I’m very sure what comes first to your mind when you see cacao is chocolate, and, to a degree you are right but only mostly. If you go to cacao ceremony and expect to indulge in some delicious chocolate, you may have to give it a rethink. The taste of chocolate and cacao are worlds apart, and you can only truly understand the heart of the difference if you attend a sacred cacao ceremony.
What is cacao?
Cacao is the pure product from cacao bean taken in its raw state. Chocolate, obtained from cacao also, has a lot of other additives that make cacao bean lose it medicinal potency.
Cacao from time immemorial has been used by South Americans in their ceremonies (called Maya). It can also be translated to mean “the gods’ food.” The word cacao has Mayan origin and is translated to be Ka’kau as well as Chokola’j – the meaning, to drink together.
Here, we will be talking about the cacao ceremony and what to
expect from such rituals. This piece is meant to give you an idea of how the ceremony is run without actually ever being there.
Every cacao ceremony is conducted by a Shaman (known as the ceremony facilitator). The shaman gives directives on how the ceremony should be held and directs the affairs of that day. It is always entertaining and exciting for those who are present. People would sit in circles, discuss together, and sing beautiful ritual songs along. They can also set intentions, and at the end of it all, they are allowed to dance and as a group together.
With all of these fun activities going on, cacao is always at the center of it all. The reason is that for centuries and passed from generation to generations; cacao has ever been known to hold a lot of spiritual, mental, and physical healing ability. In terms of tangible benefits, cacao helps increase your flow of blood and opens up your system for a better flow. Remember chocolate release the feel-good endorphins (even after losing so much of their potency to the additives), but you have it in a larger volume when you take cacao in its raw state.
Shamanic healings are the oldest types of healing practices used by a lot of local cultures in the world. Cacao ceremonies, however, are a type of shamanic healing. They are excellent for helping you rework your body and soul together to gain the connection you have lost through the cares of this world. There is one thing you must know, unlike other plant medicines, the cacao ceremonies doesn’t produce any psychedelic effect because of the nature of the substance in use.
When you take the drink of cacao, your heart bursts open, and you feel a more profound sense of connection with your mind and soul. Some people even react to this connection so purely that they start to cry. You will also have a lot of emotions running deep at the same time. You might be overwhelmed by the feeling of joy, happiness, passion, lust for this life, and other things. The experience is simply amazing.