Wearing a crown of thorns, Jesus Christ is a chiaroscuro portrait of agony. Diagonal to the painting, T&T psychic of Venezuelan parentage Yesenia Gonzalez swings a pendulum at her Mt Lambert, home. As the pendulum oscillates, Gonzalez dips into her knowledge of the arcane and mysterious.She expounds upon the pendulum's powers to remove curses-via the Spiritual Response Therapy (SRT).
Interviewed a week ago, Gonzalez said: "SRT deals with the soul. When the person has a problem or trauma, they can get healing from the pendulum. It helps to deal with trauma. It helps to clean up the negative energy. "They may have gone through a life of crisis. They may have been raped or badly treated by their parents. It could affect them later on in life. The pendulum is the instrument to move away the curse."
Gonzalez feels the pendulum's powers can rid a person of generational curses which continue to stain their behaviour. "I know of people with 100 curses. Some have 14. The pendulum would help to cut the curse the next day. Life has its problems. It is how you deal with it. If somebody has a problem like alcoholism and you do the SRT, they will stop. They will not do it right away. But their life will take on a different course."
She had a word for the cynics. "It is not about swinging a pendulum and it would go away. It is much deeper. You have to analyse and see the problem. The psychic has to read the person's aura. It is about analysing the problem that is affecting the human. It is about card reading to see what is affecting the person."
As expected, her Spanish is flawless, but her English is staccato. Relying upon her assistant from Princes Town, Gonzalez asked her to explain the intricacies of the generational curses which the pendulum seeks to remove.She said: "People commit sins and they get a curse on them... They don't know they have been cursed. It enters your body and affects your soul. It is important to guard what is coming out of your mouth. Words are powerful. You can curse people."
Master Olof's student
Gonzalez perfected the art of Spiritual Response Therapy about 15 years ago. She sat at the feet of Master Olof in Belgium, Europe. "In Europe, they do this kind of healing. It is part of the healing. There is nothing evil in it. I give the curse to the universal master. I get it and send it to the divine master. I give it to the divine spirit. I ask him to guide it. I ask him to forgive." Gonzalez said she learned the technique effortlessly. "Master Olof said I am gifted. I am a special person. I am a spiritual person. After a few sessions, I was prepared in that field."
Gonzalez also stressed the need to educate people about issues like domestic violence and the divisive nature of religions. Sadly, she lamented the crime and violence stalking T&T was rooted in generational curses. "In Trinidad, there are a lot of people walking down the streets with generational curses. That does not mean they are bad people. Some parents have brought curses upon their children. When a curse comes, the angels pick it up. There are the good and bad angels. It can explain all the trouble plaguing one's life. Only when you get freed, can you find happiness.
"Some people steal because their father was a thief. They are murderers because their great great grandfather was a murderer." Keenly aware that people might scoff, she said: "I have to pick up the vibes. I have to identify the negative energy. In the same way, I have to see about correcting the negative aura with the pendulum and the therapy.
"I would not say everything would be removed by protection. But in some cases, it would not be so bad." She cited a case of a woman who had gone to Cuba to visit the finest doctors in the land. "When I met her, I told her what you have in your face is suicidal pain. It is the kind of pain that has no cure. It can drive you to kill yourself. I was able to work with her and lessen the impact of the pain," she said.
Gonzalez, too, said she also has curses in her life. "My great great grandfather (Edo Versace) disobeyed God. He came from Sweden. He was a priest. He disobeyed. As a result, I am cursed..." Gonzalez didn't expound upon the "exact nature of her curse." Gonzalez: I am not God. Casting aside the shroud of mystery, Gonzalez said: "I am not God. I try to be like God. There is nothing wrong with trying to be like God."
She's also aware that there are people who believe she is a charlatan and is indulging in satanism "People say "What you are doing is satanic...evil." Like quicksilver, Gonzalez added: "I would not deny God." She never tells people they won't die. "Whenever they have to die, that is between them and God. I know there are people who say you have to die from something...whether it be sickness or curses. I can help change the way they are living."
Gonzalez has even faced the ignominy of not being accepted by the Catholic faith. "Because I am a psychic, they won't accept me." Meanwhile, Gonzalez maintains she "was given a gift." Quizzed on whether people would claim she's taken her "gift" and converted it into a lucrative business, Gonzalez added: "I don't charge for my gift. I charge for my time." Meanwhile, Gonzalez maintains, "I am happy. I am living a simple life."