Article by Angie Webster
Is it wrong for healers and spiritual teachers to make a living helping others? Many struggle with this question. When we fall into the belief that we cannot use our talents to heal and make enough to live on, we limit how many we are able to offer healing to. We are, in a sense, rejecting our talent.
A living must be made in order for a healer or teacher to have shelter, food and clothing. If basic needs are not provided for, the healer suffers. The only option is to heal or teach less of the time so that a living may be earned another way. This means fewer are helped, healed and taught.
When healing work is done with a sense of service and gratitude, there is no need to feel that what we are doing is not important or should not be rewarded. We have all been given a talent and a calling to use it for the good of others. Allowing ourselves to be provided for through this type of work is showing gratitude for our talent and our ability to serve others. It ensures that we will continue to be able to serve into the future in health and well being.
Holding ourselves small and afraid of making full use of our talents and of receiving the rewards from doing so creates the inability to allow our talents to help others as fully as we can. It ensures that we don’t have enough. It ensures that those we could potentially serve don’t receive enough of our abilities. This serves no one.
If we allow ourselves to be supported by our talents, we show appreciation for them. We can help far more people when we allow ourselves to receive in return for our gifts. This honors the Divine flow of giving and receiving. There is nothing wrong with not charging, when you feel called to, or charging less for those who have little. But when you feel it is wrong to accept money for your healing talents, it might be a good thing to examine where this belief comes from.
Some have a hard time with this because they feel the talent comes from God. However, all talent comes from God. Talent for music, writing, healing, teaching, working with machinery, gardening—all these and more come from God. We aren’t meant to starve or suffer while we use our talents and we are not meant to stifle our talents. We are meant to share our talents with others and allow them to share with us as well.
Some also feel it is wrong to be fully open to our talents or to have enough. It may seem contrary to being on a spiritual path. In truth, it is more opposed to spiritual growth to refuse to fully acknowledge our abilities and to be open, receptive and grateful for the rewards received from putting them to use for the greatest good.
When we offer our gifts, we honor the Divine. We do the same when we receive abundance through the Divine flow of giving and receiving. Allow yourself to be open to receiving all of the gifts the Universe has for you.
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Angie Webster is a Reiki Master, Teacher, and Author. Angie’s primary focus is animal Reiki, which she adores. She teaches online classes on energy healing, flower essences, herbalism, and personal growth. Angie often works with nature healing and Earth healing, hoping to better understand our connection with Mother Earth. Angie is the author of Animal Reiki: How it Heals, Teaches & Reconnects Us with Nature and Reiki from A to Z. You can follow her at: angie-webster-healing.teachable.com and on Facebook (facebook.com/angiewebsterhealing).