About spiritual healing

The Casa de Dom Inácio (the house of St Ignatius Loyola) is a spiritual healing centre in Abadiânia, central Brazil.

Here, for over 20 years, João Teixeira de Faria, a gifted and powerful medium known as “João de Deus” (John of God) has helped countless people achieve apparently miraculous healings - of cancer, AIDS, paraplegia, blindness and many other serious or seemingly “incurable” illnesses.

The Friends of the Casa exists to support the work of the Casa de Dom Inácio and to share information about the Casa with people around the world.

The aims of this page are:

  • To support the work of the Casa de Dom Inácio.
  • To help create international awareness of the Casa.
  • To publish accurate and up-to-date information about the Casa.
  • To maintain and publish a list of individuals who lead groups to the Casa who uphold self-agreed, published standards.
  • To help support projects proposed by the Casa de Dom Inácio.
  • To provide the means for sharing information about individual healing experiences.
  • To maintain a database of those who become Friends of the Casa.
  • To assist with research and documentation about the work of the Casa.
  • To publish a newsletter for Friends of the Casa.
  • To maintain a website for the purpose of promoting these aims.

It is not me but God who heals

Joao Teixeira de Faria

Introduction

Brazil’s Casa de Dom Inácio is the healing center of world-renowned João Teixeira da Faria, who is unquestionably one of the most powerful spiritual healers living today. João de Deus (John of God), as he is affectionately known, has devoted his life to mediumship. Through him, spirit entities minister to the multitudes who come in search of a cure.

Australia’s Robert Pellegrino-Estrich brought João to the attention of English-speaking people with the publication of his book The Miracle Man in 1997. Since then, thousands have visited the Casa from Australia, New Zealand, the USA, Canada, South Africa and Europe.

The Casa is a mecca for healing on many levels. João incorporates over 30 entities who were physicians, theologians, therapists, and notable figures in their lifetimes. João sits in-entity (unconscious, taken over, or “overshadowed,” by an entity from the spiritual plane) scans you, sees what you need, and uses various healing methods to help with your healing. He receives all who queue to see him. No matter how long the lines, no one is turned away, even if consultations must continue well into the night. As many as 3000 per day have come. At this writing, due to the depressed Brazilian economy, 150-300 is typical. There is no charge for attending the Casa sessions and consulting the entities. However, following a course of treatment at the Casa usually involves auxillary items which cost money (see 24 & 27).

Healing is a personal and transformative process which generally unfolds over a period of time. Your healing may be physical, emotional, mental, spiritual – or all of these. Some people experience almost immediate healing; others recover over time, and some may require subsequent visits.

Spend as much time as you can in the current rooms in meditation and prayer. Contemplate your healing and highest good. Support your healing process by maintaining a positive attitude and following the simple dietary and operation-aftercare rules.

Some of the visitors have made substantial sacrifices to manage the long journey to Abadiânia. Open your heart to them and to the divine gifts which abound in this sacred place of love and healing.

Where is the Casa?

The Casa de Dom Inácio is located in the village of Abadiânia in the state of Goiás, Central Brazil.

The village lies between two airports which service the area, Brasilia, 103km and Goiânia, 91 km

spiritual healing map

village

How do I get to the Casa?

For anyone who wants the additional comfort and security of visiting the Casa as part of a group led by an experienced guide, there are now plenty to choose from. We suggest you visit their websites, check out the “standards for guides” and then make contact by telephone or email in order to satisfy yourself that you are getting the service you want.

1. Entrance Requirements

Some countries, such as the U.S.A, require a tourist visa to enter Brazil, which involves a fee and some lead-time. Contact your regional office of the Consulate General of Brazil to obtain a visa application form. A U.S. citizen must have a passport valid for at least 6 months beyond arrival date in Brazil to obtain a visa. For help with travel arrangements from the U.S, check with the either of the following agencies. Brazilian American Cultural Club (BACC) travel office for discounted air fares at (800) 222-2746 (NYC 212-730-1010). (Note: they can also help with travel visas.)

