Ethical for healers to earn moneyIf a healer or energy worker charges for their services does that make them greedy?  Is it ethical for healing arts professionals to charge a fee for the work they do? And if they offer healing sessions because they want to be of services to others, then is it right for them to accept money in exchange for these services?

 

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Some clients and customers in the wellness industry have self-limiting beliefs or negative programs about money when it comes to healing work.  Many of these people believe that healers shouldn’t charge for their services. It’s important not to get sucked into this mindset or energy and here’s why…

I know this is a controversial topic, and you’ll likely have your own opinion and ideas about it.  I want you to know that I honor whatever you feel is right when it comes to this subject. However, I do have some pretty strong opinions of my own (which I’m about to share with you). I want to let you know that I value your ideas, even if they differ from my own.

I think this is an important thing for members of our community to discuss. In saying that, I’ve also seen this topic spark some heated conversations. All I ask is that if you disagree, you please keep your comments respectful and in the spirit of sparking enlightening, positive discussion.  🙂

First I want to be SUPER clear about something…I personally do believe that healers should charge for their services.

I’ll tell you exactly why that is in just a bit. However, I also want to acknowledge that there ARE some clear ethical violations around healing work and money. I’ll address these at the end of this post.

So, let’s dive into why I think it’s SO important that healers charge for their services. Also, why doing so doesn’t make them greedy or unethical. 

Here’s a biggie right off the bat… if we want to see more of this kind of work in the world, then we need to support it. Truthfully, nothing speaks louder than backing things up with cash. Think about something like organic produce and grocery items. They used to be incredibly expensive and difficult to find. Although they often still cost more than conventional items, the more people that purchase them, the more affordable they become. Conventional grocery stores were encouraged by their patrons to meet the demand for healthy, organic foods. Eventually, larger producers started to take notice and offered these products at more affordable prices.  

Backing up your ideals with your wallet helps to send a message to the larger industry about what is important in your life and about what you value.

I think the same can happen for alternative wellness practices. If more and more people start paying for these services because they place value on them, then perhaps some day soon insurance companies may start to take notice and offer coverage for these therapies as part of their plans.  For example, many insurance plans now cover things like massage, reflexology, chiropractic, and acupuncture. This wasn’t always the case. However, insurance companies could see a measurable trend in the growth of those industries. Therefore it was obvious that more holistic services were valued by their patrons.  

Someday soon insurance companies may be encouraged to pick up the cost of other alternative healing practices. This will only happen if we’re willing to put our money where our mouths are. We need to pay a living wage to the people offering these services. More money in a small industry means major growth. That’s when people really start paying attention.

Here’s another thing to think about… healers have often sacrificed a lot to step into their dream job.

They’ve likely paid lots of their own money for training – I myself have invested over $50k in my crystal healing education! Additionally, they’ve invested in tools and supplies (everything from crystals and essential oils, to massage tables, to rented space).  Now, you may be thinking, “Well, that’s just the cost of doing business and those healers SHOULD have to pay those costs.” You’re absolutely right, but then there needs to BE a business. This means there needs to be an exchange of money from the client to the healer.

I think it’s an unreasonable expectation to think someone should have to invest tons of money into their own education, supplies, and space and then not ever ask for anything in return. Another example here… if you believe that a healer should not expect payment for their services, would you say the same for a doctor or a surgeon?  Would you tell them they should offer all of their services without any pay just because it is morally right? Even though they’ve invested thousands and thousands of dollars into their own education and training so that they CAN be of service and help people? No way!

Not to mention, many healers do give back to the community. Whether that be through sliding scale appointments for low income clients, volunteer work or free sessions to people in need.

Many of Love & Light’s own students have gone on to volunteer at places like VA hospitals, AIDS treatment clinics, and hospice care centers.

Trade and commerce are just how things have been done by humans for thousands of years.  And yes, it has flaws. But when good people are doing good things, it almost always ends up with positive outcomes.  Again, I realize that some people abuse this system and I’ll be addressing some unethical practices at the end of this article.

Ok, let’s move on to an especially important point here…

When you financially support the kind of people that do this work, it frees them to do more to give back.

The time they’re paid for allows them the support and freedom to create and offer beautiful things to the community in other ways. For example, here at Love & Light, I wouldn’t be able to provide all of the free training, videos, articles, podcasts, and more that I do now if it weren’t for the clients that supported the school by paying for classes.  That has allowed me to offer some truly extraordinary free training as a public service, but it wouldn’t be possible if I weren’t being paid for my work.

