Pagan Blog Project – Munay Ki

imageThe Munay-Ki Rites of Initiation

According to lore, the wisdom teachings of the Earthkeepers go back more than 100,000 years. During this time, the teachings have gone through many transformations, as mountain people migrated to lush farmland and then crossed the ice in Siberia into the thick forests of the American continent. Today we are going through another evolution as we bring this ancient body of knowledge into the 21st Century and although the outer form of teachings change the inner form remains the same.’ Alberto Villodo

The Munay-ki are part of these teachings and are the rites of the Shaman’s path of the Q’ero nation, descendants of the ancient Inca civilisation who dwelt high in the sacred mountains of the Andes in Peru. As is thought to be common with all Shamanic cultures, even though they are expressed in different forms and style, the Q’ero Shaman of today perform a series of rites that are known as the Munay-ki, a Q’ero word meaning love. The rites are passed on through a series of 9 transfers of energy known as: Foundation Rites: The healer’s rite, Bands of power, Harmony rite, Seer’s rite Lineage Rites: Daykeeper’s rite, Wisdomkeeper’s rite, Earthkeeper’s rite, Rites to Come: Starkeeper’s rite, Creator’s rite Once these rites have been received and worked with for a period of time anyone who has received the rites may pass them on to others as they wish. They may be offered as an integral part of other training, in their own right as Munay-Ki Initiations, over a weekend, several weekends, a series of days or even as one-off initiations during a healing session. Those passing on the rites charge for their time, experience and to cover expenses but the rites themselves are given free of charge, as the desire always is to train new Earthkeepers. Receiving the Munay-ki does not automatically make the receiver a Shaman or an Earthkeeper for there is work to do beyond the receiving of the rites. But the rites can help the receiver to heal the wounds of their personal past and that of their ancestors, as well as connect to and work with the Earthkeepers when they are ready to do so. As the Munay-Ki work with you where you are when you receive them, and bring you what you need at that time, it is difficult to be definitive but the following are the type of experiences that may be had after receiving the Munay-Ki rites:

  • Sleeping more deeply
  • Increased energy
  • More vivid dreams
  • Better dream recall
  • Feeling more calm or peaceful
  • Heightened intuition
  • Increased clarity
  • Being more focused
  • Increased self confidence
  • Increased optimism
  • Feeling happier or more joyful
  • Better or easier relationships
  • Improved physical health
  • Greater awareness and a greater sense of purpose

However the most common experience seems to be that ‘something is different’ although most people cannot explain exactly what. Receiving the Munay-Ki is a unique experience and everyone brings their own understanding to it. Many drawn to receive the Munay-ki do so because they long to make a difference in the world and in their lives and may well feel they have a received a calling from Spirit. If you feel called to receive the rites then they are right for you. Trust what you feel and be open to whatever you receive. I give Munay-Ki workshops in my healing room in Kilbrittain, Co.Cork for more information see

If you would like to read about my own experience of receiving the Munay Ki Rites you can read about them by following this link My Experience of Munay Ki