Munay-Ki Rites

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The Munay-Ki Rites are a very powerful set of energy rites that come from ancient lineages of the peoples of South America, helping us to heal the wounds of our pasts, our ancestors and our future karmic responsibilities.


"Munay" in Quechua means "love and will", together with "ki", the  word for energy, combine to give the meaning: energy of love. The Munay-Ki is a modern form of transmitting these ancient initiation empowerments of the Q'ero, and are based on the traditional initiation ceremonies of Q'ero shamans.


The Munay-Ki Rites are energetic transmissions that transform and upgrade your luminous energy field (LEF).


They are transmitted as the next step in the evolution of humanity, intended to shift and elevate human consciousness and to help us adjust to and integrate the universal changes that are upon us. You will have personal responsibility to act as a steward…a guardian of this world and our participation in it.


It is important to sanitise your thoughts, your feelings and actions regularly. You are invited to walk through our beloved pachamama in prayer always. Prayers will be reflected in how you walk upon the earth, how you feel her and what you transmit to others.

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Munay-Ki Rites and their Origins


Foundation Rites:


Healer’s Rite - Connects you to a lineage of luminous healers from the past, who come to assist in your personal transformation. Awakens the healing power in your hands so that everyone you touch is blessed. These luminous ones work in our sleep to heal the wounds of the past and of our ancestors.


Bands of Power - Five luminous belts are woven into your luminous energy field (LEF) for protection. They act as filters, breaking down any negative energy that comes toward you into one of the five elements. These energies then feed your LEF instead of making you ill.


Harmony Rite - Transmission of the 7 Archetypes into the chakras. First you receive serpent, jaguar, hummingbird and eagle into your four lower chakras; next you receive three archetypes: the Keeper of the Lower World (our unconscious), the Keeper of the Middle World (our waking world), and the Protector of the Upper World (our super-conscious).


Seer’s Rite – Extra-cerebral pathways of light are installed to connect the visual cortex with your third eye and heart chakra. This awakens the “inner seer” and your ability to perceive the invisible world of energy and Spirit.


Vibration of Angels and Archangels:


Day Keeper’s Rite - You connect to a lineage of masters from the past. Day Keepers are able to call on the ancient altars to heal and bring balance to the earth, call on the sun to rise each day, and bring humans into harmony with Mother Earth. They are the midwives, herbalists and curanderos. This rite helps you begin to heal your inner feminine, step beyond fear, and practice peace.


Wisdom Keeper’s Rite - You connect to a lineage of luminous teachers from the past and the future. This rite is associated with the snow-capped mountains, perhaps a distant memory of our ancestors from the Himalayas. This rite helps you to begin to heal your inner masculine, step outside of time, become steeped in the medicine teachings, and taste infinity.


Earth Keeper’s Rite - This rite connects you to the archangels that are stewards of all life on Earth. This rite connects you to the stars, and to the sun, our local star. It helps you learn the ways of dreaming the world into being.


Star Keeper’s Rite - This rite anchors you safely to a time after the great change, which was said to have occurred at or around 2012. Your physical body begins to evolve into homo luminous, the aging process is slowed down, your DNA is re- informed, and you become more resistant to disease.


Creator’s Rite - Awakens the Creator-light within and brings forth a sense of stewardship for all creation, from the smallest grain of sand to the largest cluster of galaxies in the universe. Once attained only through direct transmission from Spirit, it is now possible to transmit from one person to another. As you work with embodying these rites you’ll be touched and blessed by angels. You simply need to open yourself to the wisdom of the Earth Keepers, and all is bestowed upon you.


By Alberto Villoldo; “The Source of the Rites of the Munay-Ki Rites of passage and initiation have been practiced for millennia by all peoples on the Earth. The rites of the Munay-Ki are based on initiatory practices of the Inca and pre-Inca shamans of the Andes and the Amazon. They are presented the way that I learned them from my mentors, stripped of all trace of the cultures they come from. I did this to respect the native traditions, and to avoid the idea that persons from the West can become traditional shamans or Indians. I offer these rites with full permission from my teacher, don Manuel Quispe, who was the last great medicine man of the Q’ero Inca nation. Any fault or flaw in their presentation is exclusively my own.


The Healers Rite is known as the Hampe blessing and comes from the highland Q’ero people. Juan Victor Nuñez del Prado, a friend and colleague, whose father was one of the original discoverers of the Q’ero nation transmitted the Bands of Power. 


The Harmony Rite comes from the lowland Q’ero, the Huachipayre people from the edge of the Amazon. I learned it from don Alejandro Cahuanchi, a renowned healer.


The Seers Rite is practiced in many different forms among the North Coast peoples of Peru, (the descendants of the Chimu and Moche cultures, and by the seers and trackers of the Amazon.


The Day keeper’s Rite is known among the Q’ero as the Pampamesayok, referring to the lowlands and valleys of the ‘pampa’, and to the mesa or altar.


The Wisdom Keeper’s Rite is known among the Q’ero as the Altomesayok rite, referring to the high mountains of the Andes. Don Manuel Quispe was the last great Altomesayok of Q’ero.


The Earth Keeper’s Rite is known among the Q’ero as the Kurak Akuyek rite, referring to the elder who ‘masticates’ the wisdom to nurture the young ones who follow.


The Star Keeper’s Rite is known as the Mosoq Karpay, which means the ‘new rite’ in the Qechua language. This rite announces and prepares one for the ‘time to come.’ The structure of Inca cosmology goes from the Earth (Pachamama) to the Mountains (Apu) to the Stars.


The Creator's Rite is known as the Taitanchis rite. The word Taitanchis literally translates as ‘God.’


