“You should be ashamed of charging for access to Helios”
“…I need a good mentor who does not charge lots of money….”
“You should be offering Helios membership for free…”
“Andy is only in this for the money…”
These are real excerpts from emails I have received over the last few years, and so I decided it is time for me to address this question head on.
In my experience, this response comes mostly from people who are into the “New Age” or are following a spiritual path where their previous or existing teachers are charging next to nothing for their services, and so they expect everyone else to do the same. This attitude is rarely if ever shown by people who are not in the spiritual/new age community already and who generally are used to paying for whatever services and products they wish to buy.
So the question is, why should “New Age” and spiritual teachings be any different from anything else? Why should they be free?
Frankly, they shouldn’t be free, and here is why:
- As a spiritual teacher/healer/practitioner our time is valuable and finite
- If we choose to dedicate our time to the service of others, then we deserve to be paid for it, because that is time we have spent – creating courses, mentoring students, amassing knowledge and experience, working with clients, or whatever it is – that we will never get back
- Choosing to be a full-time spiritual teacher or healer is a calling, yes, but we still have bills to pay and things we need to do that cost money. Indeed – books, training courses and access to research that helps us create our training content and develop ourselves to become even better at our profession all costs money
- Like everyone else, we charge for our time – and it’s right and appropriate that we do. Remember that even “employed” people are selling their time – to their employer in return for the job they do. How would they feel if their employer told them they should work for free?
- Spiritual training has NEVER been free – all through history. The compensation may not have been in hard cash, but that is not to say it was ever free. Indeed, if you look in the Bible, even Jesus expected a return for healing people – not in terms of cash, but if he forgave people of their “sins”, he would ask them to go “and sin no more…” In other words, to go and “raise their vibration” or to work on themselves so that they did not repeatedly go out and perform those “sins” again – in other words their payment for being forgiven was to go and put in the “work” to make sure that you did not go and do it again
- In ancient Egypt, the artisans, builders, craftsmen, priests and priestesses who worked in and on the temples were paid – if not in cash then in terms of accommodation and food, AND the spiritual experience of the shared energy and presence gained from the sacred work they were undertaking
- And today, bishops in the Church of England receive a salary of over £43,000/year – significantly higher than the UK average salary of slightly over £27,000/year – on top of their accommodation being provided in often lavish surroundings
And with the advent of the Internet, the game has changed…
We are no longer spiritual teachers, healers and practitioners who work on evenings and weekends. With the advent of the internet, spiritual work is – more than ever before – a viable full-time career. Spiritual teachers and healers today are less likely to be earning a wage elsewhere, as was often the case in the past.
I have noticed that many (I would actually say most) of the people who complain about others charging for their work often do not work themselves, and they certainly do not (or would not) work for free. In my experience, many of the people who think we should offer spiritual teaching for free are teachers and healers themselves who often:
- Live with a partner/spouse who earns a good living
- Live at home with their parents
- Have some other source of income that means they don’t work or “don’t have to work.”
I have absolutely no problem with people not working, if it’s something people can make work for them and whoever supports them. But it is interesting that these complaints often come from people who do not have to “earn a living”.
Over the last ten years or so I have discovered that for the most part I do not enjoy working with people for free because my time is not generally valued or appreciated when I do that. People would not show up for appointments (if I was doing NLP or hypnosis work) or they would not be committed to the Helios Course because they had no investment in it.
There are, of course, a few exceptions that prove the rule, and I have offered complimentary places to students in Helios whom I have felt would be committed to the training, and for the few people for whom I have done that, they have all been appreciative and committed to achieving the outcome they set for themselves. In every case though I have made the offer to them (feeling that it is “the right thing to do”). It has not been the potential student asking me for access to the training for free.
Finally, I didn’t create Helios just to get paid. I created Helios because I made a commitment to the Lords of Light that I would carry the Mystery Teachings on to the next generation of spiritual seekers – that is why we call the Third Degree- the Unreserved Dedication. I want to work with people and I want to make a difference. I want my work not just to be read but to enable people to lead fantastic, happy and fulfilling lives AND to contribute to raising the vibration of the planet.
To do that I have to support myself in a world where, whether we like it or not, without money it is very hard to make a difference and to support ourselves in a way that enables us to make the contribution we wish to make. Indeed I have literally invested over £10,000 of my own hard-earned cash in setting Helios up, software licenses, internet hosting, consultancy fees and all the other costs that building an online community entails. This cash came from my own wages – from my “day job” and represents a significant investment, and if Helios is to continue, it has to be self-supporting and for me to be an effective teacher and Director of Studies, I have to do this full-time, and at the end of the day – that costs money.
So, to answer the question at the top of this blog – should we charge for spiritual training?
Absolutely yes – and at a level that appropriately reflects the quality of “product” that we offer, the investment and commitment of the people making that “product” and the quality of experience that the student/client receives.
And for those who still have issues about charging for spiritual teaching – or for paying for it – I dare to suggest that you take a close look at your own values, beliefs and attitudes around money – you might find you have some healing to do!