What is a Gratitude Blessing?
Giving from our heart in proportion to what we receive is what is meant by the gratitude blessing. It is not tied to financial obligations, but sincere expression of appreciation. The exact value cannot be measured.
I am not always rewarded with cash. I have been paid in raspberries, honey and socks, all of which were meaningful messages from the spirit world that I was being recognized beyond the veil of this illusion. My lesson is to be unattached to outcomes and not measure what I receive against some arbitrary expectation. People give what they can and for each person, in every ceremony, it should be relative to their experience. I had a woman give me a couple of dollars and all her change once, and the experience we shared expanded me in ways I can't express. Another woman gave me a thousand dollars for the same ceremony. The Universe orchestrates giving from the heart.
The important thing is that we complete the circle of giving and receiving. A sincere offering allows the effects of the ceremony to be fully delivered. We deprive ourselves when we take without offering in return because we break the energetic flow of reciprocity. As we give so shall we receive. Placing an offering on the altar at the end is appropriate.
It puts responsibility on each individual to determine the worth of the experience in relationship to his or her means. Sometimes, people feel stress in deciding and will ask me to give them a ball park figure. In that case, I liken it at the very least, to an enjoyable evening of entertainment. How much would you spend on a good meal, a movie with snacks, a concert or sporting event? At the bare minimum, with no understanding of the power of prayer and ceremony to serve as a magnifier and catalyst for the law of attraction, the value should be considered for the uniqueness of the experience.
I have put years of effort into learning the ceremonies and being sanctioned by medicine people to deliver them. I have invested at least the amount of a masterís degree to walk with the responsibility that I carry. In any endeavor, a person should be rewarded for expertise, dedication and delivery. I am not a charlatan making things up and ordaining myself at a whim. I know what I am qualified to offer, and I offer it with a devotion to healing Mother Earth and all that live upon her.
In primitive cultures, the spiritual healers/shamans were highly regarded and richly rewarded for their contributions. They were supported by the community that they served so they could focus their attention and energy to be in this world but not of it. That value has been lost in the modern world. Healers make sacrifices and take risks to create the lifestyle that affords them the flexibility to be truly present to people in the moment.  I have no shingle hanging with set hours. My duty is to say, "YES" when spirit presents an opportunity for me to be of service.
I recognize that when I serve as a hollow bone and show up fully, the spirits do the work through me. How can I take credit for the miracle of insight that is provoked by something I have said or done when spirit is directing me?  To truly serve is to truly trust in Divine Providence.
Sacred Healing ceremony, medicine wheel readings, weddings, memorial services, Despatcho, Hucha, Ilahinoor, Munay Ki, Reiki, crone's crownings, monarch and welcoming the newborn ceremonies are all offered on a Gratitude Blessing basis.