Reiki practitioners love their work. Many love it so much they are uncomfortable being paid for it.
Or so they say.
I wonder. If we love our work, why wouldn’t we want to be compensated for it?
Payment creates balance
Being compensated makes it possible for us to develop as Reiki practitioners by making it possible for us to put in the considerable time needed to grow as professionals. Without being paid, how many of us would have enough time to approach the 10,000 hours Malcolm Gladwell identified as being necessary to develop expertise and success?
Paying for his session enables your client to leave feeling balanced and whole on every level, not feeling indebted to you for the favor. Feeling complete with the session means a client who values balance is more likely to come back. And isn’t that the client you want to work with?
If you truly love practicing Reiki professionally, but are uncomfortable with fees, try this after your next client session:
Look your client in the eye as she hands you the payment for her session.
Hold her gaze as you smile, and say with grace and gratitude, “Thank you.”
To prepare for that interaction, take a few moments now to contemplate everything that you thank your clients for. Here are a few possibilities:
Thank you for valuing what I offer you.
Thank you for honoring our relationship.
Thank you for enabling me to support myself (and my family) by doing work I love. I know that many people are not so fortunate.
What else will you be thanking your client for the next time you gratefully accept his payment?
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This post has been translated into Spanish, Cobrar por Reiki.