The Rites of Initiation for the Next Step in Our Evolution

The Munay-Ki are the nine great rites of initiation of the medicine way. The word munay means “I love you as you are”. The Munay-Ki are the nine gates that heal us and transform our human energy field into that of homo luminous, the next step in our evolution. We are being born with these aspects of our luminous energy field, but the momentum of our culture weakens and distorts them. The Munay-Ki reawakens and strengthens the new luminous architecture so that we can more effectively dream our new world into being and live our daily lives in the ways that we truly prefer.

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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. For a period of time, they could only be transmitted directly from spirit, the purely energetic worlds, to the few who lived with extraordinary dedication and sacrifice. Now, the rites can be transmitted from human to human as we approach this critical leap in our evolution.

From the website written by my teacher Dr. Alberto Villoldo, with my additions in brackets [ ]:

The Munay-Ki comes from a Quechua word that means ˜I love you.” The Munay-Ki are the nine rites of initiation to become a person of wisdom and power who has accepted the stewardship for all creation. The nine rites are common to all shamanic traditions, even though they are expressed in different forms and styles in different cultures. They derive from the great initiations from the Hindus Valley that were brought to the Americas by the first medicine men and women who crossed the Baring Straits from Siberia during the glacial period some 30,000 years ago. These courageous travelers were the Laika, the Earthkeepers of old.

The Laika have always been ordinary men and women who live extraordinary lives. They were not born with special gifts from Spirit; they have acquired uncommon grace and power through prayer, study of the wisdom teachings or Insights, and discipline. Some grew to be renowned leaders and healers, while others lived quiet lives, raising their children and growing corn. The Laika felt that people would come to the Munay-Ki when they were ready and felt a calling to do so.

Many of you have received such a calling from Spirit, and long to make a difference in the world and in your life. When you come to the path of the Earthkeepers with sincere intention and an open heart, you’ll soon notice that you’re not alone. You’ll find yourself in the company of like-minded people who strive to live by ethics and vision. And you’ll find yourself in the company of Earthkeepers who lived on this planet many thousands of years ago, luminous beings who are now part of the great matrix of life. These Earthkeepers will add their power and vision to yours.

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As you experience the Munay-Ki, you’ll feel the presence and sense the wisdom of these luminous ones who have broken out of linear time and now dwell in sacred time, in infinity, free from the grip of karma and rebirth. The Munay-Ki will clear your luminous energy field of the psychic sludge left by past traumas. As you raise your level of vibration, these luminous beings will come to you and guide you. Connect with them, and you’ll be able to recall stories that you never experienced directly, but that are now yours. You’ll remember sitting around a fire with the buffalo behind you, and meditating in a stone temple above the snow line.

Since the Earthkeepers come from the future as well, they can help us to access who were becoming as humans 10,000 years from now. The memories from the past are available to the Laika who taps into that vast reservoir of knowledge that exists outside of time. The visions of the future come as possibilities, because everything in the future is still in potential form. That’s why Earthkeepers from the Hopi, the Maya, the Inka, and many other nations gather regularly to pray for peace on the earth. They do so by tracking along the possible futures for the planet to find one in which the rivers and the air are clean, and people live in harmony with each other and nature. The act of finding this desirable future installs it into our collective destiny and makes it a little bit more probable than it was before, because it has acquired another quanta of energy from these Earthkeepers.

When we connect with these luminous ones, their stories become our stories: We actually “remember” making our way across the Bering Straits or crossing the Sonora Desert into Central America, or even before that, making our way over the Himalayas to the fertile green valleys on our great journey north from India. When we partner with the Earthkeepers from the future, we make available to ourselves knowledge that can upgrade the quality of our DNA. This runs contrary to scientific wisdom, which says that our genes can only be informed by the past, by the gifts and illnesses our ancestors had. The Laika understand that when you are free of the bounds of time, the future can reach backwards like a giant hand to pull you forward. You can be influenced by who you are becoming.

