Blue Night Wavespell of Abundance

by Mariela Maya

Akbal Poem

Money and Spirituality
Ayni – Sacred Reciprocity

Last weekend, a Q’ero shaman from Peru came to visit us in Houston for the first time. He is staying with us for another week where he is sharing his wisdom and traditions through ceremonies and healing sessions.

In order to cover his traveling costs, we put a monetary value to his services. A great topic emerged based on a couple of comments from people that were interested in meeting with him. And the question was: “Is it ok for a shaman or any other healing and spiritual practitioner to charge for their service?”

Ayni is a beautiful concept in Quechua that means ‘Sacred Reciprocity’ or ‘Right Relationship’. As we give, we receive and as we receive, we give. In Ayni, relationships are sacred and in perfect balance.

In a Despacho Andean ritual, as an example, we give back to Pachamama as an offering all the love and nurturing we receive from her. In this way, we are in a reciprocal relationship of gratitude and blessings with our beloved Mother Earth.

Long time ago, all humans lived in Ayni. People exchanged products and services based on their needs more than considering the value equivalences. As commerce developed, some commodities started being used for trade as salt, cocoa, spices, different metals and, ultimately, gold. If we look into history, paper money and the current monetary system, as we know it, is relatively new.

Money is used as an exchange for something we need and value. Somewhere down the road, it became an ‘object’ related only to the material world. As we accumulate knowledge and get more academic diplomas then more money we can make. But, if a healer or any kind of spiritual practitioner charges for their services, it “doesn’t sound right” to pay for it.

In other words, it seems as if money became part of the mind and the intellect within the material world and anything of a spiritual nature should be given for free. If a job is mind related, it should be well paid, especially in companies that create so much damage to our beautiful planet as oil and gas, mining and power generation… If a service is based on the heart and soul level and it helps people to be healthier and happier -while also helping to heal the planet-, it should be free of charge and it needs to come with great sacrifice from the person that is giving it. Many people still think that they should not pay for any kind of healing modality, even if receiving the blessings and gaining profound insights from it is of great value to them.

I have a question for you. What has more value, the most expensive house in the nicest neighborhood or your favorite ice cream? It sounds like a ridiculous question, right? Now, let’s give to it the following context. If you knew that the world would end in the next 5 minutes, what would be more valuable to you, a fancy house or your favorite meal? This simple question shows how monetary value has nothing to do with the real value we give to things. It’s all about putting it into perspective.

Money is a clear example of the great separation humanity has been experiencing between the sacred and the secular, as if our human and spiritual natures were two different entities. In reality, all is one, and we are all part of the Web of Life. In Kausay or life force, everything is energy and spiritual, including money.

Money for the accumulation itself transforms into greed and creates separation. The rich becomes richer and the poor, poorer. But, when we see it as Ayni, it is a beautiful way to attain a sacred exchange where energy/money circulates and flows, and everybody benefits from it.

As the Prophecy of the Eagle and the Condor reminds us, it is time to unite mind and heart and feel one again with all that is. As we go back to Ayni, we all heal, we all grow and we can all enjoy our beautiful experience on Earth and on all levels!

In Lak’esh & Munay,

Mariela Maya
Yellow Electric Star
mariela [at] mayankin [dot] com
+1 (832) 454-3113


In Lak’esh means “I am another yourself!”, a Mayan greeting that recognizes the Divine in each living Being. It’s a message of Unity that reminds us that, when we give, we are also receiving. In this way, the Mayan honored and respected each other, reinforcing the belief that we are all interconnected: what we do to others and to our environment will also affect ourselves in the end…

Munay means both ‘Love’ and ‘Beauty’ in Quechua, the language of the Incas. Munay, translated as ‘To love’, is one of the three principles of the Andean way.

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