Brazil Fiesta Tours and Visa Service, San Francisco Phone (415) 986-1134 (800) 200-0582; FAX (415) 986-3029; Email: AlexM@BrazilFiesta.com; Website www.brazilfiesta.com or

Discover Brazil Tours, Miami, Florida Phone (305) 382-9443 (800) 524-3666; FAX (305) 382-9446; Cellphone: 305 632 3592; Email Eliane@discoverbraziltours.com; website www.discoverbraziltours.com (Also help in arranging visas)

Discounters, aka “bucket shops” may have similar or even better deals. Look for ads in the newspaper travel section (e.g., New York Times or other major metropolitan newspaper) or internet sites.

If you must go to a government office to renew your visa, you are advised not to wear shorts, a short skirt or sleeveless top. Your visa can be extended in Policia Federal in Anápolis.

2. Location and Transportation

The Casa de Dom Inácio (Ig-nah’-see-oo) is located in the village of Abadiânia (Ah-bah-djah-yuh) in the state of Goiás (Gway-sh). The village lies between two airports which service the area, Brasilia (BSB), 103 km and Goiânia (GYN), 91 km. Both airports are within a 2-hour taxi ride. Taxi is the preferred method for reaching the village, though rental cars and buses are available at the airports. There are taxis available at the airport which cost only about R$10 more than those coming from Abadiãnia. When making a pousada reservation, you can ask them to send a taxi-driver to meet your flight. (Look for your name on a sign when you arrive at the airport.) The average fare for a taxi from Brasilia is R$150; from Goiânia, R$100. Tipping, say R$10 is not expected but greatly appreciated.

3. Length of Stay

The Casa is open Wednesday, Thursday and Friday each week. A two-week stay is sometimes preferable; more time may be even better, depending on your case. Some people choose to stay for months; no length of stay is excessive. You may wish to ask the Entity. Ten days (Wed–Fri) will cover 2 weeks of Casa events. Plan to arrive before the Casa opens for its first session on Wednesday at 8 a.m. A second session is held at 2 p.m., and the same schedule is repeated on Thursday and Friday. Additional time allows for follow-up visits to the Entity, more opportunities to sit in the current rooms, to use the crystal bed, rest and relax.

João tries to maintain programs at the Casa every week, but he occasionally travels or is not available for some other reason. Current information concerning times the Casa is off-schedule will shortly be available on this website.

4. Costs

There is no charge for the healing, but you must pay for your herbal capsules or crystal bed sessions, if any are prescribed for you (see 24). Room, board, and ground transportation are the principal expenses (see 2, 9, and 14). Some optional items are bottled water, snacks, laundry, souvenirs, books, video tapes, and crystal-bed therapy sessions (see 27).

Be prepared to pay airport taxes on your return flight: typically less than R$10 for national flights, as much as R$72 for international flights. Credit cards and travelers’ checks are accepted for payment.

5. Currency

The Brazilian currency is the real (plural reais). Exchange rates fluctuate daily; check with your local financial institution, travel agent, or internet site for current rates.

Getting or changing money is a major nuisance. Bring more than enough cash - preferably change into reais as soon as you arrive in Brazil, and lock it in your luggage in your room. Keep some U.S. currency in small denominations. Cash gives you the best rate of exchange; travelers’ checks are not recommended, as few places will accept them, not even some regional banks.

ATMs may or may not work; the ins-and-outs of bank locations / hours / facilities would take pages to outline for you! Machines / banks giving cash advances for VISA and to a lesser extent, Mastercard are common in large towns and cities. You must have your PIN number to use Visa card for cash-advance. Some ATM cards can be used, but only in large cities, which requires lengthy travel from Abadiânia. The village bank does not exchange foreign money, nor does it have an ATM.