If I did all of this work for free and had to have another job that supported me financially, I wouldn’t have ANY free time to create all of the great free things I’m able to now. So the more financially supported I am for some of my work, the more I am able to give back to the community in other ways.

If healers did everything for free, they would absolutely burn out.  

When you give and give and give without ever receiving, you’re not living in balance with the laws of giving and receiving. There needs to be even energy exchange to maintain balance. For those that give and give and give without EVER receiving anything in exchange, they aren’t able to support their clients as fully because their well is dry. If there’s no energy coming in, it’s near impossible to send any back out.

So if you’re a healer, it’s important to keep firm boundaries about your self worth and the value of what you provide.  If you give away too much of yourself or your business for free, then you’ll become depleted and burn out. This will result in you not being able to help anyone at all! You need to have balance between giving and receiving. As one of my amazing mentors once told me, you can’t give if your chalice is empty. Fill your chalice first – it’s a form of practicing self-care and self-love. You are worthy and deserving of the abundance that comes to you, so be willing to receive it. Fill your chalice, and then give of yourself to others.

Ok, so now let’s dig into when it IS unethical for people to accept money in exchange for healing work.  

I’ve been in this industry for a LOOOOONNGGG time now, and I’ve seen a few gnarly (and super disappointing) things along the way.  Although this doesn’t happen often, and these unethical healers are definitely in the minority, there are a few red flags you can look out for to keep yourself from financial harm.

Ethical Financial Violation #1 – The “Only I Can Do It” Routine:

This first ethical violation is one of my biggest pet peeves and something that truly makes me cringe when I see it happening.  When a healer disempowers their client by making the client reliant upon their healing, they are being unethical. If the healer makes the client feel like only the healer can solve their problems or help them, then that’s a BIG violation of trust and ethics.  

The job of a healer is to facilitate and assist the client on their own healing journey, and EMPOWER the client to create positive change in their own life. So if a healer ever tells you that you can’t do it on your own, or that ONLY THEY can help you, run for the hills!  A good healer can help you get where you’d like to go (maybe a little faster and easier than on your own – because, hey, we all need help sometimes)… but they should never make you RELIANT on them for help. A good healer empowers you to heal yourself – never forget that.

Ethical Financial Violation #2 – Using Fear to Manipulate People:

An even worse ethical violation happens when a healer, psychic, or other wellness practitioner uses fear to manipulate you.  For example, many years ago there was a psychic reader in my town who was up to some pretty shady stuff – billing people for thousands and thousands of dollars by telling them that they had curses or bad juju and that only she could fix it (yes – this one is often combined with ethical violation #1 to really double down on bad practices).  She would do a reading or two for a client and tell them great things, but then by the third or fourth reading, she’d give them some horrible news and offer to fix it all… for a price.

The price? As MUCH as the client could possibly afford. I even heard stories of her talking some clients into taking out second mortgages on their homes just to pay her what she “needed” in order to lift the curse/shift the energy/keep the spouse from cheating/keep children safe/tons of other horrible things.  Since she was doing readings just a few blocks away from my new age shop, Mimosa Books & Gifts, I often had people walk down to my store with a dazed look, and then they’d completely break down, cry, and tell me what had happened.

After a few times, I saw the pattern in what she was doing and made it my personal mission to educate people about how unethical this was.

I also made it a point to share that they weren’t the first person she had said these horrible things to. The whole situation was outrageous – it was so hard for me to believe that someone could treat people this way.  But, we are human. We have moments of weakness and vulnerability in our lives. Unfortunately, there are some people (although very few when compared to the people out there doing good!) that will exploit these vulnerabilities for their own gain.

So…is it unethical for healers to take money in exchange for their services?  Nope – not one bit…

Unless they’re up to some pretty shade stuff like I mentioned in the two examples above.  It’s important to remember that most people are lovely and want to do this work to be of service. They genuinely want to help.  But they also deserve to be treated with respect and compensated for the services that they provide.

Receiving fair compensation for their work doesn’t make them greedy or money hungry, nor does it make them less focused on the importance of the work that they are doing.  In fact, it’s quite the opposite. When they’re living in balance with the laws of giving and receiving, they’re better able to serve those in their community, give more of themselves, and share their gifts with those in need.


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57 responses to “Is it Ethical for Healers to Earn Money for Their Services?

  1. DeeAnna Nagel on April 18, 2018 at 1:12 pm

    Your unethical examples are excellent. Bartering for services is appropriate sometimes but not always. The main thing is to clearly communicate so that it is obvious to the client that there are no hidden agendas. Having a services agreement is also a good idea. Great blog. Keep up the good work!

