The choice of how you wish to conduct your professional work is entirely up to you. Here are some common examples of how professionals in Metaphysics are operating today:
ESTABLISHING A METAPHYSICAL TEACHING AND/OR COUNSELING CENTER
The choice here is for those who like an educational atmosphere in which to present metaphysics to others. This often times makes the spiritual issues that are dealt with more acceptable to some than in a church-like atmosphere.
The facility used for this purpose may be an office, a suite of offices, a home that is properly zoned or a storefront operation. Some organization or teachers who specialize in courses or seminars prefer to rent space in hotels or similar facilities in which to conduct their classes and/or meetings.
Many prefer to work with students on an individual counseling or tutoring basis. Others combine both individual and group activities as part of their programs. In the business administration part of the Doctoral Degree Program, full guidance is given on how to successfully set up anything described here at a minimum starting cost.
ESTABLISHING A METAPHYSICAL CHURCH SET-UP
Some metaphysicians feel more relaxed in regard to their work when operating in a definite spiritual atmosphere. Thus, they set up a storefront operation, or convert a home into a suitable church type setting. This is especially suitable for those who wish to deal with the metaphysical interpretation of the Bible or other religious scriptures, or with spiritual healing. Some rent theatres or halls in which to conduct their Sunday services.
WORKING FOR OTHERS
Oftentimes metaphysicians of similar interests will come together in a partnership arrangement, or hire out to an organization whose interests coincide with their own. As the number of metaphysical organizations is growing daily, it seems that this will occur more frequently in the future. It is a way of entering into the field of Metaphysics without an investment in a facility, and is an approach recommended by our universities for those just graduating. This is a way to begin, generally on a spare time basis, while keeping your present employment until such time as you have honed your skills adequately to develop metaphysical earnings sufficient to enable you to safely enter into Metaphysics on a full time basis.
Now we will deal with specific career opportunities, as well as possible earnings. In no way can we guarantee the earning potential discussed here, as earnings may be less or more than depicted. We realize that most practitioners are idealistic, and this is as it should be, but the practical necessities of life must be provided; therefore, this is intended, at least, to give you some ideas to work with.
Over the past few decades, writing has been the most lucrative undertaking for most professional metaphysicians. New books on metaphysical subjects continue to pour off the presses as never before, and are being purchased in greater numbers. What about the earnings? Let us examine the possibilities. Cost of the average hardcover metaphysical book today is $22.95; let us round that out to $23.00. A small sale of 50,000 copies is not unusual. The average royalty is 10%. That would mean $2.30 in your pocket for every book sold or a total of $115,000 in royalties. Far more is realized by some professional metaphysicians who effectively publish and distribute the books themselves. As an example, one book containing metaphysical subjects, entitled “Psycho-Cybernetics,” by Maxwell Maltz has sold well into the millions. Again, we can make no guarantees. We can only state what has been done by others. We can say, however, that doctoral degree recognition from our universities can certainly be an asset in helping writers establish themselves.
THE PROFESSIONAL LECTURE CIRCUIT
A human interest article appearing in a past issue of the Los Angeles Times stated that speakers dealing with metaphysical subjects are now most in demand on the professional lecture circuit, in far greater demand than any other group--including political speakers. If you are not already familiar with the professional lecture circuit, here is the gist of it. There are professional booking agents for lecturers, just as there are theatrical agents for performers. If you have no objection to traveling, agents will arrange booking for your lectures before churches, social groups, fund raising groups, charities, fraternal organizations, colleges, business groups, etc. Top lecturers in the field currently earn up to $50,000 per lecture.
As a rule, agents prefer to handle lecturers who can command at least $1,000.00 per lecture. Of this amount, the agent usually takes a commission of 10% to 20%. On this minimum schedule, therefore, the least you would receive for one lecture is $800. Three lectures scheduled weekly could produce $2,400.00 a week. Your doctoral degree recognition could make the difference in an agent’s decision whether or not to take you on, especially in the initial stages when you are trying to establish yourself. Again, our universities cannot guarantee anything and can only state what has been achieved by others.
LECTURING FOR METAPHYSICAL ORGANIZATIONS
Most organizations offer lecturers a percentage of the gate, usually from one-third to one-half of the monies collected. The average metaphysical lecture today generally has an attendance of 100 people, at an average admittance of $10.00 each. That would mean that an average lecture would produce $1,000.00. Your earnings, therefore, could be anywhere from $330.00 to $500.00. Three lectures weekly of this type could produce somewhere between $990.00 and $1,500.00.
Larger earnings could be anticipated for teaching weekend seminars, which have become increasingly popular in the last few years. Today, the charge for an average weekend seminar runs about $250.00, with an average attendance of 100 people. That could mean a gross of $25,000.00. Most organizations generally will pay a seminar teacher 5% to 10% of the gross receipts, which in this example could realize $1,250.00 to $2,500.00 for teaching. Seminars such as these represent good earnings for most people.
CONDUCTING ‘YOUR OWN’ SEMINARS
Your financial risk factor is higher here, because you, yourself must spend the monies necessary for advertising to promote the seminar and to obtain an appropriate facility, etc. However, if your seminar is successful and grosses $25,000.00 , your expenses will more than likely have been about half that amount, or $12,500.00, leaving you with a like amount as net profit for a weekend of teaching, which also involved a great deal of administrative work. It is suggested that our graduates ease into this type of undertaking slowly, because of the financial risk factors involved. However, if you once successfully establish such a seminar program, thousands of dollars in net profit weekly is possible. Again, we cannot guarantee it, but can only speak of the financial potential.
Dr. Paul Leon Masters
University Of Metaphysics
University Of Sedona
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