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About the Author
Derek Calibre has been professionally entertaining clients with psychic visions since 2004 in New York, Tokyo and Honolulu. He has been featured on CNN, NBC News 8's Psychic Hawaii, and Comcast, where he hosted a show called Psychic Workshop on Video On Demand.
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RuPaul and The Mannequin
April 13, 2005
"You sure you wouldn't like some wine, Derek?"
My client is enjoying herself. She's invited three of her friends for an afternoon of psychic readings at her clothing boutique in Honolulu. Dresses, purses, jewelry, and shoes are all tastefully displayed. A little cheese tray has been laid out, along with some nuts and olives. It's a quiet Saturday and, though the store is open, no customers have come in. I have the sense she owns the business to outfit her friends more than anyone else.
For the last two hours, the women have listened in on each other's readings. I've kept the psychic insights light and fun. These women keep no secrets from one another; they've had fun watching me pick up on each other's personality traits and little secrets.
After the last reading, one of the women asked, "Derek, how do you get your information?"
"I interpret information from my imagination. I let myself play, and go wherever my intuition guides me. Sometimes answers come from the walls or the things in the room. I'll allow the 'real' physical world around me to morph into an imaginary dreamscape. A kind of waking dream emerges, an alternate reality that I give the same credence as the conscious reality you and I know.
"For example, you see that gecko brooch there?" All eyes move to a colorful brooch made with rubies and other gemstones. "Gecko's have a definitive stare. When they look at you, they draw you into trance with one eye. Have you noticed how they do that? The next time a gecko stares at you, try mentally entering the eye to see what it is saying. This one says to me, 'I have a dream for you! I will share some of my talent with you!' I'm not quite sure what this means. Well, actually, maybe I do know. Lizards are the keepers of dreams. I think he's saying I will have a psychic dream. Maybe that he will come to me in a dream. Or that a dream of mine will have some correspondence in reality."
The ladies all stare at me blankly. Derek, your example is too abstract. Not everyone understands your psychic language.
"You have to think like a child to capture psychic insight.When you were all kids, you no doubt played with dolls. You briefly lived in an alternate reality. It was real to you. Well, if you were to ask a doll for psychic information, then carry on a conversation with that doll in your imagination, the doll would probably give you psychic information."
The ladies still gaze at me blankly.
I continue, "See this white mannequin over here with the oriental dress? In my imagination, she's raising her finger to me. She says, 'I have something to say!' Her voice is quite firm in my mind. She reminds me of that drag performing artist, Rupaul. Do you know her?" They all burst out laughing. They do know her. Rupaul is an actor, model, and songwriter, an iconic gender-bender, and race-bender. He's black, but performs as more of a blond white woman.
"It's funny," I say. "I know it makes no sense, and is strange, but you have to accept it regardless, and assume there's something psychic about it. She wants to say something to you, Arlette."
"I'll interpret what I see her saying and doing. She's flashing wide, white eyes. She is presenting herself to me as a black woman, but made up blonde, like she's trying to be white. She's standing on the coffee table, really confidently. She's wagging her finger at you, saying, "Girlfriend! Why are you letting your so calledboyfriend run the show? If he's so bad, as you like to say, why don't you leave him?'"
The women all laugh. One says, "She has you pegged, Arlette."
"The psychic dreamscape is fun to explore. The characters we meet there are clever. Let's break the symbols down a bit. This model, or mannequin, appears African American to me. Why? To me, a black woman, as an archetype, represents strength and the quest for equality. That's why she's speaking to you about owning your power. Drag queens are another archetype. They live their lives on their own terms, nobody else's. They don't care what people think and often make decisions that defy social norms or conventions." I say this to Arlette as if it might apply to her.
She smiles knowingly back at me and says, "It's so amazing, how that message applies to me." The two other women exchange looks of disbelief. "I'll say," the owner of the store says, but apparently for a different reason. "This is so freaky, Derek."
"Why?" I ask.
"The other day, we painted that mannequin white. I didn't think that outfit looked right on her with her natural dark coloring. Underneath, she's really a black mannequin."
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I recommend this book! The book is written in a journal entry style, which is great as a "pick-up" book. Each entry is an experience from Derek Calibre's life, which ultimately leads him to being a very successful full-time psychic. I found myself captivated by the "down to earthiness" of the experiences shared. My emotions experienced while reading it went from tearfulness to laughing out loud! "Can You Turn it Off" was an interesting autobiographical book that was woven into a tapestry of a rich texture that builds with the beginning his gifts and how he developed and honed them to an astounding level. By reading his personal story, the reader is given an artistically crafted "how to" of awareness development and user friendly techniques in dreaming, coincidences, and psychic awareness development. I have had psychic readings from Derek prior to the publication of his book, so in all honesty - I knew how it ended! His readings are amazingly accurate as I can attest. Now after finishing this fun read, I appreciate him even more for his many abilities in art, acting, and as a business man, family man, and friend to many.
I found this guy's journey entertaining. And he has some good ideas. He's really down to earth, and funny! The stories are original and got me thinking.
Interesting story-part autobiographical, part inspirational, part educational all rolled into one. Wonderful book for new grads unsure of what path they should take next. This very personal story talks about one persons journey from high school to present in pursuing his dreams and making them a reality. A great balance of humor, insight, honesty, and self awareness that makes this a quick, easy read that will continue to make you think long after you are done.