SOUL FIRE CACAO
CACAO CEREMONIES, DAILY MEDITATION, SUPERFOOD & VIBRATIONAL PLANT MEDICINE
Pure Ceremonial Cacao is a magical and highly vibrational plant medicine.In sacred ceremony and as an accompaniment to sound healings, cacao facilitates deep meditation and shamanic journeying to aid in the release of negative energy and blocks in the heart space. Criollo bean chocolate is also one of mother earth’s most potent superfoods, and a natural mood enhancer that also increases mental clarity and focus. Incorporating this healthy brew into your daily practice with intention can be deeply impactful, allowing us to step deeper into our truth and heart-centered living. Join me and invite the “Spirit of Cacao” into your life!
SACRED CACAO CEREMONY, SHAMANIC JOURNEY & SOUND HEALING
Join me for an unforgettable journey of self-discovery, heart opening meditation and sound healing! It’s like nothing you have ever experienced before!
Cacao has been used for centuries as a “plant medicine” due to its heart opening qualities and wide-ranging health benefits, and when grown and consumed consciously, carries a vibrational quality that opens us up to a higher level of healing. Cacao ceremonies bring us together to share an intention, and by consuming ceremonial grade chocolate, we hope to achieve a deeper state of meditation.
Allow me to be your personal guide on this unique journey designed to facilitate the release of old, tiring patterns and abandon negative energy, allowing you to open up to a greater sense of love and gratitude – so that you may ultimately step further into heart-centered living. I supplement our meditative journey with the use of Native American drums, koshi bells, the rain stick, bowls and ancient gongs, which will serve to deepen our collective experience & aid healing.
Read on to learn more about sacred cacao and cacao ceremonies, or feel free to inquire about your own personalized introduction to this incredible plant medicine. I offer private cacao ceremonies both virtually and in-person for groups and individuals. Interested? Learn more:
“Pure Ceremonial Cacao is a magical and highly vibrational plant medicine. In sacred ceremony and as an accompaniment to sound healings, cacao facilitates deep meditation and shamanic journeying to aid in the release of negative energy and blocks in the heart space.”
WHAT IS CACAO?
Cacao is raw, unprocessed chocolate in its purest form. Ceremonial grade cacao is typically sourced from Central and South America, where the beans are grown by local tribes, prepared by hand and harvested with love. When ingested, it helps to release ‘feel good’ hormones and endorphins, including theobromine, dopamine, and anandamide. Cacao can be useful in reducing stress, improving mental agility and improving blood flow. It is not psychoactive, but many people enjoy a beautiful physical and emotional journey during the meditation. Cacao is quite simply, a gentle facilitator for a connecting with your true heart and bringing out feelings of love and gratitude.
The seeds of the cacao tree have an intensely bitter taste and must be fermented to develop the flavor. After fermentation, the beans are dried, cleaned, and roasted. The shell is removed to produce cacao nibs, which are then ground to into the beloved chocolate in its most basic form.
WHAT IS A CACAO CEREMONY?
Cacao ceremonies are simply magical! I borrow from ancient traditions performed by healers from Central & South America using chocolate as a “plant medicine” to release blocked or negative energy so that you can heal the heart. I strive to help participants end draining cycles of anger, pain & emotional trauma so you can connect with your inner wisdom and stand strong in your truth with renewed clarity and focus.
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CACAO IS NATURE’S TRUE SUPERFOOD
CACAO DOSAGE FOR CEREMONY & DAILY USE
As a result of the amazing physical reactions to ingested ceremonial cacao, indigenous healers of Mayan and Aztec communities used Cacao to enhance their journeying and connect with the vibrations of Mother Nature and the universe. We use cacao in ceremony today as a facilitator token our hearts and minds, release negative or blocked energy and reconnect with our true selves. They say the purge of cacao are tears and laughter and it is wonderful to increase creative energy, especially through art and dance.
Important: Always Set an Intention
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WHERE TO BUY CEREMONIAL GRADE CACAO
In general, store-bought Cacao/Cocoa products (powders, nibs, blocks, bars) go through a significant manufacturing process where even the highest quality chocolate may lose up to 80-90% of its health benefits and often includes unwanted/unnecessary additives like dairy and sugar. I have carefully selected those purveyors that I believe to be the finest producers of raw, organic, unadulterated, wild cacao that has not been chemically or physically processed. I prefer native bean strains such as the Criollo and Chuncho, which are found in Guatemala and Peru and I look specifically for suppliers who collaborate with the indigenous people to create a sustainable business model that supports the local community.
My aim in making these suggestions is to make sure you are purchasing authentic Ceremonial Cacao that is highly vibrational, and that has been blessed with positive intention throughout the process of land, to hand, to
When choosing cacao for my own ceremonies, I seek not only consistency but wish to support suppliers who genuinely believe in the spirit of cacao and its healing abilities. I intend to spread the word about cacao to the world, along with the loving touch of trusted suppliers who are committed to the same high standards I believe in! I have personally connected with all the suppliers below and highly recommend their cacao, and feel they provide the raw materials to bring you the heart of cacao!
ONLY USE PURE, RAW CACAO FOR CEREMONY!
