first recourse — it’s the last. “Often I’m a last resort,” says
Jetara Sehart, who runs her business Angel Counsel out
of her redwood-encircled home in Woodacre. “People will
come to me after they’ve been to therapy and tried everything.” Still, people continue to seek out intuitives and their
services regardless of stigma. One-time visits are quite rare;
most clients return, either for regular energy “clearing” or
when they again find themselves undergoing a major shift.
“Typically it’s about twice a year, because the work that we
do is often at a turning point in their life,” says Sehart. “If
they’re really stuck in something, a reading becomes more
of a practice, like a meditation.”
SCIENCE OF THE Unseen
Though corporate climbers surreptitiously leaf through The
Secret and the straitlaced CEO may be first in line for a tarot
reading at the holiday party, most people keep the supernatural at arm’s length. So why does psychic guidance resonate
with those not naturally drawn to alternative ways?
The answer isn’t mystic, but scientific. “ What’s happen-
ing right now is spirituality and brain science are having a
marriage. It’s really fantastic,” says Open Secret Bookstore
owner Robert Calef. He opened his store 24 years ago to pro-
vide a haven where customers could read and learn about
intangible matters. “If you go to a public library, you don’t
find many books that address the unseen,” says Calef. “I
decided I was going to create the library for the right brain,
since the left brain is already covered.”
To review basic high-school physiology: The human brain
is divided into two hemispheres, the left brain and the right.
Those halves are also divided, and the four brain quadrants
are believed to help us interpret our world in different ways.
The left brain is logical, analytical, organized, fact-based
and sequential; the right brain is exploratory, conceptual,
emotional, synthesizing and intuitive. The left brain is about
planning; the right brain is about the present moment.
“There’s a joke,” says Calef: “God and the devil are walking, and God (right brain) says, ‘I know and feel the truth,’
and the devil (left brain) says, ‘Tell me and I’ll organize it.’ ”
As was recently proven through a two-year neurosci-ence study at the University of Utah, which looked at brain
scans of 1,011 people ages 7 to 29, individuals don’t necessarily have a propensity for either left- or right-brained
thinking. That said, from an anthropological perspective,
What’s happening right now is
spirituality and brain science are having a
marriage. It’s really fantastic.