In 2013, Jeff and Georgia travelled to Brazil to see a healer to help with Jeff’s cancer. On their way, they teach Hakomi in Mexico, along with Katie and Kenny.
To read chronologically, start at the bottom and read up.
In 2013, Jeff and Georgia travelled to Brazil to see a healer to help with Jeff’s cancer. On their way, they teach Hakomi in Mexico, along with Katie and Kenny.
To read chronologically, start at the bottom and read up.
Well, we are home once again and gratefully so. Much has happened since my last blog and I’m not sure where to begin because the last two days of travel were a bit of a blur. So let me begin at the Casa. The last three days in Abadiania were rich with goodbyes. Jeff and I each had a final operation – locations unknown – and we slept for 24 hours which took us to Friday morning. We packed Friday morning and then spent the afternoon waiting in line to see John of God for a final goodbye. People at the Casa call it the “bye bye line” – and of course it was the last line to be called so the wait was long. Again, a brief moment in front of this man of healing is always touching. We took him a dozen white roses and a few little items to be blessed, including a little carved piece of arbutus from Willow. He picked up her carving, looked at it carefully and asked what it was. Frenk was with us and tried to explain that it was a carving from his daughter. I’m not sure if “beings of light” know what arbutus is or what carvings are or who Willow is, but it was a very special moment for Jeff.
On Saturday at noon, Frenk arrived to have lunch with us and carry our bags to the taxi. We said our goodbyes to him and tried to express our gratitude for his expert guidance at the Casa and in the realms of awareness. Every once in awhile we are lucky enough to have someone come into our lives and nudge us in the right direction. So, thanks Frank for the nudge!
On Saturday 1pm Brazilian time we started our journey home by taking a taxi to Brasilia, a 1 1/2 hour drive from Abadiania. We slept five hours at the hotel and then took a taxi at 2am to the airport. We arrived in Sao Paolo at 7am and our next flight left at 9:20am. We arrived in Mexico City at 4pm. So that was the first two legs of the journey and 3 time zones. We set the alarms for 3am Mexico time and checked into our flight at 4am – the flight left at 7am and we arrived in Vancouver at 11am (5pm Brazil time), 6 time zones away. Our friend Salan picked us up at international arrivals and we spent five hours talking and talking and talking (and having some lunch in the sweet spaces in between). Our flight to Powell River landed at 5:15 and we were home at 5:30pm. According to my calculations, our journey was 58 hours door to door, and you can imagine how we are feeling today. A little groggy but so grateful to be home.
Our journey to Brazil is over but our healing journey is not. We both have a lot to digest and I would like to write all of you a little later when we have had time to reflect on what has happened and also to let you know how Jeff is doing. We are both very grateful for all the love that has been coming our way and the support at home – to Chloe who took care of our house and Yvon who took care of our boat. We feel connected to each one of you and we send you wishes for your health, your happiness and your freedom from suffering.
With love from Powell River,
I’m writing to you onWednesday evening and sending you the view from our window. We have been sent to bed once again and we will be looking out into this green valley for the next 36 hours. I think the entities have something to tell us about staying quiet and just resting!
This morning we went past Joao and were both sent to have “crystal baths.” Sounds really exotic and it is – there are at least a dozen rooms with a single bed and laser lights suspended over the bed. The light is shone through crystals, seven of them, each one aimed at one of the chakras. And you just lie very still for 20 minutes. The effect can be quite energizing. This time Jeff felt very exhausted and when we returned to the Casa for the afternoon sessions, he went into his third surgery. So he will be out of touch until tomorrow evening for those family members who might be expecting a call or an email. He is fine and ate a plate full of food that I brought to him in our room.
I went past Joao this afternoon and was told to have a third surgery tomorrow morning, so I too will be out of touch until Friday morning. I will be tending to Jeff’s needs until tomorrow and then Frenk will take care of both of us for the remaining time. I am very surprised that they are working on me again – I thought I was going to have an easy week but I’m also willing to do whatever is asked of me while I’m here. They say that healing here is 25% the entities, 25% Grace and 50% me. I’m trying to take care of my half.
