Should healers & therapists work for free?

Should  healers & therapists work for free?

This is something that has irked me for a while. When I first started my Reiki training back in 2008 I was taught that even if you were practicing on someone that there needs to be an exchange of energy. For example, if you are just starting out and want to practice on your neighbour, your neighbour may bring you a bunch of flowers, or homemade jam in exchange for the treatment they are going to receive. This has stuck with me massively. There have been times when I have offered healing for free, not because someone has asked but because I can see they are deeply in need of it. Like the time I was asked to see a suicidal girl who literally curled up on my settee as soon as she came in my house. There was a lot of darkness around her at the time. As I did my healing work, it didn’t seem to make a huge difference. Six months later, she messaged me to thank me for helping her and said there had been a huge shift in her life. Another girl who wanted healing but couldn’t afford it, I offered her a lower price and spent several hours with her. Our prices may be flexible depending on who is in need . However, at the same time if this is our ‘work’ and main source of income,we also need to be able to set boundaries and honour ourselves to say no.

I have said for the last few years, why should an accountant earn £200 per hour and a cleaner £8 per hour? Why is one hour of their lives any different? Surely one hour of one persons life is worth the same as one hour of another? Ah but the accountant went to uni and studied for three years I hear you cry. The cleaner may have spent several years in an emotionally abusive relationship literally fighting for her life, raising a child and didn’t have the opportunity to study, does that mean her one hour is worth less?

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The majority of healers and therapists come into this work because they have had a trigger in their lives. It may be they have had a physical ailment which they have cured themselves and want to share that with others, some have had near death experiences, some have been through trauma themselves and have spent years working through it and now want to share these tools with others. My point is that many healers and therapists may not have been to uni to study their therapy, instead going through the university of life, to gain compassion and empathy as well as the technical skills to d o their work. For some this may look like three to five years, for some more. So if you are a business or company and asking therapists or healers to come in and work for free when you are earning a huge profit, d on’t be surprise if they say know. Their time is as valuable as yours and they have gone through a lot to be where they are now.

I would love to hear your thoughts on the subject

Lindsay x

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2 responses to “Should healers & therapists work for free?”

  1. I work on the principal of there being an energetic exchange between client and healer. I also offer ‘grace sessions’ for those in financial difficulty. Sometimes I only ask for a small tea light in exchange. Above all, maintaining my integrity and personal values guides my decisions.

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