Pure Cacao is one of nature’s “Super Foods” and when taken in ceremony or as part of your daily diet, the benefits can be far-reaching and may include:
ANTIOXIDANT: Cacao in its purest form rates #1 on the USDA antioxidant food scale at 55’653 ORAC ahead of blueberries, goji berries, and pomegranates. It also contains the highest amount of naturally occurring magnesium
BRAIN POWER: Cacao increases blood flow to the brain by 10-15%, creating higher levels of mental agility, and improving awareness and focus
HEALTH: Cacao contains potassium, phosphorous, copper, chromium, zinc, iron and high levels of magnesium which contribute to cardiovascular health
BLISS: Cacao contains Anandamide or the “Bliss Molecule.” Anandamide is an endocrine liquid that your body produces when you feel a workout “high”. It is a natural pleasure molecule located in the cells of the nervous system
FOOD OF THE GODS: Cacao contains the alkaloid theobromine, which translates literally into “Food of the Gods” – similar to caffeine in terms of energetic impact but impacting the cardiovascular system rather than the nervous system. Theobromine increases energy and focus without the anxious “buzz” one gets from ingesting caffeine. Cacao is a fabulous alternative to caffeine!
MOOD ENHANCER: Cacao is natural mood enhancer releasing serotonin and dopamine which can help with easing depression and releasing negativity
APHRODISIAC: Cacao is an aphrodisiac as it releases our “love” molecule PEA
MINERALS: Raw cacao has more than 300 phytochemicals and nearly four times the antioxidant power of regular dark chocolate, and contains protein, calcium, carotene, thiamin, riboflavin, magnesium, and sulfur
THE FASCINATING HISTORY OF CACAO
The Aztecs were very fond of Cacao and saw it as offering deep symbolic meaning as one of the foundations of the universe, demonstrated in various maps and illustrations unearthed from this period in time. Chocolate was also used as a metaphor in the language spoken by the Aztec elites – poets and philosophers – to define ‘heart’ and ‘blood.’ In one creation story, the Aztec God Quetzalcoatl discovered cacao (bitter water) in a mountain filled with edible plants. Cacao was deemed as a very sacred item meant primarily for nobility and kept from the common people. In fact, Cacao was once only consumed by men as it was thought to be toxic to women and children. As Cacao was often associated with nobility in ancient times. “Commoners” often only had access to cacao in special occasions – weddings and festivals.
Ancient Mesoamericans consumed cacao as a cold, unsweetened liquid beverage, and many ancient drinking and burial vessels depict the use of cacao. Burial vessels often contained cacao residue. Cacao was also once the currency of the past, perhaps the bitcoin of ancient times, with cacao nibs used as a unit of currency. Cacao pods could be used to pay taxes and salaries, barter, or given as a tribute to overlords.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE? CACAO or COCOA?
The name granted to the Cacao plant formally granted by the father of Botany, Linnaeus around 1753 is Theobroma Cacao, which is based on the ancient Mexican name for the cacao tree, “cacauatl.” Theobroma, interestingly enough, is an ancient Greek word translated as “Food of the Gods.” The Europeans somewhat lazily began to refer to the product of cacao trees as coco, likely because it was easier to say. Highly processed cacao products are most commonly called chocolate or cocoa (as in cocoa powder) but are not the same as unprocessed, raw cacao – which is the essence of the cacao plant obtained from its fruit – known interchangeably as the pod, bean, seed or nib. The most vital element of real cacao is the inclusion of the cacao butter, which is removed to create homogenous powders often seen on grocery store shelves. Unfortunately, this removes the 80-90% of the health benefits of this amazing “superfood”.
MY EXPERIENCE, FRIENDS & MENTORS
I was invited to my first cacao ceremony five years ago by a spirited friend and teacher, Maren Lander. The ceremony was facilitated by Rebekah Shaman, author “The Shamans Last Apprentice”, plant medicine specialist, shaman, healer, and environmentalist whose mission has been to bring the amazing benefits of ceremonial cacao to the West. I didn’t know what to expect, but as we shared our cacao and invited the cacao goddess into our bodies to release blockages and free ourselves of past trauma and negative energy, I felt overwhelmed with love and clarity. It was on that night that I was able to let go of a lot of emotional baggage and open myself up to more self-love and connect with the universal heart. I was a cacao convert. After several more ceremonies with Rebekah, we were invited to work together on a “Golden Summer Retreat” at the Sen Wellness Sanctuary in Sri Lanka, to take people on a cleansing journey using cacao, Kundalini yoga, gong meditation and shamanic journeying through the chakras to elevate their awareness and connection to themselves and the universe. The experience was, to put it lightly, life-changing. I was then asked to assist Maren on her “Heart of Pachamama Retreat” in San Marcos, Guatemala, where I met man affectionally known as the “Chocolate Shaman,” Keith Wilson, who is a key player in bringing cacao back into modern day usage. From these experiences, I began hosting my own cacao ceremonies and using cacao regularly to aid in my daily intention setting and for its amazing health benefits. In April of 2018, I attended Rebekah’s “Sacred Cacaoista Apprenticeship” training in Ibiza, Spain where I spent a week learning all about the history of cacao, its uses as a vibrational, “plant healing medicine”, and healing space provided by this amazing, ancient plant. I look forward to sharing cacao with you in a future ceremony, as I am confident you will find cacao a beautiful facilitator for an open heart and mind