What is a Spiritual Hospital?
I was sitting in the
Blessing Room at John of God’s sanctuary, the Casa de Dom Inacio, preparing for
the day’s “work” of meditation and prayer.
The Brazilian man sharing my bench was intensely concentrated, reading a
‘Prayer of Compassion’ in Portuguese.
He kindly offered me a copy of the folder he was reading. It was titled, “Hospital Espiritual do Mundo
” (Spiritual Hospital of the World)
with the subtitle, “Casa de Dom Inacio de
” (The House of Saint Ignatius of Loyola) under which was written, “Medium: Joao de Deus
” (The Medium: John
I realized, we don’t
have “Spiritual Hospitals” in the USA and Europe. At least, I have never heard
of any. In fact, I don’t know of any other such specialized hospital in any
part of the world.
We have Ear, Nose and
Throat Hospitals for people with problems in these areas. We have Cancer Hospitals for people who want
to get rid of cancer, and Mental Hospitals for people who want to resolve psychological
Is a Spiritual
Hospital designed to help a person heal a problem in his or her spirit? Do we
come here because our spirits are sick and our spirits need medication,
bandaging, therapy or surgery?
No. Our spirits are eternal, never become ill,
and never die. It is the small self,
the ego, the Soul (after its excursions in and out of the body through
lifetimes) and our emotional reaction to life that become burdened and out of
balance, leading to confusion, fragmentation and unhappiness. Thus, the small self loses sight of and
disconnects from the essence of spirit…infinite love and wisdom.
At a Spiritual
Hospital we come to heal from such disconnection, to connect fully to our own
spirit, aka the Higher Self. We come
also to connect with the Transcendent, that which is much larger than
ourselves, whom some call God—or the great Choreographer. We come to refresh
ourselves in the river of Infinite Love that is the source of all religions,
and thus experience the Oneness that goes beyond religious and cultural
In a Medical
Conference in 2008 Amrit Goswami, PhD (Physics) revealed that when a person
reconnects with the Transcendent, and becomes absorbed in that spiritual
experience, then he or she, as a result, can have an immediate extraordinary
healing. (Not “WILL” have, but “CAN”
have.) Spontaneous remission of cancer
is just one example of what may happen.
To repeat, the main ingredient is to
surrender fully to the experience of the Transcendent
Many visitors to the
Casa de Dom Inacio do have spontaneous healing of the physical body—probably
because they connect with the Transcendent so fully in the “Current”. In the Current rooms dedicated to prayer and
meditation we are asked to close our eyes, and not cross arms or legs so that
the stream of good feelings stimulated by prayer can flow through us, joining
each of us in an unbroken chain of positive intention and energy. We sit for 2,3,4 even 5 hours at a stretch. Those who sit in the current rooms often report
having contact with Jesus, Mary, Angels, Saints and other supra-conscious
beings with pure Souls who live in the realm of spirit and do not have physical
“Surrendering to the
Transcendent is an essential step. It opens up a portal for Grace and more
resources to come through. It definitely can shift one's attention from more
egoic identification to a vaster sense of God as who one is. However, it seems
that the karma and the momentum of habits in one's life continue to demand
attention and healing, which may involve the need to change one’s behavior
and/or way of thinking. That can often
take a long time, so complete healing is not instantaneous.
The Current has been an incredible way not
only to experience this Great Vast Love but also for that Love to penetrate any
areas where there is still that sense of separation and the emotional pain and
trauma within that sense of separation.
That to me is where healing happens. I also think healing happens as a
result of direct intervention from the non-physical assistance that is very
specific and works on different levels.”—a member of the Casa community
The chain of
connection in the current certainly explains why most visitors report feeling
happy here, and often say “The Casa is my spiritual home.” It is set up to bring us back to our
innermost selves, our true home where we sense our connection to our extended
spiritual family, which includes ascended masters.
On a practical level,
guided meditations given in the first current room in English and Portuguese
facilitate the special work of inner transformation. Current room leaders
remind us to forgive, to make amends to those we have hurt, to remember to
appreciate life, to treat others in a charitable way, and not only recall our
mission for this life, but re-new our commitment to it. This guidance helps us to let go and let the
energy we call “God” move through us, unobstructed.
