My Journey with the Munay Ki Rites

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Back in 2009, I received the full set of Munay-Ki Rites followed by the teacher training with a student of Dr. Alberto Villoldo’s who had studied them directly with him.  My Munay-Ki rites experiences were wonderful and deepened my shamanic work.  I’d already been a professional shamanic practitioner for nearly a decade by then.  In the years that followed, I installed the Rites a number of times in the San Diego area.  The power of the guides and linage has remained with me.  Another thing that came out of my Munay-Ki rites experiences was that those guides have shown me ways to work with initiation and activations beyond the scope of the original Munay-Ki.  My Soul Note Illumination Healing and the Shimmer Rite were received directly from spirit and, in my opinion, have a similar flavor. The Munay-Ki raises your vibration.  For more on why you’d want this, check out my article on: How to Raise Your Vibration

My understanding is that the Four Wind’s society (Villoldo’s company) has the policy that the Munay-Ki Rites must be received in person.  While my direct Munay-Ki experiences differ, I respect their approach and, as a result, I’ve stopped offering the Munay-Ki within my practice as 100% of my work is performed from a distance.  I feel happy and honored to still be listed as someone who is trained in the Rites.  If you’re looking for an in person practitioner, I recommend starting here:

If you’re interested in receiving healing and shamanic support from someone who carries these initiations and rites, I can definitely support you in a number of ways!

Ready for another form of healing?  Please consider a soul retrieval session.  Get a detailed overview of a session here: About Soul Retrieval and What to Expect After a Soul Retrieval

Below, you’ll find a list of the Rites as they were shared with me in 2009.

Munay-Ki Rites Experiences in 2009

Most of this information is taken from the Munay-Ki website at
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The Munay-Ki are the nine great Rites of Initiation of the Medicine Way. The word munay means “I love you” or “BE AS THOU ART.” The Munay-Ki are the nine gates that heal us and transform our human energy field into that of homo luminous.

The prophecies of the ancient Americas speak about a new human appearing on the planet – one who lives free of fear and resides in his or her transcendent nature. The Munay-Ki are the codes for the new human. They are delivered in the form of energetic transmissions. The Ninth Rite, the “Creator Rite” was transmitted for the first time in the summer of 2006 at the Holy Mountains in the Andes. The nine initiations of the Munay-Ki have only been available until recently to the high wisdom keepers of the Americas.

We install the Rites is in two Ceremonies, the Foundation Rites and the Vibration of Angels and Archangels. You will want to work with the Foundation Rites for a period of time before receiving the Vibration of Angels.

To fully embrace the transformation available, develop the Munay-Ki with Three Practices: Stepping into Sacred Space, Breathing Practice, and Transformational Fire.

Foundation Rites

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

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

  • Black Band: Earth – Over root and sacral chakra
  • Red Band: Water – Over solar plexus chakra
  • Gold Band: Sun/Fire – Over heart chakra
  • Silver Band: Wind and Light of the Moon – Over throat chakra
  • White: Pure Spirit and the Mountains – Over 3rd eye and crown chakra

Gold thread weaves the bands together and a rainbow fountain flows from the crown. A gold and silver cord runs down your spine.

Harmony Rite
Transmission of the Seven Archetypes into the Chakras: First you receive serpent, jaguar, hummingbird and eagle; next you receive three archangels: 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 that connect the visual cortex with the third eye and heart chakra. This awakens the “inner seer” and your ability to perceive the invisible world of energy and Spirit.

The Archetypes

The great archetypes of our tradition are organizing 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 is important to remember that you have received them as seeds, they are pure potential – it is your own engagement with them and your relationship with them that will grow them into the powerful forces that inform your chakras in new ways. That is why you do the fire ceremonies, to grow these seeds with fire. Take the two weeks after each fire ceremony to source yourself from the archetype in each chakra, see your world from that perspective, so that you get your own sense of connection to each archetype.

Instead of being exclusively informed by our histories and by our cultural prescriptions, these organizing principles of the Universe, begin to organize our energy centers.

Root 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 — 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 on the belly of the Mother – the One who knows the way back to the Garden, the place of innocence.

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 – Luminous Warrior who has no enemies in this world or the next – represents the Life/Death principle and renewal.

Solar Plexus Chakra – Ancient Ones and Hummingbird: The place of the ancestors, Grandmothers and Grandfathers, ancient memories, ancient wisdom – the Ones who have stepped outside of Time but slip through the curtain to help us remember the ancient ways – the way of the Hummingbird, who drinks directly from the nectar of Life — not built for flight yet undertakes and accomplishes the impossible journey.

Heart Chakra – Eagle/Condor: The great archetype of the East, the place of the rising Sun, the place of our Becoming — principle of seeing from high 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.

Throat Chakra – Huascar: Lord of life; Lord of death. Historically, one of two sons of Pachakuti Inka (the Inka 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; he was killed by his brother who then negotiated with the Spanish. He became the harmonizing principle of the Lower World – the chaotic dark place of all creative potential. He/she 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 harmonize our relationship with our Shadow.

Third Eye – Quetzelcoatl: Lord of the morning/the dawn; the Day Bringer, Morning Star; — Quetzel is a beautiful jungle bird and coatl is serpent, reptile, a feathered, winged serpent that has acquired flight – the organizer of the middle world, 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 – organizes your relationship with the Middle World – when you come into relationship with Quetzlcoatl you don’t have to micromanage your life.

Crown Chakra – Pachakuti: Historically, the Inka king who was given the prophecy that the world was turning over (coming of the Spanish) the keeper of the possibilities, organizing principle of the Upper World; – embodies the concept of circular time, stepping outside of linear time – makes time stand still – brings order, heavenly order – coming into relationship with Pachakuti allows us to recognize what can be changed and changing it before it is born. You must develop your own relationship with the archetypes and your descriptions should come from your experience.

Vibration of Angels and Archangels

Daykeeper’s Rite
You connect to a lineage of master healers from the past. Daykeepers 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 curanderas. This rite helps you begin to heal your inner feminine, step beyond fear, and practice peace.

Wisdomkeeper’s Rite
You connect to a lineage of luminous beings 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.

Earthkeeper’s Rite
This rite connects you to the archangels that are guardians of our galaxy, 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 the seer and dream the world into being.

Starkeeper’s Rite
This rite anchors you safely to the time after the great change, said to occur 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 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 the germination of these rites you’ll be touched and blessed by angels. You simply need to open yourself to the wisdom of the Earthkeepers, and all will be bestowed upon you.

A Note from the Author: Alberto Villoldo, Ph.D.

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 peoples migrated to lush farmland and then crossed the ice in Siberia into the thick forests of the American continent. Today, we’re going through another evolution as we bring this ancient body of knowledge into the 21st century. And although the outer form of the teachings change, the inner form remains the same.

I believe that we’re the new Earthkeepers who, it is said, will come from the West. I would love to hear about your experiences with the insights, and the success and challenges that you encounter in your practice.

In munay,

Alberto Villoldo, Ph.D.

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