Wow. I have been wanting to write a piece about the value of sharing my gifts as a tarot reader, life coach, energy healer/Reiki practitioner, and intuitive for a while now. For some reason, this is a HARD topic to write about … but these things need to be said.
I love what I do – honestly and completely. Working in this field is my passion – it is my authentic dream and I adore it. But it takes time, energy, and money to do what I do. I have to charge fees that address those expenditures on my part.
[tweetthis]Money is the simplest form of energy exchange, and so it is commonly used to compensate energy and Lightworkers for their time and efforts.[/tweetthis]
Working for clients – whether they pay me or not – takes time away from my family. When doing readings or healing sessions, I focus all of my energy on the people I work with, intending for the cards or healing to be centered on their highest and greatest good. It is the same when I write blog pieces that are meant to help others grow in their craft. While it is beautiful and fulfilling and fun, it is work.
What I do is not only my passion, it is MY PROFESSION, MY JOB – not just a hobby. Simply put, I need to charge fees that will honor my skill level, pay my bills, and create a balance in the energy and value that I put into this work.
I have supplies to buy. My cards and books – necessary parts of my business – cost money. The crystals and scents that accentuate my energy sessions and add to their potency cost money. I pay for the web sites I run and for a little bit of technical support so that everything runs more smoothly. I have to hire an accountant to do my taxes. I have bills to pay that should be covered by my work.
I don’t want to have to work another job to support this one.
Aside from that, I actively work to increase my skills, learn new techniques, gain certifications, join guilds that offer education as a part of the fee. Classes I attend can run anywhere from $50 to several hundred dollars – or even a couple thousand, if I want to take a certification course through a reputable school like Southwest Institute for Healing Arts, where I got my certification as a Transformational Life Coach and where I would like to get a certificate in Hypnotherapy so that I can help even more people. I refuse to seek education or wisdom from anyone who doesn’t offer a very high quality program or course. I prefer to seek out better quality training – even if it costs more – because it is totally worth it. In turn, what I offer will be a higher value for those I work with.
There is a great value in the gifts I share and the training I have gone through to get to this level.
As a Certified Transformational Life Coach and someone who has worked with tarot for 20+ years, I bring to the table a wealth of knowledge and ability to support and guide my clients. I didn’t just pick up my cards yesterday, and my fees reflect that. I am not a cut-rate energy worker, tarot advisor, or coach. I need to make sure that the fees that I charge are fitting.
When I am running energy for another person, it is a service to them and they are receiving something very valuable. When I take hours of time out of my schedule to help someone to formulate a question for the tarot that really addresses the gist of what they would like to know, those hours are devoted to the client, I should be compensated for them. My fees are also about an energetic exchange between myself and the client; they are the cost that my clients pay for working with me. I don’t mind trading for energy work or donating to people who are in need of pain relief – but I do feel that those who are able to afford it should pay for their sessions.
Honestly – too – I really need to remember my own worth – and the fact that honoring my worth is a good example for other Lightworkers and clients I work with makes it even more important.
The gifts I share with my clients have value, and my fees should reflect that.
What are your thoughts about this topic? Please feel free to share in the comments.