SACRED CACAO CEREMONY
What is the pure Cacao?
With over 1200 chemical constituents, the beans from Theobroma Cacao (from the greek: theo=god and broma=food) appear to be the most pharmacologically complex food in nature. Cacao has been used for millennia as a food and antidote to a vast array of health issues. It has also been used ceremonially by the shamans and temple priests of ancient Mesoamerica to connect with the realm of spirit.
Cacao contains the neurotransmitters serotonin, tryptophan and dopamine which assist with feelings of wellbeing, resilience to stress and anxiety and contribute to healthy motivation.
It also assists us to pay attention and stay alert. We can stay focused, time slows down and we are not distracted by hunger or excess stimulation from the ‘outside world’. The cacao also increases the effectiveness of norepinephrine, a neurotransmitter related to joy.
The alkaloids, neurotransmitters, neuromodulators, vitamins and minerals specific to cacao have a particularly nourishing effect on the human body. The effects of these properties are amplified when using unroasted and unprocessed cacao and consuming it in the context of a ceremony.
When you consume cacao prepared for ceremony using high quality raw cacao beans, all the mood enhancing neurochemicals in cacao become particularly active. There is increased blood flow and nutrition to the brain, heart and skin, the whole body is nourished, awareness and focus is heightened and sensations are intensified.
Why use Cacao in a sacred ceremony?
The context of the ceremony is a safe and beautiful space that supports Meditation, Invocation, Chakra dance and a sharing circle. This creates a rare opportunity to explore your emotional body, mental body and physical body. You have the chance to relax deeply and receive insights, inspiration and creative ideas that can give you clarity on the “next steps” in life and where you can support yourself and others. The dance is allowing the energy to move within the different centers of your body so you can feel the deep connection to your life force energy.
Many people report a deep sense of joy and peace, a connection to something bigger than themselves as well as insights into limiting behaviors, thoughts and feelings that are able to be understood and transcended within the safe and sacred environment of the ceremony.
What can you receive in this ceremony?
The Cacao Ceremony is an invitation to re-connect to your heart’s wisdom in order to let go of past patterns and bring in new ways of being. In this warm space you are held and nurtured and will experience a heightened sense of connectedness to everyone else around you, others in your life who are not present and to the sacredness of all that surrounds you.
You receive an opportunity to discover who you are beyond your patterns and what flows within you when you are outside of thought. When the mind is still the heart begins to open and we gently become consciously aware of what has previously inhibited this natural heart-opening. The special movement allows you to clear blockages and feel how it is to be present in the moment with an open heart and an awakened body.
Preparation required for this event:
You will need to avoid caffeine on the day. We also recommend you to follow a fairly simple and alkaline focused diet the day before, and on the day of the ceremony (this includes avoiding alcohol and drinking at least two litters of water).
You’ll also need to arrange a quiet, gentle evening for after the event as symptoms of physical and emotional detoxification can arise unique to each individual.
We perform the ceremonies with Organic Raw Guatemalan Cacao : Exceptional quality cacao beans(not roasted) that have been milled finely. We ensure this quality by using the famous cacao beans of Lake Atitlan region of Guatemala. We have a direct relationship to our cacao source.