I work on a "Pay-as-you-will" model. Here's what that means to me...
Pay-As-You-Will is part of a larger gift economy model popularized in part by the book Sacred Economics by Charles Eisenstein. The gift economy has many modes and motivations and I would like to share some of mine...
1. Sharing our gifts is core to human spirit and potential.
2. While I offer to you my services as a gift and you have no obligation to pay, you understand that this is my working profession and I need to make money to support myself and my family. I also know that you wouldn't be comfortable seeking help without making some contribution. The pay-as-you-will model says then that for the benefit of both parties there is an expectation of an exchange that is mutually beneficial.
3. I want you to know that the work that I do and potential benefits to you are truly limitless. Positive transformations that lead to greater happiness and fulfillment is priceless. How can we "set a rate" on something so dynamic and transformative?
4. I believe in the power of generosity. Giving is incredibly rewarding as is receiving the gifts of others. I strive to give extraordinary high value to you, and trust that I will receive in kind. For each of us our ability to give varies. Some have more financial wealth than others. Some have almost none at all. Yet no matter where we are, generosity is possible and is very much part of the healing.
5. When it comes to the most intimate challenges often regarding one's mental or physical health and sense of wellbeing and purpose, I have trouble accepting the current model of doing business where [# of visits] x [$] = [my financial wellbeing] as it may be at odds with the client's best interests. It is my hope to bring swift results with the minimum amount of effort. Let's not hold ourselves to trading time for money. Might I be rewarded for saving people time?
6. All things are relative. In a Pay-As-You-Will model you are asked to place a value on the services relative to the benefit you receive. The benefit is relative both to your specific needs being met, as well as to your ability to pay. All things are relative.
Please let me know if you have any questions or insights to share.
Thank you, Adam