Lightworkers and Tarot Readers need to learn to value their gifts!
It is funny, but not funny at all. When you work with Angels, tarot, and energy healing like I do, you find a lot of people who think that your gifts should be freely shared — without any benefit to you: the reader, the healer, the one with the gift!
These people wouldn’t bat an eye about paying their accountant because he is a whiz with numbers. Nor would they think twice about paying a gifted stylist who could color and cut their hair like a pro. So why the difference between ‘us’ and ‘them’? Shouldn’t a gifted healer be paid a fee that suits his/her level of talent with healing, just like a doctor of Western Medicine? Shouldn’t a card reader be paid the same amount as a therapist of any other sort – especially when the end result would be the same?
Most of us Tarot Readers and Lightworkers started like many other successful professionals. We recognized our gifts at a young age. We started working with them on a basic and natural level. Then we realized what our talents and interests were and we pursued knowledge. Many of us have studied (ravenously, continuously, and broadly) on our own. We’ve taken classes, courses, gotten attunements, practiced with and on friends and relatives. We’ve honed our crafts and learned to help others with them.
We Lightworkers and Tarot Readers have put as much time and effort into learning about our gifts and how to use them as any person who has gone to college to get a degree so that they could pursue a job that they loved.
But for whatever reason, some people don’t expect us to value our gifts and our efforts. They feel we should live in poverty and piousness – or they point to the olden times when healers and seers were revered tribe members who might not receive money for their services.
They forget that we, too, have physical needs that have to be met.
What they might not be aware of, and what you need to keep in mind as a Lightworker or Tarot Reader is that, in the olden days and in tribal cultures, the healers and shaman were given tokens of appreciation and gifts for their healing work. Their food, shelter, and clothing were provided to and for them by the tribe in return for their services. They didn’t go without. Their gifts were valued.
And just because you are a Lightworker doesn’t mean that you don’t have a mortgage! Your physical needs aren’t less because you believe in and speak to Angels. Tarot Readers still have to purchase food, clothing, etc. Personally, if someone thinks that I should ‘get a job’ to pay for those things while asking for a reading or healing from me, well… I’d bless their heart and send them on their way!
I’ve chosen Reiki, energy work, business mentoring, and card reading for a profession — or they have chosen me. And so that is the field I will work in. And, what I do IS WORK, too! I write, I sit down and devote time, effort, and energy to each and every one of my readings. I have administrative tasks, like emailing potential clients, advertising, travel to events, tracking expenses, etc. So the cost associated with a reading covers my time, effort, study, etc.
Not to mention, what I do is a valuable service to begin with. The Reiki that I channel helps people to relax, unwind, de-stress, and put their bodies into states that allow for healing to occur. The card readings I give bring comfort, a different perspective, A-HA moments, and peace of mind. The advising I do revolves around increasing self-worth and value. All these things are worthy of payment.
And really, money is the new form of energy exchange. The cash that you give out for a service or session represents the value that service or session has for you. Zero cost, zero value. People who are willing to invest in themselves and in their therapies tend to do better as a result. Those who pay for a reading might take the outcome or advice more seriously than those who don’t.
Ultimately, as I mentioned before – this profession chose me and I chose it. I honor my gifts and feel they are valuable services to pass on to others, therefore, I will charge according to the value these gifts give to others and also for my time, education, and administrative costs. I am super generous – but I won’t give all of my gifts away to benefit others.
What are your thoughts on this, and are you a Tarot Reader or Lightworker? Please feel free to leave a comment with your thoughts on the topic!