As you receive the Munay-Ki, your chakras will become clear and you’ll acquire what the Laika know as the rainbow body. This is when your chakras glow with their original radiance. Remember that each of the chakras has a color, and when they’re shining with their original light, they emit the colors of the rainbow. When they’re dulled by trauma from this and from previous lifetimes, our LEF acquires a grayish hue and our chakras become pools of psychic sewage. Once we acquire a rainbow body, the luminous Earthkeepers can reach out to us because they recognize that we share a common vision and calling. When this happens, and if you’ve developed the ability to see into the invisible world, you can discern the former physical forms of these luminous ones. Sometimes, people will perceive these ancient Earthkeepers as Native American elders, wearing robes from Asia or furs from Siberia, or even feathers from the Amazon. Sometimes you’ll be able to perceive their thoughts and feelings. And you will have access to their wisdom and their stories. Eventually, as you experience the 7th, 8th, and 9th initiation, you can download a new and better version of the software that informs the LEF, which will then inform your DNA, giving it instructions on how to create a new body that will age, heal, and die differently.

There’s nothing you need to do to attract these luminous Earthkeepers. They’ll come to you when you invite them to do so and are ready to receive them. When the student is ready, the master appears. They will not disturb you in any way, but are available to support you in your efforts to bring a bit more light and healing into the world. They’re also there to protect you from the negativity and fearful energies in the world today.

The Nature of the Luminous Beings

These luminous ones are our medicine lineage. They’re humans who rose to the level of angels. Some are in bodies, some DSC_7110are in spirit form, but all have a mandate to protect those who are looking after the well-being of the planet. The Buddhists call them Bodhisattvas. They are the finest spiritual allies anyone can have, and they provide us with knowledge on how one becomes an angel. This is what the prophecies of the Laika mean when they tell us that we have the potential to become Homo luminous. We can develop the luminous energy fields of angels within our lifetime. The Munay-Ki offers us the energetic keys to do this.

When we evolve to Homo luminous, we no longer have to call on angels and archangels to help us find a parking spot or our fortunes, because we are becoming like them. Remember that in the Bible, God said, “Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live forever.”

As we become Earthkeepers, we join the ranks of the angels, who come from many different worlds and were the original souls present after the Creation. They don’t cycle through bodies as we do, because they don’t need a corporeal form, as they don’t need to learn and grow during an existence in the material world. They have everlasting life, and are the keepers of many worlds in many galaxies.

Initiation Rites

The training of the Earthkeepers has an energetic component, a series of initiations that help us to develop a new architecture in our luminous energy field. The rites anchor each of the critical junctures in the process of becoming homo luminous.

The nine rites are the sum total of attunements that we go through as we transit from the body of a human to the body of angels.

These rites were first given to ancient teachers by angelic beings, and now are passed on from teacher to student. When an Earthkeeper gifts the Munay-Ki to a student, it is the lineage of luminous beings that transmits itself, that leaps from the head of the master to the student as they lean into each other and touch, forehead to forehead. To transfer this energetic information, the Earthkeeper simply maintains sacred space and embodies the vibration of the level she wants to transmit. While you can’t undergo these initiations on your own, once you receive them, the rites are yours to transmit to others as you wish. But there is one caveat. The rites are offered free of charge. You may charge a fee to coach a client during the changes that they will go through as they receive the rites, but not for the Munay-Ki itself.

The Nine Rites

The first rite consists of protections installed in your LEF. These are known as the Bands of Power, and consist of five energetic bands representing earth, air, fire, water, and pure light. These bands are installed in your Luminous energy field, and act as filters, breaking down into one of the five elements any negative energies that come your way so that these energies can feed you instead of making you toxic or ill. The Bands of Power are always “on”, and negative energies bounce right off them [and go directly to the earth where they belong and can be mulched]. In a world filled with fear, the bands provide essential protection. [In review they are the black band around the first and second chakra representing earth, the red band of water around the 3rd, the gold band of fire around the 4rth, the silver band of wind around the 5th, the white band of pure spirit around the 6th. Additionally each band has threads that go down into the ground under your feet and are connected to the rainbow glacier and gold and silver rivers from the crown or 7th chakra, holy snow-capped mountain, down the spine and around the tailbone. The rainbow fountain weaves it all together and the rainbow bridge connects you to the upper world, the world of your becoming that you source yourself from.]

The second rite is the Healers rite [In Quechua, the Hampe rites], which connects you to a lineage of Earthkeepers from the past that come and assist you in your personal healing. The Laika know that we have tremendous spiritual assistance available to us. These luminous beings work on us during our meditation and sleep time to heal the wounds of the past and of our ancestors.