    1. Lauren Love & Light Support on April 18, 2018 at 2:31 pm

      Thanks so much for your comment, DeeAnna, great points! <3 So happy that you're enjoying the blog. Crystal blessings!

  2. Shellymarie on April 18, 2018 at 1:15 pm

    YES! I completely agree that Healers should charge. Doctor’s are healers and they charge. Therapists, etc. If people truly worry about charging for their gifts then use a sliding pay scale. For your high end clients, charge a standard fee that you come up with for everyone (Charge more if they want a “rush appointment”, for those who are a little down on their luck, or don’t have those high paying jobs, charge them a percentage of your fee, or set a aside a time in the month when you choose to do pro-bono work. Lawyers do pro-bono, but they also charge large sums of money to their regular clients. Spa’s have a “menu”, so healers can too.

    Choosing to be a healer and share you talents is a gift, but it is also a job. I think when you stop ignoring those who could use a healer’s wonderful energy and only tend to those who can pay, then there could be an ethics issue.

    This is just my opinion. I am nowhere near being a certified healer yet, but I know I have the gift of healings hands and I like to practice on people. One day I hope I am able to use my gifts to create a business for myself, while also sharing my other metaphysical beliefs with those who might be drawn to my work.

    1. Lauren Love & Light Support on April 18, 2018 at 3:51 pm

      Love this Shellymarie! <3 <3 Thank you SO much for your feedback, and sending you tons of love on your healing journey 🙂

  3. Karen on April 18, 2018 at 1:18 pm

    I believe we should be paid. Im charging for my time not what modality i am doing.

    1. Lauren Love & Light Support on April 18, 2018 at 3:52 pm

      Excellent point, Karen! <3 Thanks so much for sharing!

  4. Nancy Johnson on April 18, 2018 at 1:19 pm

    I absolutely feel that it is very important to charge a fee for the energy work that you do. It is an “ energy exchange” between two people. One person needs the “ expertise “ of a trained energy worker to help them with whatever issue they might be faced with.
    An energy worker is trained and has a very broad knowledge of what techniques to use to get the desired results. For an energy worker to be effective they must have the ability to know how to connect with the energy fields that exists and to use the proper procedure and techniques.
    Of course in life there will be some that don’t have the gift and will not be as effective as another person. But just as with any other service …just don’t go back.
    But Energy Workers DEFINITELY need to charge for their work.

    1. Lauren Love & Light Support on April 18, 2018 at 3:53 pm

      Great points as always, Nancy! <3

  5. Victoria Brecht on April 18, 2018 at 1:23 pm

    Touchy subject here
    I appreciate that you’re putting value to our healing abilities. I agree but disagree this is why.
    The act of healing itself is them and you together. I don’t believe in you pay me this exact amount because not everyone can afford that. I did see you put in there about a sliding scale, however then those who do have the extra funds at the time are now not getting fair treatment because they have the money? As healers yes we need a source of income to be able to pay bills and taxes etc. If I were sick and needed help. How would I feel about being charged a different price than another?
    How could I afford some of these healers (some charge vast amounts thinking I deserve) what about the idea of helping to begin with? Did you get into this to make money or to help people. What is the biggest goal? What is my spirit saying? I believe these are what should be looked at as individuals as well as healers.
    Healing itself I don’t think a fee should be applied. Perhaps a donation or barter (trade for services) Now to make that $ this is where I think you could agree. Workshops, healing circles, books, online blogs, videos plus selling healing tools per example crystals, herbs, soaps etc. Not getting $ for the healing itself, however making $ with the other avenues. Also giving free healings brings in more clients that will talk about your free healing. We all know we need the tools to heal as well. Like a book or drum, Etc etc again. That’s where I believe $ should be made. I appreciate I got the forum to speak my mind on this subject. I understand your point of view as well. However I do disagree on charging for the healing itself. Any great healer in history didn’t charge $ just saying…… Blessings ?

    1. Lauren Love & Light Support on April 18, 2018 at 6:08 pm

      Hi Victoria! Thanks so much for your comment, we love hearing differing opinions! <3 We'd like to challenge you to think about this statement you made...

      "Did you get into this to make money or to help people?" - Why does it have to be an "either/or" scenario?

      Why can't we get into a line of work because we want to help people, and be SO grateful that we can earn a living doing something we love? <3

      We totally see your point about offering healing sessions for free, and then supporting yourself from the income you're making from other products and services...but offering those products and services is often a full time job in and of itself...leaving little free time to do the healing work then <3

      Thanks again for commenting! Crystal blessings!

