Want to know more about Sacred Cacao? Read on…
Cacao has been used by our ancestors in Central and Southern America for centuries as a healing plant medicine. It then spread to Mayan culture for use in ceremonies and rituals, but was originally only available to royalty and priests. Due to its unique healing properties its use spread and is now much more common. It soon became a grand gift that would be given and this is where the tradition of giving chocolate as a present comes from. A better known and understood name for Sacred Cacao is Ceremonial Chocolate – Cacao (and chocolate) comes from the Cacao plant otherwise known as Theobroma Cacao.
How is it different from chocolate?
We all know chocolate holds the power of love, why else do we reach for it when in need of comfort? When used at Ceremonial Grade, it has potent healing potential and is different from even raw/organic cacao bought in health shops and very different chocolate. Its healing capabilities are endless, as well as being known to have physical benefits such as lowering blood pressure, Cacao has much deeper and wider healing effects on those who choose to enter into conscious relationship with Her. I say ‘Her’ because I personally experience Cacao as Divine Feminine Goddess energy, such as Shakti. Once invited into your life, She will lead you to greater truths about yourself. She will create breakthroughs in your life that you didn’t think were possible. What’s more She will do it with such ease, you will be amazed!
This isn’t like a ‘trip’ or psychedelic experience although She often provides you with internal visions to assist your work, it is a softer smoother ride, rather like the melting of chocolate on the tongue. She helps you to reach your own deep states and through that process She is able to alert you to your next stages of evolution and healing. It can feel like floating through a chocolate cosmos suspended in infinite love and surrounded by support to facilitate your inner growth for your highest good.
If you’re the sort of person who needs to know cold hard facts rather than my softly woven words, here’s some information about the known properties within Cacao that can sometimes be termed ‘synergies’. I’m in no way pretending to be scientific (can you imagine?!) or a nutritionist… but most of you will have heard of these components and you can certainly look them up to learn more.
As if that wasn’t enough, She is also packed full of minerals, vitamins and anti-oxidants. Commercial chocolate loses most of these benefits through the processing. This is why Ceremonial Grade Cacao is used in ceremonies, rather than just chocolate.
What a blessing She is.
What happens at a Sacred Cacao Ceremony?
All ceremonies are unique because that is how Cacao and practitioners work. The best ceremonies surrender to what the Cacao Deva asks for in that moment.
It is normal practice at a ceremony for you to gather round in a circle or other arrangement to suit the requirements of the group, the practitioner may guide you through meditation or other activity to support the work being undertaken at the ceremony, they will then specially prepare and bless the Cacao and this may include a prayer or ‘calling in’ of the Cacao Deva, once prepared each participant receives the dose deemed correct for them and the group drink the Cacao together. Once ingested (and sometimes even before ingestion!) the Cacao Deva will work with individuals to relax them and start the healing process – this can prompt anything from wild dancing and chanting through to deep quiet introspection, other activities may take place throughout the ceremony and it is common for sound to be used as support, it is usually obvious when the ceremony comes to a close because Cacao slows down.
If you feel ready to begin your Cacao journey, get in touch today.
To read about my personal meeting with the Cacao Deva, visit my blog post here.
There are a few people who I’d like to thank for their part in my journey with Cacao. Keith aka The Chocolate Shaman for freely sharing his vast knowledge and indeed his Ceremonial Grade Cacao. Also with extreme gratitude to the Cacao Deva for Her teachings and for leading me to my own teacher, the wonderful Annu Tara.