The third is the Harmony rites [In Quechua, the Ayni Karpay], in which you receive seven archetypes into your chakras. In the first chakra, you receive the archetype of serpent; jaguar goes into the second; hummingbird into the third; and eagle into the fourth. Then, three archangels go into your upper three chakras. Huascar Inka, the keeper of the lower world and the unconscious is transmitted into the fifth chakra; Quetzalcoatl, the feathered serpent God of the Americas, and keeper of the middle world (our waking world) goes into the sixth; and Pachakuti, the protector of the upper world (our super-conscious) and keeper of the time to come goes into the seventh chakra.

These archetypes are transmitted into your chakras as seeds. These seeds germinate with fire, and you have to perform a number of fire meditations to awaken them and help them grow. Afterward, they help combust the psychic sludge that has built up in your chakras, so that your chakras can shine with their original light as you acquire a rainbow body. This rite helps you to shed your past the way the serpent sheds her skin.

[These can also be given in full-grown form. Here is my description of each of the archetypes. They are like friends that you can call on to help you in any situation:

In the 1st chakra is serpent who we call on to shed heavy energies wounds and emotions from others (over-empathy) and to fully engage with our core relationship to the earth. She helps us look at situation as a matter of fact, without getting caught in the emotions, to remain cool and calm.

In the 2nd chakra is jaguar to help us disengage from any battles, to be fearless in knowing and asking for what we truly desire and leaping into our chosen destiny. She can help us track in a very sensitive and invisible way for what is truly going on with a person or situation. She can help us reclaim our passion for life.

In the 3rd chakra is hummingbird to help us be appreciative and enjoy all the processes of life and drink the nectar along the way, and to embark on the epic seemingly impossible journey of the creator that we are. She helps us connect to our ancient wisdom and wisdom to come by being able to master time, to step out of the grip of linear time. She helps us become unattached to what we identify with and to specific outcomes, so that we have nothing left to defend and can simply enjoy the sweetness of life from the perspective of the witness or creator.

In the 4rth chakra is condor/eagle to call on to look at the big picture and broadest perspective and to keep the vision of what we want to create most in our lives, to dream our world into being and use our feelings as guidance and a critical part of our asking, our prayer. Condor/eagle helps us to honor our own heartfelt desires and know that we can manifest them with the grace of Great Spirit.

In the 5th chakra is Huascar, keeper or harmonizing principle of the lower world, the subconscious, who helps us to go there and see what we truly are and what we truly want in life and call back parts of us that we may be missing along with the passion and gifts that we receive and that we then bring to the world (soul retrieval). We call on Huascar to help us determine our truest and most subconscious being and to help us with our shadow work – embracing and thus no longer attracting those aspects of ourselves that we would rather not experience. The great paradox of what you push against gets bigger, what you resist persists, and what you embrace disappears.

In the 6th chakra is Quetzoquatl, organizer of this world that helps us to pay our bills, keep our appointments, maintain our relationships, health and well-being in daily life and general quality of life. In other traditions this archetype is also known as Kokopelli, Kukulkan, Koni Raya and many others. With the help of Quetzoquatl, we don’t have to micromanage our life.

In the 7th Chakra is Pachakuti, organizer of the upper world, the keeper of possibilities who helps us to dream a new and better world and life into being (the destiny retrieval). Pachakuti helps us to call on our next evolution, to step out of linear time and recognize and change that which we would like to change before it manifests.]

Next are the Seer rites [in Quechua, the Kawach rites] . This rite installs filaments of light extending from your visual cortex in the back of your head to your third eye and heart chakras. This practice awakens your ability to perceive the invisible world. Many of our students at the Healing the Light Body School find that a few months after receiving the Seer rites, they’re able to perceive the world of energy around them.

The fifth is the Daykeeper rites [in Quechua, the Pampamesayoq rites]. The Daykeepers were the masters of the ancient stone altars found in sacred places throughout the world, from Stonehenge to Machu Picchu. The Daykeeper is able to call on the power of these ancient altars to heal and bring balance to the world. This rite is an energetic transmission that connects you to a lineage of Laikas from the past.

According to lore, the Daykeepers call on the sun to rise each morning and set each evening, made sure that humans were in harmony with mother earth, and honored the ways of the feminine. The Daykeepers were the midwives who attended births and deaths, as well as being the herbalists, or curanderas. They were generally women, and were knowledgeable about the ways of the feminine earth. This initiation begins the process of healing your inner feminine, and helps you to step beyond fear and practice peace.