Most travel agencies in Anápolis (including the Varig agency and various individuals) will exchange US dollars (and often French / Swiss francs and pounds sterling) for rates better than the bank rate. Only banks can legally change foreign currency, but this is common and not particularly hazardous.

When changing into reais, try to get plenty of smaller bills (R$1’s and R$5’s), as few places in the village can give change for larger ones. (Note: The Portuguese phrase for “I would like to change some dollars/pounds into Reais” is, Queria trocar dólares/libras em reais; pronounced ker-reeer troo`kar doller-rish/leebrush aym reh-ighsh.) In some instances, U.S. dollars in small denominations can be used for purchases or tips. Some shops will accept U.S. dollars for purchases, but at a less favorable exchange rate. Anyone other than banks accepting foreign currency is illegal, although common, and rates may be unfavorable - or better! Ask long-term guests at the pousadas where they get the best rates in Anápolis; we cannot offer you information on illicit transactions.

It is better to have too much Brazilian money than too little; you can usually find someone grateful to take extra reais off your hands in exchange for your currency or U.S. dollars. Save some reais or dollars for airport taxes (see 4).

6. Language

Brazilian Portuguese is the spoken language. There are several English-speaking aides at the Casa. Spanish, Italian, and German languages are also spoken by a few villagers and staff members (see 17).

7. What to Pack

Brazil’s subtropical temperatures vary only slightly annually in this high plateau region. The dry season runs from May to October. Daytime temperatures average 75-85° F/23-30°C, with cooler evenings and early mornings. You may wish to pack a light sweater or jacket, and rain gear.

Bring comfortable, loose-fitting white or light-colored clothing for visiting the Casa (preferable, but not mandatory), casual clothing for elsewhere, a towel (although most pousadas supply small ones), wash cloth, personal soap, laundry detergent, voltage transformer and adapter for any electrical appliances (voltage is 22O), mosquito repellent and umbrella (during rainy season), sunscreen, sun hat, comfortable shoes, camera, flashlight, film, Portuguese/English phrasebook/dictionary. (see 6), and a small folding seat if you cannot stand comfortably for long periods and wish to sit close to the stage.

8. Bringing photos & written requests of others

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.

9. Accomodation

There are numerous inns (pousadas) and rooms-to-let in the village near the Casa, and in the main part of town across the highway. At the date of this writing, you can arrive in Abadiânia without reservations and easily find lodging. If you prefer the convenience of reservations, see Resources for pousada telephone/fax numbers and mailing addresses. The pousadas are simple, clean and safe, and offer single, double, and dormitory-style accommodations. Most rooms have private baths, and all include a light breakfast. Most serve lunches and dinners in their dining rooms, but some offer meals only when there are ten or more guests. Full board is inexpensive, however, meals are readily available elsewhere

10. Meals

All hotels (pousadas) include breakfast with the room rental. Lunch and dinner are served in most hotels buffet-style. Dining is open to non-residents, so you may dine anywhere in the village, though it is courteous to let your hosts know when you will be dining elsewhere. There are luncheonettes, cafes, pizza parlors and bakeries for eating out.

A typical lunch or dinner in the hotels is about R$5 reais and offers cooked vegetables, salads, beans, rice, and meat. Bottled water is sold in the pousadas, as it is not advisable to drink tap water. An additional charge applies to drinks and desserts. It is safe to eat raw fruit and vegetables and drink the beverages in the pousada dining rooms. Food preparation standards generally are regulated by the Casa and accord with the dietary restrictions when taking herbs.

11. Laundry

Laundry services are available at a modest price at most pousadas. Charges are typically added to your bill. Rates are modest. Your laundry will be washed, pressed and returned to you in a couple days (depending on the weather, as clothes are sun-dried).

