Spiritual treatment


Spiritual treatment, as provided by so-called doctor spirits in Brazil is a distinct and awing form of health treatment that can achieve amazing results. When applied, it may accomplish a cure or the significant remission of diseases and ailments. Its primary proposition is to facilitate and establish the well-being of the patient’s spiritual existence but its actual executions involve palpable physical practices such as invasive spiritual surgery. It is proposed and assumed that the healthy spiritual existence of an individual strongly enables, contributes and triggers good physical health, mental stability, and emotional balance.

Spiritual treatment welcomes individuals independent of their belief, culture, and world views. It promotes humbleness and charity as crucial core values for every human to grow as a conscious and capable being. The underlying principles and philosophy of spiritual treatment encourage and stress the need for scholastic non-religious education as an important element for the prosperity and peaceful cohabitation of humanity while permitting the existence of phenomena that are not well or not at all understood.

Health-focused spiritual treatment provided by doctor spirit entities does not rely on rituals or sacrifices, nor does it make use of consciousness altering practices such as inculcation, incantation, chanting, dancing, hypnosis, or intoxication. Instead, its premise is that stillness is a means to connect with an existence that is beyond humans’ perception and technical measurement abilities.

An important characteristic of spiritual treatment is that it is considered charitable work and usually made available free of charge at many Spiritist centres in Brazil. Thousands of people – locals and foreigners – benefit from this form of free health treatment every week at many different locations.

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Elements of spiritual treatment

Some elements of spiritual treatment can be found in most Spiritist centres across Brazil, among them:

  • The opportunity to directly consult with spirits who temporarily remain incorporated in mediums (the people who serve as the vehicle for the spirit)
  • Pass-on (transfer of ‘spiritual’ fluids)
  • Take-in of vivified water
  • Prayer to facilitated the connection and communication with ‘the everything’
  • Distance treatment
  • Studying the Spiritist philosophy as laid out by Kardec

Spiritual treatment usually is effectuated by one or more doctor spirits, which often use one or more humans, so-called ‘mediums’, to convey ‘energy’ or an ‘energetic potential’ onto the person who is treated or to facilitate this person in other positive ways.

So-called ‘doctor spirits’ are at work at many Spiritist centres but they mostly do not incorporate and tangibly attend the patients. The places where such doctor spirits tangibly work could be named doctor-spirit centres and are the exception rather than the norm. Reportedly, the number of doctor-spirit centres has notably grown across Brazil.

Invasive spiritual surgery – the most striking element

Although the treatment is called ‘spiritual’, it can include profound physical surgeries such as making deep incisions into the patient’s flesh and removing lipomas or malignant tumorous tissue from inside the patient’s body.

These invasive surgeries are generally carried out without medical precaution and without the use of anaesthetics, antisepsis, hypnosis or other preparations, and are conducted at an unprecedented pace. The patient is conscious during the entire procedure and can be talked to and engaged with. For these reasons, invasive spiritual surgery is considered being almost impossible by traditional medicine and modern science, however the observable, palpably working doctor spirits seem to contradict that notion.

Invasive spiritual surgeries are only conducted at a few doctor-spirit centres across Brazil. At most places, spiritual treatment is executed without invasive interventions.

Difference to other alternative treatments & therapies

It is important to note that spiritual treatment, as provided by doctor spirits, hardly bears any relation to other forms of treatment whose names are similar, e.g. spiritual mind treatment, psychic healing, and shamanic practices.

The main differentiator to other alternative approaches is that the actual healing-orientated treatment usually involves a spirit and this spirit may use a living person – a ‘medium’ – to carry out their work. The medium purely represents the physical vehicle of which the spirit takes control and it is often stated that the medium has no knowledge of all the events that happen during the time the spirit has controlled the medium.

Simpleness of service

Spiritual treatment is characterised by simpleness and pragmatism, this also applies to the centres where the treatment sessions takes place. Visitors, who are unfamiliar with these matters will in vain search for any sumptuousness. Patients do not need to prepare for receiving treatment, they can simply arrive at the centre.

Spiritism as the underlying philosophy

The underlying framework of spiritual treatment is the Spiritist philosophy, which holds the perspective that spirit entities exist and influence many or even all parts of human life and nature, up to a point that the universe is considered an animate existence. Spiritism was codified by the Frenchman Allan Kardec, by his real name Hippolyte Léon Denizard Rivail, from 1857 onwards. The five books by Kardec are considered fundamental for the Spiritist doctrine. Though, many doctor-spirit centres seem to have a looser approach which means taking Kardec’s work into account but not proactively promoting it.

Five books by Kardec are fundamental for the Spiritist doctrine:

  • The Spirits’ Book (1857)
  • The Book of Mediums (1861)
  • The Gospel according to Spiritism (1864)
  • Heaven and Hell (1865)
  • Genesis (1868)

It must be noted that Spiritism contains interesting concepts but is not a perfect thought framework for health-focused spiritual treatment. Phenomena like the doctor spirits and their awing spiritual surgeries are not referenced.

Reference to God, the Holy Spirit, Christ

Spiritual treatment references to God as the supreme being, the Holy Spirit, and Jesus Christ as the Redeemer and the Spiritist philosophy acknowledges them. The term 'spiritual treatment' is not literally referenced in the foundational literature.

The Lord’s Prayer and Hail Mary are prayed at most centres to varying degrees. There is the general notion that this treatment is only possible through the Father and Christ energy.