The sixth is the Wisdomkeeper rites [in Quechua, the Altomesayoq rites]. The legends say that the ancient wisdom resides in the high mountains. The ice-covered peaks were revered as places of power, just as other mountains around the world, from Mt. Sinai to Mt. Fuji to Mt. Olympus, have been honored as places where humans meet the divine. The lineage of Wisdomkeepers are medicine men and women from the past who defeated death and stepped outside of time. The job of the Wisdomkeeper is to protect the medicine teachings and share them with others when appropriate. This rite helps you to step outside of time and taste infinity.

The seventh is the Earthkeeper rites [in Quechua, the Kurak Akuyek rites]. This rite connects you to a lineage of archangels that are guardians of our galaxy. They’re reputed to have human form and be as tall as trees. The Earthkeepers, who are stewards of all life on the Earth, come under the direct protection of these archangels and can summon their power when they need to in order to bring healing and balance to any situation. The rite of the Earthkeepers helps you learn the ways of the seer, and to dream the world into being.

The eighth is the Starkeeper rite [in Quechua, the Maillku or Mosok Karpay rites]. This rite anchors you safely to the time after the great change that is said will occur on or around the year 2012. According to lore, when you receive this rite, your physical body begins to evolve into that of Homo luminous. The aging process is slowed down, and you become resistant to diseases you were once vulnerable to. After I received these rites, I noticed that I no longer processed events primarily at the physical level. When I caught a cold, I processed it at the energetic level and it would wash through me in a day or two instead of a week or two. I started to live, and process the events that occurred in my life, at the level Spirit. When you receive these rites, you acquire stewardship of the time to come and all future generations.

The ninth is the Creator rite [in Quechua, the Taitanchis Ranti rites]. When you receive this initiation, you awaken the God-light within you acquire stewardship for all of creation, from the smallest grain of sand to the largest cluster of galaxies in the universe. This rite has never been available before on the planet. Although there were individuals who attained this level of initiation, and awakened their Christ or Buddha consciousness, it was never possible to transmit these from one person to another, until today. So while Spirit-to-human transmission happened on occasion, human-to-human transmission was impossible until now. The Creator rite was brought forth and gifted to us by Inka elders in the Andes during the summer of 2006.

A Note from the Author

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.



Homework for Integrating the Munay-Ki Rites


The transformational fire ceremony is a key practice of the Munay Ki. Bringing in the light and warmth of the fire germinates the seeds that have been received in the LEF (Luminous Energy Field).

  1. Prepare a place that is quiet and calm and either place light a candle or candles or prepare a bonfire by starting with sticks in the form of the southern cross and creating a “log cabin” with kindling and any number of logs.
  2. Open your personal sacred space by bringing your hands together over your head and pulling them apart all around you as to create a protective bubble around you, and create the Sacred Space by calling in the four directions, the earth, and the heavens.
    See Creating Sacred Space and Prayer for Sacred Space.
  3. Prepare yourself to do sacred work – take a few deep breaths to release the everyday world and allow yourself to drop into the vibration of the sacred rite you have received.
  4. Looking into the fire with a soft gaze, use your hands to draw the energy of the flame into your body. Draw the energy of fire into your heart, your chakras, or any area of the body that is associated with the rite you are working with.
  5. Pause for a moment and allow the light and warmth of the fire to penetrate into your being. Invite spirit to germinate the seeds to release their power and beauty. Spend the time that feels appropriate to you.
  6. Close the personal sacred space, and the directions, earth, and heavens using the same prayer as the opening.
  7. Put out the fire if you are working with a candle or candles, or let the bonfire burn down naturally.


Shamans always begin healing ceremonies by opening sacred space. In this space we leave behind the affairs of ordinary life, the bustling world of meetings and schedules, and prepare to meet the divine. Sacred space allows us to enter our quiet inner world where healing takes place. Within sacred space our burdens become lighter, and we can be touched by the hand of Spirit. After we finish our healing work, sacred space must be closed by again acknowledging the four directions, Heaven, and Earth.

