This is the third in a series of blogs describing my Initiation Rites of the Munay-Ki Peruvian Shamanic Teachings, whose name in Quechuan means I love you! For three days in a row, I have met with Diane Dunn, founder of the Paz y Luz (Peace & Light) Healing Resort in Pisac, Peru, located in the Sacred Valley, close to Machu Picchu and Cusco. In a special ceremonial room of her house, she conducted the three brief final ceremonies of the Munay-Ki Rites for me.
With me seated, eyes closed, she opened the ceremony with music softly playing in the background and the vigorous rattling of an Andean, seed-filled, gourd rattle, moved back and forth from one side of my head to the other. My brain sort of stood to attention and keenly tracked the sound as it shifted about. Then a fine spray of water blessed me as Diane placed her two hands on my shoulders and then moved the round Pi Stone from one chakra to the other. These movements were similar for each of the three Rites below:
Quoting from Diane Dunn’s book, Cusco I – The Munay-Ki Rites; Tradition, Magic, and Andean Spirituality in Peru:
EARTHKEEPER RITE – connects you to a lineage of archangels that are guardians of our galaxy. They’re reputed to have human form and to be as tall as trees. The Earthkeepers, who are stewards of all life on 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 Earthkeeper helps you learn the way of the seer, and to dream the world into being.
STARKEEPER RITE – anchors you safely to the time after the great change that is said will occur around the year 2012. According to lore, when you receive this Rite, your physical body begins to evolve into that of “homo Luninous.” The aging process is slowed down and you become resistant to diseases to which you were once vulnerable. After receiving this Rite, you may notice you no longer process events happening in your life primarily at the physical level, but rather at the Spirit level. When you receive these Rites, you acquire stewardship of the time to come and for future generations.
CREATOR RITE – connects you to the light within yourself – The Divine Source within – so you can co-create your life. It awakens your God Nature and brings the cellular realizatoin that Spirit is not only acting through you, but is you, ineffable Pure Consciousness. This Rite was not available before 2006 on the planet. Although there were individuals who attained this level of initiation and awakened their Christ or Buddha consciousness, it was not possible to transmit this Rite from one person to another until now.
Living up to its ancient reputation, the Andes are breathtakingly beautiful. A few days ago, there were filmy clouds tattering themselves on the jagged peaks above this Sacred Valley and I played with the fanciful idea that all of the passed-away, Incan generations and all of the Other-Worldly Gods and Goddesses and Star People were taking their places in this monumental stadium formed by the surrounding vertical heights. Incan farmers, centuries ago, worked the steep terraces still carved into those green walls.
Life down here in the valley, putzes along in its colorful way. Tourists flow; spiritual seekers and even a few new-age hippies, patronize the bustling markets of Pizac. Peruvian craftsmen and truly-talented weavers and artists create a gigantic variety of genuinely-high-class useful and wearable goods. I get brain-freeze every time I walk through their bazaar! I truly want it ALL! I could sure use that yummy, warm serape. I want every wall hanging, blanket or sweater and each and every cuddly alpaca fur toilet seat cover, bed throw, slippers or toy animal. The silver and enamel jewelry is magnificent!
As I walk, baffled, through this embarrassment of riches; I wish that I had a store somewhere in the States that needed to import all of this treasure. Then, I could do some serious shopping. But, the awkward truth of my situation is that:
1. Next, I will be in hot countries.
2. My luggage is already over-challenged, as is my pulling and carrying ability.
3. Warm, stylish, Alpaca sweaters don’t squish down to a small, packing size. What must I now give away in order to accommodate them? But, at $20 apiece, they are certainly earning their keep now. And, they are so colorful….. not like my frequent, dirt-disguising black outfits.
Did you happen to know?….. that the radiant reds, oranges, yellows (and maybe other shades) of the dyes in Peruvian paintings and weavings, come from the blood/inner juices of a certain small cactus bug? Yep! Squish the bug and whatever runs out makes one vibrant color. Add lemon juice and it makes another brilliant hue; add salt, and you get one more. Etc.
Who’da thunk, that a negligible insect could create such lasting glory?
Never doubt your own unrealized ability to color someone’s world with happiness. Of course, you may have to give your life’s blood to do it!!!