Official Guides to the Casa - this month featuring Josie Ravenwing & Peter Waugh
people from all parts of the world travel to Abadiânia to experience
the healing energy at the Casa de Dom Inácio. Whether you travel
independently or as part of a facilitated group is entirely a personal
decision - in either case you are guaranteed a profound life changing
Those who opt to travel with a group undoubtedly benefit to some degree or another from the group leader's experience and knowledge of the Casa 'journey'. Over the coming months we will be featuring articles from Official Guides to the Casa.
The tour leaders listed on this website in the Travel with a Guide section are guides who are dedicated to serving the Casa and their groups with the highest respect for the rules and protocols of the Casa. A code of ethics was created to establish a set of standards for all tour leaders to follow. The intent of these standards is to provide guidelines for all tour leaders to follow and to ensure the maximum protection for Joao and the Casa in regards to legal liability. The tour leaders currently listed on this website are highly experienced and recognized guides who have provided considerable service to Joao, the Casa and the Entities.
TALES FROM THE BEYOND: MY LIFE AT THE CASA! by Casa guide Josie RavenWing
I first had the honor and joy to go to the Casa in 1998, at which time the Entity told me it was my mission to start bringing people from outside of Brazil to the Casa. I was in total harmony with these words since, after two amazing weeks there, all I could think about was who I could tell about this miraculous place, one that has transformed my life in many ways!
Since that time, as of December 2004, I will have taken 35 groups to the Casa. I now spend about half of my time in Abadiania, which has become my second home, spending every other month there. My groups stay there for two weeks, and then I usually spend another two weeks to volunteer as a medium at the Casa. So at this point I feel about 50% Brazilian, and am fluent enough in Portuguese to be able to translate the words of the Entity for the people in my groups.
I have already written at length about some of my personal experiences and those of others in my book about the Casa, "The Book of Miracles: The Healing Work of Joao de Deus". However, for a slightly different perspective from what is already in my book, I thought it might be interesting to speak from the experience of being a Casa guide.
From what many of my group participants have told me over the past six years, I am convinced that frequently the entities of the Casa begin working on people as soon as the latter form an intention to go to the Casa. People have described this as feeling some ephemeral - or sometimes very tangible - energetic contact, or of a process of healing already beginning long before their bodies enter the physical gate to the Casa. Some experience a period of chaos prior to their trip, as things that they don't need to hang onto any longer are shaken loose. Although necessary, this can be temporarily disconcerting for people not used to the rhythms and cycles of healing and spiritual growth. Others, prior to their trip, experience a new level of peace, faith, and absolute trust that the journey is exactly what they are meant to be doing.
Not only can the entities begin working on people before their physical journey to the Casa, but I truly feel that somehow, in their mysterious way, often the entities seem to reach out through time and space to somehow call people to the Casa, either showing up in people's dreams or in signs and omens of various kinds, making their presence known to individuals and beckoning them to Abadiania. For some people, this can take place for years before they actual decide to physically go to Abadiania, while for others, they find themselves heading there soon after they hear about the Casa and feel "the call". I have had folks tell me that they have seen Joao's face appear in their dreams or in a vision long before they even knew who he was.
Once we finally arrive in Abadiania, the process continues and deepens. For most people, there is an initial stage of "overwhelm": getting used to a new culture, environment, and the various intricacies of the functions of the Casa. In addition, many people are sifting through their initial expectations of how they felt their healing process should unfold. As a guide, I often find myself dealing with some of the frustrations that result from these initial expectations, and this can be fairly intense until people are able to relax and simply be with what is, rather than with what they feel should be occurring (a lesson for us for life in general)!
During the first week, many people find it difficult to sit through the sessions in current, but by the second week, the process of healing and spiritual opening has usually progressed to a point where they begin to go very deep into the healing vibration of the current. Then their own experiences, rather than my words or anyone else's, become the evidence that they are seeking.
One expectation that I try to help people release is that their healing should be 100% complete by the time they leave Abadiania. On occasion this does happen, but for the majority, the work of the entities continues for weeks, months, and even years after their trip. Some people experience little - and occasionally even no - physical healing. And yet, even those, along with others who experience noticeable physical healing, almost inevitably report that they received far more than they ever had imagined they would as a result of the work of the Casa. This often includes having a spiritual life where before, they had none; or a deepening of faith, of inner peace, and especially, of love for self and others. Some people's mediumistic and healing abilities begin - or continue - to flower at an unprecedented rate. And many report that, although it was hope for relief from physical maladies that first propelled them on the journey to the Casa, they often conclude as a result of their time in Abadiania, that the initial physical misery was the key to setting them on a more profound spiritual path, which became even more important to them than "curing" the physical problem.
