Who is John of God? João Teixeira de Faria is a humble man with no formal education. He describes himself as a “simple farmer.” He is also known as John of God, João de Deus or Medium João, though is the first to admit that he does not heal. Rather, he facilitates healing by allowing his body to be a vehicle for God’s healing through Entities or spirit guides.
In an earlier post, Messages from the Universe on Healing, I shared that the Universe is guiding me to Brazil this spring to see John of God. Here, I share what I have learned about this spiritual healer.
St. John of God
First, the person I am referring is not to be confused with the Portuguese John of God (João de Deus) who lived in the 15th century. That man, canonized by the Catholic Church, was the founder of the Brothers of the Hospitallers.
John of God
I’ve recently read “John of God: The Brazilian Healer Who’s Touched the Lives of Millions,” by Heather Cumming and Karen Leffler. This is a fascinating look at the individual and miracle worker who has come to be known as John of God. João Teixeira de Faria, was born in central Brazil and even as a child of nine years, he demonstrated precognitive abilities. Apparently, on a cloudless day the boy warned his mother that a village they were visiting would be damaged by a storm. That same day a thunderstorm suddenly appeared and wiped out and severely damaged over a quarter of the village.
As a young man, João had a mystical experience when seeing St. Rita de Cascia, and was guided to a Spiritist Center. Here, many had gathered, and João fainted. Hours later, when he awoke, he was told, “he had incorporated the Entity King Solomon, and over fifty people had been cured.”
The young João came to realize that he was a full trance medium and dedicated his life to facilitate the healing of many. Apparently, João leaves his body while spirits (referred to as Entities) use his body to heal people. These Entities, more commonly referred to as spirit guides in other metaphysical beliefs, are the spirits of individuals who have lived and passed on and are dedicated to healing human pain and suffering. According to this book there are as many as 37 Entities that incorporate (one at a time) into João.
Some of the Entities have been identified as St. Ignatius, St. Francis Xavier, King Solomon, Saint Rita of Cascia, Dr. Bezerra de Menezes, Dr. Augusto de Almeida, Dr. Oswaldo Cruz, Dr. Jose Valdivino, Andre Luiz, Sister Sheila, Euripides Barsanulfo, Francisco Candido Xavier and Emmanuel.
While these Spirits incorporate in Medium João, they may perform both physical and invisible surgeries. Those choosing physical surgeries experience them with no anesthetic, yet claim they do not feel pain. Additionally, at the Casa in Abadiânia Brazil, while one Entity may be with the individual requesting a healing, there are thousands of other spirits making up a phalange, which also assist in the healing process.
The book reveals remarkable stories of physical, emotional and spiritual healing which leave the reader in awe that there is something truly remarkable occurring. Medium Joao allows these Entities’ to heal visitors of the Casa three days each week. Within “John of God: The Brazilian Healer Who’s Touched the Lives of Millions,” there are incredible pictures, by Karen Leffler, which capture light from the healing energy of the Entities.
John of God, or Medium João, has dedicated his life to this phenomenon and apparently has facilitated healing for more than eight million people since 1958. Could John of God be the most recorded healer of all times? Over the years, times have not been easy for João. He has been persecuted and sued for practicing medicine without a license. Today, Medium João is a national treasure, having healed high ranking Brazilian politicians or family members.
I’m excited about my pilgrimage to the Casa with members of Mile Hi Church, knowing and trusting there is a reason I am being led there. Perhaps I’ll share some of my experiences when I return. In the interim, check out Heather Cumming’s and Karen Leffler’s book, “John of God: The Brazilian Healer Who’s Touched the Lives of Millions.”