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
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.