OF THE WOMB
“The Womb is not a place to store fear or pain; the womb is to create and give birth to life”.
The Rite of the Womb is an initiation given by lineage of women who freed themselves from suffering and they want us to remember that we did not come to suffer, but to create.
This lineage came to Marcela Lobos in a dream in 2002 to help her deliver a ‘dead baby’ she was carrying in her womb. In the years to come, Marcela understood that her dead baby symbolized the death that all women carry since the moment we shut down our tremendous creative power. This is a collective process that began over 4,000 years ago when the Goddess was relegated to a second place and became shadowed by an all mighty masculine god.
With the help of this spiritual lineage, Marcela alchemized the terror she grew up with into sources of wisdom and compassion. You can read about her story in the book Awakening Your Inner Shaman: A Woman’s Journey of Self-Discovery through the Medicine Wheel. There she tells us:
"In March 2014, I was leading a group of women to the jungles of Perú to work with plant medicine. During a nighttime ceremony, I heard the voices of my midwives: “Marcela, you are ready to offer our initiation and medicine to women. We’re going to give you a transmission.”
The space around me turned into a laboratory filled with plants and clear glass containers. I could see the women as they extracted the bright-green juice of carefully chosen plants. Then, using energetic tubes, they poured this juice into my veins so it would run through my body. Finally, they directed the juice to envelop my womb until it looked like a vibrant neon sphere; it felt like a laser clearing any residue of clotted or knotted energy.
They said: “The womb is not a place to store fear and pain. The womb is to create and give birth to life.”
In that moment, with those words, they transferred the rite of the womb to me, the elixir of life that I should share with as many women as possible. “All life comes from the womb; this will also heal men and will help heal the world,” they explained.
The women also told Marcela to offer the initiation as the "13th Rite of the Munay-Ki”. It was her husband Dr. Alberto Villoldo who brought the Munay-Ki to the modern civilization, distilled from his work as a medical anthropologist with the high shamans of the Andes, jungles, and coasts of Perú. As a woman, it was Marcela’s task to bring forth a collective healing of the womb.
Thank you Marcela! You brought in the Goddess, and I tasted ecstasy. You are a genuine wisdom keeper of the sacred feminine lineage and you are so generous in bringing the wisdom of indigenous cultures of the world to us. May you be blessed by the goddess as you fulfill your destiny and give the 13 Munay ki rite to the world. May the sacred and loving spirit of the Goddess fill you, fulfill you, accompany you, and guide you. And so it is.
Originally from Colombia, lives in New York
Attended The Women's Altar at Kripalu, October 2014.