The first thing most people think about when they hear ‘Cacao’ is chocolate. Indeed, after been processed; as ‘cocoa’, it has been a major ingredient in candies, beverages, and other food items for as long as many of us can remember.
In reality, the use of cacao traces back to early central and South American civilizations, where it was used as a key ingredient in healing rituals and spiritual ceremonies, now in Spokane Washington
Ceremonial cacao contains the active ingredient theobromine and is made from raw, unprocessed cacao beans. The ancient civilizations called it ‘the food of the Gods’ and being done in a group of people was considered the most important factor; its use far transcending plain consumption.
Nowadays, more and more people are being brought to awareness on the benefits of the cacao ceremony, and retreats are now held in Spokane, Washington.
When done properly, this Shamanism cacao ceremony holds immense potential to reconnect and bring us to a point of transcended awareness of our hearts. While it won’t create an ‘outer-worldly’ effect or dimensional transcendence like psychoactive substances, it can bring the individual to a state of openness of mind and its effects will reflect as good emotional and physical health, vitality, and energy.
The cacao ceremony is done in a group, where participants with one mind get together and either listen to music and dance; or sit calmly and meditate, before taking the cacao mixture.
Setting intentions; stating what exactly you want from the ceremony is one of the most important aspects of the ceremony. Each member of the group sets their intention by stating them out to the group; creating the feeling of accord and oneness necessary, for the full effect of the Cacao ceremony.
This also helps create a safe space for emotional expression. You know that at any time, letting out the contents of your heart will be met without condemnation or judgment; creating unlimited openness.
As a form of shamanic healing, the cacao ceremony is done to create an openness of heart, remove blockages in our natural energy pathways, and ultimately restore physical well-being. The atmosphere of free expression helps dissolve the restraints of the ego, and bring us in deep connection with our true selves, and with other people in the group as a solid support system. Insecurities and emotional restraints will be cleansed and replaced by deep feelings of affection, connection, and love.
Music during the ceremony is ideal to bring sensory calm and pleasure during the experience, and the energetic activity of dancing helps with the quick absorption of the medicine upon consumption.
Heightened cognitive thinking, inspiration, focus, and awareness are some of the effects of the ceremony. When done with meditation, the cacao ceremony brings you to a new level of self-awareness and focus. You are able to connect with your inner self and feel the beauty of life in the here and now.
The experience helps us face our deep repressed feelings that may have occurred from past emotional trauma and put the heart on guard. Accepting them and feeling them, they lose their power over us; illumination and affection flood our souls.
What it holds for Us All
The cacao ceremony holds the key to unlocking renewed vitality and emotional openness in us. The cacao used, is not in any way sweet like the processed chocolates and beverages we have become accustomed to, but holds far greater consequences on emotional well-being.
Depending on your Shaman or guide, your first cacao ceremony can be done in meditative peace and quiet, or energetic dances to soulful music. However, in the end, the experience will open your heart to illumination and connection with the people around you and the whole of nature itself.