Article by Tammy Hatherill, Reiki Master
I was recently contacted by a lady who wanted a Reiki treatment and she was asking my rates. I responded and she came back with a very angry and venomous reply, stating that “all you Reiki and so called spiritual people charge way too much. I would never pay more than $70 for a treatment.”
Not to long after this, a spiritual friend of mine who ‘reads’ for a living, wrote on her business page about how ridiculously expensive another ‘reader’ is and she would never ever pay such a price and feels its daylight robbery.
Both these events have prompted me to write this article.
Who has the right to judge another on their prices? No-one is forcing a client to pay a fee they are not comfortable with because if the price isn’t right the client won’t attend.
I find practitioners who undercut and undercharge quite frustrating, however I don’t know their motivation and who am I to judge them? One of my Reiki students has opened up her own Reiki practice right around the corner from me and is charging so much less then she could be (and under cutting all other Reiki Practitioners in the area) and yes I have an opinion on this but do not judge because my clients and those people right for me will come despite cheap services being close by.
The fear of not having enough enthusiastic people to pay our fees will stop a flow of clients. Voicing that someone else is charging way too much for their service is also fear – its fear that perhaps we are not good enough to charge that price.
I charge what I charge because Dr Usui feels there should be an energy exchange of some type so the Reiki energy is appreciated so much more. Also, with charging my fees, I am able to pay my bills and feed my family and live in my house. As spiritual as I feel I am, I am living a human existence and this means bills and money is a necessity in my world. If I am not in a position to help myself, then I certainly won’t be in a position to help anyone else.
Also, my motivation for my prices is one of giving back. I have enough clients paying my fees that I am able to give many free sessions to charities for fundraising. This year I have donated to the cancer council, to breast cancer, to canteen, to Autism NT, to the leukaemia foundation and the list goes on and on. I do this because I am more than happy to assist a charity to raise money. I donate my services and someone pays a price, and that money goes to the charity. I get no monetary gain from this at all. What I get is the satisfaction on helping the community.
Please never judge someone on their prices and speak negatively of it, because you don’t know the motivation or what they do behind the scenes with their money or what they give away for free because they are able to do so.
I trust this helps you to understand that fees are something that MAY determines which clients go to which practitioner. Some will go to the most expensive and some will go the one who is cheapest… however it’s not something you or I have the right to judge.
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Tammy Hatherill is the owner/operator of Tammy’s Tarot and Healing. She is a well known Tarot and and Reiki Master/Teacher, and shared her love of tarot for over 12 months with a regular radio segment on 104.1 Territory FM. Tammy is the author of two books: Trapped Behind Bars and The Diary of a Fallen Angel, and is a journalist for numerous organisation: Reiki Rays, Tiny Buddha, Personal Growth and Hypnotherapy Journal Australia. You can find her website at www.tammystarotandhealing.com
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