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Saturday, July 26, 2008
Psychic travels world to save lives
Brazilian's 'gift' to predict future through dreams seen too often as mere fantasy
By ANGELA JEFFS
Professor Jucelino Nobrega da Luz was 9 years old when he had a dream that scared him half to death.
"I dreamed that I was witness to a car crash. Two vehicles collided and four passengers died. I could see it clearly. The only trouble was that one of the cars had not been designed yet. The accident took place four years later, exactly as I had described. The dream was in 1969, my premonition came true in 1973."
Da Luz is an acknowledged psychic. While many believe in him, others do not. He says he doesn't care. He's only trying to save lives, enabled through dreams to predict events.
He came to Japan first from his native Brazil in December last year, to take part in a two-hour NTV program proclaiming his powers. Typically, the producers put sensationalism and entertainment value ahead of sensitivity for the family of murdered English-language teacher Lindsay Ann Hawker.
"I took the NTV team to the address where I had dreamed the main suspect Tatsuya Ichihashi was hiding. He's in Brazil now, hiding in one of the Japanese-Brazilian communities. He's been helped from the start."
Da Luz speaks with a quiet confidence. Suited up for a seminar later in the day, he sips hot chocolate rather than coffee, and waits with patience as if expecting to be challenged in his claims to be clairvoyant.
Drawing the copy of a letter from his pocket, he passes it over, apologizing for the fact that it's in Portuguese. But the names are clear. The name of a man - Fernanda Riberio da Costa — that da Luz predicts will murder a couple and their two small children. (Their names are also written down.) The date and location are also clearly stated.
"I posted this to the judiciary in Minas Gerais in Brazil on July 11. If the authorities there choose to ignore me, there is nothing I can do. If they take action, they can prevent this terrible event."
He leans forward slightly when making point, wanting to ensure that is he understood. He is no stranger to criticism — terms such as scam artist and trickster are constantly being thrown his way. But he believes that he is a messenger, and is therefore determined to ride any waves of denigration with dignity.
Da Luz predicted the death of Lady Diana in Paris. "I warned the authorities."
In 2005, he told British police about three terrorists planning an attack with 500 kg of explosives and the men were captured. "This is the purpose of my work. To help avoid, prevent or be prepared for calamitous events."
Earlier in the year, an e-mail sped around the Philippines, spreading news that he had predicted a major earthquake.
"I don't know where that came from. It is certainly not the way I do things. I inform through official lines — the government, police, CIA, FBI, Interpol. I would never do anything so irresponsible. It is not my intention to frighten people, but to save them."
In all events, there was no major tremor but instead several small ones. So did that make da Luz wrong or right? And what about his prediction that a massive earthquake would strike the Philippines on July 18?
"It's not a matter of right or wrong. When I warn, I hope the authorities will take the necessary steps to help people be prepared. If it happens and nothing has been done and many people die, as in China, — yes, I predicted that would happen and told Beijing — well, that is a tragedy. If lives are saved, that's wonderful. If nothing happens, because some small thing has somehow changed the future, that is even better."
He told American authorities where Saddam Hussein was from the start. "I had sent letters to him, asking him to change his thinking, to make good instead of evil." Why did it take so long for the authorities to pick him up? Did it suit some factions to have him escape into hiding?
Da Luz wrote to George H.W. Bush. in 1989, predicting both 9/11 and the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. "It seems strange, that here I am with this talent, and almost no one listens. I want terrorists and other people indulging in antisocial behavior to be caught and stopped before they can do harm. I have given the U.S. information on the whereabouts of Bin Laden many times."
Da Luz, who remembers having an aunt who was a psychic, experiences vivid dreams that predict the future virtually every night. He keeps a notepad by his bed so that he can get up immediately and jot down every detail before he forgets.
Today, he speaking in Nishi-Nakano, part of a schedule planned by a management team headed by Yeichi Yamakawa. Yamakawa, who is Japanese-Brazilian by descent has lived in Japan for 13 years, translated da Luz's first book into Japanese. Yamakawa is now da Luz's representative in Japan and Asia.
Japanese audiences are innocent in many respects, da Luz agrees, "but they are also very smart. They want to hear what I have to say, and mostly I am talking about the state of the planet and the fact we do not have too much time left to reverse climate change."
He was shocked (but nor surprised) by the lack of urgency at the G8 summit in Hokkaido. To set a target of 50 percent reductions of CO2 emissions by 2050 was ludicrous. "Do our leaders not understand that temperatures are on average 35 degrees C, but that soon these will reach over 60? We have only five years before our atmosphere is saturated with gases."
Also the world is faced with food and water shortages, energy crises, declining birthrates in the northern hemispheres and a population explosion in the south. "We have so little time. As individuals we need to wake up, take responsibility, think less about our own immediate wants and pleasures and more about future generations. Our children, grandchildren, their children. When I talk with people here, I find that many are aware and do care but they don't know what to do. This is what I talk about."
Right now, he says, there are strange forces loose in the world. And he sees the negative energy aimed at his claims of premonition to be part of that dark side, the unconscious guilt that mankind carries and fails to recognize and deal with.
Leaning forward intently this time, he asks suddenly what I think about the disappearance of the English child Madeleine (Maddie) McCann in May 2007. Her parents are innocent, he declares, and they need closure.
Some 100 children have disappeared from hotels on the Algarve and elsewhere in Portugal, where the McCann family was on holiday, he continues, and often staff are involved in picking and targeting youngsters. "I know that Maddie is dead."
He will be traveling and speaking all over Japan until he leaves toward the end of the month. But he will be back again soon for another lecture tour, thanks to Yamakawa and his team spreading the news of his important environmental message.
"Many people assume I am concerned with making money. This is just not true. Mankind is more important than money. Money is a need not a want. Of course, with four small children I have to make enough for us all to survive."
Asked where he learned to speak such good English, da Luz laughs. He's better at German, he reckons, and jurisprudence (law).
"I have an established profession. I do not need to expose myself to the world in this way, as if I am some kind of joke. I am a serious person. But I have this gift, and it would be insulting to God not to use it. It is my worship."