Why do people charge for spiritual work?

I sent an email to my list on Monday letting them know that Prince sessions were available again. Someone unsubscribed from the list with this comment: “I understand that you are a medium. However, if Prince has messages and is open to talking to his fans, he would not want you to charge a fee. This is something to be done out of love, not monetary means. It’s all about love and gratitude.”

I get it. There is a very common belief that those doing spiritual work in the world should do it for free. It should be an act of service, given freely from the heart. In a perfect world, that would be the case.

Thing is, we live in a non-perfect world that runs on money. The skills that allow me to connect with those on the other side and facilitate healing are just as important as the skills that allowed me to work in the financial services field for 33 years. I got paid there. Why would I not get paid here?

Beyond the skills I came into this life with, I have spent many, many years (and a fair amount of money that I earned in that previous career) to hone those skills, to learn how to work with others in a way that supports and faciliates empowerment. Because the work I do helps someone on a level beyond the physical, is it not valuable? Is it not worth someone’s money?

I say it is and will continue to charge for the work I do in the world. Standing up for lightworkers, shamans, priestesses and other healers is important to me. We are trusted sources of Light in this chaotic world and believe that there is more to life than what the human eyes can see. We are wayshowers and wisdom keepers, traditions that have existed in many forms since the beginning of time. It’s on me and others who do this work to own our value and worth in a society that wants to keep us in the space of “spiritual work should be free” for lots of reasons.

From a longer (and very worthwhile) post by Mary Shutan:

The idea that “spiritual people should not need or accept money” is really saying money is wrong and bad, and that money is something that someone who is truly spiritual doesn’t need or will magically appear. The truth is, if you are a spiritual healer, money does magically appear. In the form of patients you can help, in the form of a service for payment. This sentiment, that spiritual healers should not accept or need money, and are terrible people if they do, is simply a thoughtform. A thoughtform is a communal thought. In this case, it is like a bad game of telephone- people with a misunderstanding of how things worked with indigenous healer plus pop culture New-age Shamanism plus anger and fear equals this thought. And this thought doesn’t really make sense.

This thought is also a projection. If you are getting angry over money, or fear it, or are judging others for receiving it, having it, not having it… whatever the case may be… ultimately it points to your own unhealed wounds about money, not whoever you are projecting this on. What you see in others is your own unhealed wounds– and in this case it points to your own spiritual issues and money. Heal your own relationship with money, and you will realize that money is a current of energy- it either flows or it does not. And nobody is entitled to healing from anyone. If you cannot heal yourself, it is time to pay someone for their time, energy, and abilities.

Go read the rest of the post – you’ll see where this thoughtform came from and why it is misguided. I’m not upset at what my former reader wrote. She speaks for many, many people out there and I wanted to bring this conversation to my community.

What are your feelings about it? I’d love to hear in the comments below.