Andean Energetic Passes: Yanantin
In the Andean mystical tradition there are various energetic passes (or practices) that allow us human beings to experience and interact with vibrations of subtle energy. Often these exercises involve connecting with another living being: a human being or a nature spirit, like a tree or flower. When two human beings (man and woman) connect to move energy in a particular way this forms a yanantin, a coming together of "complementary opposites". Yanantin is a defining characteristic of Andean wisdom, it is the principle of reciprocity through duality. According to Hillary Webb's book Yanantin and Masintin in the Andean World, "Yanantin is an adherence to a philosophical model based on the belief that the polarities of existence (such as male/ female, dark/light, inner/outer) are interdependent and essential parts of a harmonious whole."
We find that through sacred relationship we are able to harness power and experience living energy from a new perspective, through the merging of the masculine and feminine in a sacred space. The two yanantin practices we are going to explore today (Yanachakuy + Munay) were passed onto me by my teacher, Andean mystic Don Américo Yábar. Through the union of these two forces of energy (the masculine and feminine) we are able to explore the other and come into harmony. A group of Andean paqo's share, "For us, yanantin doesn’t focus on the differences between two beings. That is what disconnects them. Instead, we focus on the qualities that brought them together. That is yanantin. We don’t really see the differences. That’s why we see them as not necessarily opposed, but as complementary. One on its own can’t hold everything, can’t take care of everything. Not only are they great together, but they need to be together. There is no other way. When there is another, it represents extra strength for both."
We all know that entering into a sacred relationship takes devotion. Not only are we holding space to heal and care for ourselves but we are also supporting another being and working to harmoniously merge with a complementary energy. There is an ocean of endless wisdom, beauty and soul evolution available from this type of partnership but where do we turn when things become difficult? How can we move through the heavy energy of everyday life and ride the waves of the higher vibrations that brought us together? My hope in sharing these Andean energy practices is that they will support you and your partner through the shadow and through the light. They work to energetically align you with each other and the living energy of the Kawsay Pacha. Through these practices you will learn to care for one another in a new, expansive way. Just as you may caress your partners arm in love or prepare them a nourishing meal in the physical world, these practices will take you into the wild, undomesticated energies of Spirit and introduce gentle waves of healing into your energy bodies. Think of it as: cleansing each other in a shower of the highest, most refined energy of the upper world, the light of the stars, the light of Siwa Kinti, the rainbow hummingbird.
In Peru, these practices are traditionally explored between a man and a woman. In our modern culture, it is possible for any two human beings who have "complementary energy" to explore these practices. The key is that one being must have a strong masculine essence and the other a strong feminine essence.
The Andean ritual for joining together two different energy bubbles.
Begin by standing back to back with your partner and allow your spines to touch. Make comfortable contact spine-to-spine but do not lean on each other. Relax your arms by your side. Gently clasp hands with your partner and interlock your fingers. Close your eyes. Use your intent to connect with Pachamama through the sole's of your feet and to the energy of the Cosmos through the crown of your head. Next use your intent to send your finest energy to your partner through the point where your spines touch and be open to receive their finest energy in return. (This energy is called Sami - the light, refined universal energy). Allow the energy to flow back and forth for as long as you wish.
The Andean ritual for connecting to your complementary energy through the soul of love (Munay).
Begin by standing face to face with your partner at a comfortable distance. Use your intent to connect with Pachamama through the sole's of your feet and to the energy of the Cosmos through the crown of your head. Both take your right hand and place it against your partner's heart. Both take your left hand and place it on top of your partner's hand, which will be over your own heart. Looking into their eyes, use your intent to connect with the soul of your partner. Look into their eyes until the moment you feel their soul. At this time you may close your eyes. Allow the energy to flow back and forth for as long as you wish.