Is John of God for real? Millions of people have seen John of God. Oprah has lauded him and countless people have reported miracle cures from the Brazilian-based faith healer.
So when my wife had aggressive Stage 4 breast cancer, and with nothing else working, we wanted to see if we too could have a miracle.
They say their physical or mental disorders have been eased or even cured by Joao de Deus, or John of God, including best-selling self-improvement author Dr. Wayne Dyer.
The blind see, the lame walk. Tumors disappear, people with botched cervical fusions are pain and drug free and cancer is cured.
My Experience seeing John of God
In May of 2011 my wife was in Sloan Kettering Memorial Hospital in New York, for the last time. She had aggressive breast cancer that was rapidly spreading throughout her body.
We had tried everything we could think of; chemotherapy, radiation, mastectomy, spinal taps, traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture, group prayer, dreaming, energy healing, diet change, visualizations, law of attraction. Nothing was working.
As I sat waiting for Gabby to finish another round of brain radiation, I found an article on the Brazilian faith healer John of God in O, Oprah’s magazine.
It detailed a number of miraculous recoveries credited to John of God (João Teixeira de Faria) of people who had brain tumors disappear, infertile women becoming pregnant and any number of terminal cancer patients receiving cures.
I thought, if she wanted, we could fly Gabby to Brazil. It couldn’t hurt. But it seemed highly unlikely she would be able to walk out of the hospital, much less fly to Brazil.
John of God Comes to Omega Institute in New York
I recalled reading that John of God was coming to America. In a nearly thrown out copy of an Omega catalog I had received in the mail, I found out, yes, he was coming to the Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, NY, about a 3 hour drive from New York City where we lived, that September, four months away.
It seemed like a long shot, would Gabby even live four months, but with her permission, I booked us for all three days of his visit.
Beginning the John of God Healing Process
I researched all I could find about the medium and healer called Joao de Deus. What I discovered is that before you even arrive, John of God suggests beginning your healing process.
John of God says he does not heal anybody, that the spirits that surround him are ready and willing to help and come through him directly to those who need healing.
So beginning in May, we began preparations for Gabby’s visit. She would meditate and ask for healing from spirits friendly to John of God as well as the friendly spirits who watch over her. And she would take spiritually charge healing pills made of passion flower.
We were told to send a photo to his base in Brazil. That remote healing was as effective as a hands on touch from the healer himself.
What God Wants, God Gets
We did everything he asked. But despite all of the healing regimens, Gabby still passed away less than a month later.
They say there is more than one kind of healing. And that real healing is about healing the soul. It is not the answer we wanted. But it is what we got.
And so it seemed God wanted Gabby, for whatever purposes, no matter what we did.
I decide to go to Omega Institute to Experience John of God For Myself
I still had the tickets and so I decided to go and see John of God up close.
September 26, 2011. There is a huge tent set up on the Omega campus. I am one of about 1000 people dressed in all white (according to the literature, the spirits see our energy better in white) to receive healing energy and blessing from the Brazilian healer.
There are the wheelchair bound, those with body shaking disorders, canes, and many, many without noticeable physical ailments.
Part of me thinks of Jim Jones, but the other is open and willing to experience. People and staff seem nice and genuinely here for healing. There is a sense of group shared purpose.
Feeling like I’m drunk from meditating
The first thing you need to know is that you will not be seeing John of God for a while. He does not address the crowd. He gives no talks or lectures. He explains nothing. He is sequestered in the far corner of a building, next to the white tent, where along with specially chosen mediating helpers, he receives the multitudes.
For now we begin our journey by sitting in a huge tent and are asked by his assistants, there are many, to meditate on our healing and the healing of others.
One of the most powerful parts of my whole experience was meditating in that tent. As soon as I entered, I felt felt very strange, like my legs were very heavy and it was hard to stand, everything seemed a little tilted, like I was a bit drunk. Happily buzzed.
Sitting and meditating seemed to help somewhat, but it was definitely a noticeable sensation.
