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– Respect others. We are each on our own path and are exactly where we need to be in this moment.
– Compensate people what they are worth.
– If you do not understand something, do not belittle it or put it down. Feel free to question it (respectfully), as that allows for education and growth.
– Refrain from judging, instead seek to understand.
– Each person is entitled to their own expression of who they are at that time.
– Let people change. Our experiences and time change us all.
– We each handle our learning and healing in our own way. Respect the individual’s own process.
– There is no good or bad, better or worse, only different.
– Acts and words of hate, anger, control, and fear all have a history. Try to understand that there may be a history coloring an individual’s world view and hence their reactions. All of that being said – never accept, condone, excuse, ignore or perpetuate abuse, control, bigotry or disrespect! Being compassionate, respectful, and understanding does not mean that you or anyone else should be victimized. Always remove yourself and others from such situations. If you or someone else needs it, please get help.
– Never let anyone try to take your power; emotionally, physically, mentally, monetarily or spiritually. If you find someone who does – RUN! This being is not looking out for your best interests, no matter how charismatic, sweet or alluring they might be. No matter what they promise you in return. There are a vast number of compassionate beings out there who will provide the same things to you without the price of your power.
– Never take another being’s power or manipulate them into giving up their power. We each have our own power and it is beautiful, plentiful and sacred.
– If you have lost power, seek out compassionate beings to help. This includes your very own true self.
This may seem like an odd topic, but it comes up a lot, especially for those of us who perform “intangible” services. For the service you are looking into, consider the following: What is the going rate in the area that the individual performing the service has their business? Do their rates fall well above or far below the average? Are the rates around the average? People who charge too much may be greedy or uneducated. However, they may also be far more skilled at what they do than the average individual in that particular field, and therefore can ask a higher rate. People who charge too little may be just starting out (they should make this very clear, and offer information on more skilled individuals in their area) they may be uneducated as to what the going rate is, or they may be deliberately undercutting the competition. Undercutting the going rate in an area for a service takes income away from individuals who have studied long and hard and are generally extremely good at what they do. Stay away from people on either end of the spectrum who are not completely honest and forthright. Always ask for background information, experience, and references. Never ask for a lower rate just because there are one or two people in the community who charge to little, it is insulting and disrespectful.I hear the questions posed, “Why charge for energy work? Isn’t energy free? What’s the scam???” The reason for the fee is that most people who offer these services are trained and experienced in their chosen field(s). They themselves have invested a lot time and money into learning their practice and additional time and money into practicing their skills. They have also invested a lot of time and money into starting their business. Many individuals will work with other forms of compensation besides money, or can offer reduced rates on a case by case basis. Many do not. Feel free to ask respectfully if you feel that your situation warrants asking, but do not ask for a reduced rate just to be cheap or because you “don’t believe in this stuff.” Again, this is very disrespectful. You are compensating the individual for their time, their travel, the products that they may use in the course of the session or their work with you, and their experience and talent.
There are of course exceptions. Some practitioners use fear and guilt to get clients to come back again and again simply for the money (not when it is in the best interest of the client.) If you feel as though you are being manipulated, you probably are. There is nothing wrong with going to another practitioner. Most practitioners will be very straight forward about how many sessions it might take to help you with the issue at hand.
Keep in mind, spiritual healing is not a panacea, like any treatment it may take several sessions to address a given issue.