Although readers may have been hoping for more stories from me of physical, "miraculous" cures at the hands of the entities of the Casa, and there are plenty of those to go around, for some reason I felt guided to write from a slightly different perspective this time. My years as a Casa guide have taught me a great deal, and I hope the little bit I was able to share with you here has been helpful.
To end with a more personal statement, for me, the Casa is a portal to a mysterious and divine realm, one in which we can be full participants, should we so choose, and one that is not limited to time and space. We are not separate from the entities of the Casa. They are not better than us or above us, but they are there, beckoning us to release ourselves from the prisons of prior beliefs and limitations, so that we might experience who we really are and dance with them in the eternal dance of Love. I am so grateful for all that I have experienced through my contact with the Entities and to be able to be a part of a part of their dance.
Blessings of love and healing to you all -
Author of "The Book of Miracles:The Healing Work of Joao de Deus" and other books
BLESSINGS OF BEING A GUIDE - Reflections of Peter Waugh, Wellington,
Becoming a guide for the casa was a totally out of left field experience for me.
I heard of the Casa many years ago and regarded the stories from there with a Yeah right! skepticism reserved for those numerous cons claiming outrageous healing powers as a means of fleecing the public.
Events, however, dictated otherwise. When a wedding prompted me to travel to Rio, I decided to check the Casa out as a possible resource for those cases that I had nothing else to offer. In hindsight, this journey had been setting itself up for 3-4 years prior to my arrival in Abadiania.
My first impressions of the place were those of total familiarity and a sense of coming home, on the one hand, and total skepticism on the other.
First day in line I asked for surgery and was told that I didnt need and to instead sit in the Entities Current Room where I would be healed spiritually. Having done a lot of meditation, I expected the Current Room to be a place of quiet repose. Instead, I was accompanied by a legion of clients, family and friends. Over the next 24 hours, it occurred to me that this was about providing some sort of connection between these people and the energies of the Casa. The Entities confirmed this when they said on two different occasions that they would support me to bring people there.
The logistics of that in both how I could fit it into my busy practice at home and also the sheer organization of it seemed inconceivable. However, six weeks later, I was back in Abadiania with a group.
I was supported every step of the way by the Entities even in terms of being given an administrative structure and information on both the procedures of and the deeper realities of the Casa and its work. I am particularly indebted to Bob Dinga and the various mediums and assistants associated with the Casa in this respect.
All the trips so far have been seamless in their execution with any unforeseen changes working themselves out.
These tours are not the cheapest as I wish to neither create financial headaches for myself nor unnecessary discomfort for those who travel with me. Numbers of participants are limited to ensure they get maximum support and benefit. Generally they are packages where I arrange everything including airfares accommodation en route visas etc. Some also join en route either in Rio, Brasilia or Abadiania.
I see it as my roll to ensure that the participants get maximum benefit from the experience and to support them in that process. As such, I recommend at first instance, where possible, that participants send photographs, take herbs and have crystal beds so that they arrive at the Casa fully prepared.
As far as possible, I also ensure that I am there to accompany participants every step of the way.
Feedback received indicates that practically everyone has a positive experience that they wish to repeat. Peoples experiences differ however. Each group tends to take on life force of its own with very deep connections made between participants and a certain synchronicity of process at the Casa
The joy for me in this work is to be able to serve both the healing Energies of the Casa and the participants.
Each time I get something new and each time there is a deepening for me. In my most recent visit it was watching the Entity Dr Oswaldo Cruz read a letter in English attached to one of the sets of photographs that I had brought. Each time the iceberg reveals more of itself
I love who I become in Abadiania, the openheartedness, the joy, the lightness, as the layers unfold.
This is, I believe, an exercise, for all participants, of putting into the pot rather than merely taking out As we give so shall we receive. I am humbled by what I receive in being graced with the opportunity to do this work
Peter Waugh, Natural Health Consultant, Wellington, NZ
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