David Anthony's visit to John of God (Joao Teixeira Da Faria) Brazil 2004
The arrest of João de Teixeira de Faria known to many of us in the west as John of God during December 2018 and the investigation into the allegations against him have shocked me.
There was and I expect still is a large community of people that live in Abadiania Brazil not only made up of brazilians but also of many foreigners from all over the world. I mixed with these people during my 5 weeks visit in 2004 and I didn't hear rumours or anything derogatory said about him.
Of course he has those who don't like him, from people who don't understand spiritual healing, to enemy's with guns who had fired into live bullets into The Casa the year before I arrived in an attempt to stop him working. Brazil is nothing like The UK.
If it is true and I hope there is a fair trail and justice is done, we must send our loving thoughts to the people who he has allegedly hurt and abused as it must be a dreadful time for them.
Although I met him and sat next to him with my eyes open for the all of healing sessions in my last week I didn't get to know him personally, I don't speak Portuguese and he does not speak english.
I can tell you that I saw a wonderful committed Healer in 2004, he did channel healing spirits and Higher Masters as I felt their presence and heard them speak. But as he conducts himself and behaves as a man I cannot say.
He may have failings as a human being.
He may have been set up.
He may be going through the process of 'The Christing'.
I sorry though I have absolutely no idea and I cannot judge him, or the those who have made the allegations.
It's important for your souls growth that you do not judge either.
I also have a great concern for all the people that relied on him.
He did not charge for his work and time but relied on donations to support the many volunteers that helped run the The Casa.
What has become of the large amount of local people were supported by the trade from the1000s of visitors that visited The Casa weekly? There are many other healers in Brazil who will now be much busier and I pray that they look after the poor and sick as well as he did.
It's a very difficult time for every one involved.
Whatever the outcome is and I hope the whole truth comes out whatever it is, that cannot change the experiences I had there. Please continue to read on with an open mind not to his guilt or innocence but to the fascinating events that used to take place