Munay is an interesting word in Quechua. As a verb it means to love, to want, and to desire. As a noun it means eternal, unconditional, or unreasoned love (1). The three ancient Inca laws are often stated as tukuy munayniyoc, tukuy llank'ayniyoc, and tukuy yachayniyoc (2). Notice that the first law includes the root word for love.
Tukuy munayniyoc means "Completeness or fullness comes (tukuy = completeness or fullness) as I love (munay = love, ni = first person singular verb-ending suffix, and yoc = is a possessive suffix that means that one has the property of or possesses something). So the first law might be translated as "I am complete as I am love." The second law was tukuy llan'ayniyoc, loosly translated implies that one finds completeness in work or service. Lank'ay, is work, labor, industriousness or the power of action and labor. And finally, tukuy yachayniyoc (the root yachay is wisdom or knowledge) implies that wisdom or self-knowledge comes from the applying the first two laws of love and service.
Note that in all three laws the possessive suffix yoc means that one possess the quality of the thing, and not just that one does the thing. In essences the first two laws don't say "Love and work" but rather "Be love and be service". There is a big difference between doing something and being that thing.
So, after that little Quechua lesson I hope that you have a better feel for what munay is. As shamanic practitioners we should practice munay or eternal, unconditional love. But for whom? In the title of this blog I wrote "All My Relations". When I wrote that I wasn't thinking about my immediate family or even my extended family, although they are my relations. I wasn't even just thinking of you. Even though we are all connected and that connection makes us related. I was thinking of everything that is.
I was thinking of my family, you, and all other humans, but also of the trees, rocks and streams. The flowers and the butterflies, and the squirrel that chattered above my head this evening as I sat under a tree in our front yard, all bundled up against the cold, as I played my Native American flute to "say" good night to Inti Tayta (Father Sun) and Inti Inti, the sun of suns or the sun behind the sun, the Divine Presence who sends life force energy through Inti Tayta to Pachamama (Mother Earth) to nurture all of nature.
So what does all this come down to? For me it means tukuy munayniyoc, tukuy llank'ayniyoc, that I find completeness and fullness by being love and being service. I hope that works for you too.
(1) Just as you can say "I love you" in Spanish with "Te amo" (I love you) and "Te quiero" (literally, I want you) so too in Quechua I love you is often expressed using munay as in Anchata Munaquiki (Very much I want or love you).
(2) I much prefer the ancient Inca law over the modern one which is ama llulla, ama qilla, ama suwa. (Don't lie, don't be lazy, don't steal.) The earlier law is positive rather than negative and in essence shows the path to wisdom or even enlightenment.
I'm Dr. Dave, a modern druid. I lived and worked in Bolivia and Peru for over six years, where I and was trained by Andean Shamans, and today practice Druidcraft, eclectic shamanism and Ayurveda.