In a matter of hours I will depart on a 28+ hour journey to Abadiania, Brazil. http://tinyurl.com/8kss2m9
I am going on a spiritual pilgrimage of healing to visit a man called John of God. He is a "reluctant mystic", rather like Edgar Cayce. About 40 years ago when Joao (John in Portugese) was an illiterate 16 year old farmer with only a 2nd grade education, he began to heal people. Spiritual entities began using him as a Medium to bring their healing powers into this dimension from the other side of the veil. Since that time he has been consulted by millions of people from all over the world. Over 70 entities (benevolent spirits) use him to perform seemingly miraculous healings, both physical and spiritual. He hosts one spirit at a time and afterwards remembers nothing that he said or did during the trance. His only intention is to be a vehicle for God's work and love.
His mediumship is a part of the Kardec Spiritism movement in Brazil. They believe that we are all Spiritual Beings having a physical experience and that the Spirit lives on after physical death and may incarnate again and again to learn and grow spiritually. They also believe that every person can be a medium and communicate with Spirits who have crossed the veil and are no longer in physical form. Some people have an extraordinary gift for this, such as Joao. In their understanding, God's energy is so powerful that humans are better able to access it through intermediaries such as Joao, Jesus Christ, angels, highly evolved spirits and mediums. A good analogy is when a transformer steps down 220 volts for a 110 volt appliance. There are many Spiritist Centers around Brazil and even though the country is mainly Catholic, many people attend both their church and a Spiritist Center.
I have had sessions this year with two spiritual readers and both gave me the message from my guides/angels to go to see John of God for a healing. So, as I am now committed to following the recommendations of my guides, I am doing just that! I find that when I am following guidance and God's will (not mine), things fall in place nearly effortlessly. Once the idea came to me, one of my fellow ministers in the Beloved Community, Deb Court. posted her link to the November trip she was to lead as an Official Guide to John of God. I wrote to her right away and sent in my deposit. The dates were perfect! Deb and I were both in the first class that went through my Beloved Community Seminary and met at the first ever retreat in Ashland. I will be in Deb's 20th group that she has guided to see Joao in Brazil. It's perfect! http://www.guidetojohnofgod.com/
Coincidentally (??), since I returned from Peru on Sept. 2, the arthritis in my hip has gotten much, much worse. I am barely able to walk now and have had to start using a cane. This has been very hard for me emotionally as I am only in my 50's and have already had a full knee replacement 4 years ago. As a life-long athlete (skiing, tennis, biking swimming, hiking, etc.), it is very hard for me to be less than able-bodied. I even had to visit my orthopedic doctor and get his signature for a Handicapped Placard for my car. :-( It has helped so much, however, as my world was getting smaller and smaller. When I thought about going out in the evening or even to do errands, the thought of having to walk much kept me from going. I am grateful for the cane and placard for my car and my doctor's compassion - he is younger than I and has had BOTH of his hips replaced. (He was an athlete, too, and tall like I am.)
Over the last few weeks I have had lunch or coffee with three local friends who have been to see John of God and I heard about their amazing experiences there. These three, and others I have communicated with who have gone, all say that it is a life changing experience. I have also read two books to prepare me: Spiritual Alliances: Discovering the Roots of Health at the Casa de Dom Inacio and Kardec's Spiritism: A Home for Healing and Spiritual Evolution by Emma Bragdon, PhD.
Oprah Winfrey has featured him in one of her TV shows and in articles in her magazine. She, herself, went to see him in May 2012. See some videos here: http://myown.oprah.com/search/index.html?q=john+of+god&page=1&where=video_oprah ; There are also many articles on her site about Joao.
I am surrendering to whatever healing God has in store for me - of body, mind, or spirit or some of all three. I am SO grateful for this opportunity and am going with an open heart. I know I will get exactly what I am supposed to receive.
Friends of the Casa official website: http://www.friendsofthecasa.info/