Today I was in the main hall when Joao came on stage and did 2 physical surgeries and one energetic surgery. I don’t know what to say except that I knew I was witnessing a miracle. I have listened to many western trained physicians talking about these physical surgeries and one neurosurgeon was particularly convincing when he said that he cannot operate like Joao without pain, without infection, without anesthetics and that as a medical doctor, he feels compelled to understand what is happening. Me too, I want to understand what is happening before my eyes. When Joao is doing these surgeries, he is not conscious and you can see that he moves in a strange way and he looks at his assistants differently than normal and his eyes have a very profound look in them. Today when I went past him, his eyes were turned up in the sockets as he witnessed me and gave me instructions. It is all quite strange but not spooky at all. Just different than anything I have experienced before. Each entity that works through him is unique and you can get a sense of it when you are in front of him. Sometimes you just feel an enormous love and today I felt a lot of concentrated energy. Some people say that this place is sacred and that the veil is very thin. That is probably true but I need to be able to bring some of this home with me – maybe just the consciousness that there are other realms and sometimes we can access them. And I think I’m learning how to ask for help. Sounds so simple but not for some of us!
Jeff and I are planning to leave here Saturday at noon, although Jeff is staying open to the option of staying if he gets a clear signal to do so. If we do leave, we’ll be staying at a hotel in Brasilia on Saturday evening and then flying early early early Sunday morning to Mexico City and then home to Vancouver on Monday. I’ll try to write one more time from here.
Thanks to each one of you who has been following this blog and wishing for Jeff’s healing. We feel very accompanied on this journey and we are so grateful for all of your love.
Georgia and Jeff
Good morning everyone,
Yesterday Jeff and I took the longest walk in two weeks – about eight blocks in total. And in that enormous distance, we stopped for fresh fruit smoothies. Things are really getting active here!
On our walk, I took a few photos that I would like to share of the flora and fauna of this little town.
First the flora:
And now the fauna, beginning with the largest animal in this town:
And now one of the smaller creatures and I won’t blame you if you think we have entered a new chapter of fantasy
Sending each of you wishes for a sweet day.
Georgia and Jeff
This is the road that we walk in Abadiania every day. This morning we walked to the Casa to put some of our friends and family in the prayer triangle and to have a crystal bed treatment and I found myself in doubt about this process, whether or not it is going to be effective, whether or not we should stay, and I was asking Jeff how he felt about it. Jeff’s right eye has been losing vision because of one of the tumors and this has been quite worrisome. He stopped in front of the Casa and said he noticed that he could see relatively well through his right eye and was surprised.
And then a mini miracle happened for us. A woman walked out of the Casa gates – she was dressed in a short skirt and t-shirt which read JESUS in capital letters, flip flops, slightly disheveled and English speaking. She passed by us and then turned around and came back to speak with us. Without introducing herself, she said that “he” meaning Joao and the entities, “he can help you, his specialty is cancer and blindness, and it might take time. Sometimes it takes only a week and sometimes it takes years. But don’t give up.” And then she said again, “Don’t give up, ok?”
Well, that was all I needed, a little boost, a little miracle that will keep me here and keep me believing that healing is possible for all of us. So, I’m passing this little miracle along to any of you who need it. Don’t give up. Whatever ails you or hurts you or seems too much to manage, don’t give up. Me too, I won’t give up.
Love to all of you,
We have been through a second working week in Abadiania and have emerged into the beauty of a Brazilian morning, blue skies and cool breezes with a promise of heat in the afternoon. Jeff and I recovered well from our 24 hours of post surgery – it is a bit like coming out of an anesthetic – a bit thick, a little weary and needing a lot of resting. Going through these spiritual interventions is difficult to explain – sometimes we feel something in our bodies and sometimes we don’t. Sometimes the energy seems to run at a very high vibration and at other times, we are flattened and exhausted with very little fuel in our tanks. Fortunately Frenk visits us in the midst of all that is happening and offers his wisdom and his humor and we are able to not fall into the trap of self pity or despair. He keeps us light and helps us notice the space in which there is always a possibility of laughter or healing or simplicity, just accepting how things are and not bothering too much with what isn’t.
On Thursday afternoon we spent 3.5 hours again inside the meditation rooms while people filed by, hundreds of people. I was so pleased that I was able to sit still for that long without discomfort and with a sense of the flow of energy. But Jeff was in more pain and discomfort and the effort of sitting so long was really exhausting for him. Our time here is like that – we never know what we are going to encounter or what will feel good and what will be difficult, but we keep trying to take advantage of the potential for healing that is here and accept when it is not so comfortable. On Friday morning we filed once again past the medium Joao and this time we were told to come back at 2pm. In the afternoon, we arrived on time and waited patiently in the garden for two hours until the lines began to file in front of him. We were the last line to be called and when we filed passed him, we encountered a love so divine that in less than 10 seconds, we were filled to overflowing and we enjoyed that feeling of well being all night and all this morning. It is so amazing that in the few seconds that we have in front of him, so much can happen.
