Studio City-based “celebrity psychic” Belinda Bentley says she sees many things in the future, but the End of the World is not one of them.
Bentley joins a chorus of NASA scientists, Mayan experts, and other Doomsday pundits who believe the world will still be intact past Dec. 21, 2012—a day thought by some to be the last on the 5,125 year long Mayan calendar.
“When I look into the future I still see 2013. I still see the way things are now, apart from the things that are naturally getting worse,” said Bentley, who regularly appears on Jane’s Addiction and Red Hot Chili Peppers rock musician Dave Navarro’s talk show Spread TV as “in-house psychic.”
In other words, bills and homework are still due, and most of us will still be going about our last-minute Christmas shopping and ringing in the New Year.
Many of those who feel an anxiety about doomsday predictions often consult psychics like Bentley, who says it is a natural impulse to believe in an apocalyptic scenario.
“It’s in our culture... it’s pretty natural with the state the world is in, the wars, crime rates... we sometimes feel helpless and we think the only thing to do is hope for something better to come along and wipe the slate clean,” says Bentley.
In recent weeks, reports in the news proliferated of people not only in the United States but in other countries like China and Russia preparing supplies for the possibility of an Armageddon. The belief that a Doomsday set to occur has manifested in a strong enough fashion that the federal government issued official statements from rocket scientists at NASA who debunk the end of the world prediction. Bentley who describes her psychic work as a form of science says she sides with the NASA scientists.
While a literal Doomsday is not expected, fears of some type of catastrophe hangs in the air, including projections of a “fiscal cliff” budget deficit in the U.S. government that could lead to another recession and the occurrence of recent natural disasters like Super Storm Sandy which wiped out significant portions of northeast United States.
Given the signs, Bentley does foresee a difficult few years for people, with Doomsday being the least of most people’s worries. When clients come to her with their anxieties about Dec. 21, “I tell them they have a reason to be concerned as far as the state of the world goes... things are not going to get any better,” she said.
Still a fixation on the end of days can be indirectly helpful. It is a good idea anyway to “take precautions, have my food and water, things you would have have in an earthquake,” says Bentley.
No stranger to making predictions herself, having foreseen such details as the results of the Phil Spector murder trials, Bentley says she senses the Mayans may have overlooked signs that their own civilization was heading for a demise that was much closer at hand than the Dec. 21, 2012 date.
Bentley adds there were more benign and positive uses for the Mayan calendar than to predict the apocalypse, including determining agricultural harvesting periods. “The Mayans were really, really amazing people,” she said. “It is not for us to know how to really interpret their calendar.”