João Teixeira de Faria, commonly referred to as John of God or João de Deus, is arguably the most powerful unconscious medium alive today and is possibly the best-known healer of the past 2000 years. A medium with extraordinary capabilities, for the past 43 years, João de Deus has been channeling over 30 spirit entities to help heal others. Thousands journey every week to visit him at his compound, the Casa de Dom Inácio de Loyola, located in Abadiânia, Brazil.
Treatment: In full trance, the Spirit Entity incorporates into João de Deus’ physical body during the session and performs the psychic surgery (no anesthesia). He treats all illnesses and diseases. John of God has no recall of the work performed through him, though entitles are sometimes identified by helpers. Principal among them is St. Ignatius Loyola, the Spirit Entity for whom Casa de Dom Ignacio is named. Others are Oswaldo Cruz, a famous doctor in Brazil who lived over 100 years ago (he is know for eradicating yellow fever and was a key figure in the founding of Brasilia), Dr. Augusto de Almeida, a surgeon and spiritual master, and Dr. Jose Valdivino, a surgeon.
Sessions: Large groups of people line up every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, when John of God performs the healings. White clothing is required to enable João de Deus to “scan” a patient. Sessions start at 8:00am in the main hall and begin with instruction and prayer conducted by one of the Casa volunteers.
A line forms of people who have been scheduled in an earlier visit to have surgery. They are escorted into the invisible surgery room adjacent to the hall. Under the guidance of one of the Casa volunteers, patients sit on long benches or rest on stretchers, with eyes closed, preparing themselves for the invisible surgery to follow.
John of God addresses the large crowd in the main hall. Prayers are spoken to incorporate the Spirit Entity. As João de Deus enters a full trance, his ordinary consciousness is suspended, and his body becomes the vessel for the Spirit Entities. His stature, gaze and speech are markedly different from before the trance.
Three adjoining “current” rooms connect to the surgery room. Sitting in silence, with eyes closed, when a patient is called, he or she presents John of God or one of his helpers with a piece of paper on which is written 3 healing requests translated into Portuguese.
Apart from the psychic surgeries performed, John of God also requests for volunteers to undergo a visible healing. While these visible healings are also done with João de Teixeira de Faria in a full trance and without anesthesia, the visible healings are meant to demonstrate the effectiveness of psychic healings. The visible demonstration may include an incision with a scalpel and subsequent stitching, or the use of forceps that are inserted into the nasal cavity.
Participants: Those who come to be healed by John of God include cancer patients, crippled children, and a variety of afflicted others. Many remain for extended periods of time.
Origin: John of God (aka João de Teixeira de Faria) was born in l942 in Goiás, Brazil. He was clairvoyant from an early age and able to predict many events and outcomes before they were reported in the press. In one incident, he was able to save both his and his mother’s life when he foresaw a devastating flash flood. He left school after the second grade.
When João de Teixeira de Faria was sixteen years old, his life changed dramatically. He had been traveling from town to town looking for work, without much success, and was exhausted and hungry. He stopped near a stream and had a vision of a beautiful woman who told him he was needed at the church in the nearby town of Campo Grande. He later realized that the woman was the Spirit of St. Rita of Cassia. He followed her direction, and as she had predicted, was welcomed at the church. That was all he remembered until hours later when he awakened and was told that King Solomon had incorporated in him and had healed many people. Although he believed it was his hunger and exhaustion that had made him faint, the many witnesses to the healing miracles left no doubt as to the healings he had performed.
An intense period of instruction and guidance followed over the next several weeks. He was directed to dedicate his life to healing others and never to accept payment for this work, a guideline that he follows to this day. A simple man, his work has at times has threatened the local religious and medical authorities. He has been arrested, beaten, and jailed on many occasions.