my heart. Just how much better would the world be if I could spend all my time healing? For now I compromise, I work on my other sources of income, teach people how to do as much themselves as they can, and most importantly to me – I practice. I practice and learn constantly with the thought in mind that if it took me 10 minutes instead of 20 I could heal twice as much or twice as many people.
As always your thoughts and feelings on the subject are welcome. I can assure you my clients who don’t leave comments have expressed how much they enjoy the insight of readers who do.