I go see a massage therapist who also does Reiki and energy healing on me about once a month. She charges $70/hour. The other day I felt a big shift happening energetically, and she told me that we're on the verge of a big breakthrough. She asked me to come back a few days later, but told me that for this session, it would cost me $200 an hour because it involved "psychic work." A friend of mine is psychic, and she thought this was just outrageous. Do you think this is a legitimate business practice? Why would psychic work cost me almost three times what the massage and healing work does? Are there standard psychic work fees? - Lucy
Lucy, thank you for asking this question in this forum. I am not a practitioner of Reiki myself, but I have friends who practice. I had to partially defer to their wisdom to answer this question. The rest of the answer comes from Spirit.
This woman is not legitimate. Reiki work is psychic work in many ways. There is no reason that I can find for her work to go from $70 an hour to $200 an hour. That is outrageous! She is simply trying to take financial advantage of you. I would question her abilities as a Reiki practitioner, quite frankly. We can bring about our own energy shifts and our own cleansings when it comes right down to it. Yes, professionals make the job much easier and accomplish big results much faster, but we can do it ourselves. I think a lot of your big energy shift is a result of you performing soul work on your own. You are welcoming lessons and facing life dead on.
I want to take this opportunity to say a few words on this matter. There are so many "gypsy" psychics, and the like, out there. If you hear any of the following, you're probably being scammed: "You have a spell/curse on you, and I can lift it for a mere (fill in the blank) dollars." "You are going to die, but we can change that for (fill in the blank) dollars." "Your growth is harder for me to work with now so I need (fill in the blank) dollars to go any further with you." Now we can add your story to the list.
A legitimate lightworker will tell you the price up front and explain exactly what you are getting for that price. There will never be a huge jump in rates, but the rate may go up a small amount annually or over time, just like your doctor, lawyer, or other professional. There will never be a large monetary amount needed for any type of service. All services can be performed inside the time slot that you are already paying for. For example, if a client has "bad energy" around them, I can address that situation in the client's reading. I do not need an extra $200 to clear off the bad energy, and no one else does either. Never fall for this. Whenever something makes you pause and/or gives you doubt, there is a reason for that doubt. Stop and feel what is going on. Our gut instincts will guide us if we allow them to.
Do not pay the money, and please check this practitioner's references, credentials and background. I would not want anyone working on my soul that I could not fully trust!
I wish you competent help.
I honestly think that's pretty outrageous. Any "psychic" who would up the price for a breakthrough is applying shady "gypsy" to what she or he is doing. Gypsy rules are very slanted. The first and foremost of them is: "Take a sucker for every cent you can!" One scam is to get a willing person involved, make the person feel that she is dependent on whatever "work" is being done, and then up the price. I'm shocked that anyone who calls herself a Reiki practitioner would do something like that. I think the Reiki people would have a lot to say about that person, including getting her to take Reiki off her shingle! Yes, Reiki is sometimes expensive, but the people I know who are involved in that legitimately would never do anything like what you describe.
There are some aspects of this kind of work that will legitimately cost more than others. A general reading, for instance, should be a bit less expensive than some in-depth readings that might require more time, research and other work to get right. Past lives are a whole lot more work for me than reading about this incarnation, so I charge more for those services, just as I do for astrological forecasts. However, those fees are clearly spelled out before anyone begins a reading with me. The least your person could have done was supply you with the information that, once you passed a certain point with her, her fees might dramatically increase.
Perhaps if your person hadn't been so greedy, you might not have noticed how she was trying to fleece you. If she had been smarter, she would have gradually increased your fees, so that it wouldn't hit you right between the eyes, but she didn't. You were smart to ask a psychic you trust about this. Fortunately for you, your friend was honest with you in telling you that she thought there was something wrong. I hope you took her word for it and distanced yourself from that unscrupulous person right away.
If I were you, I would run away from that "therapist." She obviously is doing this for the money and nothing else. Find someone else, and before you even begin to get involved with that person, get a fee scale for his or her entire business. Perhaps this person is just out of her depth for the next phase of what you're doing, and raised the price because it's such a stretch of her abilities, or to discourage you from returning. Perhaps she is just a common crook. Find yourself someone who is more interested in your spiritual growth than her bank account, and begin again with someone who is honestly working for you.
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