A visit to John of God in Brazil
John of God
What is it like to go see John of God in Brazil?
The purpose of this narrative is to simply provide an objective account of what it is like to go see John of God, in Abadiana Brazil, at the "Casa de Dom Inacio"
Choosing a Guide
Hiring a guide to assist you through the process is highly recommended, especially if it is your first visit. A simple web search should yield a few choices. It wise to do some research on the guides that are available; checking references, reading testimonials etc. Translation alone, may be one very good reason to hire a guide.
One important factor to check is how often they take groups of people to see John of God. If a guide does not go at least a couple of times per year, it is possible that they may not be up-to-date on the information they can offer you.
Visiting Brazil is not the easiest country in South America to visit, but for the most part, it is not extremely difficult either. Applying and waiting for the visa is probably the most difficult part of the process. It is not a bad idea to use a passport service to help you with this. Your guide should be able to provide some assistance and advice on this also. I was successful in mailing all of my documents via USPS – Express mail. I thought later that it was probably a bit risky to trust the USPS with my passport, but fortunately, everything worked out fine. Be sure to review the Brazilian Consulate website. You absolutely must have the exact documents and payments listed, otherwise your application will be rejected and you will need to start all over. A passport service will help you with this also.
Abadiana (abahjohnya) , Brazil is approximately 1.5 hours south of Brasilia. It is recommended that you stay for two weeks. If you arrive on Monday; whether you arrive in the afternoon, or evening, you can use the remainder of the day to rest from your travels. Busloads of Brazilians come from the distant corners of Brazil to see John of God, but some of them just stay for one week
On Tuesday you can tour the facilities at John of God's healing center: "The Casa”. There are crystal beds, to cleanse the energetic body, which you can schedule. This is also a good time to go for a walk and get to know the layout of the town. The sun can be very intense in Brazil, so be prepared. A hat and an umbrella (for the sun) are highly recommended.
One may also use this time to schedule a private session with your guide to go over your requests for John of God.
It is important to understand that the person, “John of God”, does not do any healing, nor does he claim to. He is what may be called a “trance medium”. All spiritual intervention, surgery and healing is done through him while he remains in a state of suspended consciousness. This spiritual type of healing is called “Spiritism” and has been a part of Brazilian culture since the late nineteenth century. There are, in fact, many such Spiritualist centers throughout Brazil. "The Casa de dom Inacio" is unique because of John of God; and the quantity of spiritual entities that he channels for healing.
Wednesday, day 3 of your tour, offers you the first opportunity to see John of God. Here is where one realizes the importance of having a guide for this experience. The protocols of the Casa are somewhat complex (and subject to change). As a foreigner, one could easily get confused and lost at this early stage of the experience. There are different lines that one must be in, at specific times. Your guide should be able to simply help you be in the right place at the right time. This is very important, because the lines can be quite lengthy, and your actual time to be in front of John of God – also referred to as “The Entity” – is very brief.
As you walk slowly in line, you will pass through and L-shaped room, called the “current”. This is where many volunteers and devotees come and sit for the purpose of generating a great current of positive energy for those who have come for healing to walk through, so that they might be energetically cleansed as they enter the room to see John of God. It is also beneficial and healing, for those sitting in the current.
Once you finally reach “The Entity”- John of God - one of the assistants will read your requests to him (which must be translated into Portuguese by either your guide or the translators who volunteer at the Casa). He will very quickly give you a prescription for one, or a combination of possible healing procedures: herbs, crystal bath, bathing in the waterfall (that has been blessed by the spirits), sitting in the “current”, or having a spiritual intervention, which also means “spiritual surgery”. It is very important that you remember exactly what was said to you (in Portuguese) by John of God. Your guide will help you with this.
Spiritual surgery consists of sitting in a room adjacent to the current rooms, and meditating lightly while the spirits of the Casa “operate” on your energetic, and subtle bodies. There are those who choose to undergo physical surgery instead, or, in addition to, spiritual surgery. Whether one is better than the other depends upon the nature of the individual.
On Thursdays and Fridays it is also possible to see John of God, depending on your individual prognosis, and prescription from the previous day. Your guide will help you to determine the best course of action, and healing for your individual situation.
Saturdays and Sundays are given to rest and relaxation.
Monday and Tuesday of the second week are basically free days also, depending upon your individual situation.
Wednesday, Thursday and Friday are the days that John of God sees more people.
If you are on a two-week tour, it is likely that you will go in front of John of God again.
If you have had a spiritual intervention, or surgery, you will have your “stitches” removed on the seventh night, following your surgery. There is a minor ritual you will go through before you go to sleep at night and then upon awakening. The stitches will be removed while you sleep. This may seem extraordinary, or even superfluous, but there are actual documented instances of scar tissue from the stitches being seen on X-Ray images. Once your stitches are removed, you will go to see John of God once more, so he can determine if your operation was successful or not.
You will witness every kind of physical, and mental malady at The Casa. There are countless documented stories of miraculous healings by John of God. The closed mind of the skeptic simply cannot deny the voluminous evidence. There is a room at the Casa which is entirely filled with crutches, canes, and wheelchairs that people have left there because they were no longer needed.
Does everyone who goes to see John of God receive a miracle-healing?
Each individual’s healing process is different. For some; seeing John of God only begins the healing process. Some may be healed miraculously, and dramatically. Others may take several months, or even years to heal. There are those who may be required to return to the Casa several times to complete their unique individual healing process. It is also possible that some who attend this spiritual-hospital may not realize the healing benefits they were seeking. It is also possible that the benefits one receives are quite different than what they thought they needed, or expected.
What is it like to go see John of God in Brazil? - It is not a "luxury vacation". In other words, it is not a passive experience. This particular healing process does require some effort on the part of the individual; effort in the form of being disciplined enough to sit quietly and meditate for periods of time; and being willing to make certain dietary and lifestyle adjustments during the healing process. It is an extraordinary experience, to say the least. One may never look at health and healing the same again.