There’s a reason why chocolates and hearts go together in modern culture. The main ingredient in chocolate – Cacao, is a plant medicine for both the physical heart and the heart chakra. It’s used in Cacao ceremonies to unlock heart space, awaken our senses and our heart chakra (anahata) in order to begin our inner healing. Cacao allows us to access the higher energies of love, connection, and joy. By enhancing self-awareness and emotional intelligence, it offers clarity and release of limiting beliefs, fears, emotional blockages, etc. The results of cacao ingestion are relaxation, creativity, clarity, intuition, and inspiration.
A sense of openness and compassion to oneself and others is a building block towards creating a loving society instead of a toxic one and it may all begin with Cacao ceremony. It’s no coincidence that Cacao (chocolate) is linked to the romantic notion of love as it can physically and emotionally open your heart.Cacao contains active chemicals that help the release of “happy hormones”. One of its active chemicals theobromine increases the release of dopamine. Phenethylamine, on the other hand, helps relieve stress and depression and heightens emotional euphoria.
Having said that it’s important to note that cacao goes way beyond chemistry and affects our heart energies, emotional states, and chakras. It has been in use as a shamanic ceremonial medicine for ages by Olmec people of South America. In the ceremonies, pure liquefied and raw cacao is being ingested to deepen the sense of self and connection to others. You can literally feel your heart opening up like a flower and witness your innermost wishes and conflicts surfacing.
The heart chakra is particularly involved with empathy and love. When we say love, we don’t mean just romantic love but universal compassion beyond ego and possession.
The heart chakra and cacao are about connecting and relating
Emotional energies can, however, become blocked which may lead to feelings of isolation, regret, anger, jealousy and such. Cacao ceremonies help raise these blockages and connect you to the environment.
Cacao and Heart Energy
Cacao’s positive impact on the heart is not just emotional and spiritual, but physical as well. Cacao improves blood vessels functioning, reduces insulin resistance, blood pressure and cholesterol.
This plant medicine is rich in antioxidants, including polyphenols which are beneficial for the cardiovascular system and reduce the risk of strokes, heart attacks, and high blood pressure. Cacao is also rich in magnesium which helps relaxation of muscles and the overall tension while iron and zinc balance sugar and cholesterol in the body.All of that leads to a subtle softening and balancing in terms of energy and spirituality as well. The heart chakra is the central chakra that links the lower chakras which ground us to the higher chakras.
When the fourth – heart chakra is open, we experience love, gratitude, compassion, and connection.
Cacao is thus used to induce a transformational shift and release old patterns of thinking and traumas that wrought them.
In other words, the cacao ceremony can help you achieve flow with ease and awaken that uninhibited, free and playful inner child. That will remind you of your worth, your talents, skills, and virtues.
Cacao is also used to bring balance to male and female aspects of our psyches.
We live in a society where we are exposed to fear-based propaganda, violence, suffering and general negativity. Most of us have experienced trauma, disappointment, loss, and heartbreak.
Our culture taught us to suppress all of those emotions for the sake of productivity the result of which are heart diseases, dissociative identity disorders and many other disorders belonging to the same niche Cacao Ceremonies are there to battle the heartache of the world and awaken the energies of love, compassion, joy, and gratitude, making the whole world a better place