  6. Shell on April 18, 2018 at 2:09 pm

    Of course healers & those who offer spiritual support services should charge and receive payment for their services… it is pretty difficult to serve others in this way if you are burned out from working 3 jobs just to pay the bills, or if you are homeless & hungry! Until professional healers can pay their bills with good vibes they definitely need to charge. (If you find a mortgage company willing to accept good vibes in lieu of money please let me know!!!)
    Artists and creative types get this a lot too. I work with my husband/ photographer part time and I can’t even count the number of times someone has suggested that we should work for free or a pittance because it’s a “fun job” or “not real work.” Or they offer to pay with “exposure.” No thanks!

    I love reading tarot and angel cards for people but I need to charge or I’m not going to be able to support myself doing it, will have to get another job to pay my bills and will no longer have time to read the cards for others. I don’t really see who that benefits – not me and not the people I read for that’s for sure! Bottom line, if people want to utilize a persons time, expertise, and skillset they need to be prepared to support that person with money so they can continue to be there for you!

    1. Lauren Love & Light Support on April 18, 2018 at 3:58 pm

      LOVE your comment about a mortgage company willing to accept good vibes LOL! Great points, Shell <3 Funny how people figure others should only be getting paid for their jobs if their jobs are miserable and boring rather than something they love doing!

    2. KW on April 20, 2018 at 11:21 am

      Shell,
      I love that you made the connection to artists, too. As an artist who has tried to sell my work a little here & there (I admit I never went full force), I got *extremely* frustrated with the huge number of people who don’t want to pay. A close family member of mine even said, “Well if you like doing it then why do you need money for it, just be glad you get to do something fun.” Huh?!? wha-?!? so…. how do we pay for our rent and electricity and FOOD? People at craft fairs often tried to talk my prices down even on $20 items. We all, as a country, have to start appreciating EVERY job out there, from custodians to artists to healers. No one is “lesser” than others, and it kind of made me feel “lesser” when people tried to haggle or remind me of how great it is that I have a talent, and that should make me happy enough.

  7. Jean-Paul Sacré on April 18, 2018 at 2:23 pm

    I think that a Crystal Healer may charge like any therapist : it takes time and energy (at least) and if you do this you may have no job (no income or not enough) and you have to eat! You may have expenses in order to do it properly : premises, hardware, crystals(!), and many things…So it becomes a job as well.
    As for me I’m not a professional therapist : I’m retired with a pension. I do it because I’ve been told to do it and I like it. And I’m attracted to do it… So I’ve never charged for Reiki, Crystal therapy and whatever else I can do to help suffering beings. I don’t ask for anything but if some people give me a present I’ll accept it and if others needed to give money I’d advise to make a donation to a charity.
    So there are different possible answers …

  8. Cindy Preston on April 18, 2018 at 2:24 pm

    Like every other profession, healers should be compensated fairly. I don’t agree with outrageous pricing. I believe the cost should be reasonable and fair. I also believe in helping people who can’t afford it. Barter and trade works well. And sometimes just a hug. I like to be accessible for any who need it if possible. Ashley, I firmly believe in all the points you made.

    1. Lauren Love & Light Support on April 18, 2018 at 3:58 pm

      Completely agree, Cindy <3 <3 <3 Thank you so much for reading and taking the time to comment! Crystal blessings!

  9. Starlight Nectar D 'Amour on April 18, 2018 at 2:26 pm

    Ashley, Healers getting paid for their services is an interesting topic indeed and I am grateful you have raised it for your community to discuss.

    First off, when you go into a restaurant do we pay for our food?
    When we attend an arts performance do we pay for a seat?
    When we get our nails or facials or floats in… do we pay for those services?

    Catch my drift?

    I was a professional performing artist for most of my 20’s and 30’s into my 40’s and so many of my colleagues would pose the statement… I can’t believe I get paid to do what I love! Or, should we really get paid to do what we love?

    True Well’th seems to be rising out of this question and others like it.
    It seems to me since I have moved out of full time performer into healer/wellness facilitator, that so many aren’t sure they want to pay you for your work, because they question it’s value to them and the impact that it may make on their life.

    Truth be known the ultimate healer is the self and nothing can be aligned without the con cent of the self. SO the true healer ultimately is the self. However, the self that thinks… may not be still enough to make the instinctual calls to benefit it’s own well’th in alignment, balance with source energy.
    The job of the Healer is to assist you in aligning with that which is within your reach you may not know how to access it.

