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On Greedy Holistic Healers
And the problem with pricing
So I’m looking for a practitioner of an obscure healing method, but it’s got to be affordable. I find an American woman currently living abroad and the exchange rate is favorable, so I send her a message via WhatsApp to find out her fees. It’s never good when fees aren’t posted on a person’s website, and this person was no exception. She got back to me right away but wants $300. PER HOUR. Not $300 for a three-hour session, $300 for ONE HOUR.
Well, I’m not willing to spend that much on an unknown practitioner, and I kind of have an issue with rates that high in general. But what rates are too high? Do I charge too much if my fees are $150 for an Ayurvedic intake? What’s reasonable with inflation?
Most people can’t afford even average per-hour rates, and so they don’t go to holistic practitioners. Instead, they go online and get misguided if not outright bad advice from untrained people chirping out instant cures and canned protocols on various Facebook and Telegram groups.
Then a number of people have a bad reaction to said canned advice and think all holistic health is bunkum, so we are left with a big mess.
Organizations like the National Ayurvedic Medical Association are looking to get Ayurveda officially recognized so that insurance will cover it, but I don’t think that will fix things...it will just make things worse in the long run. Since when has health insurance actually lowered the cost of healthcare in the long run?
And when you are dealing with a weird and obscure healing methodology, insurance will never pay for that anyway.
The problem is, healers need to be paid, but they also need to be affordable. The best healer in the world isn’t going to help the average person if they are gatekeeping with a massive price that only affluent people can afford.
When it comes to pricing, I’m of the mind that the people who charge the most aren’t usually the people who are best at what they do – those people are the ones who are the best at marketing.
Usually the famous healers will charge $500 or more – like Medical Medium, who frankly I’m not impressed with and I think is a bit overhyped. Another “master healer” who overcharges is “Master Doctor” Zhi Gang Sha. He has a lot of great students and some free offerings, but I don’t trust that he’s in the healing business entirely to help people so much as make a ton of money. He was charging $10,000 for a karma clearing years ago, and that was long before our current inflation.
You could spend a fortune getting energetic power-ups through Master-Doctor Sha. Free offerings are available, and I do believe some of Sha’s techniques work well enough, but why the constant sales pitch?
I dropped out of four-year “Sufi” spiritual healing program because it became clear that they were more about the money than they let on. Courses were costing $10,000 and everyone had to do “work study” to afford it. Except, the work study was devalued at something like $15/hour. And no scholarships were offered. Everyone had to pay something. So you ended up paying $2,000 or more while being expected to work 10+ hours per week.
After I noticed the head teacher pressuring an elderly woman to stay for year two - by freaking her out that she was going to die and go to hell if she didn’t stay, a dire warning he allegedly gleaned via his so-called “intuitive” powers - I left. Got out after the first year. So did a friend I met in the program.
We learned afterwards, via some additional research, that this particular teacher and his prior guru (since deceased) had been accused of scamming students for money for decades, along with promoting Ponzi schemes. The dead guru had also been accused of sexual abuse to boot! Yet we were told that said guru was the equivalent of a Sufi saint!
The holistic healing world is full of egotists and scam artists. It’s not just the new age. I saw a YouTube video a while back where Christian healer Joan Hunter (daughter of two very famous faith healers) was egging on a poor senior woman to tithe to her, out of the idea that it would bring in more of God’s abundance if she did. They were both jumping around onstage about an extra couple hundred dollars the woman had gotten a hold of “miraculously.”
I actually like Joan Hunter, she has a neat personality, but I think she bought into her own hype and the BS of the prosperity gospel. She manipulated that poor woman to give her money she really didn’t need, and it was a sad sight to see. Whether Hunter did it unconsciously or maliciously, the result is the same – the woman was taken advantage of.
I don’t necessarily think all of these “healers” are being intentionally greedy. They’ve rationalized their greed. I believe quite a few of these folks who overcharge (or beg for money from sick seniors) are somehow fooling themselves that “God will provide” or the universe will “manifest” the money.
Rationalizing their greed and need for money.
So, I am wary of people who charge a lot. Someone who charges something decent but still “reasonable” is likely the best bet, unless you find a healer who is comfortable enough financially they can afford to be 100% generous.
So let’s compare that Sufi spiritual healing program I was in and left, to a Qigong healing program I’m currently enrolled in. The “Sufi” program cost $10,000/year and involved a few weekend workshops and some group calls every month. And it was pretty disorganized.
In contrast, if you want a very generous healing community, Teacher Wei from Mingjue Healing offers a very affordable one-year program. Teacher Wei does week-long workshops of a few hours per call approximately once per month and then the local organizers have daily, lengthy, constant practice sessions going on, to the point of it being overkill. It’s a lot of value for the cost. If you enroll again for a retake, the cost is half-off. The third year is half-off the price of the second year.
Not all healing programs need to be uber expensive.
It’s not wrong for healers to charge. It’s been a long-standing maxim that some sort of energy exchange is recommended. I have certainly found that when I offered a free life coaching session on my website, people didn’t really respect my time that much. People who don’t pay or are uber cheap are in general flakier clients, less grateful, and don’t do their homework.
Cheap clients are often the worst clients. Don’t ask me why.
So I’m not saying healers shouldn’t charge, but we do need to find some ways to make healing more accessible for people who want to pay but can’t, and who would respect and value low-cost services.
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