More About Cacao & Cacao Journeys
Cacao is 100% pure dark chocolate and is a re-emerging plant medicine helping the planet awaken to the power of heart. The scientific name for the choocolate “Theobroma cacao” literally means “food of the Gods.” The Ancient Mayans and Aztecs revered cacao for its spiritual power though over time the knowledge and use of cacao has diminished. The myths state that in times of humanities despair, cacao emerges from the rain-forest in order to awaken people to the power of heart and reconnect people with the natural world and find balance and harmony.
All plant teachers have a spiritual form that is the physical plant’s collective consciousness. Shaman and conscious herbalists are able to communicate with the spirits of plants in order to receive guidance and information about the plant’s uses and higher agenda. The cacao we use in sessions is sourced intuitively by a shaman residing in Guatemala who communicates with the plant and has been teaching and serving cacao ceremonies for over 10 years. I have studied with and learned a great deal from this shaman and work with cacao in a similar way, through my own channel and incorporating other modalities, understandings, and practices in the ceremonies I offer.
The cacao spirit referred to herself as “the Food for the shift,” and my teacher says that cacao “shows the door without pushing you through it.” Cacao does not work in the way that psychedelic plant medicines who force you on a journey. Cacao facilitates a flow sensations, feelings, images, and metaphors that can guide one into a similar level of consciousness that is an inevitable outcome of psychedelic journeys, but one has to co-operate with the process and follow the insights in order to get to the higher level of consciousness. Many without a background in energy work and inner processing simply take cacao and feel that “nothing happened…” because nothing happens, unless you fully want it to happen, get out of the way, and allow it.
Keith claims that commercially available cacao and even cacao sourced from other regions of Guatemala simply “don’t have the goodies,” and that on average contain 20-70% of the magical compounds found in his chocolate. Cacao contains theobromine which provides slight stimulation that increases meditative focus. Cacao stimulates the production of oxytocin, the hormone normally created through human touch. Cacao gives us an inner warmth and feeling of self-love through this hormone, as well as providing a boost in serotonin and dopamine. Cacao also contains “anandamide,” a rarer hormone that is only ever produced in large quantities in the process of being born and in giving birth. Some people theorize that for this reason cacao is a powerful tool in “re-birthing.” Anandamide gets its name from the Sanskrit word for bliss, “ananda.” The powerful bliss hormones in cacao make it a catalyst for deep spiritual growth. There are many more hormones within cacao that help in energetically opening the heart chakra.
After ingesting a ceremonial portion of cacao, within half an hour 40-70% more blood circulates through the entire body. With the increase in flow and heart energy cacao acts as a powerful catalyst for increasing emotional awareness. We create our reality through our beliefs, and in order to change our beliefs to those that are more in alignment with our Higher Selves we must cultivate an awareness of their implications at every level of our being. Emotional energy is the fuel for our beliefs and accelerate their manifestations inside and out as metaphors for what we are believing to be true. Through journeying into our inner being, we can see and understand our creations and bring in the light and love of our own Higher Self in order to shift continuously into higher and higher versions of ourselves.
In the ceremonies and sessions I offer, I share information about cacao as we call in the cacao spirit as well as all higher dimensional beings wishing to assist us in our work and enjoy a cacao drink, typically flavored with different spices that catalyze and maximize the power of cacao. As the energy opens up, we enter into a higher dimensional journey in which I guide the group through a transmission of higher dimensional energies connecting the group with their own healing power and magic.
Each ceremony is very different depending on the group’s needs. Ceremonies can include the exploration of guided inner journeys and meditations, practice of compatible healing modalities and tools, sound healing including vocal toning, sound baths, and sacred songs, and channeled messages and transmissions from higher dimensional beings. Our elemental friends through crystal grids and shamanic power objects usually assist us on this journey. Cacao ceremonies are opportunities to learn, evolve, find the answers from within, and learn to awaken your own magic and healing. One-on-one sessions work in a similar manner and provide individuals with a more personal and intimate encounter with the cacao spirit.
For more information or if you are interested in inviting me to your area for a ceremony, please contact me and we’ll work out the details.