    So if you get your nails done because you don’t want to polish them yourself why do you pay them? My point being, it takes great time and daily effort on the healer/facilitators part to keep themselves aligned and balance to assist you in yours. To maintain integrity with clear mind and heart to guide your energy back to balance is a value to any one that has faith in their own ability to receive alignment and balance.

    Seeing the pretty color on your nails is immediate. You may not see feel or hear the value of the session with your wellness practitioner because you may be numb to that aspect of yourself that is receptive to the work which is most likely the reason you sought out the help in the first place.

    So I am in complete agreement that alternative wellness providers call them healers, facilitators or practitioners be paid for their services.

    I suggest maybe interviewing a few wellness service providers before choosing and feel inside which one may be the one for you at this stage in your awakening/alignment journey of life. This may be a new experience for some of you to feel into a choice. A great exercise for your intuition.

    I have many intuitive talents that have been revealed through my own transformation which allows me to assist others because I know first hand how to access yours. Life and mentors have been my teachers and their value in my life is priceless.

    I encourage you to discern where the inner clenched fist may originate wether giving or receiving wellness services to find how to release your relationship with adversity and open to sovereignty. You may find that to be sovereign is a new and different view of self respect. To unconditionally love oneself is to love all in that way.
    This is the way of the wellness facilitator.
    May it be the way to your True Well’th.

    1. Lauren Love & Light Support on April 18, 2018 at 4:07 pm

      Starlight- thank you SO much for sharing this beautiful perspective! <3 Absolutely love the points you've made here-- especially that the ultimate healer is the self <3 <3 We really appreciate that you took the time to share such great thoughts! Crystal blessings!

  10. Katie Rose on April 18, 2018 at 2:28 pm

    I absolutely believe it is ethical to charge a resonable fee for services provided. Let’s face it – yes this is my dream job, to be a healer . But I have to put bread on the table. I am in a situation that if it wasn’t for the kindness of The Love and Light school – I wouldn’t be here. That is them giving back BECAUSE THEY ARE ABLE. My situation likely won’t change- so I need to learn to be the best darn healer around. I have expectations of a better life AND helping people. It goes hand in hand. Of course the generosity and kindness shown to me will be replayed someway – hopefully ten times over. But I need to get to a place where I can do that.
    I’m just keeping it real.

    1. Lauren Love & Light Support on April 18, 2018 at 4:09 pm

      Katie- you are SOOOOO amazing!! <3 You are going to be such an incredible healer and we know you'll be able to give so much to the world! <3 We are so happy to be a part of your journey. Thanks so much for taking the time to comment!

  11. Simone Blakeman on April 18, 2018 at 2:46 pm

    Crystal therapy and Reiki are like an Allied Health service. As a service it is up to the client to make the decision if they would like that holistic service and pay for the service. Time, education, skill, ect are used for a positive service outcome. Yes absolutely there should be fee. We are have expenses but if you are in a financial position not to charge you are very lucky and of course I would not charge family and close friends. Its a decision for everyone to decide for themselves.

    1. Lauren Love & Light Support on April 18, 2018 at 4:10 pm

      Great points, Simone!! <3 Thank you so much for reading & for taking the time to share your thoughts. Crystal blessings!

  12. Cheryl Schmalz on April 18, 2018 at 2:58 pm

    I feel that if I am putting in the time and the money to learn about crystal healing and I spend the money to set up a business, I can charge for my services just like any other type of therapist/healer. I want to help people balance their energies and hopefully help make their lives better. I want to help them see how everything on this planet is linked through energy and it all works together.

    1. Lauren Love & Light Support on April 18, 2018 at 4:13 pm

      Love that, Cheryl! The exchange of energy is so important and that’s the perfect way of putting it <3 Thanks so much for reading!

  13. Barbara on April 18, 2018 at 3:02 pm

    I completely agree with all you said. Everything is energy, including money and there needs to be an exchange of energy. I also believe that when something is free, it doesn’t have the same value to the receiver. Medical doctors certainly aren’t free so why shouldn’t other healers charge.

    1. Lauren Love & Light Support on April 18, 2018 at 4:16 pm

      Great great points, Barbara!!! <3

  14. Connie Baldwin on April 18, 2018 at 3:14 pm

    Excellent blog!! This is a topic that always surfaces in Reiki classes! Dr. Usui taught fair exchange be it bartering or charging. I tell students and clients that Reiki is free, but my time & experience have value. People definitely get more out of a session if they buy into it. An energy exchange is important!! Your other points are good too especially about being recognized by insurance and how we can help that happen. Let us all affirm that this will occur – sooner than later. Ashley, you have a gift with writing as you do with crystals. We are blessed to receive you wisdom & expertise! Thank you!

