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John of God – Part 3

Sitting in the current room is one of the most powerful energy experiences when visiting The Casa in Abadiania, Brazil. However, most people prefer to pass in front of John of God. And really, who wouldn’t want that experience? He incorporates more than 30 different spirits, from doctors to

Jeff (left) with John of God
Jeff (left) with John of God

homeless philosophers. In fact, one of the most thoughtful spirits is King Solomon. Trust me, I know it all sounds more than a little crazy and my wife Angela and I fondly call the whole topic “woo woo”.

But there is definitely something about The Casa and John of God’s presence. One day, John of God was incorporating an entity that was rather dismissive. As I waited in line and finally found myself standing directly in front of him, his eyes seemed focused in the distance. There was an otherworldly sense to (more…)

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After a two-hour flight from Toronto to Atlanta, followed by a nine-hour flight from Atlanta to Brasilia – the capital city of Brazil – Angela and I continued by taxi for 90 minutes to the small town of Abadiania.

Organized confusion in The Casa's main hall.
Organized confusion in The Casa's main hall.

This is Third World existence. Roosters and chickens wander the streets, stray dogs sleep during the hottest times of the day and buildings are hidden behind concrete walls and iron gates. But that doesn’t matter. We have come here to see John of God, also known as João de Deus.

He is a medium and psychic surgeon and he runs the Casa de Dom Inácio de Loyola ("The Casa"), a spiritual healing centre where he sees thousands of visitors each week from all over the world. The numbers are even more astounding when you consider that he only serves at The Casa three days a (more…)

When I told friends and family that I was heading to Brazil, the usual response was, "Oh, you're going to love Rio."

Jeff and Angela in Abadiania
Jeff and Angela in Abadiania

When I explained that I wasn't going to Rio, the second response was "Yes, but the beaches are beautiful in Brazil."

But, I was going nowhere near a beach or an ocean or any kind of coastal area. I was heading to a town, 90 minutes southwest of Brazil's capital city of Brasilia. I was going to Abadiania, a small community in central Brazil, in the rain forest, to spend two weeks with world-renowned healer John of God.

That's when the questions really started:

"Why, are you sick?"

"What the hell are you doing that for?"

At first, I had the same questions.

It all started after watching an episode of Oprah. Yes, I admit it. I used to watch Oprah from time to time. One of Oprah's (more…)