One of the things that is surprising here is the complexity of what we are experiencing and witnessing. Each of the entities that we encounter through Joao is different – some seem to see through us with a piercing and stern gaze, some are rather efficient and perhaps military in the way that people are processed and some carry divine love. And in the Casa itself, we see such diversity. Some of the people are guides who bring people here from all over the world – some are mediums, some are shamans, some clear negative energies and some are just good people. There are candy sellers and crystal sellers, there are pharmacists selling herbs and sellers of crystal beds. It’s all here and it could be very confusing. There is healing and then there is the business of healing. I’m grateful for Frenk that he is able to guide us through this marketplace and help us keep our focus on the lessons we have come to learn.
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.
Hello to all of our family and friends,
We made it through the first working week here in Abadiania. Joao works only on Wed, Thurs and Fri and so much has happened during this brief but intense week. As you know, we both had spiritual surgeries on Wed afternoon and spent the following 24 hours in bed sleeping and resting. On Thursday afternoon we were able to stand up, enjoy dinner in our pousada and send out a few messages that we were alive and well.
Today we arrived at the Casa de Dom Inacio early (7:30am) and entered a large main hall where people sit to meditate throughout the next three to four hours that Joao is working at the end of this same hall. We sat in meditation with about 200 others for 3.5 hours in 93 degree F heat on the most uncomfortable wooden benches but I suppose that’s not the point. Jeff reports that his skinny bum has no fat and so he was really struggling with his behind while his frontal lobes were in bliss. The energy is very strong in this room and everyone is requested to keep their eyes closed – we are instructed that we are creating a healing field that supports Joao’s body as he incorporates the entities that do the healing. At the end of the meditation, when everyone has passed in front of Joao, the current or energy is turned back towards all of us who have been sitting. The feeling is one of being very elevated and connected.
After lunch we returned to the Casa and joined the long lineups to go in front of Joao once again and to prepare for this “audience”, we spent quite a long time with our guide Frenk discussing what we would like to ask of the embodied Joao. You can imagine the challenge – if you had a chance to ask for a healing or to ask about how to heal, what would you ask? What would you request? Frenk moves us deeply into the question until we really feel like we are close to the roots of healing issues. I realize that although I have aches and pains and various physical things happening, my questions are about consciousness – how can I be more compassionate with the people who have hurt me? how can I be more aware and understand who I am as both as a physical and a non-physical being? And my second questions was reduced to one word in Portuguese – bones. I love it – it is rather like all of my experience and philosophy rolled into a poem.
As we passed in front of Joao today, we offered him all of the photos we brought of people who need some healing and he wrote out spiritual prescriptions for each of you. Yesterday I forgot to include Willow in the list but your photo was with us today. I asked Frenk if this means that the entities are already working with each of you and the answer is yes. So be aware and open to what might be coming your way. And just to reassure you, the energy today was so sweet and loving, my heart was soothed by his caring. He held out his hand which I took briefly and I felt very cared for by this man-spririt. And the news for Jeff and me – we both have surgeries next Wed morning. Thank goodness we have four days to just enjoy this beautiful countryside.
As difficult it has been this week for Jeff to find the energy and resources to rise early in the morning and sustain himself through the long hot days, he sends all of you his gratitude for your loving thoughts and support. He couldn’t do this by himself and he is very grateful for all that you are offering – love and prayers and so much kindness. This is what is getting him through.
We hope you are feeling us returning love and gratitude from Brazil.
We arrived at the Sao Paolo airport on Tues afternoon and because we were in first class, we managed to find our way through customs very easily. We picked up our bags and found our connecting flight in the same terminal, so no rushing. Jeff did not sleep much on the 9.5 hour flight so he was exhausted. The flight to Brasilia was 1.5 hours and when we arrived, our taxi driver was waiting at arrivals – a beautiful rotund Brazilian called Raphael. He drove the 90 min. trip while we tried a few Portuguese words (abrigado) and slept with our heads nodding and bobbing. We arrived at our hotel, Pousada Caminho Encantado, where our guide, Frenk, met us and gently guided our tired bodies through some orientation, dinner and a little coaching because we needed to have 3 questions each for John of God when we were to meet him the next day. Tired beyond tired when we finally went to bed at 9pm. The next morning we were up (sort of) at 6:15, had breakfast and set off dressed all in white to John of God’s Casa.
This is a very little town, red dirt roads, little boutiques for the tourists, big tourist buses bringing in the people who come hear for healing. There are people in wheelchairs, children, families, old ones and people with strokes and cancer and all sorts of ailments. Frenk told us that because this was the last day of Carnival, some people come to be cleansed. It is a humbling experience to be one of the ones coming here to seek healing.