    1. Lauren Love & Light Support on April 18, 2018 at 4:19 pm

      Connie- you are so so kind! We are so glad that you read the blog and are so appreciative of your comments <3 Love what you said about Reiki being free but that your time & experience have value-- such a perfect way of thinking of that <3

  15. Steve on April 18, 2018 at 3:51 pm

    I had a friend who was a healer, and he would say there was always a compensation value to his services and it was roughly evaluated to the value of his time to share his knowledge. Because I believe in his healing methods, and personal belief everyone’s time has value, I had no issue paying his fee. I believe and use crystals and stones and used them for 30 years, sell many stones, give many away, but never assumed a cost to share this information.
    Exchange of money constitutes a contract for services, and with healing that can be very hard to quantify value and benefit of service received without standard measurable practices.
    As devils advocate, only in attempt to strengthen your argument, a person defined as a therapist, practitioner or contractor, there is state license, testing, educational requirements, insurance, etc. to practice and charge fees. What governs the term ‘healer’? Is there a system that all must adhere too to ensure ethical standards? The healers that I know, for legitimacy, usually practice under an alternative medicine degree and license or under religious ordination. Thank you for this thoughtful blog to follow.

  16. MM on April 18, 2018 at 4:08 pm

    We should get paid but nobody wants to pay, we use our so much energy physical mental but people do not think this they just want a free reading . I do readings but I never ask for money but I think I should get it

  17. Miranda on April 18, 2018 at 4:30 pm

    Everything is intention… and intention is everything. Us as healers of course need to be ethical… of common courtesy and common sense… and of good intentions. Only for the highest good. And best intentions… (as I say in my little prayer I do before a reading, or healing session).
    There should also be an exchange of “energy”. Whether it be money, or gifts; or whatever the healer would like in the energy return or whatever the person receiving the healing would like to give. Money is a form of energy. Gifts are a form of energy. What you put out comes back…. what comes back you put out. Its just the equilibrium of life… of all. A practitioner charges a certain amount for a session… they get the “energy” in return. Receiving equal energy has nothing to do with “ethics”. It’s when we send out healing and no exchange in energy… that is unethical. Doing that is just creating karmic debt. As a healer… that is not something we would want to create for ourselves or the ones we are doing the healings, or energy work… or sessions for. People need to stop thinking that money is evil. Money is not evil… but bad intentions with or about money is evil. There is a difference. 🙂

    1. Lauren Love & Light Support on April 18, 2018 at 6:31 pm

      Miranda… spot on! <3 Thank you so much for commenting! <3

  18. Barbara on April 18, 2018 at 5:49 pm

    I believe a healer should be paid for the exchange of energy happening. You are offering a service I need then you deserve to be paid. Very interesting blog. Thank you

    1. Lauren Love & Light Support on April 18, 2018 at 6:31 pm

      Thanks so much for reading & for tuning into the FB Live, Barbara! <3

  19. Audrey Zubrowski on April 18, 2018 at 8:37 pm

    Yes I completely agree that healers should charge for their services.

  20. Kate on April 18, 2018 at 9:05 pm

    Doctors are also healers & the cost of them is astronomical. Medications can also heal when used correctly & the cost for medicine is astronomical.

    Alternative, holistic, however you refer to them, healers are no different. They use different tools for healing & should be compensated.

    There are conventional & traditional healers that have performed unethical acts & taken advantage of vulnerable persons & circumstances. Karma will come back for them.

    Alternative healers have generally invested their own finances into training, licensure, education, certifications, equipment, tools, space, etc. Appropriate compensation is deserved absolutely!

    1. Lauren Love & Light Support on April 19, 2018 at 4:50 am

      So true, Kate! <3 Thank you so much for reading 🙂 Crystal blessings!

  21. Patti on April 18, 2018 at 9:26 pm

    Some people have a gift to be a healer and if they choose to go into the profession of healing they should be paid. Just because they have a gift and decided to help people with the gift why should they not be able to put food on their table? Healers need to eat and pay rent too, it’s a wonderful bonus that a healer is able to focus on healing as a profession and utilize their gift to it’s highest potential. I’m a healer and also an artist, it’s funny how when you’re an artist people seem to think you should give your art away for free or for the “publicity”. Everyone’s got to eat and there is no shame in making a living doing something you love and have been blessed with a beautiful gift to do so!

    1. Lauren Love & Light Support on April 19, 2018 at 4:51 am

      Completely agree, Patti! 🙂 Crystal blessings!

