2018-01-18 / Other News

Cultural Expeditions Guide Community “Healer” To Help Others

By Dara Mormile


A mystifying fortune telling booth - stating it will predict your future for $1 - greets visitors at Sister Dobong’s sanctuary. A mystifying fortune telling booth - stating it will predict your future for $1 - greets visitors at Sister Dobong’s sanctuary. In a world filled with psychic readers, fortune tellers and those who can “predict the future,” it’s hard to distinguish who’s real and who’s phony. However, step inside Sister Dobong’s casual sanctuary at 1752 Flatbush Avenue, and you will find a down-to-earth woman who has spent her life focusing on the energy she receives from others, a skill she believes enables her to see beyond the present and heal those who need spiritual support.

The foyer of her sanctuary has a carnival-like fortune telling booth - resembling the famous “wish” scene from the Tom Hanks movie BIG – that boasts “Sister Dobong Tells All,” for only $1. The welcoming Vina Bevel - known to her clients as Sister Dobong - encourages skeptics to have an open mind and open heart to spiritual healing.


Sister Dobong Sister Dobong Her visions and abilities surfaced when she was a teenager, as she predicted incidents that would happen to her classmates. She said she felt “different” in how her energy was outwardly projected. She also felt other people’s energy force remarkably more intense as time progressed, a gift she feels was passed down to her from her mother.

Typically, spiritual readers use crystal balls, Tarot cards and other objects to “see” into the future. The local advisor admits to using these methods for some of her predictions but says face-to-face readings, focusing on one’s face and physical reactions, are the most accurate way to see into the soul and assist with guidance.

She began her mystical journey 35 years ago, praying with water - its clear and reflective traits allowing her to connect to the energy around her.


Spiritual healer’s Flatbush Avenue storefront location. Spiritual healer’s Flatbush Avenue storefront location. “I then began to worship and pray to all of the saints,” she said. “The more I prayed, the stronger I developed my power and I felt it coming through constantly.”

While Sister Dobong was born in America and traveled all over the country, primarily residing in the South until she moved to New York and lived in Staten Island for a while, she adopted her deep sense of intuition from various cultural influences. African, Haitian, Brazilian and Indian symbols and rituals, including music and prayer services, sanctified her as she learned a great deal about how to channel her focus.

“I learned a lot about the power of healing through cultural exposure - but I also learned I can be dangerous to myself and feel overwhelmed with the energy I project,” she said.

One of the most challenging parts of having her “gift” is facing other spiritual individuals who come in as customers to have their own energy read. “My vibes can pick up on everything in the room and I can tell when another person who also relies on their intuition seeks my counsel.”

While working with the rich and famous, she claims to have predicted major events like Donald Trump’s presidency and, decades ago, David Dinkins’ mayoral success was on her visionary map. On a more personal level, she’s been able to help those with toxic addictions, using hypnosis and prayer to guide her subjects away from drugs and alcohol.

Those who want to hear Sister Dobong live can tune in to 93.5 FM Tuesday mornings, 1 to 5 a.m., and in the evening, 8 to 9 p.m. There are also shows on Thursday mornings, 1 to 2 a.m., and Sunday evening, 8 to 11 p.m. Listeners can call 718-253-7273 and are entitled to one courtesy question. Sister Dobong said she can still feel the energy of someone’s presence even if they’re not sitting with her in person.

“The most frequent inquiry I get from people now is about their love lives,” she said. “Many are concerned with marital issues - they’re living with someone but they’re not really together and they’re just sharing space. I can feel that lack of emotional direction when I speak to them.”

One of her most extraordinary personal visions took place four years ago when she dreamed of an Indian holding a knife over her. Shortly after, she was diagnosed with cancer and had a kidney transplant. Through her own spiritual healing and focusing on her own energy, her pain was minimized and she said her recovery time was drastically shortened.

Despite the eccentric skills and gifts Sister Dobong has shared with others, she chooses to live a simple and quiet life in Brooklyn, where she has had her storefront business near the corner of East 35th Street and Avenue J for over a decade. Customers can walk in or make an appointment - even if they are skeptical about how her natural energy can provide insightful guidance.

“There is a lot of commercialization when it comes to the lives and true ability of psychics,” she admitted, referring to the late psychic reader from the 1990s known as “Miss Cleo” - who was alleged to be a fraud.

For the naysayers and non-believers, Sister Dobong said, “Ask if you believe in yourself first. Some people who don’t believe simply don’t want to hear the truth and you can’t persuade someone to believe something they don’t want to.”

See Sister Dobong’s advertisement on page 12.

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