It is Tuesday morning here in Abadiania, a very warm morning with blue skies which promise 90 degree heat again today. We are in a resting phase, although I was awake with the morning sunrise, orange skies at the eastern horizon. Jeff is sleeping this morning as his nights are wakeless – I’m not sure what is happening to him but we have been told that sometimes what we think or what we suffer becomes exaggerated. So his chronic insomnia has been a big problem for him. I’m hoping that this will subside because he is moving through the days exhausted, with very few resources, although yesterday was much better and he seems to be in a stronger place. Thank goodness we have help from Frenk because he is guiding us through this journey and he is really fine guide.
On Sunday Frenk took us to the waterfall which is on the same property as the Casa – a beautiful little waterfall where people go to be cleansed. As we were walking down the path into the forest, everything felt so familiar although the trees and plants are more tropical, but I realized with a lot of gratitude that this is familiar because we spend so much time together in wild places with the same kind of openness to what is hidden from our view.
Yesterday we walked to the Casa and had a treatment called the crystal beds which are lights shining through crystals that are aimed at the chakras. After the chakra treatments, we took our photos of David, Steve, Emily, Willow, Yerina and Tristen to one of the many triangles which hang on the walls here and we offered gratitude and sent wishes for their healing.
For those of you reading this, I can imagine how some of this might sound – like maybe we have stepped out of reality and into a fantasy. And you’re right. This does seem fantastical like a movie with someone else’s script and an unknown director and producer. But here we are, trusting the process and enjoying it. It is like suspending the structures of the world we are familiar with and participating in another reality, one that has rules and guidelines and it’s own way of working, much of it with Brazilian style. We are in a Catholic and Spiritist environment so there are many religious images and prayers, photos of various healers who work through medium Joao, blessings from many religious traditions including the Dalai Lama, most instructions in Portuguese, and a kind of intimacy with other worlds and other beings. This is very natural to Brazilians. It is foreign to this Canadian but it is not offensive. Some of you know my aversion to Christianity and its symbols but I notice that inside this experience in Brazil, all of it seems normal. Yesterday at the Casa I walked by a room where, piled up by the hundreds, were crutches and walking apparatus that have been discarded by those who now can walk because of the healing that has occurred for them. Old pieces of wood made into crutches, modern aluminum ones, one after the other left behind. And of course there are wheelchairs sitting unused as well. It made me feel like I was looking straight into the face of miracles and the unknown and I am confounded by it all. And I think I caught a glimpse of those people who can walk again, how their lives have been changed forever and their minds and hearts I’m sure. It really is quite humbling.
Many of us are tourists and foreign seekers but many people who come here are Brazilians who are deeply faithful and I saw a man in the garden of the Casa have an intimate talk with one of the bronze statues in the garden, a statue whose name is given to the Casa. Loyola died in 1556 but here is a modern Brazilian talking with him, hands on his shoulders, like one man to another man whom he loves. People here carry a deep faith and you can feel it as they enter the ceremonies and processes of healing at the Casa. I am an outsider but still I feel welcome to participate to the extent that I am able.
Tomorrow morning (Wed) both Jeff and I undergo a second spiritual surgery which means we will be out of connection for 24 hours after the procedure. Frenk will be taking care of us during that time, bringing meals to our room, checking on our wellbeing.
I am including a few photos today: an orange tree which is right outside our room, the pathway to our room and the door to our room. Just so you can imagine where we are.