Breakfast is always the same. Porridge, yoghurt, two types of bread rolls, toast (not particularly popular), cheese (looks a bit synthetic), paw paw (yum), melon, pineapple, tea or coffee. I manage to eat the same thing each day so why have too many choices. There seems to be very little waste.

I sat in ‘current’ again this morning. I was seated by 7.30am and had my eyes closed by 7.35am after settling in with my two pillows, thongs off, and water bottle near by. We finished by 11.00am, but it felt a whole lot longer because my butt began to ache about the 45 minute mark. It’s an interesting exercise in discipline to deal with physical pain while at the same time keeping focus on what I’m there to do. It’s helpful when the current room leader, the person who from time to time during the hours we sit there, engages in a dialogue, usually about matters spiritual, tells us at what stage proceedings have reached. From this you get a sense of how long you might have to go.

I don’t know if it was the threatening hand of the medical establishment that’s caused the change, but what used to be called ‘surgery’ is now called ‘intervention’. Although some interventions are done on a physical level, for example with the use of a scalpel to make an incision and stitches to sew up the incision, most work is done at the spirit level.

This afternoon I joined one of the ‘lines’ (more about lines in a future blog) to go before Medium Joao who had incorporated an entity, the identity of which I know not. (I did ask a translator when in the line who was the incorporated entity but he did not know.) As a preface to going in line and in order for your particular problem to be understood it is necessary to attend a translator who will write on a piece of paper in Portuguese the issue you want attended to by the incorporated entity. You take this piece of paper with you and when you are before the Medium what is on your piece of paper is read in Portuguese to the Medium. I had references to both my cancers written on the paper I had in hand. When this was read out I was directed to attend tomorrow morning (Friday) for an intervention. One significant reason for this is that the entity who occupied the Medium today was not ‘qualified’ to do the work needed to be done and there was knowledge that the entity who would be attending at 8.00am tomorrow would be qualified. I suppose it’s not dissimilar to the division of labour in Western medicine where you have specialists who do surgery and those who don’t. Also, at the Casa there are protocols to be followed much the same as in a public hospital where protocols are put in place for good reason.

Post intervention has its own set of protocols: I take herbal supplements prescribed and supplied (at a cost); I have to stay in my room in bed resting for 24 hours (pousada staff will bring me my meals in that 24 hours); I’m not permitted to socialise with other pousada guests in that 24 hour period; I’m not to lift anything heavy; and I’m not permitted back at the Casa in the 24 hour period.

I’ll let you know in a future blog how it all went, but that post will not take place until the 24 hour period has expired.

Some of you readers might be asking how much does this cost. The answer is that there is no cost for almost everything at the Casa. The exceptions are the herbs, bottled water, and crystal bath/bed. (More about crystal bath/bed in a later blog.) The other important point is freedom of choice: that is, I don’t have to attend for an intervention tomorrow morning if I choose not to. But this would defeat the purpose of me being here in Abadiania. It would be like booking into a public hospital for surgery, attending the hospital, going through pre-op procedures, and then deciding not to go ahead with whatever was planned.

As I pointed out earlier, belief is an important part of the processes here as it is with Western medicine. If you go to your Western doctor who prescribes a particular remedy for your presenting condition and you walk away saying to yourself, “This is a lot of crap. This won’t work”, chances are it won’t work, or it will be less efficacious than it might otherwise be. What we know as the ‘placebo effect’ is a good example of belief at work. A person takes, for example, a pill which they believe will do ‘X’ when the pill is inert and not designed to do ‘X’, but they still get the same benefit as they would have got had they actually taken the pill that was designed to get an ‘X’ result. While here in Abadiania I’m re-reading Bruce Lipton’s book ‘The Biology of Belief’ where the case is made about beliefs having an impact on us at a cellular level. Fascinating stuff, for me at least. It’s been many years now that I put on hold the left-brain, lawyer way of thinking that would have been an impediment to me getting the full benefit of what I’ve chosen to embrace as part of my own healing.