Thing is here lately, I have taken a back seat from a lot of the field work I had been doing and instead acting in more of an advisory role for a few other groups and individuals out there trying to fight the good fight and honestly, a few of them out there needed to hear this as their head is not in the game that they are wanting to play. Too many are out there for s**ts and giggles or trying to flip a profit and when you are trying to help your neighbor that is not the approach one needs to come from. Now I know what some of you are gonna say, about trying to have a little fun while doing and if you are gonna work at something, shouldn’t you get paid for it…let me address those separately…
Once more let me clarify that weekend warriors and Supernatural Sunday Drivers aren’t who I am addressing on this as they don’t count here. As long as they are sticking to the haunted tours and ghost stories around the fire, they are good and I am talking about those that are claiming to be out there helping people and ‘working’ to make a difference in the field. Now I am not saying that you cannot have a laugh or a little fun while you are working as that’s what helps keep one’s sanity and sometimes pass the time away as you sitting on your thumbs waiting on something to go bump, but you can’t forget you are there to work. People are counting on you. Whether it’s the team you are there with or the home/business owners you are there to help its important you are doing your job and doing it respectably. I mean if you hire a carpentry crew to come fixup or add on to your house and they spent 80% of their time goofing around, telling off color jokes, or screwing around on their phones you’d be pretty PO’d I’d bet. Same difference if you are at someone’s house or business and you are doing an investigation, blessing, cleansing, or whatever the cause when you screw around you are not only sullying your name, but your team’s if you have one, but also the field in general. Paranormal research and studies into the Supernatural and Occult are hard pressed to be taken seriously as is but it’s even worse when 3 out of 5 of the people running around out there are claiming to be a professional but in reality are just being a dumbass. So quit making life hard on the ones who are trying to do good works and go join the weekend warriors on the ghost tours, fan events, and public investigations at the shows and conventions a stay out of peoples private lives…if you are not going to be a part of the solution they need, then all you are doing is contributing to the problems they are suffering.
Now for the tax collectors in the temples…lets chat. Now let me start off that I wholly believe in a hard day’s work deserves a good day’s pay, what I don’t believe in is profiting off of is other’s peoples misery. It’s very much the concept that a happy customer, is a returning customer. If one is looking to take the skills they have learned in this field and potentially earn something monetarily speaking back from it, you should be focused on helping improve what’s good, teaching prevention, making folks happy, and keeping them in a good place and not on kicking a client while they are down. Chances are if they are asking for your help, they are already at wits end the last thing they need is a price tag dangling off of their salvation. Now to get a look at this from another angle, and not to get too political here, but look at our healthcare system…you have companies trying to make $50 off of you when you are sick for a single wooden tongue depressor that are no different than the ones you can go down to the dollar store and buy a pack of 50 for buck. And it’s all because you are sick and they can take advantage of the situation and want you to keep coming back so you can keep buying $50 wooden sticks from them as well as $100s of other stuff. But what if you can take that $50 and instead turn that into Prevention that you do once with no middle man and from time to time maybe spot check yourself on to keep that edge we talked about last time. Doesn’t it feel better to invest in something that makes you feel good inside and out or does being milked for all that you have while you are down do it for you? Now translate that into others and how they are going to look at you depending on what you are peddling, do you want to gouge them for all they are worthwhile they are down and chances are, leave them still broken in one manner or another, or do you want to nurture them back to health and while they are in a good place, help grow a long term relationship that allows them to continue to grow strong healthy? But by the same token, it is important not to become a snake oil salesman and while promising health, only serving them poison.
To put a bow on all this, I am going to share a little bit about a local man of myth and legend that, for a lack of a better term, resided in these here parts. That man was the traveling preacher known as Robert Sheffey…now as I have made known in the past that these days I walk a spiritual path that you won’t find in a brick and mortar building, but that does not stop me from honoring and respecting those of other faiths that I believe truly walked a spiritually true path and Mr Sheffey is one of those folks. His heart was true and he did what he did to help others before himself, be it man or beast. He had a few monikers that were used to describe him, mostly “St Francis of the Woods” or the “Saint in the Wilderness” due to his kindness to animals, his traveling of the backwoods, and his workings with nature and farmers of rural Appalachia. He was known to stop along roads where he was traveling or even funeral processions he was leading to help creatures in need whenever he saw one and his prayers, faith, and intentions were wholehearted as a human’s could be. It was said if you were a farmer having a dry year and Robert Sheffey came along and got him to pray for rain, you had best expect it cause more often than not his prayers were usually answered. He truly was the saint of the poor farmer and mountain man alike…and guess how much he charged for his services? Not a damn thing…he made just enough to take care of him and his wife. When he traveled it was with just what he could carry on his horse and he typically relied on the good will of others for room and board, sometimes staying in a spare room, in the barn, or even in the case of my great-grandparents, in their old smoke-house.
I know not everyone can be a ‘Saint in the Wilderness’ but we can all take a page from the book of him and others like him and remember that doing good works should be about doing good works, not getting paid. Yes, it’s important that you and yours have food in your belly and the money to put it there, but it does not have to be filet mignon every night. If you are going to make money, do it from bringing joy to others and not from prolonging their misery.