John of God
João Teixeira de Faria – John of God – is acknowledged to be one of the most powerful trance medium spiritual healers in the world. He serves as a channel for over 30 light-spirit entities who incorporate his physical body to heal people who come to the Casa de Dom Inácio de Loyola in Abadiânia, Brazil.
But what is the story behind the charismatic medium who works with spirit entities in miraculous healing, defying any conventional explanation? How did an illiterate man living in the center of Brazil become the hope of thousands of people seeking health and guidance?
João is a devoutly God-fearing man who was raised in the Roman Catholic faith but follows no particular religion or creed. His entire purpose in living is the love and care of his fellow man as directed by his spirit guides. He has no memory of what takes place-an amnestic veil descends upon him for the full duration of the incorporation.
João Teixeira de Faria was born in Cachoeria da Fuaca in 1942 into a poor family, with a very basic education due to his rebellious nature as a child. At age of 7 he abandoned school to join his father´s workshop and help the family. His father was a tailor whose little income was not enough to feed the family. At 16 he left home heading toward Campo Grande to become an apprentice tailor, but soon found himself unemployed, penniless and starving. On the verge of despair, he was granted a vision of Saint Rita of Cassia, who called him by his name and talked to him during hours next day when João returned to the same place with the hope to see that beautiful lady again he sat there for a short while as a beam of bright light appeared where Sta Rita was the day before, and heard her voice who directed him to a nearby Spiritist centre. Arriving there, he discovered that his coming was expected, but in his weakened state lost consciousness. When awakening several hours later, surrounded by faces starring at him João was amazed hearing that he had been in a mediumnistic trance, allowing the spirit of King Solomon to carry out healing through his physical body. John of God concerned understands nothing of what was happening, and he even says that it was due to his weak physical state that he lost conscience. He protested that hunger and exhaustion had made him faint, but the many witnesses to the healing miracles left no doubt that he had been the medium for extraordinary healing from the spiritual plane.
An intense period of instruction and guidance followed over the next several weeks. He was directed to dedicate his life to healing others and never to accept payment for his work.
For 8 years John of God traveled the region finding work when he could in order to eat devoting his remaining time to healing others. They came to him by hundreds as word of his abilities spread. It was necessary not to stay in any one place for too long. Although he never profited from his mediumship, it threatened the local religious and medical authorities who set the police on him. Many times he was arrested suffered physical violence and was jailed.
After this when he could no longer take this persecution he found refuge among the Army working as a tailor and manufactures uniforms. In exchange for safety he performed healing on the military personnel and their families. which takes him to buy a small plot of land to grow food. Gradually, after several efforts and sacrifices begins to devote himself entirely to his spiritual mission, to heal, to help the poor and the sick. This period ended when the spirit entities told him that his work had to be available to all and not only the few privileged.
Guided by the spirit of the great Spanish theologian St. Ignatius de Loyola, also known as Dom Inacio or St. Ignacio, João moves to Abadiânia, where in 1979 he established his healing center , chosen for its unique location above a powerful geological crystal formation a natural energy vortex formed by quartz crystal bedrock. So remarkable has been the work carried out here that over the years the center has attracted millions of people from all over the world. Although hundreds might arrive in a single day, no-one, believer or skeptic, is ever turned away. João has dedicated his life to this service, and loyal to his mission does not ask for payment for the healing.
João is now known throughout the world as John of God (João de Deus), a title given to him by those who recognize his status as a person touched by a higher power. He himself denies that he has any healing abilities, stating that God alone can heal and that the light entities work through him to cure the cause of people’s afflictions. When João’s body is incorporated he maintains that he has no knowledge of the work that is being performed through him during the sessions.
Essentially he remains an uncomplicated person, still defined by his humble origins but driven by a sense of mission. After more than five decades of unflinching service and countless successful outcomes, few would doubt that João Teixeira de Faria truly deserves to be called John of God.