Here’s the weirdest thing that needs to be both prefixed and suffixed with “No, it’s really not a parody” that I’ve seen in a while.
This guy is offering to bring about “a new possibility of transformation, healing & awakening for humanity”, and apparently invokes a deep and profound sense of spiritual wellness and tranquility in people… by staring at them.
Seriously. It’s like one of those motivational speaking conferences, but without the speaking. A bunch of people get together in a hall, he gets up on stage and gazes out over them without saying anything, and they go home happy.
Which it looks like many of them really do. For whatever reason, the sense of love and peace washing over them feels very real to many people who go to see him, and it would take a more bitter cynic than myself to really resent that. It’s so sweet that you kinda feel a bit bad laughing at them for it, even though it is very, very funny.
And yet, there’s something uncomfortable about it all. Although he apparently says that he is not a “healer”, and doesn’t offer any claims of being able to cure or treat any specific problems, the word “healing” is right there in the website’s tagline describing what’s so great about him. It also claims that people have experienced “miraculous physical healing” in his sessions, and recommends that women beyond the third month of pregnancy stay clear of his powerful eye-beams. Also,
People with illnesses are advised to follow the recommendation of their doctor before and after attending a gazing session.
All of which strongly plays up the idea that the magical power of Braco might just be the spiritual pick-me-up you need when you’re suffering with something too severe for your aromatherapist to handle.
There’s not much emphasis on the grandiose medical claims (though he is supposed to have brought a guy out of a coma), and no doubt he’s making a lot of people feel good. But I also worry that it’s something else people will turn to instead of real medicine, missing out on possibly life-saving treatment precisely because that feel-good factor is so alluring.