12. Telephones

You’ll find pay phones on the main street of the village and at the Casa to make national calls. Fruttis Juice Bar (Tel 343 1927 - Ultan) has facilities for international calls. It has by far the best rates in town, approx. 25¢/minute to North America or Europe and 4 phone lines. Alternatively a good method for calling long distance is collect. Calling cards can be used, but reaching an English-speaking operator is often difficult. Phone cards are available for purchase at grocery stores, bakeries, etc. Instructions in English are posted in the phone booths.

Good news: If your pousada has a phone, you can use it to bill a call to your AT&T or other major phone company calling card. Call your company prior to leaving the USA and request the access code to use once inside Brazil. Dialing the access code will connect you with English language prompts to follow. Charges will appear on your phone bill. Note: This does not work on pay phones.

Another recommended option is to buy an international calling card from AT&T. It works fine. You get an English-speaking recording that guides you through the steps, which are easy.

You can also rent cellular phones in Rio, São Paolo or Brasilia for about US$6 per day and US$3.45 per minute. They reportedly work better in Abadiania than in, say, some parts of New York City …

Local numbers are 7 digits. When telephoning within Abadiânia, no prefix required. Telephoning outside Abadiânia requires you to add a prefix as well as the area code (62). The prefix determines which telephone company will connect you. The normal prefixes are 014 and 021. Thus to telephone, say, the number 3113001 in Anápolis (same area code of 062), you need to dial 014-62-3113001. To dial international you also need a prefix. You can either use 0021 or 0023, then the country code, area code and the number.

Add 55 (country code) +62 - not 062 - when calling from outside Brazil.

13. Shopping & Services

The village shops of Abadiânia provide basic necessities (soap, toothpaste, clothing, shoes, snacks, etc.) as well as local crafts, cheeses and sweets. In the commercial center of the village, across the highway, are pharmacies, hardware stores, specialty shops, a bank, a post office (correio), and business supplies and services, including photocopying and faxing.

Internet / email facilities There are internet facilities at the following places in Abadiania

  • RBM Management

Av. Frontal Q.A L. 01, Abadiania Tel & Fax: (62) 3431943 Email address: w3internetabadiania@hotmail.com Red Gilson, Marco Dacosta

  • Prates and Montagne

Neusa, Daniel and Pablo Prates Tel: (62) 343 1985

  • Pousada Sao Jose

Rua 4, 59 Tel: (62) 343 1231

Details of internet services in Anápolis are included in the Anápolis guide. At Brasilia airport Smart VIP Office provides internet access 7am - 11pm everyday.

14. Getting Arround

Taxis and buses are the primary modes of transportation. Buses to neighboring towns are very reasonable. Inquire locally for bus stops and schedules. Taxis are easily arranged by hotel staff, or you may make your own arrangements; some drivers speak English. It is an easy walk to the commercial parts of town. Have your pousada arrange for your taxi needs.

15. Casa Schedule

The Casa gates are open most of the time during the day and evening hours; you are welcome to enjoy the grounds and energy, and to meditate. The Casa is on full schedule Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, the morning session at 8 a.m. and the afternoon one at 2 p.m. The shop and cafe tend to be open Mon–Fri from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.; the dispensary is open Wed–Fri.

The crystal bed (see 27) is open daily by appointment except Sunday.

Complimentary soup (blessed by the Entity) is served after the morning activities Wed–Fri. It forms an important part of the treatment. The soup is blesses and everyone is encouraged to take the soup every morning. As you face the Secretaria’s window, the dining area is located to the left and around the corner.

16. Procedure - what to expect

At the designated opening times (8 a.m. and 2 p.m.), people are already gathering in the assembly hall around the platform. Within an hour the program begins with introductory and spiritual messages, after which João typically enters the room in a trance state. Occasionally, he will embody an entity in the presence of the assemblage. However, house matters may be addressed, João’s entrance may be omitted or there may be other variations.

