The Ceremonial Power of Cacao
Cacao has been used in ceremonies for centuries by the indigenous people of Mesoamerica. The Mayans and Aztecs considered cacao a gift from the gods and used it in rituals and celebrations. Today, cacao ceremonies are experiencing a resurgence as more and more people are looking for spiritual connection and healing.
Cacao is a powerful medicine that can help to heal the body, mind, and spirit. It opens up the heart chakra and allows you to connect with your higher self. Cacao also helps to cleanse the aura and release negative energy. Ceremonies provide a space for you to let go of what no longer serves you and to connect with your authentic self.
What is a Cacao Ceremony?
A cacao ceremony is a ritual that is performed with intention using ceremonial grade cacao. The cacao bean comes from the cacao tree, which is native to Central and South America. The bean is fermented and then dried to create ceremonial grade cacao. This type of cacao is different from the type that is found in your local grocery store; it is pure, unadulterated, and has a high vibrational energy.
When participating in a cacao ceremony, it is important to be mindful of your intention. What do you hope to gain from the experience? Are you looking for spiritual guidance? Are you hoping to release trauma or negative energy? Setting an intention will help you to get the most out of your ceremony.
Ceremonies are led by a shaman or shamanic practitioner who will guide you on your journey. The ceremony will usually last between 1-2 hours and include an opening circle, ceremony, closing circle, and integration period. During the opening circle, you will be asked to share your intention for the ceremony. The shaman will then smudge the space with sage or palo santo to cleanse any negative energy.
The main part of the ceremony will involve drinking ceremonial grade cacao. The amount of cacao that you drink will depend on your own personal tolerance; most people drink between 1-2 cups of cacao during a ceremony. The shaman will hold space for you as you journey with the medicine. You may experience deep emotions or visions during this time; it is important to trust the process and go with whatever comes up for you.
After the main part of the ceremony has ended, there will be a closing circle where everyone shares their experiences. This is followed by an integration period where you can journal about your experience or take some time for yourself. It is important not to drink alcohol or eat anything too heavy after drinking ceremonial cacao as it can cause nausea or vomiting.
If you are looking for a way to connect with your higher self, release trauma or negative energy, or just have a new experience, then participating in a sacred cacao ceremony may be right for you.
These ceremonies are led by experienced shamans, lineage holders, and healers who will guide you through your journey with ceremonial-grade cacao (my Divine Women's Circle and Rite of Womb ceremonies include sacred cacao).
Trust the process and enjoy!