I saw this reaction coming to my upcoming ecourse, so let me share my response to an email I received this morning:
Email received in response to charging a fee for my upcoming Ascension course:
I would like to give you a little bit feedback on your work. I truly resonate with your teachings, so tired of all the channelings, all the disinformation. Ascension process is easier to understand and grasp if you are guided by someone who is going through it, who is grounded on the planet.
I really enjoyed your weekend seminars and the blog talk radio and was disappointed to see your new plans, which means, that only those with a saving account can participate. Unless you do something simultaneously with that, all those low income or no income will be cut out and without current energy update while the seminar is on…. We can pay little by little and support you that way…
Thank you very much for sharing your insight, it’s invaluable!
In love and light,
Response from Sandra:
I appreciate your feedback, thank you siSTAR.
Let me share my authentic perspective on this. I have had difficulty keeping my services available, as I have given up everything to keep this mission free and available to as many as possible. I AM a wanderer, led by my Higher Levels to certain locations at certain times. All of my material belongings fit in my car. I don’t have a living space except when I am able to take in enough money for a room rental. My clothes are second-hand. I live very simply. And I like that aspect of my life; the trust of spirit and support from the collective.
I had to let the radio show go because I couldn’t get the money together to keep the account on BlogTalkRadio; I asked the followers to donate if they liked the show, but no one responded. So it’s gone. I transferred all of the shows to youtube videos so we wouldn’t lose the content of those broadcasts. This keeps them available and free to listeners.
When the online course idea presented, I was challenged with website upgrades to handle the content and registration. A volunteer presented, then had to leave when paying work showed up. That happens a lot. I’m unable to do development, create the content, and code my own website. It has been frustrating to want to share more, teach more, without income from my work to hire someone to handle tasks like web coding. This is the side-effect of having 90% of my services offered free of charge.
My resonance is not the same as many of the teachers online right now. I have resisted making this mission a business, because it didn’t feel right. Unlike many of the women doing this kind of work, I don’t have a husband, sponsor, day job, home, or much support from the ascension community aside from an occasional email or comment saying thank you. Currently my only source of energy exchange from my work is an occasional private session booking. Donations are infrequent, even though the donation button is at the end of every post. There is one man who magically shows up with a donation – unsolicited – when I’m wondering if I should just shut everything down, and that has kept me available for everyone. When I go for a few weeks without a session, everything I want to produce goes on hold so I can cover the costs of at least keeping the website up. Honestly, I will camp in the cold on Shasta before I take my site down, that’s just my way.
It can be frustrating to produce so much free content, then hear complaints when a massive amount of work goes into an online course and people think it should be free. Many of the teachers doing this kind of work have paid sites, very pricey courses, ebooks, etc. Some of their students, who paid thousands of dollars for their courses, come to me for guidance because they need integration and clarity. I didn’t want to charge a lot for my work. However, there is no reason to train people to think everything related to spirituality, ascension or guidance should be free. I am guilty of doing that. I want to trust the collective to begin to put funds into new endeavors, or at least a minimal amount of support when needed. We are not there yet.
Ultimately I would like to make everything I have to share free and available to all. I toyed with making the course a pay-what-you-can option, but whenever I have given away webinar access, event access, books or counseling sessions for free, I don’t hear from those people again, they don’t watch or read the content, or they disappear without a word or donation. The value is lost and it creates an energetic drain.
Donations include service, referrals, retweeting, or sharing my site as much as it includes financial support. I have less than ten people who regularly share my work, even though my website receives thousands of visitors per week. Thousands – how wonderful it is that we have this much interest in Ascension! If everyone who visited this week gave a $12 donation, I could live and work for a YEAR on those funds, and provide writing, radio, video, webinars, all of the content free of charge. It takes very little to keep me going; my love, enthusiasm and commitment to this mission generate most of what I need.
Payment plans for a 4-week course are beyond my tech skills. I never deny anyone guidance who asks, but there has to be an exchange involved. Regular update articles will continue to be provided for free. It won’t be the same content as the course, but that is the value associated with participating in this endeavor and supporting the intent of the class.
There is plenty of free content on the web. If we find something we resonate with, it is up to us to encourage them, and create a nurturing exchange so the things we want to see in the New Paradigm are energetically supported. Otherwise, we are stuck in the corporate/financial loop, where only those with funds to produce material get to continue. We need to put our money where our consciousness is, and if the collective refuses to do so at this time, then all I can do is work with those who choose to invest in the New.
In love, light and service,