No, I don’t work for free. Do you?
It would be wonderful if we all could do that and still be able to support ourselves but that is not possible for me and I want to address this matter.
The most ridiculous thing I experience when it comes to my work is that many people expect so called “spiritual work” to be free of charge, and I sometimes receive long emails, I mean very long, where people share their problems and difficulties with me, and the sentences are not even written in a way that is comfortable for the eyes to read, the words are just thrown up basically and then sent to me.
And then when I reply them saying that I’m available for spiritual guidance sessions or invite them to become members of my website and use my Ask Maria service where I can write them an article in reply to their questions, I either don’t hear back from them again..
(And I can feel intuitively that they expected me to write them back and spend hours of my time to sit and reply to people privately when many of the answers or guidance to their questions they have can be be found on my membership site).
.. Or; they write me back, sometimes fiercely offended for me not having catered to their needs as they would have wanted me to.
At times people try to project guilt on me too by writing things like “I’m so disappointed, I really thought you care about peoples pain and wanted to help, but I guess I was wrong..”.
But let me just tell you that those manipulations are not working on me.
Would you say that to a psychologist too..? Or any other type of therapist. Would you contact them to make an appointment and expect the session to be free..? And then when they tell you their fee, would you then be offended by that?
If someone wishes to talk with me/have spiritual guidance sessions, then yes, there is going to be an exchange in energy in the form of money. Obviously. As with any other work or service.
Nobody can live on air alone, and this is what I have dedicated my life to. (To Truth; wherever it leads me).
I don’t have a day-job, and times are tough for me too financially at the moment, just like millions of people all over the world are experiencing financial restrictions right now, so am I.
But that’s not even the point! Everybody should be paid for what they do and share, period. All work that comes from the heart is “spiritual” to me.
So there. Now you know that I do not work for free, and especially not for people who tries to guilt me into doing so or manipulate me, that kind of behavior is not sitting well with me and it’s utterly pointless to even try to manipulate me in any way. (Guilt is a popular one for egos).
With that said, I have helped many (countless) people over the years for free, and from experience I have also learned that many people who receive free counseling are not really committed, they rarely do what is suggested and they simply don’t respect the sharing that has been done.
So I only ever give any free advice or guidance nowadays; only to people that I feel is sincere and honest in their request, and I feel that intuitively right away where they are coming from and sometimes respond to them offering my services for free if they lack funds when I feel there’s a mutual respect involved.
Never to people who demand that I should cater to their (ego) needs for free just because my work is considered to be “spiritual”. That is pure nonsense to me.
How would you feel if I demanded that you should do your work for free for me?
If I demanded to get get free haircuts, free doctors appointments, free food in the grocery store and so on.
Because in my mind, all work that is from the heart is spiritual, and spiritual work has nothing to do with only working as a counselor. A taxi driver can do spiritual work just as powerfully as a spiritual teacher or whatever.
It has nothing to do with what we do, it has everything to do from where we do, from what place we are coming from within.
That’s my perspective, so I will probably give the link to this post to all people who contact me from now on that expects my work to be free.
Now you have read it and are able to make the decision if you wish to have a session with me or become a member of my website and use my Ask Maria service where I can write you an article in reply to your questions.
I can’t sit and use hours and hours of my time to write and reply privately to people everyday for free (and believe me, I have done plenty of that) as we all have to be able to support ourselves financially.
Thank you for your understanding in this matter.
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