Cacao Ceremony: 

What is a cacao ceremony?

At its core, a cacao ceremony is any sort of ceremony in which a cacao beverage is consumed to elevate the spiritual ritual(s) being practiced. The cacao used in these ceremonies is chocolate in its purest form. Cacao beans or seeds come from the fruit of the cacao tree and have a distinctly bitter flavor. They're also chock-full of nutrients, making cacao a superfood that has been used in ceremonies dating back to the Mayans and Aztecs. Today, the bitter bean has made its way from Latin America to many corners of the world for casual sipping and ceremonies alike.

 

Benefits of Cacao

 

Cacao ceremonies are a type of shamanic healing – which is one of the oldest holistic healing practices used by indigenous cultures all over the world. These types of healing ceremonies work with rebalancing energies in the body to regain health. 

As for how it works, cacao contains a molecule called theobromine, which is kind of like a sister molecule to caffeine. Unlike caffeine, however, its stimulating effects focus more on blood flow and the heart than on the nervous system, so people often experience [cacao] as a more grounded energy source than caffeine.

Sipping cacao can be incredibly energizing but not necessarily make you jittery the way a cup of coffee might. On a more spiritual level, one can feel a very loving and receptive energy when working with cacao.

 

What you can experience during a cacao ceremony:

  • A heart opening journey of oneness and love

  • Healing therapy – releasing blocks, recognizing patterns, following your heart

  • Finding a connection to your highest self, your own power and truth

  • A shamanic or spiritual journey

  • A space to enter into meditation – being able to silence the mind, connect to the wisdom and spirit within you

  • A balance of masculine and feminine energies in the body

  • Enhanced creativity

 

The benefits of a cacao ceremony.

Here are some of the benefits people can expect during a cacao ceremony:

1.  It's heart-opening.

Because of the way the theobromine significantly increases blood flow, people often experience a heart-opening sensation after drinking cacao. It's easier to feel filled up with love, or open and connected to other people. So, don't be surprised if you find yourself placing your hand on your heart in a ceremony. (Think the Grinch when his heart grows a ton!)

2. It's mood-boosting.

Maybe this goes without saying, but yes, cacao is mood-boosting. The compounds anandamide and PEA increase serotonin uptake, which contribute to an overall feeling of happiness and contentment with each sip.

 

3.  It can help you focus.

The stimulating effects of cacao can help people focus longer and deeper on the spiritual practice of the ceremony, like an extended meditation for example. (As anyone who's ever struggled to sit through meditation can attest to, that's a huge plus.)

 

5.  It's good for your health.

Cacao is high in antioxidants, iron, magnesium, calcium, and more. There's also research showing regular consumption of cacao (in healthy amounts) can improve heart health.

 

HEALTH BENEFITS OF CACAO

Raw cacao has been used for centuries to heal the mental, physical and spiritual body. It is a natural and ancient plant medicine, with a high concentration of vitamins, minerals and is a powerful antioxidant. Cacao also increases blood flow (oxygen and nutrients) to the brain as well as induces the release of feel-good endorphins. It enhances the immune system and lowers cholesterol and blood pressure. 

Cacao is often used to change your perspective, enabling you to recognize and let go of repeated patterns or bad habits, release energetic blockages and what no longer serves you. Naturally packed with caffeine, cacao gives you a burst of energy that helps you focus and improve your memory and is said to be a big creativity enhancer and facilitator of deep inner meditation and connections.