During my meditation I focused on an intention of what I wanted my healing to be. I chose “healing for myself in the way I need it most right now and for Gabby’s soul if she needs it.” I also decided to go practical. Unfortunately for you, but fortunately for me I did not have a life-threatening or debilitating illness.
But I was here, and so I asked for my eyesight to be 20/20 and to unclog my clogged ears, probably from a mild cold.
Dr. Wayne Dyer is here for healing
During the meditation when we are waiting to see John of God, one of the assistants announced that Wayne Dyer would like to speak to the crowd. Dr. Wayne Dyer, the internationally renowned self-help advocate, author and speaker, is dressed in all white, just another attendee.
Dr. Dyer tells us an amazing story of how he credits John of God’s distance healing energy with helping him to overcome leukemia (blood cancer) and alcoholism and the story he says, will be in his next book.
I think about how Gabby was a fan of Wayne Dyer, she would have loved this.
“I heal no one, God heals”
While we sit in meditation, which is a lot, I think about what John of God has steadfastly said, “I heal no one, God does the healing.” And in fact JOG is but a small cog of what he describes as a much larger wheel. He goes into a trance and channels the spirits of several renowned historical Brazilian doctors and healers.
These disembodied spirits he says, are merely the top of thousands of helper spirits, some former living ones, others never having had a body, who radiate their healing energy to help people, as it is part of their own continuing spiritual evolution.
Finally Meeting John of God Face to Face
We are parceled in groups of 100 or more and walk slowly in a long processionary line from the main tent to the building next door. I feel like I am a cow going into a chute or on a tour of a church in Italy.
In this first anteroom, more people are meditating. Some for their own healing others as “professional meditators,” helping to keep the energy flowing and helping the spirits who help John of God.
Joao de Deus is hidden behind partitions.
I turn a corner and at the other end of the long passageway, finally, there he is, surrounded by a dozen or so silent female assistants. We approach slowly, one by one. Each person getting about 3 seconds with the master.
As I step in line and get closer I see it appears as if he is in a full trance.
He is slumped in his chair, his eyes are rolled fully back into his head so I can only see the whites of his eyes. My thought is, “whoa, this guy is either among the world’s greatest actors or he is really in a trance.”
He takes my hand and mutters something in Brazilian, an attendant says “invisible healing” and then I am escorted away.
I estimate about 2/3rds of us have been designated to have “invisible healings” after lunch. Invisible surgery or invisible healing as it’s called here, mostly for legal liability reasons, is non-physical surgery to heal your soul, which is the cause of most, if not all illness.
We prepare for psychic surgery to repair your energy body. It is like physical surgery but there is no physical touch.
In Brazil, John of God does bizarre and seemingly effective physical surgeries, but I am guessing that would not go over so well in this country.
After lunch, in groups of 50 or so, we are brought back to the room where we first met John of God.
He steps from behind a partition and in a deep and booming voice, he says a prayer for healing for us. The only word I understand it “DEUS!” God.
I focus on my healing. I have no agenda other than the best healing for me now.
I feel something, “moving” in my lower back. I am surprised. I was not an area I asked for, but it has been a problem area in the past, putting me totally out of commission for three weeks once.
Ok, maybe this is where the healing is supposed to go. I also have a small revelation as I am sitting there. Maybe it is me, and not Gabby, who was supposed to come here all along. Maybe this healing energy is for me. Not just for my back, but for my hurt soul.
After 20 minutes or so of eyes “must be closed” meditating, we are done, surgery complete. Mow onto the recovery tent.
Post Surgery Protocols. No sex, no drugs, no rock and roll
I go home to rest and drink the specially blessed healing water that they sell at the event. We are supposed to drink a lot of it. Like liters and liters. There is also a list of post “surgery” protocols.
Basically you are to act as if you just had actual physical surgery. Your soul has been opened, your energy field is wide open.
You are told to go back to your room immediately and lie down for 24 hours, yes 24, with your eyes closed, avoid crowds, no music, no distractions. You may get up for the bathroom, but have someone bring you food.
I did that. It was very hard to just lie there for a full day. For the entire next week, I did no heavy lifting, no strenuous exercise. And if you asked for eye healing (which I did) no reading, writing or looking at TV or a computer. Yup.
