Spiritual Work in Modern Times - To Charge or Not To Charge...That Is the Question?

Many professional spiritual workers and healers today charge for their services, whether it is holistic healing, Naturopathic medicine, Chiropractic, Acupuncture, Psychic or Mediumship readings, Metaphysical workshops, Shamanic retreats, 
Reiki, Yoga, Bereavement Counseling, etc., but the debate and questions always come up, “should I pay for services, what do I charge  people for offering my services professionally, isn’t healing a gift, therefore shouldn’t it be free?”

Those are but just a few of the many questions spiritual workers and healers deal with as professionals and our modern ties to paper, or what we call “money.”  Many Spiritual workers and healers are breaking free of modern attitudes, philosophies, and Capitalism beliefs and are returning to “old ways” of doing spiritual work and healing; knowing, believing, feeling, visualizing, and manifesting that Universe, Spirit, and their own “Soul Tribe” and community will provide in these modern times and are finding ways to make a living as the only species on earth that “pays” to live here.

Receiving paper money for services will continue to be a part of the fabric of life in our society, but separating out the Capitalism, greed, and thoughts associated with the “all mighty dollar,” and educating your clients on the importance and value of your time to perform these services as a professional is essential. The most important commodity for anyone and everyone is time, not paper money. Paper money is what allows spiritual workers and healers to learn, mentor, and practice their skills, pay bills, put food on the table and be available to serve others in a professional manner. Gone are those days of offering your services to your tribe where the tribe would provide shelter, food, protection and survival through a natural exchange of community for "free."

The modern world has evolved as we have all gone out as pioneers and prospectors with choice, free-will, and personal responsibility to make it on our own! As we move forward with this choice of being alone in this fast paced, chaotic, disconnected, and distracted society, the money, greed, and Capitalism have followed, and many services that where once offered for free with the intent of helping others now has a price tag attached to it. This is the modern world and why spiritual works and healers charge for their services, but society is changing, people are changing, the world is changing, and many people around the globe now seek truth, freedom, peace, simplicity, community, while working together for the greater good, taking care of others, our planet, and not so much emphasis on paper money.

This trend and shift of higher consciousness and human spiritual evolution continues to take root and grow deeper by the day, stronger by the year, and many more spiritual workers and healers will be needed with plenty of work and paying customers to go around! Those currently serving as professional spiritual workers and healers and those just starting to explore and discover their own spiritual path with future careers in this field are realizing that it is not just about the paper money, social media followers, fame, book deals, or TV shows as modern times and society would have us believe, it is so much more.

Things in the modern world all cost money, from gas, food, clothes, to even water! What are your talents, skills, and personal time worth in your ability and intent to serve, help, assist, heal and inspire others? Are you honoring and respecting your gifts, talents, and the time and money to learn so that you can serve others better? With what you charge or don’t charge, are you respecting the field in which you serve, and those who may seek you out? If you do this work for free, will others take advantage of you? Will you be ok with that? Knowing the past and history of performing spiritual work and healing as a professional will help you on your spiritual path forward in these modern times and feeling comfortable with a value system based on paper money and when to charge and when not too. It’s all about what’s right for you…


“The more you know about the past, the better prepared you are for the future.” -Theodore Roosevelt

Marc Lainhart is an international and tested Spiritual Medium. Marc serves as a Radio Show Host, Hiking Guide, Certified Diver, Metaphysical Teacher, Holistic Healer, Inspirational Thought Leader, and Writer. He uses his gifts to guide, transform, and inspire others in connecting to self, spirit, and the world around us! For more “Spiritual prospecting,” please visit MarcLainhart.com or Internet search ‘The Intuitive Prospector™’

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Comment by Regina Chouza on August 31, 2016 at 6:53pm

Hi Marc, Thanks for the reply - that is fine. I can send the piece to the publishers as is. Thank you for clarifying, it was more of a personal question and I don't want to change the article =) 

Have a great week!


Comment by Marc Lainhart on August 26, 2016 at 5:33pm

Hi Regina,

Thank you for the feedback and good to note for future articles on capitalization.

Great question on greed and capitalism. Since 2008 when I first entered into the spiritual fields of psychic sciences, mediumship, and healing, I have come across some healers that really do this work to make a lot of money and follow the formula of true capitalism. My intent is not to point fingers at healers who do this, but just to let people know that this does happen in the "real world," right or wrong (charge or don't charge), and that we as a society are moving back to community and soul tribe and away from "paper money. " Putting a price tag on helping and being in service to others and our planet is no longer #1, helping, serving, building, healing, but also finding a way to survive in life (which requires balance), but also  includes trust, belief, and that spirit/universe is working along side of us and assisting us. I was trying to keep my words down for article requirements....If the publishers would like me to rephrase, please let me know....Thanks!



Comment by Regina Chouza on August 25, 2016 at 3:53pm

Hi Marc,  Thanks for this submission - I'm forwarding it to the publishers for review with just a few stylistic changes to bring the piece in line with our submission guidelines. Namely that we don't capitalize words like acupuncture, etc, and all of the instances where a sentence is written in 2nd person (you) would be published from the 1st person plural POV that we prefer.

I do have a philosophical question for you about the references to greed and capitalism though, do you think its greed that drives wanting to charge or more a case of necessity? I don't necessarily think that healers are greedy for charging and I wonder if the references to greed and capitalism might make it seem like some healers are greedy, or are seen as greedy, etc.

Just a thought ... if you'd like to rephrase anything to clarify just let me know =)



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