This is something that has surrounded the spiritual and paranormal community for a life time. It doesn’t just relate to psychics
and mediums but it also encompasses all spell casters, healers and astrologers. There is an ideology that if someone has a
special gift they should share it for free.
In the modern western world this is a ridicules argument and is often presented by people wanting something for nothing. They
want to guilt practitioners into believing their special gift was given to them to provide the world with a free service. Let’s take a
closer look at some of the arguments for this as well as a few pit falls to watch out for.
How much should I pay for a reading? There are several psychics and mediums advertising their prices for a reading –
some are low, others seem very high, whilst others offer free readings. How do I know which will give me the best
value for money for my reading?
Answer: First of all, there is no such thing a “free lunch” No clairvoyant, for example, is going to sit around all day reading for
nothing. Firstly they need to earn a genuine income.
However there are times when this can sometimes be a ploy to get you to have a credit card reading, especially if you are phoning a company that uses psychics to work via the telephone and the company is advertising free readings. Secondly, those offering cheap readings may employ readers who are prepared to work for less money than others. It may be that your reading is a phone reading. Several companies employ readers who are prepared to read from cue cards or scripts. Look at why the service you are getting is cheaper than elsewhere and why the service may even be free.
Most Spiritualist churches have Mediums who are associated to them. These may be mediums who demonstrate their abilities to the church audience. Readings booked through a church will often by at a lower price than if a medium or psychic is sought out privately. Never the less you are still paying for the service. Some celebrity mediums will charge considerably more.
Some psychics and mediums in training will give their service free of charge just so that they may gain more practice. Whilst some mediums/psychics/healers, will give their service genuinely for free, often when this is done is it as a result of the practitioner being able to support themselves financially elsewhere in their lives.
Should psychics, Mediums and healers charge for their work? I’ve heard this is a gift and no money should be exchanged!
Answer: A true professional clairvoyant/healer should be paid what he or she is worth. Some telephone readers are paid considerably more than most to ensure that only the highest quality readers work the lines and this is reflected in the company prices. Everyone has heard of the saying, “You get what you pay for.”
Psychics, mediums and healers should not charge for their work because they offer a spiritual service. Their abilities come from God, thus there should not be a charge on what they give!
Let us take a look at other creative professions for a moment. Talented singers from all spectrums for example are born with the ability to sing. However any professional singer who in the public domain, whether it be main stream pop music to opera is paid for the work they produce. Some may have paid for singing lessons or other kinds of training, then one day they produce a hit song and are catapulted into stardom and possibly the money starts to come in and before long we find ourselves paying £40 for a concert tickets to go and listen to their music.
How about an artist, some may have a very natural ability; others again may have paid to enhance their natural abilities. But how many showcase their work in the hope that they will sell their creations. I recently went to a gallery where the artist was charging up to £400 for a painting.
Whether we possess a creative talent or a manual talent, if we are earning a living from that talent then we are charging for the service we are providing. We have forgotten that the use of psychic abilities has been around in our cultures, around the world since almost the dawn of time.
The modern day working psychic, may have been born with a natural talent, however as they grew up they moved forward and joined a development circle or psychic development course and may have spent many, many years studying their trade, especially qualified healers, costing thousands of pounds, and many more years after that building a strong reputation for themselves.
The modern working practitioner still has the same costs as anyone else. They still need to buy food, pay bills, a mortgage or rent, and then there is tax and national insurance to pay as well. Therefore unless the working practitioner has some other means of financial support then they are going to have to charge for their time.
We have also forgotten that money has its own spiritual value, it’s how we trade in the modern world and there is no other way of supporting ourselves without money being in our lives. The key is humility, providing the practitioner is genuine and sincerer in character people will be happy to pay them for the service they provide, as with any other trade.
So why doesn’t the spiritual practitioner go out and get a normal job like the rest of us, then they can give their gifts for fee.
Most people unless due to family commitments or a form of disability will have a full time job, five days per week, which fits around the pressures of family life. If a psychic practitioner is using their skills on a regular basis, this can be very demanding on their own personal time as well as mentally and physically due to the concentration involved. It wouldn’t be too long before the psychic is emotionally exhausted and may be forced to give up their source of income due to not being able to work for a living.
Any genuine practitioner will follow their own sense of fair play, observing how much they are charching for their service and what is involved in the service they provide. They may also offer free advice and counselling within their own discretion. As well as helping others in a way that doesn’t not prevent them from becoming unable to earn their own source of income or putting themselves at emotional risk from taking too much on.
It can be very easy to criticise another person’s lifestyle without understanding the personal needs of the practitioner themselves.