Friday, 25 April 2008

Stranger Than Fiction

My brother suffered a disease for almost fifteen years.

Last year he visited a healer in Brazil who identified his unusual condition without asking any questions, and without my brother saying a single word. She cured him, on the spot, and then told him his illness was the result of a curse, which she had now removed.

My brother is a businessman, and not at all the type to believe in curses. But, after visiting this healer, his horrid condition, which returned after surgery and resisted all medicines, vanished, and hasn’t recurred.

So, maybe the healer was right -- he had been cursed, perhaps at the behest of an old girlfriend or business rival. If an explanation was needed, this was all he had. But still, he was sceptical.

My brother lives in northern Italy where, until yesterday, the new James Bond film, Quantum of Solace, was being shot. Production has now halted amid fears of a curse.

And my brother’s name is James…



Eamon said...

I defintely believe in the power of healing. And I have heard, and believe in, similar stories to yours.
Not sure about the curse though (I mean I believe the woman believed there was a curse but that doesn't mean there actually was one). I think your brother was just unwell and she helped to cure him.
(just what I think ...)

John said...

Such curses do, I think, exist. In some cultures, they at least explain the inexplicable and give people an answer. There's something to be said for that.
Glad your brother is better.

Caryn said...

That is fascinating. I love to hear stories of where the mystical intersects with daily life. It always makes me wonder, and wondering is fun.

I'm so glad that everything worked out for your brother and that he's now healthy. :-)

Catherine J Gardner said...

Ooh, makes you wonder... :)

Mary said...

Thanks, everyone! :)

You just never know with these things.

Perhaps the local authority should evacuate all people and projects named James -- to be on the safe side. ;)

Eamon said...


I take it you are a fan of the new Bond then (David Craig)?!

Mary said...

Eamon: I don’t think Daniel Craig will ever match Sean Connery… Such a wonderful voice!

Eamon said...

Sean Connery was great. Just as I imagine James Bond to be.