by Faculdades Integradas Espírita
6th Journey of Altered States
of Consciousness (ASCs) will be held with
the objective of offering participants the opportunity to
experience favourable environments for ASCs. Throughout history,
Psi phenomena have often been related to dreams, hypnosis,
meditation and other ASCs, brought about by natural or deliberately
produced means. Evidence of this relationship can be found,
in part, through the study of spontaneous cases, reports of
diverse cultural practices, clinical observations and experimental
studies. Thus, a possible and practical experience of these
states could prove to be important for participants, whether
through stimulation of the self-conscious process, or as a
complementary aspect of the study of these phenomena.
the implementation of this journey, 4 locations/activities
have been selected*: 1) Umbanda Centre Pai Maneco (Afro-Brazilian
religion); 2) União Fraternal Universal (pyramid therapy);
3) Santo Daime; and 4) Aty Guarani (Brazilian shaman ritual
involving singing, prayer and dancing).
* Details can vary
Centre Pai Maneco
is a religion originating from the integration of Afro-Brazilian
cultural elements and spiritualism. The Umbanda Centre of
“Pai Maneco” aims to spread the faith in Christ/Oxalá
- and Mary/Iemanjá and to fulfil tasks of Umbanda through
its rituals of turning/dancing, and mediumistic tasks for
physical and spiritual aid, sometimes including reports of
healing. For this event, those who have registered can observe
and participate in the main rituals of this centre, interacting
with this rich Afro-Brazilian religious philosophy.
Fraternal Universal (pyramid therapy)
with pyramids, UFU, aims to develop and/or unblock the subtle
capacities of human beings, such as the art of love, intuition,
telepathy and artistic potential, among others, as a way
of proposing the union of peoples and religions, contributing
to the establishment of peace and harmony on the planet.
Those registered for this event can experience pyramid therapy
in a spontaneous encounter where altered states of consciousness
can be highly favourable.
begins with a short talk on this therapy, presenting its
history and features. Then participants begin to experiment
with the practice (remain in a pyramid for 10 min.). When
this is finished, each participant can make a report of
his or her experience. The UFU group of attendants can also
draw and write messages to the participants, seeking to
interact intuitively (not rationally), following practical
learning of pyramid therapy. These spontaneous forms of
interaction can promote deep emotional experiences and alter
states of consciousness.
and psychological effects of the practice
the possible physical effects are physical relaxation, drowsiness
or light sleep, and bodily sensations (tingling, lightness,
weight, and light dizziness, among others).
Psychological effects can include a change of consciousness
at different levels as well as the experience of intense
emotions (including spontaneous crying and laughter). Mental
relaxation, carelessness, or even states of ecstasy may
These practices do not involve the ingestion of any substances.
stimulate a connection with higher levels of self, facilitating
physical, emotional, mental and spiritual reorganisation.
To share a small sample of spontaneous ways of dealing with
spirituality, without following any kind of dogma or doctrine,
emphasising the importance of spontaneity, intuition and
Daime is a spiritual philosophy with the objective of achieving
self-understanding and the experience of God or the Superior
Inner Self. This sacred ritual context involves the ingestion
of the native sacramental drink known as Ayuasca, renamed
by Mestre Irineu as Santo Daime.
Ayuasca is an Amazonian ritual drink. Its history is unknown.
It is probably of Incan origin. It is used by shamans in
healing processes and also to provoke altered states of
consciousness. It is a tea made from two plants, the Mariri
(Banisteriopsi caapi) and the Chacrona (Psychotria viridis).
Ayuasca is also called Iagé, Caapi, Camanpi or Dapá.
Its main active agents are two alkaloids: Harmina and Harmalina.
The use of a native substance as a sacrament seems to have
been a part of the main religious traditions of antiquity
and offered a visionary foundation for many religions existing
in the world today.
Santo Daime is an eclectic cult because it is heavily rooted
in a syncretism of several cultural, folkloric, and religious
elements. It is the first genuinely Brazilian religion,
born out of the Amazon forest, founded on Christian principals
and closely linked to shamanism. The musical aspect is very
important to the proceedings of the ritual because no central
figure exists in the ritual of Santo Daime to pass along
knowledge to others. Singing, and playing maracas, drums
and other instruments accompany the entire ritual, which,
together with consecration of the drink, is guaranteed to
produce a truly unique spiritual experience.
of the ritual
work will take place at Céu do Paraná, which
is called “concentration”. It consists of a
few basic stages: a) some initial prayers, b) the Church
leader opens the work of Santo Daime for all who are in
the church (drinking the tea), c) 14 hymns are sung with
people sitting, d) a text is read by the leader, and e)
a period of approximately 45 minutes of concentration, where
all people in the church remain silent “concentrating”
their minds in positive spiritual work.
