Cacao is a powerful yet gentle heart-opening medicine that subtly shifts awareness and focus to the wisdom we carry within. It has been used in sacred ceremonial settings since ancient times to enhance connection to Mother Earth and invoke feelings of ecstasy. The natural plant medicine has been used for thousands of years in the Mayan culture of South America for medicinal, spiritual, and ceremonial purposes. In Mayan tradition, the word cacao is literally translated as “heart blood“, emphasizing the importance the plant possesses in their culture.
This sacred plant is much different than chocolate you find on the shelves! High in iron, magnesium, antioxidants and B-vitamins and scientifically a superfood, Cacao contains a psychoactive ingredient called theobromine, translating to “food of the Gods“. Theobromine is a bitter alkaloid which has been shown to be mildly stimulating, giving you a burst of energy, improving focus, and memory storage. Also increasing the flow of blood and oxygen to the brain as well as inducing the release of endorphins and dopamine, our feel-good hormones, the result is a happier and more creative You.
Additionally, since ancient times cacao has been used as a medicine to heal physical, mental, and spiritual illnesses. It has been shown to boost the immune system, lower cholesterol and blood pressure, as well as lead to euphoria and deeper spiritual connection. Her spirit works gently with your body, mind, and heart, rebalancing your energies to restore the body to its natural state of optimal health.
What is a Cacao Ceremony?
To sit in ceremony is to call ourselves back home and fall in love with ourselves all over again and again. To give thanks and empower our gifts we open our hearts to channel our innermost expression through intention, prayer, dance, and music. As we call in our natural frequency of surrender we invite the fullest vibration of our authentic magick to fully awaken.” Beloved Medicine Sister, Spirit Willow- Sacred Art Alchemy
We typically begin a Cacao Ceremony by casting a circle and raising the energy to open a safe space and support conscious connection & inspire integration processes. To follow is a beautiful journey to meet your higher self and open your heart, deeply connecting to your true essence and others around you. Cacao ceremonies are a form of shamanic healing and have their roots in indigenous cultures of South America, just like the cacao plant itself. Every cacao ceremony is different, some consist of sitting in circles, sharing and singing, while others call for meditation, intention setting, and inner reflection and yet others end in ecstatic dance to express your innermost self. The important thing is that the ceremony gives you space to safely connect and to open your heart.
How does cacao open (and possibly heal) our hearts?
Ancient Mayan texts described the cacao ceremony to be “heart opening”. Modern research also shows that the active cacao ingredient theobromine is able to widen the blood vessels and specifically stimulates the heart. But this is only the scientific explanation of a deeply spiritual inward journey.
Cacao aims at gently touching and opening up the emotional center of our body – our heart chakra. The medicine works specifically by bringing us back to the feeling of love, oneness and connection. We turn into our true and authentic selves, and are able to listen deep within to the deepest callings of our heart. This opens up the space to deeply connect to our higher path and our innermost self as we tap into the profound power and wisdom stored within each of us.
Within a ceremony, the medicine is often used to help you change your perspective, enabling you to recognize and let go of limiting beliefs, outdated patterns, past traumas, and old habits that do not serve you any longer. With the guidance of cacao, you will be able to open your heart completely, releasing and healing the energetic blockages that keep you away from living up to your highest potential. Sometimes a cacao ceremony can lead to making profound changes in the way we live our lives.
Next to the heart opening potential, the sacred medicine is also known to balance our inner male and female energies. No matter our gender, we all have a male and female side within us. When imbalanced, these energies can lead to energetic blocks and keep us away from the life we are meant to be living. Cacao gently balances our inner male and female energies, allowing us to live life more effective, filled with complete harmony.