In the Spirit Q & A with Derek Calibre

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In The Spirit is an ongoing series profiling New York based practitioners. These interviews are conducted in an effort to introduce leaders of the health community to readers of the New York Spirit, while creating a dialogue about wellness in our ever bustling city. This month’s interviewee is Derek Calibre, a psychic who specializes in helping his clients with career, relationship, and general life advice.

How long have you lived here?

In 2007, at the age of 40, I moved to New York from Hawaii. When I mention this to folks, they often seem perplexed that I made that choice. But I’d been living in the islands for 20 years and the world seemed to beckon me. For years I’d longed for the opportunities New York could offer me. I never regretted that decision. Hawaii’s Aloha Spirit has always seemed evident to me in New York.

Where do you find peace in the city?

I’m fortunate to find peace in my own back yard. The backside of my apartment on West 95th Street features a quiet garden space. Late afternoons, children play on the other side of the fence. Once in awhile a ball comes flying over into my yard. I’ll hear, “Hey Mister! Did you see our ball!?”

But it’s mostly quiet here. I do take a lot of walks in Central Park. The northern woods there provide an amazing oasis.

What does an average day look like for you?

I typically start my morning preparing breakfast for myself and my partner Cedric. He commutes to a day job he fortunately loves. Once he’s off, I tend to email. I see my first client starting at 10am. I offer two sessions in the morning, and up to three in the afternoon. I often create space to nap in between!

Do you have hobbies or interests outside of work?

Outside of work, I love travel. I’ve been to nearly 40 countries and each one teaches me something. I love to bike ride as well. Otherwise, I write.

What inspired you to study your specific field? Do you have any personal heroes?

As I think is typical, I unfolded as an intuitive guide once I found myself at a crossroads in my career. That experience has always informed me as I help people through their own career transitions.

When I think of my personal heroes, I can only imagine my mother and father, who have successfully accommodated one another through over 50 years together.

Are there any challenges you encounter that are unique to your field?

In response to this question I’m reminded of a quote by an artist named Barbara Kruger: “Belief + Doubt = Sanity.”

What has been your greatest achievement?

When I think of my greatest achievement, I think of my greatest challenge. I have to defer to the hardest thing I’d say I ever had to do. That might be coming out as gay. Or breaking up with a boyfriend I dearly loved. It’s hard to choose between the two.

What ambitions would you still like to achieve?

I’d love to complete and publish a book.

How can New Yorkers practice well being in the city?

There are so many ways we can bring about balance in respect to city living. I’ve noticed a stunning lack of interest in nature and the arts in my clients over the years. If you haven’t been sufficiently exposed to nature and art, they can be amazingly therapeutic. I’m often advising: See a play. What’s the worst that could happen? You hate it? Great! That’s progress. Perhaps that will lead you to a play you love. Take a walk in the park just for the hell of it. Do anything you can that is different. Block a day off for nothing to particularly happen. Take the outcome of that day on faith; observe whatever happens to you in it. That outcome can be cathartic.

How do you find balance in unsettling times?

When I’m walking freely, I’m looking for synchronicity. And when I’m looking for synchronicity, I find it.

You can learn more about Derek at www.derekcalibre.com.

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