After the period of concentration comes the next stage f)
the second call of the Santo Daime (drinking the tea again),
followed by g) the opening of a hymn chosen for the work,
and finally h) the spiritual work is closed by the leader
with some prayers.
of the beverage of Santo Daime
is an entheogenic drink known as sacramental ahyauasca and
was renamed as the Santo Daime Mestre. It is composed of
two plants, a vine called “Jagube” (Banisteriopsis
caapi) and a leaf called “Queen” (Psychotria
and psychological effects that can be caused by this tea:
Physical symptoms are less prominent, because it is primarily
an entheogenic drink. Possibility of dilated pupils, excessive
sweating, tachycardia, nausea and vomiting.
- Psychological symptoms: the impact of the use of its plants
in the structuring of the psyche and human culture is far
greater than anyone can imagine. Today, these plants are
called entheogens, which means they are able to raise the
inner experience of God. Psycho-active compounds produce
a state of expanded awareness and spiritual context that
generates an appropriate experience of mystical ecstasy
explore the connection with our inner being and a greater
awareness of our higher self, and to receive valuable instruction
for our spiritual life.
shaman ritual involving singing, prayer and dancing)
ritual is carried out when one seeks the healing of the
body and spirit, and has the objective of harmonizing
the individual with the environment. A Guarani prayer
is performed in this ritual, in which participants remain
seated around the Sacred Fire. The shaman begins the ritual
by lighting the Sacred Pipe; incenses participants, serves
the Guarani tobacco and then passes the Sacred Pipe around
to other participants. After the rapyta pety (pety tobacco)
is served, Kaayu (erva-mate tea) is served, the Ywyra’ywu
(the prayer staff) is passed around, and participants
make their requests to Aty. Finally, Kauim (distilled
and fermented erva-mate) is served. During the ritual,
Mborai Porã (sacred Guarani chants) are recited.
Those registered for this activity will participate in
an Aty Porã Ritual (Sacred Encounter).
Registration for these activities (Santo Daime and
Aty Guarani) will be accepted until 31/7, existing limit
SCHEDULE OF THE ACTIVITIES(1)
Post-meeting, Santo Daime (2)
Pre-meeting, Santo Daime & Aty Guarani (2)
Post-meeting, Aty Guarani (2)
5 p.m.-6 p.m.
Pyramid therapy (2)
7 p.m.-3 a.m.
7 p.m.-3 a.m.
p.m.-12 a.m. Umbanda Centre (4)
will take place in the auditorium of the Garcez Building,
located at Avenida Luis Xavier 103, in Curitiba city centre.
- This activity is mandatory for those registered in the
Santo Daime and Aty Guarany; it is a preparatory meeting.
Detailed information on the rituals and their effects
will be provided, as well as reports and tips from experienced
- Activities in different venues
- Participation in the Santo Daime and Aty Guarany post-meetings
is optional but strongly recommended. The participants
can exchange and expand on their experiences. Meetings
will be assisted by experienced participants.
INFORMATION ON COSTS
in US $
1/6 to 30/6
1/7 to 31/7
to event dates
Daime (2) (3) (5)
Guarany (2) (5) (6)
is no cost for this activity.
“Santo Daime” and the “Guarani Ritual”
activities are separate from one another; therefore, it
is possible to register for either one or both. Note that
registrations for these activities will be accepted until
31/7 2011. For security reasons, participation in these
activities will only be permitted using transport provided
by the event. If available, registrations made on the
day of the event are subject to the availability of such
transport and evaluation of personal data, and also includes
an alteration of fees.
“Santo Daime” activity requires some prior
information to be provided, registered and approved by
the institution to be visited (including the Anamnesis
form). The participant must also provide specific handwritten
authorisation. Participation in the Santo Daime ritual
requires that the necessary ingestion of the tea is acceptable
in terms of the physical condition of the participant.
It is not possible the participation without drinking
Fees for transportation service. If the participant uses
his or her own means of transportation, he or she is not
required to pay these fees. In this case, the participant
should not register such a requirement.
(5) Transport schedules will be informed at the beginning
of the event.
(6) The cost of this activity includes transport.
(7) Registrations for this activity made on the day of
the event are subject to the availability of transport;
otherwise, the participant can use his or her own transport.
INSTRUCTIONS AND REGISTRATION
Please read all the instructions below before filling
in the e-Registration Form.
- If you are not a Brazilian resident follow the instructions
in this English version of the website to register. International
registrations will only be accepted through the English
version of the site. If you are a Brazilian resident use
the Portuguese version of the website to register.
- For the e-registration, fill in the personal and financial
information sections of the form.
- Regarding the financial data section, consider the following:
-- If you send the e-Registration Form by 31/5, the fees
for this category will still be applicable, and so on.
-- All amounts are calculated automatically.
- After having filled in all the information requested
on the e-Registration Form, please verify the data by
clicking on “OK” and send by clicking on “Yes”.
- For international registrations for Santo Daime and/or
Aty Guarany (registering or not for Umbanda activity),
payment should be made on 16/09 at 1:30 p.m. (immediately
before the Santo Daime & Aty Guarani pre-meeting).
- For international registrations for Umbanda only, payment
should be made on 17/9 at 1:30 p.m.
- Registration fees vary according to the receipt date
of the registration form.
- Confirmation of international registrations will be
made upon receipt of payment