A Munay-Ki Initiation
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 be powerful creatresses.
I first met the lineage in a dream in 2002 when they appeared as beautiful midwives helping me deliver a ‘dead baby’ I was carrying in my womb. In the years to come, I understood that my dead baby symbolized the death that women carry since the moment we shut down our creative power. This is a collective process that began over 4,000 years ago when the Goddess was relegated to a second place shadowed by an all mighty masculine god.
With the guidance of this lineage, I was able to alchemized the terror of my childhood into sources of wisdom and compassion. You can read about my story in my book Awakening Your Inner Shaman: A Woman’s Journey of Self-Discovery through the Medicine Wheel.
There, I share how in 2014 while working with plant medicine in the jungles of Perú, I was met once again by the lineage. During a nighttime ceremony, they clearly said: “Marcela, you are ready to offer our initiation and our message to women. We’re going to give you our transmission.
The space around me turned into a laboratory filled with plants… and 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 me to offer the initiation as one of the Rites of the Munay-Ki. It was my husband Dr. Alberto Villoldo who brought the Munay-Ki to our modern society, distilled from his work as a medical anthropologist with the high shamans of the Andes, jungles, and coasts of Perú.