  22. Khrymsun on April 18, 2018 at 10:18 pm

    As Healers, if we don’t value ourselves then why should our clients? Would you not pay doctors, massage therapists, counselors, etc al, for what they do? I mean seriously people…

    I have published rates and advertise a discount for first responders, military and teachers. I don’t say exactly what it is as it’s a significant amount, and they’ve earned it!

    1. Lauren Love & Light Support on April 19, 2018 at 4:54 am

      That is so awesome, Khrymsun! Love that you offer special discounts for so many important people in our world <3

  23. Claudette Wethington on April 18, 2018 at 10:59 pm

    I found this to be a great discussion. I appreciate the operatunitu to voice my opinion . As a healthcare worker and healer, I as well have invested my time and money as well as other forms of payment for my education to perform my skills as a healer. I feel I was blessed to discover my gift at an age were I have been able to use my skill as my form of employment, but I also feel I have a dual purpose as I have been able to plant seeds of light in my journey. With having said that, I feel that my gift was not all me as I feel it came from a greater source. The Lord our God, our master and sole source of Love and Light having given us our gifts, expects us to be compensated. God also expects 10 % to be given back to him. This I feel can be easily done as even though we recieve compensation for services, we can pay our 10 % easily just by listening to our higher self and trusting our inner source to guide us to do the right thing. If we give back without compensation when we feel let to apply skill without compensation as we all know there are those times our heart tells us to heal silently expecting nothing in return, not even acknowledgment of our participation. We must humble ourselves, listen from within and to trust God will lead us to do the right thing. It is written if we give unconditionally we will recieve back three times from God. My life has been pure evidence.
    Blessings~Love and Light
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    1. Lauren Love & Light Support on April 19, 2018 at 4:57 am

      Thank you so much for sharing your views on this, Claudette! <3 Crystal blessings!

  24. Gary Barrett on April 19, 2018 at 12:28 am

    Ran as a business, I say yes. I also know and believe they’re multiple occasions where I will not charge. It’s likely most of you would agree that charging for charity healing, at hospitals or visiting the poor and at the scene an accident of whatever kind would be inappropriate.
    There is no right or wrong according to the author of, what is it, The God Stories or something like that. I watched him on a Mindvalley seminar a few weeks ago. Or he may want to be called a she or he says god is. Whatever, I didn’t necessarily agree with everything said but I do agree there’s no right or wrong answer in most cases. Money isn’t the most important thing and it’s not about me but money is deserved for services rendered.

    1. Lauren Love & Light Support on April 19, 2018 at 5:03 am

      Thanks for your comment, Gary! We completely agree that healers can give their services free in occasions like that- or anytime they feel like the situation warrants giving healing freely <3 Crystal blessings!

  25. Sue O'Connor on April 19, 2018 at 1:40 am

    I totally agree that healers should charge…just like anybody else!Most of those who pursue healing are initially drawn to it because they have a calling or need to pursue it.I know this is true in my case.I have practiced healing in some form or another for many years-for free.However,I did it as a personal favor to friends and family.You see, I have just never gotten around to gaining any serious qualifications, due to one thing or another occurring within my own life,however…now…at the age of 56, I am pursuing a belated “career” in Reiki healing and soon to be Herbal Medicine.Unfortunately, it took me that long to realize my desire!I am doing it because I have always gained spiritual satisfaction from helping people in need and I wish to do it properly.By this, I mean that I want to make it a full time thing and as such, I will need money to pay for my materials,lessons,to live on etc. and this would absolutely not be possible without funding .I have always been of the opinion though[and still am]that if someone[a client] were in severe financial difficulty or couldn’t afford my prices…that I would definitely consider reducing or eradicating a fee altogether.Ofcourse, this is within reason…I have been in this situation myself and know what it is like…and was never lucky enough to have had access to someone “like me “,when I was in this position.But each to their own…this is totally how I feel and I am sure I am not alone in this!

    1. Lauren Love & Light Support on April 19, 2018 at 5:07 am

      Love this, Sue!! And so excited that you’re following your dreams and starting a new career <3 <3 Tons of crystal blessings on your journey!

  26. Michelle Jones on April 19, 2018 at 2:51 am

    We are energy as is everything around us including money. Money is a form of energy.
    Balance is key to everything in our lives, our world as we all agree, thus this is no different.
    Energy out from healers etc and energy in to healers from another in the form of money is the completion of the circle of balance.
    We may freely give or freely receive but we all know nothing occurs without an effect be it positive or negative.
    The gift of giving is as important as the gift of receiving… don’t you agree???