17. English-speaking Guides

There are some English-speaking staff members designated by the Entity to answer your questions and guide you through the process. Unless you know Portuguese, you will need one to accompany you and to translate for you as you go before the Entity. Look for someone wearing a light blue smock-jacket.

18. Tickets & Queues

If this is your first visit, go to the bookshop and obtain a first-time ticket; this indicates in which of several queues you should wait to go before the Entity. Returning visitors request a second-time ticket and queue in a separate line. Note: If your photo was previously shown to the Entity, that counts as a visit and you are considered a returning visitor.

At the beginning of each session, a staff member will ask for a show of hands of those who are having surgery (Portuguese: cirugia). These people were told by the Entity on a previous visit to return for surgery at this time. They form a line to go to the surgery room. Note: Ask an English-speaking guide to alert you when this announcement is made.

Another line consists of people who were told by the Entity to return at this time for another consultation; these people do not require tickets. Ask someone to direct you to the proper queue.

No ticket is needed to sit in the current rooms (see 23). People wishing to sit there are asked to arrive before the public program begins, and to take their places quietly, so as not to disturb others.

For an 8-day review after visible surgery, get a ticket and ask a casa guide when to go in.

19. Visible & Invisible Surgery

Should the Entity prescribe surgery for you, you will have a chance to volunteer for visible surgery at a subsequent assembly-hall program. Both visible and invisible procedures are equally effective; which you choose is a matter of personal preference. You may be disqualified from visible surgery if you are under 18, over 53, diabetic, epileptic, have high or low blood pressure, are undergoing chemotherapy or radiation treatments, have a heart condition, etc. You also may be required to stay in Brazil longer – a day or several, occasionally more then a week – if you have visible surgery. Volunteers will be queried about this. Those who do not qualify will be given invisible surgery.

A volunteer, or several from amongst those who qualify, will receive a visible operation before the audience which will be videotaped by the house photographer, and perhaps by others as well. Video cameras capture all visible operations, as well as other aspects of each session. These videos are available for purchase (see 30).

Patients for invisible surgery are led, as a group, into the operating room, where they sit awaiting their treatment. During this brief period, with your eyes closed, concentrate on the part or aspect of yourself to be healed, placing the right hand on the area(s) or, if more extensive or systemic, place your right hand on your heart.

Some may feel sensations like tingling or fingers gently manipulating certain areas of the body; others feel no physical sensations. Both experiences are normal. After a short while in silence, you will be told to exit through the door to the outside.

Important: After leaving surgery, go to the bookstore and buy a ticket (R$9) to get your photo taken. You bring this to the Secretary’s office where Sebastião will take your photo. You also write your name, age or birthdate, and home address on a form and place it in the box provided. You do not need to take your photo if your photo was taken since the last turn-over date - December 31st or Good Friday.

20. Post-surgery Rules

Patients receiving operations — visible or invisible — should move slowly, rest and recuperate for about 8 days. Follow these simple rules to facilitate your recuperation:

  1. Rest, relax, be kind to yourself. Move gently, particularly if you feel tender, until you feel recovered.
  2. No sex for 40 days after initial operation, or 8 days after subsequent operations; this includes any raising of the sexual energies, not just orgasm.
  3. For 24 hours after surgery, rest and avoid stimulation and crowds; do not pass by the Entity; avoid the assembly and current rooms. Do not watch live or videotaped surgery. Your auric field is open after surgery, leaving you vulnerable to other energies that may be harmful. You may go into the gardens and other areas of the Casa.
  4. No physical exertion, such as lifting heavy items. Avoid traveling on the day of surgery.
  5. For up to 8 days after visible surgery, rest a lot in bed; eat lightly - water, juices, little sugar. Move around only after incision closes. Dress warmly; avoid chill, don’t go out in wind / rain, don’t go barefoot on cold tiles. For optimum recovery, avoid sugar, junk food, black coffee, colas, and smoking, especially in the first week following surgery. You are trying to maximize your body’s ability to repair cell tissue.

