Forty eight year old Braco preaches no dogma. In fact, he doesn’t say anything at all. Nonetheless, he has thousands of devoted followers across the world. People say that staring into Braco’s unblinking eyes dispells physical and emotional suffering.
For the last 20 years, Braco has traveled the world to cast his healing stare upon his believers. But since the man can’t be everywhere at once, devotees have taken to organizing free-gazing livestreams, available to anyone over 18 (and, inexplicably, no more than three months pregnant) with an internet connection.
I’m sure there’s something to be said about staring into a gently smiling face. There’s probably something psychological that happens there, since a smiling face is pretty much universal for warmth and happiness — even dogs read it on peoples’ faces. But does it “heal” people? Don’t hold your breath. He doesn’t actually claim it does, as is wisely stated on his website‘s disclaimer:
Braco makes no promise to heal; he does not give any diagnosis and does not provide any treatment. Participation in live streaming is not a replacement for medical consultation. Medical advice and/or prescribed therapies and treatments should be continued and followed for the duration your medical practitioner recommends before/after participation in live streaming.
If there’s any healing going on, I’d love to see an actual study to document these miraculous happenings. But there won’t be a study, because those stories are just anecdotal peepeecaca. 🙂 However, if looking into the warmly-smiling face of some guy online brings someone a bit of calmness or reassurance in whatever way, there’s certainly nothing wrong with it — and there are a lot of people out there in this shitty world who could use a little of that. Just keep in mind that he’s also trying to get you to attend a live “gazing event” so he can sell you some of his outrageously-priced magical jewelry. Just FYI.
Maybe I’ll tune in to the next one just for shits ‘n’ giggles. You know, I think I will!