The Healing Gaze
From the heart of a continent where Christianity is dying and public figures are converting to Islam comes a new religious phenomenon: Braco.
KPTV Oregon says Croatian Man Heals With His Eyes. "Norae McRae says she suffers from 10 physical ailments, including multiple sclerosis, and traveled from Seattle to see Braco, a Croatian healer who allegedly draws crowds of 10,000 people in Europe." At the heart of Braco's healing power is Gazing.
The vast majority of people who come to group gazing sessions feel a positive energy at work and recognize positive changes in their lives, with some experiencing miraculous physical healing. Not everyone is affected by the energy, and no one can explain exactly why, but the majority of people do feel something exceptional or special is taking place. This is why over 200,000 people visit gazing events in Europe alone each year. Individuals experience many things during sessions. For some, in their first 5-minute gazing session, an answer to a difficult life question becomes clear, a certainty comes that a relationship has changed or physical healings take place. Others will experience an unfolding effect in the first few days or weeks following a gazing session, and still others will come back many times before they feel a great shift has taken place.
Here are tips on how to Gaze back. Make innocent wishes. Feel. "A feeling holds more power and information than words can explain." Bring photos of your loved ones to fuel the energy. And remember, all current sessions have tickets available, only $8 per person. The venue room size is 600 seats, and that's Indianapolis. Iowahawk shares a video that I know all of you would like to talk about, showing the power of Braco.
It is not true, as some have argued, that religion is declining in the world. "God is Back" say two writers in the Economist. "From Russia to Turkey to India, nations that swore off faith in the last century—or even tried to stamp it out—are now run by avowedly religious leaders. Formerly secular conflicts like the one in Palestine have taken on an overtly religious cast." It may not even be true that religion is declining in Europe, simply that people have turned away from the State-sponsored product to other brands. A Eurobarometer poll taken in 2005 asked three questions: whether the person believed "there is a God", believed "there is some sort of spirit of life force", "didn't believe there is any sort of spirit, God or life force".
The results are interesting. Even in places where only a very small percentage of people "believed in God", a very high percentage of people retained some openness to a "spirit, God or life-force". In the UK, for example, only 38% believed in God but only 20% believed in neither "spirit, God or life force". That suggested a potential market of more than 40% of the population that was open to "spirit, God or life force" in a country where the churches are emptying.
In place of the UK's 38:20, it is 23:23 in Sweden, 31:19 in Denmark and 38:11 in Iceland. The number of people who believe in "neither spirit, God or life force" is remarkably small, even though the number of people who "believe in God" is low.
GK Chesterton famously observed that before Christianity they had superstition, and after it, they would have superstition again. "'It's drowning all your old rationalism and scepticism, it's coming in like a sea; and the name of it is superstition.' The first effect of not believing in God is to believe in anything: 'And a dog is an omen and a cat is a mystery.'"
The peculiar characteristic of European culture until lately was the belief that God and reason were not incompatible; that individuals could have an unintermediated relationship with truth and reality. "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights". You got them directly; could understand them directly and didn't need anything but reason, eked in places by a little Revelation, to tell you which way was up.
Today it may be reason, not "spirit, God or life force" that is actually under threat. People don't want to hear about how the numbers add; how perhaps good is good and bad is bad. Those are negative vibes. What they seem to crave is mystery and magic. A world that congratulates itself on being too sophisticated to believe in Jesus has no problem turning to Gaia, Xenu or Graco. The real trick to successfully selling religion and politics today is not to advance belief that is consistent with rationalism but to promote beliefs that are wholly stupendous and arbitrary.
The more outrageous the prophet, the more followers he has. The lesson is, don't run for President; run for Messiah. Don't claim you can slash the deficit. Tell your followers than you can make the seas fall or that you can pay their bills. Do not argue for belief in a God that can be known by reason. Say rather that God is unbound by reason; that he can command you to commit murder, burn houses and even strangle your own children and you will be rewarded by numerous virgins in Paradise.
In late 2009, the citizens of Detroit were told that applications for mortgage relief would be handed out in Cobo Hall. But that announcement, transformed in the many retellings and watered by the financial desperation soon became the belief that money was going to be given out for free at that very venue. A huge crowd gathered and the press was so great than ambulances arrived to treat those overcome by the jostling and constant standing. Ken Rogulski of WJR interviewed two people standing in line.
ROGULSKI: Why are you here?
WOMAN #1: To get some money.
ROGULSKI: What kind of money?
WOMAN #1: Obama money.
ROGULSKI: Where's it coming from?
WOMAN #1: Obama.
ROGULSKI: And where did Obama get it?
WOMAN #1: I don't know, his stash. I don't know. (laughter) I don't know where he got it from, but he givin' it to us, to help us.
WOMAN #2: And we love him.
WOMAN #1: We love him. That's why we voted for him!
The need to believe is extremely strong in humanity. Voltaire once said, "if God did not exist, it would be necessary to invent him." And remember, tickets are still available for only $8 a seat.
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