For more than three decades João Teixeira de Farias has had extraordinary success in helping people to heal from AIDS, cancer, paralysis, blindness, mental disease and a host of human infirmities. Millions of people have consulted with João-in-Entity since 1965. Up to 3,000 people per day stand and wait in line to see him individually. He continues to have a success rate in his healing work unheard of in western medicine.
This simple Brazilian man, formally educated only through the second grade, is living proof of a unique form of mediumship in which benevolent spirits, aka disembodied entities or angels, use his body to perform seemingly miraculous healing, including both physical and psychic surgery. When João is acting as a host (to one spirit at a time) he is called ‘the Entity’, and referred to, more formally as João de Deus (John of God). His intent is to be a vehicle for God’s work. He has kept to this intention despite being persecuted and physically abused by those who do not want him to practice his unique way of healing without a medical license. Brazilians believe that God becomes more accessible through the likes of João and other mediums. They believe that God’s energy is too powerful for humans to handle and that, therefore, we need intermediaries, like Jesus Christ, as well as angels, highly evolved spirits, and mediums to step down God’s energy. Divine energy can thus be adapted to fit our own capacities to receive it, much like an electrical transformer steps down a powerful current before it goes into individual homes designed to use weaker voltages.
João discovered his gift naturally when he was only sixteen years old. Right from the beginning, he made the commitment to use what he had been given to serve mankind. His ability to access his gift is amazing – within seconds he can choose to dis-identify with his body and allow a spirit to use it, then re-identify with his body when the work of the spirit is complete. He is an ‘unconscious medium’ because he has no memory of what he does as the Entity.
More than thirty entities, now residing on the spiritual plane, each with his/her own identifiable characteristic personality traits and technical skills derived from former lives as healers, incorporate within João. João-in-Entity diagnoses, offers treatment protocols, confers sedation and operates, prescribes specific alternative therapies, and sometimes offers prognoses.
While the Entity consults with individuals who often wait in line for hours to see him, other entities, not incorporated, simultaneously provide healings within the assembled group. In this way, the entities’ healing extends to thousands of people a day. Seemingly undaunted by all the attention he gets, João humbly says to the assembled people, “It is not me, but God who heals”. Neither João nor the Entity ask for any fees for services rendered.
João de Deus has been studied by teams of legitimate scientists from Russia, Germany, the USA, Japan and France. Pathology tests reveal that the tumours, substances and tissues the Entity removes from the sick are indeed human tissues from the individuals operated upon. The most extensive study on João’s work lasted two years, was published in Portuguese through a Brazilian university, and made available to the public in 1997. João encourages research into his healing abilities in the hope that medical science can make use of his success in the treatment of humankind.
This is an excerpt from Spiritual Alliances: Discovering the Roots of Health at the Casa de Dom Inacio by Emma Bragdon, PhD.
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