These rites are not only stages of initiation, but perhaps steps for the evolution of humanity. As nations fight for bits of territory and battle over land, we must find the wisdom to create peace among all peoples. As our space telescopes show us images of a vast and immeasurable Universe, we must find a human story that is inclusive of the stars. And as our ability to destroy the world increases, we are called to step up to the task of assuming stewardship for all creation.

In essence, the rites are about stewardship. They are not ego-awards or recognition of any kind of achievement, nor do they make anyone special. On the contrary, they make one uniquely unimportant. Only then, from a position of no-ego, can we truly be of service.

During their visits to the USA, the Inka pointed out that the rites were not for us individually, they were for others, to be shared. It has been my experience that they do not blossom unless we give them away with great munay, with love.


In Munay, Alberto Villoldo PhD, March 2007”


The Archetypes

The great archetypes are the organising principles of the Universe. They are the forces that we call to create sacred space and they are the Energy Beings that have been planted as seeds in each of your chakras. It’s important to remember that you have received them as seeds, they are pure potential – it’s your own engagement and relationship with them that will grow them into powerful forces that inform your chakras in new ways. The fire ceremony will help grow these seeds. Afterwards take time to develop a relationship with each archetype, and see your world from those perspective, sensing your connection to the archetypes. Instead of being informed by our histories and by our cultural prescriptions, these organising principles of the Universe, begin to organise our energy centres as we feel them…and as we become one with them.


Base Chakra - Serpent: Mother of the Waters; archetype of the healer throughout many cultures; the one who teaches us to shed our personal past the way she sheds her skin – our primary life force, the one who dives deep, deep - who knows the way into the deepest places inside of ourselves, the One who walks with beauty upon the belly of our Mother Earth, the One who knows the way back to the Garden, the place of innocence. Serpent helps us to heal on the physical level and moves us through the medicine wheel in the South.


Sacral Chakra - Jaguar: Mother-Sister Jaguar who knows the way across the rainbow bridge to the world of mystery, the One who swallows the dying sun, teaching us to step beyond fear, violence and death. The archetypal connection to the life force of the jungle, everything that is green; steward of the life force, a Luminous Warrior who has no enemies in this world or the next. She represents the Life/Death principle and renewal. Jaguar helps heal on the emotional level and moves us through the medicine wheel in the West.


Solar Plexus - Ancient Ones and Hummingbird: The ancestors, Grandmothers and Grandfathers, ancient memories, ancient wisdom – the Ones who have stepped outside of time, but slip through the veil to help us remember the ancient ways and the way of the Hummingbird, who drinks directly from the nectar of Life, not built for flight yet undertakes and accomplishes the impossible journey. Hummingbird helps heal on the mythic level and moves us through the medicine wheel in the North.


Heart Chakra - Condor or Eagle: The great archetype of the East, the place of the rising Sun, the place of our Becoming – of new beginnings, giving us the principle of seeing from a higher perspective, vision of clarity and beauty, the great wings of the Condor hold the heart, teaches us to see with the eyes of the heart – the One who pushes us out of the nest to spread our own wings so that we may always fly wing to wing with the Great Spirit. Condor/Eagle helps heal on the spirit level and moves us through the medicine wheel in the East.


Throat Chakra - Huascar: Lord of life; Lord of death. Historically, he was one of two sons of the last Inca (the Inca who read the prophecy of bearded men with sticks that spoke with fire who would turn the world upside down). Huascar was the keeper of the medicine teachings; his brother who then banded together with the Spanish who killed him. He became the harmonising principle of the Lower World – the chaotic dark place of all creative potential. He is the renewer of the Earth and our own personal need of renewing our own earth, fields that are fallow, places that need aerating. The gift of Huascar is to harmonise our relationship with our Shadows.


Third Eye Chakra - Quetzalcoatl: Lord of the dawn; the Day Bringer, Morning Star; - Quetzal is a beautiful jungle bird and coatl is a serpent. A feathered, winged serpent that has acquired flight - the organizer of the middle world, who brought irrigation, medicine plants and stonework, walked the Americas, brought stability, music, dance, flutes, drums - though it has been lost in our culture, we can call on it individually, an animistic knowledge of the ways of the Earth – he helps to organise your relationship with the Middle World - when you come into relationship with Quetzalcoatl you don't have to micromanage your life.


Crown Chakra - Pachakuti: Pachakuti Inka Yupanki lived 1438 -1471. Most archaeologists now believe that the famous site of Machu Picchu was built as an estate for him. In Quechua, Pachakuti means ‘he who overturns space and time’ and Yupanki means ‘with honour’. His empire became so large over three generations that he expanded the Inca dominion from the valley of Cusco to nearly the whole of South America. His skills were recognised as ‘Son of the Sun’. He was also a poet, an author of a purification ceremony called ‘Sacred Hymns of the Situa’. He is the keeper of the possibilities and the organising principle of the Upper World.



He embodies the concept of circular time, stepping outside of linear time - makes time stand still – and brings order, heavenly order. Developing a relationship with Pachakuti allows us to recognise what can be changed and changing it before it is born.

Journeying to the lower or under world will help you to develop a healthy, strong connection with the lower five archetypes.


Journeying to the upper world will help you to connect strongly to the upper two archetypes, Quetzalcoatl and Pachakuti.

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The Lineage Rites


The four foundation Rites of Munay-Ki, given to us as seeds to nurture and grow, serve to strengthen and inform our Luminous Energy Field and start the healing process. The next step in the process of becoming who we truly are is the opportunity to align ourselves with, and take our place within, the lineage of the Stewards of the Earth and all that lives upon Her.


This opens up the potential to fully awaken the dormant pre-frontal lobe of the brain, referred to as the God brain. As with the foundation Rites, we transmit and receive these ‘seeds’ as potential.


Our subsequent dedication to the unpacking, germination and continued nurturing of these seeds is what transforms the possibility into the lived reality.