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GUIDE to the Casa de Dom Inácio - Supporting the Healing Process

24. Herbs

The entity is likely to prescribe herbs for you (or someone whose photo you are bringing). The usual prescription is 1-6 bottles, but - rarely - one is directed to take the herbs for as long as 2 years. Take the prescription slip to the dispensary window. The price is R$10 per bottle. (Bring enough money to cover whatever may be prescribed. Extended prescriptions, however, may be refilled at a later visit, or by someone for you, if you cannot return.) The herb, passionflower, a mild sedative, is not incompatible with any other medicine or supplement you may be taking. Bottles contain 35 capsules each. Take one early in the morning, another in the middle of your day and another at bed-time. Try not to miss a dose.

The capsules are empowered for your healing specifically, and are not to be given to others. While you are on this herbal regimen, adhere to the following dietary restrictions:
1. No alcoholic beverages. (Drops of medical tinctures are okay.)
2. No pig meat. (Beware of dishes which might contain lard or other pig: pea soup, baked beans, etc.)
3. No hot spice: no chillies, no black / white / red pepper, nor dishes containing them.
Adhere to the diet as closely as possible, don't fret about occasional / minor lapses.

The following may dispense with the dietary restrictions: children under 7, people over 60, pregnant women and people on medical diets.

When you are nearly complete with your herbs, send another photo or return to the Casa until John of God tells you "You are complete".

Should you decide for some reason not to take, or to discontinue taking, the herbs, please bless them and return them to the earth by dissolving them with water. The containers may be recycled.

25. Surrogate Surgery

When a patient is unable to travel, another person may stand in for her or him; ask the Entity. This will allow you to help someone whose condition makes it difficult or unwise to travel. The surrogate receives the operation on behalf of the patient, and may receive herbs to be taken by the patient.

26. Showing photos and Requests

You may bring a photo or written request of someone to present to the Entity. When making a request for healing, first obtain permission from the person who will be receiving a healing. In the same way he forms a blueprint of a person standing before him, the Entity connects energetically with the person via the photo image. A photo is better than a written request; a recent photo is better than an old one. If no photo is available, you may present an article of clothing, recently worn, preferably unlaundered. If neither of these options is available, supply the name, address and age or birth date of the person.

If you have more than two photos, as a courtesy to others waiting in line, it is preferable to give them instead to your translator to take to the Entity for you. The Entity may prescribe herbs and/or in some cases mark the photo with an 'X'. If the person receives an "X" it means his or her healing will be better facilitated with a visit to the Casa. The person whose picture you bring should be advised of these alternatives and willing to take any prescribed herbs and follow the diet during that time, or make an effort to come for any spirit operation advised.

If you are presenting multiple photos, find some way to keep 'which-is-for-whom' straight, as the entity's slip can no longer be folded over each returned photo.

If you wish to help someone who has not requested help, you may deposit a written message with name, address, and birth date of that person in the box at the secretaria’s window or in the triangle in the assembly hall.

A note about animals: the entities do not treat animals, neither in the Casa nor via photographs.

27. Holy Water

Bottled blessed water is for sale at the Casa shop for a nominal price: R$1 for small; R$2 for large. Like the herbs, the water has been "treated" by João in-entity, giving it its therapeutic qualities. The water can be stretched by diluting it at a ratio of 1 part holy water to 5 parts of other clean water. A serial dilution using the same 1:5 ratio will maintain the same potency, in a manner similar to the principle of homeopathy.

If you wish to purchase this water to take home, the shop sells inexpensive sturdy bags to transport the bottles, or bring your own. Secure each bottle in a plastic bag, snugly wrapped and taped shut. Cushion well in clothing, towels or a blanket if they are in soft luggage.

28. Crystal Bed
The crystal bed has 7 quartz crystals suspended above the bed which align with and correspond to the 7 chakras of the human body. A session consists of lying on the bed for approximately 20 minutes while listening to soothing music. The crystals radiate color to the respective chakras to cleanse them and to balance their energies. The Entity may prescribe crystal-bed therapy for you, or you may choose to have a therapeutic session on your own. Use your intuition regarding number and frequency. It is recommended that you have an odd number of sessions (e.g., 1, 3 – rather than 2, 4). You must receive permission from the Entity for more than 3 sessions. Please note that it is not unusual for someone to be prescribed as many as 13 sessions. The fee for a session is R$20, at the time of this writing. Go to the bookshop to make an appointment.
29. The Triangles

There are three wooden prayer triangles mounted on the Casa walls, one in the assembly hall over the stage, and two more on exterior walls. You may tuck written prayers or petitions for healing into the bottom of the assembly hall triangle, or you may leave them in the box at the Secretaria’s window (they are collected twice daily and given to the Entity for his blessings).

Except during the program, you may place your forehead in the triangle on the stage for silent prayer / petitions / blessings.

30. Photo & Address File

Note: Post surgery photos were discontinued by the entities in 2005.

31. Waterfall
A short, but somewhat challenging walk from the Casa (ask for directions) is a waterfall you may visit. Each person or group must have permission from the Casa or the Entity to visit there. It is a sacred healing place that is both relaxing and energizing. Men and women are required to visit the fall separately. After soaking yourself, let the healing waters dry naturally. Avoid further showering for a while to preserve the healing effects.

Ask the Entity when passing before him for a permit for yourself and others in your group.

By Marilyn Penrod, JD Rabbit & Mary Lou Smith Copyright ©2000