The magical landscape is filled with pitfalls and distractions which lead to overinflated egos and self-aggrandizement and the initiations of various magical orders are rarely what they’re cracked up to be. But it can be very difficult as a spiritual seeker to tell what’s authentic and what’s just performative until you’re immersed in what could end up either a delusional waste of time -or a culturally appropriative mess.
The Munay-Ki Rites are a glowing example of an authentic and effective initiatory experience which has the power to change your life but doesn’t require you to adopt a new theosophy, take any awkward oaths, or join some stodgy, overly-politicized magical order. They’re inspired by ancient Incan traditions, embodied in a modern-context in the Q’ero people of the Amazon, whose “paqos”, or medicine men and women, have kept alive their cultural and magical heritage of sacred Earth stewardship through hundreds of years of colonial rule.
The Q’ero did so by hiding themselves high in the Andes mountains and keeping a low profile until the 1950s when they emerged to fulfill a prophecy and announce the beginning of an age of realignment, called a Patchacuti, which we are all now living through. The last patchacuti occurred when the conquistadors came to the Americas and enslaved the indigenous people and this one will see those of us in the West awaken to our karmic debt and our cosmic responsibility to stewardship of the Earth.
After their emergence various paqo elders began building bridges to the people of the West, through various neoshamanic spiritual leaders and personalities, such as Alberto Villoldo of The Four Winds Institute. The Munay-Ki rites are a byproduct of the collaboration of elder Don Manuel Quispe and Alberto; whom he took as a student and gave the traditional Q’ero initiations.
They worked together to adapt these same initiations for a Western framework of mind; to build a bridge we can follow to activate our energetic bodies, enhance our natural healing abilities and extrasensory perception, deepen our faith and our connection with spirit, and to move back into right relationship with Mother Earth and our role in the cosmos.
These initiations are available to anyone and designed, as a gift of reconciliation from the Q’ero to us, to help the lost people of the West find their way back to the embrace of a living universe that loves them and needs their collaboration. In this episode we take a deep dive into these rites: their history and origins, each of the 10 individual rites and their benefits, and how they work together as a whole to affect you in gradual, but astonishing, ways.
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