John of God as the
Casa medium, medical intuitive, and psychic surgeon facilitates contact with
Spirit in other ways. When we stand in front of him for a consultation John is
incorporating a being with a very evolved level of consciousness and
compassion. As this “Entity” he has the
eyes to see though us-- body, mind, and soul-- and suggest treatment. He
consults, free of charge, with all visitors who want to see him three days a
week and he stays those days until the last person is seen. He sometimes does
physical interventions on those that request it; more often his treatments
involve “psychic surgery” in which benevolent spirits perform interventions
that positively effect healing on the physical as well as subtle bodies. This
often includes helping disincarnate entities who come to the Casa for help as
well. John is a master of “Energy
Medicine”, and the Casa is uniquely
prepared to assist both disincarnates and incarnate beings who are ready to
day, unexpectedly, I had a stroke. The
left side of my body became paralyzed and I couldn’t speak. My husband and I prayed to John of God and the
Entities of the Casa to help. That
night, I sensed an invisible being doing acupuncture up and down my left arm. I
felt needles going in and out of my body—but no physical person was there. As
this happened, the sensations of the left side of my body began to return. By the morning, I was a bit weak, and needed
rest, but I was no longer paralyzed, and my ability to think and talk had
returned.—a hotel manager in the Casa community
No matter how
phenomenal the healing, John of God always
says, “I do not heal, God is the one who heals.” His lifelong dedication to be of service to others healing
through mediating with Higher Forces is a model of humility, compassion and
Thus, the Casa, as a
spiritual hospital, restores us to our eternal Spirit, our Higher Self and our
guardian spirits. We are given the
opportunity for deeper connection with spirituality and the discarnate beings
that can help humankind. We are freed
of negative thought forms and entities that have interfered with our ability to
connect with the purest aspects of our spiritual nature. We are allowed to
identify more intensely with the Spiritual self that we are, that may have been
dormant throughout lifetimes. We
remember that at our core, we are Love and have access to profound Truth and
wisdom through the guidance of benevolent Spirits who are with us to help us.
intuition said I must come here for two months, so I came. Every day I sit in the current I feel new sensations
in my heart. Actually it pulsates and
many times it feels like it is on fire.
Always, there is tremendous movement of energy. I often feel overwhelmed.
Friday tears were streaming down my face all morning. But, I know this is
important because my heart is opening.
I am feeling my real feelings, and letting go of what other people told
me I should feel and think. I am also sensing what my true direction in life
is—what will give me real joy to do. I
am so glad I came.”—a 30 year old man, visiting the Casa
Along with the
Current, the presence of Higher Beings, and John of God, the community of the
Casa welcomes visitors with good food, blessed water and soup, a sacred
waterfall for purification, sunshine, and laughter with the town comedienne, Grainne
McEntity. Visitors relax in simple,
clean Inns that function as recovery wards for those resting after
surgery. Amble through town and you
enjoy exotic birds’ singing, extraordinary flowers, gentle horses that walk
freely in the street, and more than one ice cream shop. A way to say good-bye after a chat is, “Fica
com Deus”, i.e., “Be with God”. These elements of life, although not absolutely
necessary, certainly support the work of the spiritual hospital.
Given the success of
the Casa de Dom Inacio in Brazil—that participants are healing from cancer and
all manner of physical and mental diseases—we could consider the Casa as a
model to use elsewhere. After all, it
is called, “Spiritual Hospital of the World”.
That doesn’t mean it has to be the only one. We can bring components of
the Casa back home and see what fits the needs of our own communities. We can’t find a John of God anywhere else,
but we can find good medical intuitives and energy workers who are capable of
assisting others in recovering health.
God knows, our
fractured world needs the healing and positive transformation that occurs in
“spiritual hospitals”. Although there
are dedicated health professionals who care about their patients, most of the
hospitals in the USA are managing disease for profit. That system is prohibitively expensive and excludes those who
can’t afford it. The Casa de Dom Inacio is teaching us how to have wellness for
free for everyone, and the healthcare comes with liberal doses of spiritually
Certainly, one aspect
of John of God’s mission is to demonstrate how a good spiritual hospital
functions in Brazil. It is up to us to
seek contact with the inspired beings of Light who can help us seed such
hospitals where they will be welcomed in other parts of the world. Both the Light-beings of the Spiritual realm
and the Light-workers of the physical realm will be working together to create
and maintain this new kind of hospital.
Emma Bragdon, PhD. (EmmaBragdon.com) leads groups to the
Casa de Dom Inacio several times a year.
She is the Director of the Foundation for Energy Therapies, a charitable
educational and research organization. She
has published a book about the Casa, “Spiritual Alliances”, as well as produced
a highly acclaimed professional documentary film, “I do not Heal, God is the One
who Heals” Contact: EBragdon@aol.com.