Sacred space is a healing sphere that is pure, holy and safe. I imagine it as a shimmering cupola above the area where I do my healing work. Everyone within this space is protected. Sacred space creates an environment where our defenses can be lowered, where we can explore our soft, tender underbelly. Sacred space also gives us access to the luminous healer-the medicine men and women who assist us form the Spirit world.

You can create sacred space and summon the healing power of nature anywhere on Earth. You can use it while your own prayer reveals itself to you.

The shaman’s covenant with Spirit is that when she calls, Spirit answers. Powerful medicine people from the Spirit world appear in the form of luminous beings who assist us in our healing work.

You can employ a smudge stick of sage or a little scented water if you like. Shamans throughout the Americas accompany their prayer by fanning smoldering sage or incense with a feather in the appropriate direction they are addressing, or holding their hand up to the sky and saluting each cardinal point. You will need to determine the points; ideally this is done with a compass, but a close approximation based on your knowledge of the landscape is fine.

Begin by facing South. Smudge or blow the scented water to the South, then hold up your hand, palm facing out. Recite the first verse, calling upon serpent. Face each direction in turn as you repeat the process. Touch the Earth and look to the Heavens when directing your prayers there. You close sacred space by thanking serpent, jaguar, hummingbird, and eagle. Release their energies and allow them to return to the four corners of the Earth. To connect with the energy of one of the directions, do not close that direction. Instead call on that archetype to enter you and accompany you on your path. (I do this by turning to the East, for example, and instead of closing that direction I blow the spirit of that archetype into my client’s crown chakra. I imagine the spirit of eagle entering them and informing their lives.) Then thank Mother Earth and Father Sky.



To the winds of the South
Great serpent,
Wrap your coils of light around us,
Teach us to shed the past the way you shed your skin,
To walk softly on the Earth. Teach us the Beauty Way.

To the winds of the West
Mother jaguar,
Protect our medicine space.
Teach us the way of peace, to live impeccably
Show us the way beyond death.

To the winds of the North.
Hummingbird, Grandmothers and Grandfathers,
Ancient Ones
Come and warm your hands by our fires
Whisper to us in the wind
We honor you who have come before us,
And you who will come after us, our children’s children.

To the winds of the East.
Great eagle, condor
Come to us from the place of the rising Sun.
Keep us under your wing.
Show us the mountains we only dare to dream of.
Teach us to fly wing to wing with the Great Spirit.

Mother Earth.
We’ve gathered for the healing of all your children.
The Stone People, the Plant People.
The four-legged, the two-legged, the creepy crawlers.
The finned, the furred, and the winged ones.
All our relations.

Father Sun, Grandmother Moon, to the Star nations.
Great Spirit, you who are known by a thousand names
And you who are the unnamable One.
Thank you for bringing us together
And allowing us to sing the Song of Life.


The Bands of Power require very little maintenance or attention, but it can be helpful to remember them from time to time and strengthen them with your intent and ritual. Hear is one suggestion:

When you are working with earth, for example gardening or caring for your plants, or admiring mountains or buildings, imagine some of that earth energy feeding your black band and you can use your hands to ritually draw the energy toward the band around your 1st and 2nd chakras.

Do the same for each band. When you are bathing or admiring an ocean, river, lake, snow or rain, feed the red band around your 3rd chakra.

When you are basking in the sun, draw some of the energy into the gold band around your 4th chakra.

When you are feeling a breeze or wind, or admiring a silvery moonlit night, allow some of it to feed the silver band around your 5th chakra.

When you are in a spiritual place such a church, temple, ashram, or meditating in front of your own altar or in nature, allow some of that pure spirit energy to feed the white band around your 6th chakra.

When you are full of laughter and joy, allow some of that energy to feed the rainbow fountain that weaves all of the bands and threads together.



There is a secret ritual that allows us to tighten the bands of power so that they are completely impenetrable for 3 to 4 days making you invisible to all energy, even death itself. This is an extreme measure that should be reserved for truly significant and unavoidable battles and/or life or death situations. It is not healthy in the long term, nor is it necessary under most circumstances, to be completely armored in this way for more than a few days. The ceremony must be conducted by a fully initiated shaman with all 13 stones in her/his mesa. Otherwise it must be conducted simultaneously by enough shamans to total 13 stones in all of their mesa together. The ritual ceremony is called the Kuti in Quechua and as with all shaman work, can be conducted non-locally.

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