Your healing may lead you to the therapy couch, on a vision quest, or even to a shaman in an Amazon forest. You may even consult a psychic in Ireland or a Vedic astrologer in India. But if you choose to visit the Brazilian spiritual healer John of God, your healing might be, quite literally, out of this world.

Last visited by Oprah in March 2012, John of God is a medium who channels evolved Beings of Light and Love who heal humanity. Millions of people have been cured of cancer,  AIDS, mental illness, blindness, neurological diseases, and an endless list of diseases. People throng to him after medical doctors shake their heads without hope.

A man almost blind for years can see his wife and children and the colors of the world once again. A woman with stage 4 breast cancer returns to the U.S. and astounds her physicians when tests reveal no trace of the disease. A clinically depressed woman finds joy and her life purpose after using antidepressants for decades. This is the stuff of which magic and miracles are made. But the miraculous is ordinary at the Casa de Dom Inacio (House of St. Ignatius), nestled among the beautiful, green rolling hills in the modest, friendly village of Abadiania, Brazil.

This is healing outside of what we know. But channeling is an age-old phenomenon in the occult world. From Nostradamus and Edgar Cayce to modern mediums like John Holland and James van Praagh who speak with those who’ve passed, we are long fascinated by what’s across the veil.

The spate of recent publicized near death experiences including Anita Moorjani and Eben Alexander further pique our curiosity and confirm the soul’s continuity after death.

John of God comes from the Spiritist tradition, a Christian tradition commonly followed in Brazil, that believes in karma and reincarnation. The Spiritists believe that we continue to evolve across lifetimes, each one among many as we learn soul lessons, fulfill our soul purpose, and wind our way towards our divinity.

The Entities evolve through their service of healing humanity.  Many of them were doctors and surgeons when on earth. Now on the other side of the veil, they heal and offer us what they’ve learned out of compassion and for their own evolution.

The Casa is a house of love, and the Entities heal through very high vibrations of Light and Love. This is not a big leap when we consider the quantum physics principle that everything is energy, including light.

Healing at the Casa is holographic. When a person goes before John of God, their physical, mental, emotional, spiritual history and karma, including past lives are reviewed. With that, the healing process begins on all levels. People often know “something is happening” through dreams and intuition. Many revisit, release, and shift emotions connected with important events and relationships. Everyone is asked to take responsibility for their own healing as it is not magical, but an opportunity to grow and evolve.

At 70, João Teixeira de Faria, or John of God as he is fondly known around the world, is a simple, humble man without any claim to the phenomenal healing and miracles that come through him. Born to a poor village tailor, he only attended a few grades of school. Prone to visions and predilections as a boy, common in Brazil, his gifts came forward when he was only seventeen and had left home to make his living. He travelled for years across Brazil offering healing to any and all who came, helped by volunteers. But he was also persecuted and often imprisoned by the threatened medical and religious establishments. For the past two decades, he’s had a safe haven in Abadiania, and the Brazilian government and people finally accept, respect and protect his healing work. {*

 “I do not cure anybody. God heals, and in his infinite goodness, permits the Entities to heal and console my brothers. I am merely an instrument in God’s divine hands.”*}

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He does not charge for his healing work, instead makes his living through various businesses to support himself and his family.

Thousands come from all over the world to receive healing from the “Miracle Healer.” In the Casa’s modest blue and white buildings, there is room for everyone. Hundreds of people wearing white (so the Entities may clearly see each person’s spiritual aura) line up silently to go before John of God.

Differences melt. We are all bodies seeking healing. We all hold pain and loss and wounding in our bodies and psyches. With different degrees of doubt, skepticism and faith, we all seek something beyond what we know. People are often moved to tears as they feel and release situations and patterns despite years of therapy and inner work. Many cry as their deepest longings feel heard and tended to. Most are overcome by feeling unconditional love.

In the three years I’ve gone, almost everyone I’ve talked with says, “I’ve never known something like this was possible. Where else can you go where the largest and smallest details of your being and life are supported, healed and transformed? And the love, the love…!” as their eyes fill with tears.

Where else, indeed?