Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Frequently Asked Questions About Regular Email Exchanges

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I offer email exchanges as a service for active students only. If you have not worked with me one-on-one, you will have to do this first for a time before I will engage in an email exchange.

The basics are straightforward. For those who prefer to write and be responded to, I offer an exchange of reading 4 emails from you and sending 4 email replies within 3 months.

Some people get a lot of it, and in a way, it can be like journaling only you can get feedback for it. The written format also allows for the individual to take time digesting what I share.

Common Questions About Email Exchanges

Do you work with everyone?

Much like my work in my other sessions, I only work with people with whom I'm guided to work, and this offering is limited to current active students.

Why do you only work with current students?
Firstly, a current student is someone who has been having one-on-one sessions via Skype or in-person. These sessions give me a stronger sense for what is going on with a student, and that allows me to offer the best responses in the written format. It also helps a student from hiding behind words, which a lot of people are good at doing in written communications.

How many email exchanges can I do?
So long as it feels true to us, you can do as many email exchanges as you'd like to do.

How long are your responses?
My responses are as long as I'm guided to write. Sometimes they are short, and sometimes they are long. I am always tuned in to what feels most appropriate to share and how best to teach you. Sometimes, you don't need a lot of words from me; you just need to trust yourself and to write out what you feel to someone who can receive in a loving and non-judgmental way. Sometimes, you need a lot more words of encouragement. There is no way that I can generalize.

How much does this cost?
I really encourage you to let go of the idea of cost and to think more in the terms of reciprocity. The suggested donation for an exchange of 4 emails is $150 USD. As always, that is a suggestion. If it feels right for both of us to work together, whatever you have to donate will be fine.

Shouldn't Spirituality Services Be Free?
As I mentioned in my FAQ about sessions, life is built on reciprocity. Money is just one form. Tithing and donations have long been a custom to support spiritual teachers. The reason I do a "suggested donation" is to create flexibility for you instead of the rigid way that Western Society values and judges everything.

For more on the topic of money and spirituality, please check out this blog: "Mindful Money Use and Reciprocity"

How Do I Donate to You?
On the right-hand side of the blog is a link to my PayPal account. You can make your donation to me after we've discussed whether it is appropriate to work together.

What Kinds of Questions Can I Ask?
You can ask anything that you like. No topic is off-limits, but that doesn't mean I'll reply to everything. As I've said before, I am always tuned in to my inner knowing, and I share what feels right to share. In general, you should always feel free to ask questions about anything I say that doesn't make sense, and it is really important for you to be as open and honest as possible. This is part of the process of letting go of our defenses to be fully ourselves. We can't hold anything back.

Why Is There a 3 Month Time Limit?
This keeps the email exchange from dragging out too long. It is also a good length of time for someone to work through some issues. If someone goes through 4 email exchanges in a week, it is doubtful that they've really worked through much. The spiritual path is a slow one at times.

How Can I Get the Most Out of this Service?
Be honest. Be vulnerable. If you hold back, I'll sense it, but there is less space for a genuine and deep exchange whenever you don't say what you are really feeling.

The flower arising from a snowy bed on this page comes from my friend and photographer, Becky Stiller. You can see her work on her Flickr account.
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