After a visible operation, get a photo-ticket at the shop and then go to the secretary’s office to have your photo taken.

21. Eight-day Review

Patients should return to the Entity for a review 8 days after an operation. This takes place briefly in the operation room; have a casa guide take you and translate. If you are unable to go before the Entity for a review, you may wish to participate in a ritual on the seventh night after your operation:

Dress your bed and yourself in white or pale color. Place a glass of plain water by your bed. Give thanks to the entities and ask them to come and remove your sutures. In the morning drink the water which they have blessed and give thanks.

If you still have any stitches at this point, you may go to the nurse in the recovery room to have them removed.

22. About the Healings

João incorporates more than 30 spirit entities. Many of the entities were medical doctors in former times, while others were skilled in spiritual and psychological matters. Although João incorporates only one entity at a time, unincorporated entities may assist with all treatments. You may receive treatment while sitting in the current room, or at any other time and place that is under the influence of the entities, including while enroute to Abadiânia, in one’s hotel room (even prior to visiting the Casa!) and in the assembly hall.

The spirit treatment you receive, the herbs and the blessed water contribute to your healing and continue working over a period of time. The healing process tends to continue to unfold over the 3-4 months (or more) following your visit. Be patient and faithful to your practices of taking the herbs and observing the simple dietary and health rules.

If possible, wait for 21 days after an operation (visible or invisible) before seeing your M.D. or having an x-ray etc.

23. Sitting in Current

Much emphasis is placed on the importance of sitting in current. Because the entities work on you in the current rooms, it is every bit as important as going before João in-entity. By sitting in the current room, you both receive and contribute to the flow of spiritual energy

The current rooms are power-places for spiritual practice, raising vibrations and healing. The term “current” (Portuguese corrente) refers to the vital force, or spiritual energy that flows through the room and is sustained by mediums and meditators. You also contribute to the current. During any morning or afternoon session, you may sit in silent prayer or meditation in one of the three rooms. The first current room is entered from the assembly hall. From this room, one enters the second current room, where João in-entity sits while in consultation. This room, in turn, leads to the third current room, which is used for invisible operations and body purification. All current rooms require permission from the Entities to enter.

To get the full benefit of the current rooms, and to not disturb those already there, enter before the sessions begin at 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. Once you enter the current room, plan to stay for the entire session, after all have passed through enroute to the Entity. (The time will vary depending on the size of the crowds.) Keep your legs uncrossed and your hands and arms out of contact with each other, to allow the free flow of energy. Keep your eyes closed and remain silent; the Entities cannot work on you if your eyes are open. If the current is making you too woozy or otherwise uncomfortable, raise your hand and someone will bring you a glass of blessed water to drink. There is also a recovery room for people who really need to lie down for a while. Enter from the assembly room via the second door to the right of the stage or enter through the first current room. A Casa guide will assist you.

A staff member offers spiritual messages in Portuguese throughout the session. At some point João in-entity may pass through the first current room and designate a section to join him in the second room. If you are seated in that section, you may elect to move or remain where you are.

Toward the end of the session, people who will be leaving shortly and haven’t yet passed by the Entity are invited to come say good-bye and receive his blessing. Let your guide know if it is your last session. After current everybody should drink the blessed water provided. The water is sitting in the current room throughout the session absorbing the energy of the session and to complete the session, it is important not to leave the room without drinking the energised water.

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.

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 through headphones. 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

All people post-surgery are required to get their photo taken - whether surgery is visible or invisible. Go to the Secretaria window to arrange a session. The purpose of the photos (head and shoulders taken from four angles) is as a reference for the Entity to use to address any problems that may arise during your healing process. The fee for the photos is R$9.

The photos are turned over twice a year: on Good Friday and on December 31. Thus if you have had a photo taken since the last applicable turn-over date, you do not need to take another. The entities continue to work with you through your photos until the next turn-over date.

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.