It happened again. I’m scanning my morning Yahoo headlines and see that a Florida psychic is on trial for scamming her clients out of — wait for it — something like 25 MILLION (with a “mill”) American dollars. She managed to get otherwise intelligent folks to hand over gold, jewelry and cash, all in the interest of “sacrificing” to rid their lives of evil (’cause “money is the root of all evil,” get it?).
This shameless skank insist that her clairvoyant gift had been in the family for 1500 years. Gee — with all that ancestral weight, you’d think shed’a seen the law coming to shut her down.
I friggin’ hate stories like these, because it tars all legitimate psychic/mediums with a bad brush. No legit intuitive will EVER ask for more than their standard fee. Extras like curse-removing, intervening with the gods on your behalf or invisible bitch-slapping should not even enter the discussion. But this begs another question: if you have a gift, should you be charging at all?
The answer is: HELL TO THE YES.
No matter how naturally intuitive someone is, using that ability takes energy. A lot of it. You don’t want to see me after a long afternoon of reading: its not pretty and usually requires some serious time on the living room couch.
Most of us devote a lot of effort to keeping our gift sharp, in order to provide the best possible information we can to our clients. We take classes, buy and read books, travel to sacred sites, meditate. It’s not just for fun: its specifically to help us be of service.
Then there’s the fact that a reading requires time. Outside of the actual session, there’s preparation involved: in my case, I spend about a half hour before you even get here to meditate, tune in, clear the space with sage and incense.
Psychics could be using that kind of time for plenty of other things: car pools, laundry, making flan. Plus, most of the psychic/mediums I know have full or part-time jobs, families and other things pulling at us. So, at the very least, you’re paying us for our time.
On the subject of “giving it away,” most every psychic/medium (myself included) has frequently used their gift for someone who’s in need, and not taken dime one. We want to help, and our hearts are softer than most when it comes to a person who needs to hear a message or get some direction. The point is, we shouldn’t be “expected” to work pro bono.
Very few of us get rich from this work. The John Edwards and Theresa Caputos are few and far between. But our efforts to help and heal others in our own little way should be honored monetarily. Every reader has their own rate card; like any professional, I’m up front with mine (which you can see here). I’m not a fan of those “one free question” types or the ones who only charge you $5. ‘Cause you KNOW they’re gonna suck you in for a lot more. This is not a party game; it’s serious endeavor and should be respected as such.
What do you think about psychics and money? Share your comments with me.