Courtesy of Susan Casey
While at the Casa, Susan was also searching for her own healing. After her father suddenly passed away two years ago, Susan experienced a "tsunami of grief" that she says she couldn't escape from. She wondered if John of God could help heal her grief.
When she first met with John of God, she says all he did was look her in the eyes. "I thought, 'That was it?' I was expecting a lightening bolt, where there's a big flash of insight. And they just said, 'Come back later.' It's basically, 'Take a blessing and come back.'"
Susan met with him a second time, and again, he didn't spend any time with her. What he did do was look at a picture of Susan and her father. He then told Susan to sit in the "healing room," a room in the Casa reserved for meditation and prayer, for three hours. Susan says she was surrounded by hundreds of people in the healing room, all of whom were praying and meditating with their eyes closed.
"Three hours went by like 20 minutes," Susan says, "and it was blissful—it was like I was floating."
In her own state of meditation, Susan says she was able to speak with her father. "It was very real," she says. "More of a vision than I had ever had before. ... I got this feeling like I shouldn't be sad, that everything was okay."
While Susan acknowledges that the whole experience sounds skeptical, she says she's "not a woo-woo person," and that the Casa helped her find healing.
"I just feel as though I saw the joy in life again," she says. "I am a very excited and curious person usually, and that had gone [after my father passed away]. And [after being at the Casa], I started sleeping less, I had more energy, I felt lighter and I felt happier."