first learned of the Brazilian spiritual healer Joao Teixeria de Faria
(John of God) in January, 2001 from Robert Pellegrino-Estrich's book,
The Miracle Man. I was amazed at the miracles described and felt compelled
to go and see for myself. The two weeks I spent in Abadiania substantiated
what I had read in The Miracle Man. Two years later I went to the Casa
accompanied by my younger son when there was no where else to turn.
of 2003 when our younger son was eleven, I had become desperate about
the severity of his mood disorder. His capacity to cope in the world
had been steadily deteriorating. The severity of his mood disorder -
depression and explosive episodes - had reached a point where we feared
for his safety and ability to ever have a normal life. By then he was
taking seventeen pills a day, a portion of which where powerful psychotropic
medications, like Depakote, Risperdal and Trileptal.
were an attempt to stabilize a destructive descent into unmanageable
living. The stresses on our family had become unbearable. Without medications
he was explosive, abusive, and constantly agitating for one thing or
another. Along with constant cravings, he was prone to frequent violent
outbursts, extraordinary anger, suicide threats. The medications produced
a degree of calm but at a terrible price: cognitive dulling, weight
gain and a loss of coordination that was devastating for a child that
had always been a gifted athlete. In
school, his academic performance had deteriorated significantly on the
medications. His appearance was zombie-like. He looked spaced-out most
of the time, with a pasty white complexion. His face was emotionless,
showning no animation or joy. The year leading up to the spring of 2003
had included a heart-wrenching series of ice-hockey and soccer practices
and games during which he fell from among the among the best performers
of his cohort to the among the worst. So in pure desperation I took
him to the Casa in April, 2003. The first time we passed by Joao, he
said my son was
to "sit in current" in one of the meditation rooms and then
do three crystal baths. We sat in the meditation room for five or ten
minutes maximum, since he could not sit still.
bath" session at the Casa involves lying fully dressed on a table,
listening to soothing music under seven crystals, each lighted a different
color.The first time, since he was very nervous, I sat in the dark with
him, while he lay, restless and agitated and wanting to leave. He gave
up after ten or fifteen minutes and we went back to our room. The next
session was scheduled for early the next morning, before the Casa was
fully open. Amazingly, my son went in and did the entire procedure by
himself, while I waited outside. Afterwards we made our way back to
the assembly hall for the start of the 8 a.m. lines of people waiting
to pass by Joao. We got something to eat and drink and sat outside under
the covered walkway near the
hall next to the garden.
were sitting in the sunshine, facing each other, waiting for the lines
to form, my son, to my astonishment, took on a completely new aspect.
The flat, unanimated, tuned-out face became filled with light and joy.
He metamorphosized while sitting in front of me. I was so moved by the
transformation that I began to cry as I looked at him. The tears would
begin to well up, I'd take a picture, get a handle on myself and then
do the same thing again, a minute later. I must have done this three
or four times. It was the child I hadn't seen since he was two years
old. It was as if a possessing spirit had lifted from him in the morning
sunlight. My son himself felt the difference and said so. Before me
sat an animated, happy, normal-looking child. The experience was overwhelming.
passed by Joao that morning, he said that my son would no longer need
to take his medications. I think we were asked to sit in the Entity's
second day in April, before the afternoon session, I prepared a small
chart outlining a proposed tapering of medications down to zero by Thursday
of the next week. I did a matrix indicating days of the week, numbers
of pills, and type of medication: one letter for each medication, along
with an example of a single pill taped by its corresponding letter.
During the afternoon session, with the help of an interpreter, I showed
the card to Joao-in-Entity and he apporved of it. By Thursday of the
next week, My son was taking no pills at all. On the last day at the
Casa, I asked if my son's healing was complete and was told no. On the
weekend we flew back to the United States.
I was interesting
how my scientifically minded wife reacted when I brought my son home.
She was amazed by her now normalized younger child. For someone inherently
sceptical about spiritual healing and the existence of a place like
the Casa, she couldn't deny the miracle of his transformation. Ben was
a completely different child, free of cravings and anger and depression,
while taking no medications whatsoever. After
more than a month at home in Vermont my son relapsed. Again, I flew
with him to the Casa. The trip in many ways seemed to be more for me
than it was for my son. I had memorable encounters with others, all
pointing to my bringing groups to the Casa. Bob Dinga, who has been
bringing groups out of California to the Casa for years, spent a number
of hours with me discussing what would be involved. I found myself assisting
people - at the Casa itself, at the sacred waterfall and at Martin's
pousada - in such a way that it almost seemed I was already engaged
in this work. On the last day, when I was told again, by the way, that
Ben's healing was not complete, I asked permission to bring groups to
the Casa and Joao nodded "yes".
return to Vermont in June, my wife discovered a new medication for my
son (Abilify) that requires one very small pill a day and has as yet
no side effects. He now manifests for 99.9% of the time the condition
I saw him enter into sitting outside the assembly hall on Thursday,
experiences in Brazil, life in our family has become much more normal
and sane. My younger son continues to call the 17th of April his "rebirth
day" and asked to celebrate it last time it came around. His weight
gain is a thing of the past and his athleticism has returned - he scored
about 75% of his soccer team's goals last season.
I am now
taking groups to the Casa with the continued support of Bob Dinga and
have a new website at www.casamiracles.com
and the email address email@example.com.
I am hopeful to return with my son to the Casa again and see Joao nod
a "yes" when asked if the healing is complete. Until then,
am still thankful for the healing my child received through to the work
of John of God and for the transformation it brought to our family.
with Michael to Brazil to the Casa de Dom Inacio to meet with Joao de
Deus (John of God) The Miracle Man of Brazil. http://www.casamiracles.com