Receiving the Rites of Munay-Ki in Peru

by Nora on April 24, 2014

Here in Peru I’ve had a chance to tap into a few Peruvian ceremonies, such as that of the despacho. More recently I completed a Munay-Ki workshop – a transformation; an initiation and receiving of rites that has the potential to change my life, and the lives of many others.


What is Munay-Ki?

Coming from high in the Andes and originating with the Shamans of the Q’ero nation (descendents of the Inka), Munay-Ki is a derivative of the Quechua term meaning “I love you”. It is a series of nine rites that are transmitted from person to person, tapping into a lineage of wisdom keepers, seen and unseen.

They are given 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 have been upon us since 2012 – not coincidentally the end of the Mayan calendar, as well as the beginning of a period of great unrest and transformation for many of us. (Remember when I wrote about 2013 being the worst year ever for me)? Yeah, that’s not a coincidence.)

According to

The Rites of the Munay-Ki transform and upgrade your luminous energy field. They are energetic transmissions that heal the wounds of the past – your karmic and genetic inheritance. They re-inform your DNA, enabling you to grow a new body-one that ages, heals, and dies differently. The Munay-Ki is your invitation to dream an entire new world into being.



Receiving the Munay-Ki Rites

The nine Munay-Ki rites are transmitted in a variety of ways (differing by rite, and in some cases differing by the practitioner); many of the rites involve a forehead to forehead energetic transmission that is very powerful.

Each of the nine rites has a different focus; one integrates different Andean archetypes (such as the serpent, puma, hummingbird, and condor) into each of the chakras. Another rite activates the bands of power (similar to the aura) to make us stronger and enhance our protection. Another connects us to a lineage of healers and enhances our own ability to heal (ourselves and others), and others yet connect us to luminous beings and recode our DNA.



Faith, Energy, and Skepticism

This may sound a little too “woo-woo” for many people, and I myself battled a healthy dose of skepticism during the workshop. Although I meditate, I don’t tend to receive messages from star beings (are there even star beings? I don’t know), nor did I have the sort of revelations that some other workshop participants had. Although I have the ability to sense energy and I believe in an element of spirituality that goes far beyond what we can see (and often comprehend), I am also firmly of this planet.

Having said that, I’ve also dabbled in energy work before; I’m able to practice Reiki healing, and I’ve even had the amazing occasion to visit another dimension (with the aid of some powerful psychedelics taken in a setting with spiritual as opposed to recreational intentions). But it’s still work for me to keep the faith that this isn’t all just a load of crap.

However even in my little world, I must acknowledge that my writing is often a form of channelling. Sometimes I’ll read something I wrote years ago, and I don’t even recognize it as my own. When I’m in “the mode”, words pour out of me at an alarming rate; words that I’m not always sure I can take credit for writing so prolifically, eloquently, or prophetically. (Not to toot my own horn, but sometimes, I write really good stuff).

Most spiritual things are based on faith. And in my life, when I’ve exercised faith (even responsible faith), amazing things have happened. I’ve written quite a few times about serendipity and opportunity, and even the magic that brought me to Peru was just that: magic.



Integrating the Munay-Ki Rites

So it’s with this balance of faith and skepticism that I now have the nine Munay-Ki rites working on and in me. I also have the ability to pass the rites on to others, and even to teach people how to initiate others themselves.

What I’ll do with these rites, only time will tell, as I allow them to “do their thing” and integrate with my consciousness and daily life.

But I can tell you this much: when I came to Peru, I was pretty much a shattered woman, beaten down by a variety of horrible circumstances, and on anti-depressants. I’ve been off the meds for a while now (for a few reasons, which you’ll read about in future), and I’m considerably more confident and happy in myself, not looking to outside forces to complete or satisfy me. It has taken (and continues to take) work, a commitment to growing beyond fear and victimhood, and it’s still a process.


But all this is part of life’s adventure. We’ve got one shot on this planet; it’s worth honouring our bodies, our spirituality, clearing out the psychic sludge of our past, and moving beyond….to wherever our lives might take us. The biggest limiting force in our lives is ourselves.

I choose options, not limits.


Diane Dunn performs Munay-Ki workshops (and deepening sessions with the assistance of Q’ero shamans from high in the Andes where the rites are given in sacred sites around Peru) throughout the year and around the world. For more information, click here.



{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Anna April 24, 2014 at 2:19 pm

Your photos blow me away week after week.


2 Nora Dunn April 24, 2014 at 5:08 pm

Thanks, Anna! I’m loving this Nokia Lumia 1020! 😉


3 Amanda Kendle April 27, 2014 at 9:42 am

Sometimes this stuff is basically impossible to believe but when you actually do it you feel quite differently – this certainly sounds intriguing! But more than anything I’m glad to hear you are doing better, glad you are doing well enough to ditch the meds (didn’t realise you were on them but after your last year or so I am totally not surprised) and hope it is all onwards and upwards from here! xxx


4 Catherine P April 27, 2014 at 12:48 pm

Loved this entry about Peru and the learning the ways of the Shaman. Would love to do this healing work on another trip! Can you email me any details please? Thank you and blessings to you.


5 Nora Dunn April 28, 2014 at 6:06 pm

Hi Catherine,
For information on the Munay-Ki workshops that Diane does, you’ll see dates for upcoming workshops at the bottom of this page: – including two workshops in Spain and one in Norway this summer. You can always send her an email (her address is on that page too) if you want to know more.


6 Nora Dunn April 28, 2014 at 6:01 pm

Thank you so much, Amanda! I’m feeling better by the day, and I wouldn’t be surprised if the rites of the munay-ki had something to do with it. Vibrating on a different level, you might say!
Was just talking about Perth the other day…you must’ve known! 🙂


7 Penelope May 1, 2014 at 2:31 am

Thinking a new world into existence … on a personal level, this is 100% true, as you can’t change your life if you don’t even know what it looks like! 🙂


8 Nora Dunn May 1, 2014 at 10:37 am

Great observation, Penelope! Vision and clarity are essential in order to move forward in life.


9 Wynne May 13, 2014 at 12:25 am

This one is a gem, Nora. I totally get your jive here. The (healthy) skepticism combined with dabbling into various forms of spirituality and feeling whatever power they hold for you in that moment and as you recapture the feelings later on. Experiences like these can be so grounding in the darker periods of our lives, and fill us with the energy to soar once again. Reading about your process is just beautiful. Thanks for being open enough to share it!


10 Nora Dunn May 14, 2014 at 7:12 pm

Thank you, Wynne! Indeed, weeks on after the Munay-Ki, in addition to a number of healing ceremonies that I’ve done, I’m feeling much more grounded and, for lack of a better word, transformed. I will be interested to see how I integrate these changes when I return to Canada for a visit this summer. Stay tuned!


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