The Santo Daime Path has Many Sisters

The plant medicine called ayahuasca, or “hoasca” in Portuguese, has been used in shamanic ceremonies in South America for thousands of years. The inspiration to form the Santo Daime religion using this sacrament came through a man called Mestre Irineu—or Mestre, which means “master,” for short—about a hundred years ago. The being who appeared to Mestre while drinking ayahuasca was the Queen of the Forest. She is understood to also be Mary, the mother of Jesus.

Santo Daime, then, comes from an eclectic combination of an indigenous South American tradition together with its African heritage along with a strong influence from the Catholic church. This is why there are numerous mentions of the sun, the moon, the stars, and the sea in the hymns, along with God, Jesus, Mary and Joseph. There are also numerous references to various Orixas, who are the beings associated with the various elements of Earth, and caboclos, who are indigenous beings associated with the forest, along with Saint John the Baptist and Saint Michael the warrior and protector.

To receive the gifts of Santo Daime is to receive a gift from Christ as well as from nature. Because Christ wants to help us heal and shine our own light into the world. And we are fundamentally all part of nature. It is Christ who assures this world has many different paths that can lead us home. This encourages—and often even requires—that we work together in finding the unity that connects them.

Santo Daime and Pathwork are sister paths.

The history of two powerful spiritual paths

If we look at the history of Santo Daime in Brazil and Pathwork in the US, we can see a point in time when the Spirit World may have intended for the two to weave together for mutual growth. In the end, Pathwork was spread to Brazil where there are now many Pathwork communities. And Santo Daime communities began to emerge in the US. But for various reasons, the Santo Daime religion was never really successfully merged with the Pathwork teachings, and vice versa.

Yet these two paths are fundamentally very compatible. Both focus on the need to clear away our inner obstacles, with the Pathwork providing extensive teachings about the origin of our inner obstacles and how to transform them. The Santo Daime brings us directly into experiences where this transformation can happen. This kind of personalized help from the Daime is remarkable.

Both Santo Daime and Pathwork are Christic paths, meaning Christ has inspired each of them and guides us in working with them. At Casa da Calma, our work within the Santo Daime path is complemented by our understanding of the Pathwork Guide’s teachings and our intention to attend to all aspects of the healing journey.

Combining humility with brotherhood and sisterhood

Baixinha and her husband founded a church in Lumiar, Brazil called Flor da Montanha. It was formed by blending two spiritual paths, Umbanda and Santo Daime. She called it Umbandaime. From the Umbanda traditions, which originated in Africa, come the teachings of the Orixás, which are the many beings responsible for various aspects of Earth. It was by weaving these two paths together that she created something special and powerful.

In hymn #84 in Guia Mestre, Baixinha says:

This Side and the OtherEsse Lado e o de Lá
Who comes through the DoctrineQuem vem pela Doutrina
In Umbanda will arriveNa Umbanda vai chegando
Who arrives in UmbandaQuem chega na Umbanda
In the Doctrine will stayNa Doutrina vai ficando

One of the Higher Self qualities we ask the Daime to help us acquire is humility. In fact, the topic of developing humility appears over and over in the hymns. For humility is the divine essence we discover when we overcome our pride. And according to the Pathwork Guide, pride is one of our three primary faults. Humility then is not easy to develop, but it is absolutely necessary if we are to advance on our path.

For some, it may be humbling to simply acknowledge the benefit of bringing together the teachings from more than one spiritual path. But this is how humanity grows, by working together. We can also see Christ’s fingerprints in the way the merging of any two spiritual paths calls forth both humility and unity in the service of healing.

As Baixinha says in Guia Mestre, in hymn #56:

Who Waits Always ReachesQuem Espera Sempre Alcança
Jesus sent us hereJesus nos mandou aqui
For us to work togetherPara juntos nós trabalhar