This may not apply to you my friend but there are SO many people who think it’s wrong to charge a fee for doing work you love or for doing work that utilises your gifts and talents.
As an awakening woman, Lightworker, Intuitive, Healer, Therapist, Artist, Musician, Teacher or Writer…what do YOU feel about this? Have you had people give you a hard time for charging for what you do? Can you relate to the above poster?
I love what I do so much that I would do it for nothing if I could.
However, that just isn’t the world we live in right now and as we step up into our purpose to serve the world we need to keep our practical head on and keep our feet planted firmly on the ground.
If we don’t then what happened to me may happen to you.
For years I let myself get pulled into that out-dated belief that it is wrong to ask for a financial exchange for the work I do.
I allowed myself to be ‘guilt-tripped’ and sucked into the martyrdom paradigm of giving selflessly and suffering to be noble and boy did I suffer.
At one point I ended up homeless. I burnt out and got ill.
I couldn’t do anything for anyone in that state.
Personally I believe there is nothing wrong with all of us charging for our time, energy, years of development and training and our gifts.
Perhaps that is something you will need to face for yourself at some point in your own journey?
Most people committed to living a life of purpose have to face that dilemma at some stage and decide for themselves what feels authentic and in line with their personal integrity.
Plus if you decide to give your life over in service of others you will have to work out how to feed your children and pay your bills.
And if you are running a spiritual, mission-led business in service of others you will know that this is one of the most challenging and confronting paths you could have signed up for that requires transformation in every area of your life both inside and out. It certainly isn’t the easy route.
We pay for nature’s gifts all the time. We pay for music, art, craftwork, fruit, vegetables, water, land……..money is not evil. It’s how people have used it that has been wrong.
Money is simply bits of paper and lumps of metal that we use as our means of value and exchange in this dimension and when we hand it to someone we are saying “I value what you have given me. I value you and all you’ve put into giving me this product or service”.
You are demonstrating appreciation for a fellow human being and all you have received.
If you give and give and give freely whilst with no thought for self-care, then pretty soon you will be unwell and have no home. I learned this the hard way.
That was my lesson.
Something people don’t realise is that Mother Theresa was a multi-millionairess. She looked after herself and then gave the rest to others.
Money isn’t bad. Charging money isn’t bad. It’s how you earn it and what you do with it that matters.
I completely understand that for generations we have seen people abuse power and do unethical things for money. But we must remember it is the people at fault, not money itself. If we can distinguish between the two then we can evolve beyond the past and create a new paradigm around abundance celebrated for all.
You know what I feel really needs looking at?
Staying stuck in a job you hate, to pay for a home and stuff you can’t afford and don’t really want just to fit into the expectations of others, all the whilst hiding the gifts you were born to share with the world.
It’s tragic. It isn’t noble to suffer. And we always have a choice. I’ve been there so I don’t say that easily or flippantly.
You are good enough. You are worthy.
Value yourself and your gifts.
Share them and charge what they are worth.
Meditate and tune into your heart to come up with prices that feel right.
Personally I use the Remembrance Process from Heart of Business but follow your own heart and our own way of staying true to your own integrity.
I appreciate that the concept of integrity in business may be a new one but things are changing and they will continue to change if we can let go of old out-dated and limiting beliefs around money and self-worth.
There is plenty to go around.
When the tide rises all boats float.
Bye for now.
Lots of love,
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