Spiritism, mediumship, physical surgeries performed on standing patients with no anesthesia or standard hygienic procedures, ecstatic other-worldly blissful experiences. Welcome to the world of John of God.
Stories of this healer in Brazil have been circulating for many years. Oprah produced a show about him. I’ve seen videos. People dressed in white waiting in lines to stand before him. Closeups of skin crawling “surgeries” up the nose, eye scraping, abdominal incisions. Lord knows I have an open mind about alternative healing, but John of God has been a stretch, even for me.
And yet…as time has gone by, I now have friends who have made their pilgrimages to see him and reported strong experiences. Most compelling, I saw Wayne Dyer looking vibrantly well and heard him credit a long distance surgery from John of God Entities for eradicating his leukemia. The whole episode is related in Dyer’s book, Wishes Fulfilled. After he passed suddenly in August 2015 of a heart attack, no sign of leukemia appeared in his autopsy. Very intriguing.
So, when a free copy of Gail Thackray’s Spiritual Journeys: Visiting John of God popped up on my Facebook feed, I downloaded the book. Thackray herself is a medium and Reiki healer. The book tells her personal journey and reveals the world of John of God from the view point of someone already living a multidimensional life. She takes the reader through all the steps of the John of God experience. For anyone wondering, “what’s it like to visit John of God,” this is the book for you.
Born of humble Brazilian beginnings, João Teixeira de Faria, showed physic ability from an early age. Trained as a tailor, he never learned to read or write. After an encounter with an angelic presence, he joined a Spiritist Church and began his journey as a channel of many Entities, including King Solomon and several doctors. Each has a distinct personality. Over the years he developed a team of assistants and purchased a property known as Casa de Dom Inacio in the village of Abadiania. Seekers from around the globe arrive for physical, spiritual, and emotional healing. People often return many times.
While miraculous healings happen, the road to wellness is often a process, rather than an instant occurrence. Sometimes the real healing wasn’t what a person expected. In fact, “expect the unexpected” is probably the best approach to John of God.
Thackray weaves her personal story with her John of God visits that brings a down-to-earth quality to out-of-this-world experiences. Her enthusiasm and affection for the man known as Medium João takes a lot of the weirdness out of the usual John of God stories. She paints a picture of a humble man, trying his best to offer amazing spirituals gifts for the benefit of humanity. Medium João never charges for healings or his time. Money is raised through the selling of crystals mined from the property he owns and other business ventures.
As the book closes, Thackray accepts a life mission from the Entities and takes the healing energies beyond the confines of Brazil into the world. So, in some ways, this book about John of God may just be the beginning of Thackray’s extraordinary journey in spiritual healing.
Time will tell. At any rate, this is an interesting peek at the legendary healer known as John of God.