I have received quite a few calls and emails lately from people who were seeking psychic services in exchange for little or no money. One boasted that she had seen a number of psychics over the years, but that she had never paid more than $20 for a reading. I laughed out loud when I read that, then pressed the DELETE key.
You know, there are places where you can go to find free readings. Some talented professionals choose to share their work with the world pro bono.
This is not one of those places.
As an observation: I have noticed that a lot of those "free reading" places don't actually offer a whole lot of "free".
Most professionals--people who have worked at, and honed their craft--charge for their services. For example: You don't see a whole lot of dentists, stockbrokers or chiropractors who give away their services.
Psychics and mediums are the same. Our work is intimate and spiritual. That doesn't mean it is any less work, that it is any less professional, or that we should not charge for it. On the contrary: a dentist or chiropractor can walk away from the work table. But anywhere we go, psychics and mediums have to hold our boundaries in order to avoid being flooded with information.
This is a business. I charge money for my services. I use my gift to help people enrich their lives. I have entered a contract with Spirit that this is one of the ways that I will be of service to the world. And, you know, it isn't like any other kind of gift. This ability comes with a price.
Perhaps I will say more about this another time. For now, I'll just say that being open to this energy means that certain other avenues are not available to me. I'm sensitive, and badly suited to career paths that require nontheatrical shouting (although I'm fantastic on a stage), treating people badly, and rigorous lying, among other things. Sadly, and maybe not so surprisingly, that leaves out a lot of career paths.
I have more than a handful of stories about hilariously awful jobs I held in yesteryear. Most of the psychics and mediums I have known, and have known of, have had similar experiences.
I know that our culture has entered a long-term discount fever. Daily Deal websites--Groupon, and its ilk--have become a permanent part of our culture, it seems. But I think we are forgetting that changing the dollars that we pay for something doesn't mean that we are changing the inherent value of that thing. And you know, there is a whole piece where maybe people are charging the money for X because that's what Thing X is worth. What happens to our relationships with shopkeepers and small business owners when we interrupt the flow of commerce all of the time?
Should we pay less for a sweater that was made inexpensively, and in quantity, by machines? Yes, I believe so. But a sweater that was made by human hands, with human talent and creativity, is inherently worth more, and I have come to believe that we should invest in this. It is worthwhile to invest in human services, as much as we are able to do so.
And of course, I believe that the value of contacting the Divine for information, for hope, for reassurance, and for contact with our Higher Self...well, that's priceless. That is not a service to slap a smaller number onto. It's a service worth saving for, and looking forward to. It's a service to look back and cherish.
I do offer complimentary services to law enforcement, to family members who seek to locate missing persons, and to individuals who seek to address unsolved cases. If that describes you, click here to leave me a message. If you are among these, please know that you must have contacted the police before contacting me. I will ask you for a case number. There is some other fine print about the way this works. We can talk about that when you contact me.