    1. Lauren Love & Light Support on April 19, 2018 at 5:08 am

      Yes, absolutely agree, Michelle!! <3 Thank you so much for reading & commenting. Crystal blessings!

  27. Dani Montoya on April 19, 2018 at 11:53 am

    Thank you for this blog post and I absolutely agree. Those of us who have taken on an Energy Healing Modality to help others on their path to wholeness and wellness should be compensated for our time and energy. Many take on these gifts for their own healing and path and they are welcome to offer it for free.

    What I have seen, though, myself personally, if that exchange of energy is not there, then the healing recipient does not put as much value on it as someone who actually paid for the session.

    I charge but not exorbitant, nor do I recommend they come in more. I leave that up to their higher self. If someone needs healing (for me its Reiki) and they are in financial straits I do give it freely. Its between them and me that they did not pay.

    When someone pays it is because they know they need help and have sought it out, and I think the healing is better integrated because they made that financial commitment.

    1. Lauren Love & Light Support on April 19, 2018 at 2:33 pm

      Thank you so much for reading and commenting, Dani! <3 We agree 100% <3 Crystal blessings!

  28. Tim Maher on April 19, 2018 at 10:50 pm

    It is unfortunate that money establishes the value of an object or service. It is important that the receiver of a service is invested in that service and it’s value. If it is given away there is no value to either party and both can end up suffering. I see this as a question of value given to the service provider and the service. If it is free, it has no value in the receiver’s eye. If it is free there is no reason for the healer to provide the service. Both lose.

    1. Lauren Love & Light Support on April 20, 2018 at 5:39 am

      True words of wisdom, Tim! Thank you so much for reading, we hope you’re doing well <3 Crystal blessings!

  29. KW on April 20, 2018 at 11:44 am

    Guilt for charging…
    Most comments seem to be from the angle of clients not wanting to pay, but what about healers who love the world so much that they have trouble charging?
    I teach taiji, and I’ve tried to sell arts & crafts. I’ve also taught classes through places that gave me an hourly rate, which I loved because I have problems asking for money. I feel guilty because I have been broke and in need, so I know what it’s like and I (wrongly) put that onto others. But I’ve come up with some ideas to help draw boundaries:

    Decide on some people or situations who WILL be free, or half price, and stick to a pricing list for everyone else. You can be kind and generous while still charging. For example, set your prices but decide that for every 10 (or 20 or whatever) full price sessions you will give a free session to someone in need. Display this where people can see your policy, so maybe they’ll feel better paying knowing they’re helping reach a goal of helping a person in need.
    Maybe group activities like lectures or classes could include one person in need for every 10 who pay (20 people = 2 of them are free).
    Also, decide in advance who will always be free: immediate family, certain friends, etc, and stick to that.
    In addition, put your prices on paper and online (or wherever) and when people ask about rates you can direct them to a price list rather than having to *say* the numbers. Looking back I think people sensed my hesitation when giving prices in person at craft fairs because I was never confident of what I should charge. Write it down and point them to it.

    I’m back in school to become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and my plan will be that if I work for myself I will give 5-10%, as described above by doing something for the community based on full paid business. Rather than sessions it could be group educational talks, or whatever I see is needed wherever I end up.

  30. Barb D on April 21, 2018 at 8:00 am

    If there are 10 people who need my help, and I have the resources to help only three, then I would need to figure out what criteria to use to decide which 3 I will help. If I choose to help those who can pay, the other 7 will find that to be unfair. But if I choose to help those with the bluest eyes, or the reddest hair, or the tallest 3 or the shortest 3, the other 7 will always feel that to be unfair. So my inclination is to say it is OK to choose a criterion that benefits me, because no matter what I pick, there will be 7 people who are unhappy with my choice. But people with money do seem to get picked a bit more, and at some point, that just becomes wrong. Maybe take two that can pay and charity case the third, but now I’m back to what criteria to use. (Probably resort to intuition somewhere around here…?)

  31. Patience on May 18, 2018 at 11:55 am

    Remember being a teen and owning your first car. The kids who worked a job and saved to buy their first car versus the kids who’s parent bought them a car. The ones who worked hard and saved money for their car, valued and respected their car and the saftey and rules of the road more. Where as the parent bought car was often driven recklessly and with abandon because if anything happened their parents would repair the car for them and cover the insurance rates.
    I believe when you pay for a service you somehow give it more value and merrit. You are willing to put the same value into your self as you put into the value of the service.

    1. Lauren Love & Light Support on May 21, 2018 at 7:02 am

      Excellent comparison, Patience! <3 So so true. Thanks for reading!! Crystal blessings <3

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