Frenk met us at the Casa at 7:30am and helped us through the confusing details – where to get the tickets, which ticket to ask for, which line to stand in, where to find quiet amidst all the conversations and confusion. At 8am, he managed to bring us to the front of the line so that Jeff did not have to stand too long and we were moving slowly through the main hallway, hundreds of people meditating, mediums channeling the energy, people with children and wheelchairs moving ahead of us to be seen by Joao. When we were in front of him, it took him only seconds to look at us, through us, and then he said we were to both have spiritual operations. Much has happened since, but I would like all of you to know that we had operations yesterday afternoon and have spent the past 24 hours in bed sleeping and recovering. We are tired but well. I know that this stretches the imagination but we are accepting whatever comes our way and we are very grateful to be two of the ones receiving help in this little town in Brazil.
Tomorrow we will be taking photos of Tristen, Emily, David, Steve and Yerina in front of Joao and we will send you details privately of whatever instructions come through him.
Our love to all of you and thank you for your thoughts and prayers and companionship.
I am writing from Abadiania, Brazil but I wanted to offer you a few photos of our graduating class in Guadalajara. We spent four deeply emotional days together at Pati’s training centre, laughing, crying, resting and learning more about ourselves and Hakomi. Saturday night was The Hakomi Oscar Night where the students were showered with honors in various categories – Drama Queens, The Good Girls (Las Buenas Buenas), The Sexy Ones, The Weepers, Las Fumadas, The Defrosted Hearts, The King and Queen of Hearts (guess who!) – and we ate a delicious Mexican buffet and danced into the night to a live Mariachi band. Kenny and Katie and Jeff and I walked home before midnight in the warm night air of Guadalajara, sharing our experiences and our appreciation of Mexico and her hospitality. Of course there was Hakomi resting on Sunday. Sunday evening after class, Christina led us through another healing ceremony and at the end, we were given white feathered wings to wear and we became a circle of angels. For those of you who know Kenny, I want you to know that he was a great sport! And Jeff looks pretty good in wings too! Monday was graduation. The students had prepared graduation caps with red hearts gently swinging like tassels, the Weeping Ones gathered together clutching kleenex boxes to support our youngest student who read her appreciations of the teaching and the experiences, the teaching team and her fellow students. And at noon we hugged everyone, waved our goodbyes, jumped into taxis and sped away to the airport to catch our flight back to Mexico City. So this is a special thank you to our team in Guadalajara – Pati, Rosi, Mari Carmen – and to all of our students who sent us on our journey with more love than we could ever imagine.
With a lot of love and gratitude to all of you.
Georgia and Jeff
Tonight we leave Mexico City to Sao Paolo Brazil on the midnight flight. Earlier today we left our wonderful students and friends in Guadalajara and flew with Rosi, Kenny and Katie to Mexico City. Dani met us at the airport and has been escorting us through the maze of this huge airport. He took us to the Aero Mexico ticket counter to check into the flight and managed to have us upgraded for free into Premier Class. So dear friends, we are being taken care of in many ways and we leave Mexico filled with love and gratitude for all the sweet time we have spent together in Hakomi Mexico.
We arrive tomorrow evening in Abadiania and I’ll post again from there.
Gracias a todos.
Jeff and Georgia
We are safely in Guadalajara – six members of our Hakomi team were lead through the complexities of Mexico City and Benito Juarez Airport by Mari Carmen – and we are staying with Patricia Aguirre who is the Hakomi organizer in Mexico City. I have attached a couple of photos of the entrance to her home so that you can have a sense of this beautiful shamanic woman. Jeff was very tired yesterday and slept most of the morning and he was able to join us for the afternoon sessions. There is a photo of him teaching in a sweet circle with Katie and Rosi. After our training session, Rocio offered the group a gift of healing with her Tibetan singing bowls and so our healing journey continues in the arms of Mexico. For all of you who are following us, we send you our love and gratitude for your thoughts and support. To Chloe who is taking care of our home while we are away, to Willow who is helping spread the news of our blog and on and on we go.
Our first message is gratitude to Salan in Vancouver for her help in creating this site for us. We are in Mexico City at the home of a dear friend, Mari Carmen Quintero, and Kenny and Katie from Vancouver Hakomi are accompanying us on the first part of our journey. Jeff arrived safely in Mexico City on Monday evening and was picked up by another dear friend – our gratitude goes out to Jose for that part of the journey. Our students and friends in Mexico City have offered their prayers and help as we prepare to fly to Brazil and to all of them, we offer our thanks. If we need you, we will call. Today we fly to Guadalajara to teach Hakomi to a beautiful group of people who have been studying with us for three years and are ready to graduate. I will write again from there and try to give all of you who are following us a sense of the enormous love of our Mexican friends who wrap us in their arms and teach us how to receive. Gracias a todos.