For the next 30 days – no alcohol, no pork, no spicy foods, no energy treatments, no sexual arousal of any kind. Double Yup. Keep your energy field calm.
I would say I did about 90% of what they asked. I did the 24 hours lying down in quiet. I did not eat or drink any proscribed foods and kept my sexual energy dormant. I did read emails for 10 minutes a day after the third day. I did occasionally pick up my 3 year old daughter when she begged me.
A most powerful dream of my departed wife
At the end of the 7th day they ask you to dress all in white and keep your eyes closed from midnight to 5 am. Thank the spirits for healing you and doing their good works.
On the last night, I follow the protocol and that night I had a most powerful dream. In the dream I am in a friend’s apartment. Several of us are gathered, my wife Gabby’s friends mostly. There is a small, fast flowing creek running through the apartment.
Gabby’s friends are happy and sad at the same time to be here. We know Gabby has passed. She is both near and far here. Our daughter is here too.
Four versions of my wife appear to me in a powerful dream
I see Gabby across the creek. In fact I see four Gabby’s. One is happy, one is angry, one is sad and one turns her head away from me.
I decide to talk to the happy Gabby. She is very happy, big Gabby smile. Long hair, healthy.
We hug and kiss, it’s great to see her. I know what has happened.
I ask her what’s going on. She says she has not only not gotten to Heaven yet, she is not even in the waiting room. The impression I get is that there are a lot of souls being “prepared” and this preparation takes time, preparation to prepare for training, or maybe it’s just bureaucracy…
She also tells me she is staying in something like group housing, but in a different order of reality than we would understand it.
Her friends talk with her.
Then too soon, it is time to go, a train waits for me, water flows freely into the room. I turn to look again at Gabby and now she is Gabby but an Africanized version. Long hair, but more kinky, dark, dark skin.
I get on the train.
I wake up feeling very moved and relieved. Like a great weight has been lifted off of me. I am happy.
3 months later, how I am doing – Results from John of God healing
Eyesight – unchanged
Clogged ears – unclogged about 2 weeks later
Lower back – unchanged
Gabby physically healed – Not.
Amount of my emotional healing credited to John of God – Some. I do not underestimate the power of that dream.
Ability to get the name of the entity that was channeled by John of God the day I was there – Not at all. John of God channels many spirits of the departed, known people who have lived in the past.
But despite several personal attempts and attempts by the Omega press relations staff, no one could tell me which entity had taken over John of God for his healing.
I did and feel much better after the dream of my wife. I feel a healing of myself has taken place. I feel she is ok, on to her next journey and that she is near and far from us at the same time.
So was it worth it?
I have mixed feelings. Clearly we did not get a miracle for my wife. In my own visit, on the physical side, I would give him a D+. On the emotional healing a B.
Perhaps I didn’t do everything to the letter, perhaps I need more than one healing but it was very expensive (around $600 total for the workshop, travel, lodging etc) for one day. I am glad I did it once, to experience for myself. I removed a curiosity, but I cannot recommend it and have no plans to do it again.
If you are looking to cure your cancer and you have nothing to lose, then I guess you can try this.
If you want an authentic encounter with the departed, just ask them. Do it when you meditate, do it before you go to bed at night. Just ask. You do not need to travel to upstate New York and you don’t need a medium.
Ask to communicate with the departed and be open to a response that may go beyond simple words.
What really just happened?
I do not doubt the sincerity of John of God and his associates. I do not think this is a purposeful fraud. I believe he is on the side of healing. How effective he actually is, is another question.
Then again, in our case, no treatment we sought did any physical good.
I believe that belief in healing plays a large role in creating healing.
I believe in spirits and the invisible world. But in my personal experience John of God at Omega has so far shown me little tangible physical result that I can point to and say, “yes, I am healed!”
I like to have clear answers. I want to know what actually happened. But ha ha, the Universe seems to mock these desires for certainty.
So what really happened? Did I get healed? Was it all in my head? Can John of God cure cancer and create miracles? Can he do it with any more accuracy than if you just believe it yourself?