A Santo Daime Work is a sacred and profound experience. Our founder, Mestre Irineu, stated in his Decree: “No one is free of responsibility, and whoever has responsibilities, always has a duty to fulfill.” It is our duty, then, to assume self-responsibility regarding our participation in a Santo Daime Work.
Given the spiritual nature of this Work, the Daime offers an opportunity to align with divine light. Our bodies—physical, emotional, mental and spiritual—open to allow access to and communion with spiritual energies, guides, healers and teachers. It opens our consciousness, giving us the opportunity to deeply experience love and truth.
Within this space, you may see and feel many things. Some may be very beautiful and some may be more difficult. The Daime opens us to what is highest and lowest in ourselves. The purpose is to use the highest in us to transform what is in need of clearing and healing.
Ask that whatever happens is for the highest good, and know that we cannot transform and heal what we don’t recognize as part of ourselves. Also know that whatever you experience, you are not alone. There will be Guardians—specially trained church members—who will attend to you. And whether or not you can see them, spiritual guides and healers will be present to help you as well.
Here are a few documents created by leaders of the Santo Daime church which may be helpful in your discernment about attending a Santo Daime work:
A Brief History of the Santo Daime Religion | Excerpt from the preface by Padrinho Alex Polari of The Religion of Ayahuasca: The Teachings of the Church of Santo Daime.
Forest of Visions (original title) | A preface by Jonathan Goldman from the book The Religion of Ayahuasca: The Teachings of the Church of Santo Daime by Padrinho Alex Polari.
“As a Santo Daime church we pay close attention to the individuals who attend this work. We screen each person via health evaluation forms and personal consultations. This is serious spiritual work—not for everyone. We are offering a chance to awaken to a spiritual reality to those souls who are in alignment with this path. It is our honor, beyond description, to be the bearers of this mission.”–Alex Polari, The Religion of Ayahuasca
If you feel called to explore a Santo Daime as part of your healing journey, we welcome you. Each participant in a Santo Daime work will be asked to provide some personal history, including a brief medical history. The protectors of Casa da Calma, Jill and Scott, will hold an interview with you to help us understand your intention in coming to a Santo Daime work and your readiness to attend a work with us. All information shared with us is considered confidential.
- Practical Guidelines
- Application and Confidential Medical History Form
- Consent and Waiver Form
A special note about medications
The sacrament taken during a Santo Daime Work includes within its constituents a monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI). MAOIs can dramatically increase the effects of some drugs to the point of becoming dangerous. To be as safe as possible, avoid the following drugs prior to a Daime Work for the time indicated:
- All SSRI antidepressants (i.e. Prozac, Zoloft, Celexa, Lexapro, Luvox, Paxil) | SSRIs block the reuptake of serotonin in the brain. Because MAOIs inhibit the breakdown of serotonin, the combination of MAOIs and SSRIs can lead to dangerously high levels of serotonin in the brain, called Serotonin Syndrome. Symptoms of Serotonin Syndrome include nausea, vomiting, blackouts, memory loss, increased blood pressure and increased heart rate. (2 weeks)
- Demerol (2 weeks)
- Cold tablets, capsules, or liquids (i.e. Comtrex) (2 days)
- Cough medications containing decongestants, Dextromethorphan (DXM) or Demerol (3 days)
- Sinus medications (2 days)
- Nose drops, sprays, decongestants (2 days)
- Hay fever medications (3 days)
- Diet pills (3 days)
- Amphetamines (2 weeks)
- MDMA, MDE, MDA, and other “MD” compounds (2 weeks)
If you have any doubt or concerns about other medications or conditions and whether you should participate, consult your physician or therapist in addition to a responsible member of the church before attending.