The Casa de Dom Inacio de Loyola (the House of Saint Ingatius of Loyola) was located in Abadiania because of the crystal deposits found in the local area. It is the spiritual home to the worlda��s best known medium, Joao Teixeira de Faria, otherwise known as Joao de Deus, or John of God.

Spiritism, practiced widely in Brasil, has as a fundamental belief that spirits exist both before and after they have an incarnate existence. The Casa is based on this belief. There are many a�?casasa�� in Brasil but none is as well known as the Casa de Dom Inacio and no medium is as well known as John of God. (For more understanding of Spiritism see the written works of Alan Kardec).

John of God is a full trance medium, and as such, while healing work is being carried out consciousness is set aside and an evolved spirit uses his body as a vehicle to perform the healing. He says that after a session where he has incorporated an evolved spirit he has no conscious memory of the healing work he has performed. Some of the evolved spirits that are incorporated include St. Ignatius of Loyola, King Solomon, St. Francis Xavier, and Drs. Agusto de Almeida, Jose Valdivino and Oswaldo Cruz.

Faith is imperative for someone attending the Casa for healing. St. Ignatius of Loyola said, a�?For those who believe, no proof is necessary. For those who disbelieve, no amount of proof is sufficienta�?. Two types of surgeries are performed: physical and spiritual. Physical surgeries are carried out without the use of conventional instruments, anesthesia, or sterile surroundings. Spiritual surgeries are performed without any physical contact with the person being operated upon. Healing also takes place without the need for surgeries.

John of God has been doing his healing work since age 16, and that is now some 55
years. For anyone interested in learning more about what happens at the Casa, a 2010 DVD documentary called a�?Healinga��, directed by David Unterberg (more famous for his films about extreme sports) is available. This documentary also looks at the life of St. Ignatius, a nobleman, warlord and healer, whose name has been adopted by the Casa.

So this is the place where I will spend four weeks. I am here for the healing that is available in the extremely powerful group meditation sessions, and otherwise.

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