Braco (gazer)

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Braco (pronounced Braht-zoh),[1][2] sometimes called "the gazer",[3] is a Croatian healer. He makes no claims to have the ability to help people with his gaze.[2] He does not touch, speak to, diagnose, or treat the people who come to see him--rather, he stands on a platform and gazes[3][4] (see Gazing section below.)

Early life[edit]

Braco was born Josip Grbavac in Zagreb, Croatia, in November 1967.[1][5] He earned a degree in Economics in Croatia, became a husband and a father, but made healing his mission after the devastating 1991-1995 Croatian War of Independence.[6] Braco's mentor was Serbian healer Ivica Prokic, an author of 13 books, whom he met in the autumn of 1993,[5] and renamed him Braco, meaning "little brother." Prokic died in 1995, and Braco continued his mentor's work.[7][8] Initially he saw people one on one, however due to the large number of people who started coming to see him, Braco began gazing at groups. [9]

Gazing[edit]

In a public gazing session, Braco stands on a podium and silently looks at the members of the audience for a period of five to ten minutes.[3][4] There is a ten minute period before the gazing for introduction, and another period afterwards for post-gaze meditation and reflection. It is during the post-gaze that people report life changes, healings and their positive experiences. [10] Supporters say that during the gaze time they can feel tingling, see energy or a golden aura, experience peace or relief from pain.[11] Braco does not consider himself a guru. He has no philosophy or dogma, nor does he want anyone to worship him. [12] In addition, he does not call himself a healer or claim to have spiritual powers,[7] and has not spoken to the press or in public since 2002,[2] saying "it's too big to explain." Participants and event organizers say that his gaze has cured physical diseases such as cancer and respiratory disease. [13] Believers say Braco's physical presence is not necessary, and gazing at a picture or video of him can be sufficient for healing.[14] When not touring, Braco holds gazing sessions at his center in Zagreb, Croatia. [15] Braco's Croatian events draw thousands of people, totaling to over two hundred thousand annually.[3][4] He has toured the United States,[6] Australia,[16] Japan, Austria, Italy, Switzerland, Germany, Israel, Russia, and Slovenia [17] attracting hundreds or thousands. [18]

In 2012, Braco was selected to be the featured guest for a special event at the Tillman Chapel, Church Center of the United Nations in New York City, United States. During the presentation, keynote speakers Denise Scotto Esq., Executive Committee Member, Society for Enlightenment and Transformation and Deborah Moldow, Representative to the United Nations, The World Peace Prayer Society both presented Braco with a peace pole as a symbol of recognition for his dedicated work on the world peace movement. [19]

Croatian rock star Boris Novkovic wrote an entire album celebrating Braco called Braco Thank You.[20]

An American supporter, Angelika Whitecliff, authored the self-published book 21 Days with Braco (2009, ISBN 978-0984297009).[6][21]

Jane Sibbett produced 4 documentaries for Braco.[22]

Criticism[edit]

In her column for the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry, Karen Stollznow wrote that since all reports of healing are anecdotal and that Braco's alleged healing abilities have never been proven under test conditions, there is no scientific evidence that Braco's gazing has any benefits at all. The article also disagreed with Braco's statement that he makes no claims of healing abilities, saying: "However, the 'no claim' claim is disingenuous; whether the claims come from the public or his crew, the claims are promoted by and therefore made by Braco." [8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Hundreds flock to Miami Beach to feel rare power of man's gaze on 1-11-11", by David Smiley, January 10, 2011 The Miami Herald, online at The Palm Beach Post; also online as "Spiritual healer Braco packs ballroom at Miami Beach Convention Center" at the Sun-Sentinel. Retrieved 2013-04-03.
  2. ^ a b c "Braco brings his healing gaze to Arlington", by Tom Jackman, Washington Post, October 12, 2012. Retrieved 2013-04-03.
  3. ^ a b c d "Some Say Man Heals With A Gaze", Inside Edition, airdate January 19, 2011. Retrieved 2013-04-03.
  4. ^ a b c "Stare Way: A Gaze on World Tour", by Daniela Forte, Housatonic Times, New Milford, Connecticut, October 22, 2010. Retrieved 2013-04-03.
  5. ^ a b "Biography of Braco", official site. Retrieved 2013-04-03.
  6. ^ a b c "Staring at the man who stares", by Nadine Kam, Honolulu Star-Bulletin, Retrieved 2013-04-03.
  7. ^ a b "Croatian healer sports extensive following for stop in Gaithersburg", by Alex Ruoff, Maryland Community News, May 2, 2012. Retrieved 2013-04-03.
  8. ^ a b "Braco the Gazer", by Karen Stollznow, April 26, 2011, Committee for Skeptical Inquiry. Retrieved 2013-04-03.
  9. ^ http://dalje.com/en-croatia/mysterious-braco-asks-only-for-flowers-in-return/206804
  10. ^ http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-state-of-nova/post/braco-brings-his-healing-gaze-to-arlington/2012/10/12/82558904-13d5-11e2-ba83-a7a396e6b2a7_blog.html
  11. ^ http://www.nbcmiami.com/news/If-Looks-Could-Heal-Healer-Makes-South-Florida-Stop-140480503.html "South Floridians Hope for Healing from Braco's Gaze", by Gilma Avalos, NBC Miami, Jan 19, 2013. Retrieved 2013-04-03.
  12. ^ http://pressreleaseheadlines.com/americans-report-healed-bracos-silent-gaze-52894
  13. ^ http://www.nbcmiami.com/news/If-Looks-Could-Heal-Healer-Makes-South-Florida-Stop-140480503.html
  14. ^ "South Floridians Hope for Healing from Braco's Gaze", by Gilma Avalos, NBC Miami, Jan 19, 2013. Retrieved 2013-04-03.
  15. ^ http://dalje.com/en-croatia/mysterious-braco-asks-only-for-flowers-in-return/206804
  16. ^ http://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/health/braco-croatian-mystic-cures-with-his-loving-gaze-at-conscious-living-expo/story-fniym3t1-1226934410680
  17. ^ http://braco-info.com/special-event-braco-mariborslovenia-2/?lang=en
  18. ^ "European Healer Attracts Hundreds In Portland 1-05-2011", KPTV, Fox News for Portland, Oregon, January 5, 2011. Retrieved 2013-04-03.
  19. ^ http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/braco-shares-his-special-gift-for-world-peace-with-the-united-nations-180864891.html
  20. ^ http://www.braco.net/archives/3382
  21. ^ "Braco Brings Croatian Love Stare to Miami Beach This Weekend", by Grace Stainback, Miami New Times, May 2, 2012. Retrieved 2014-03-14.
  22. ^ "Jane Sibbett to Guest on Sunday’s Radio Show", February 02, 2013, RoseanneWorld. Retrieved 2013-04-03.

External links[edit]

  • Braco.net Official site.
  • Braco European multilingual site.
  • Braco Official site for online Livestream gazing and gazing schedule.