Next Full Moon Cacao Ceremony is
Saturday February 8th, 2019
Chrys' Home Studio in the Annex, Toronto, Canada
Email to register/pay: firstname.lastname@example.org
A Cacao ceremony is a ritual that brings together light minded souls to receive cacao plant medicine. It invites an intention for love, and self awareness. A medicine that enables healing to happen not only to the physical body but emotional and energetic bodies.
What is Cacao?
Well it's hot chocolate, but not like the chocolate you're use to.
Cacao (kə-ˈkau̇) is a bitter seed found in the fruit of the Theobroma Tree, translated from latin to Food of the Gods (Theo=God and Broma=Food). The chocolate we eat and love is made from the cacao bean but it is highly processed and we know as cocoa. To learn about the process of cacao, click here.
It's a plant medicine that has been used by the Maya and other Indigenous groups for over 5000 years in Central & South America. Europeans through colonization, transformed it into the chocolate we know and love today. Which gives reason why we feel there is a magic in a piece of dark chocolate of any kind. There is a proven science to the medicine of cacao and its ability to infuse the body with feel good energy.
Ceremonial Cacao is the most unprocessed way to receive this plant medicine, and offers a much more potent dose of magick than other kinds of cacao or chocolate.
It's made with roasted cacao beans, that have been grown on ancestral plants in sustainable spiritually practicing indigenous communities. The beans are peeled, and stone ground down until the cocao butter is released from the bean, making a smooth paste that sets solid until use. The paste is then cut or shredded to but used to make a hot cacao drink.
There is a spirit of Cacao, and when you consume the medicine you allow the spirit to enter your system. She is a sweet spirit that opens the heart, frees up stuck energy, and brings awareness to the shadow self in order to heal and cleanse.
It plant medicine that doesn't alter your state, but one that opens your heart, and enables you to facilitate an inner awareness. Facing and healing your shadow/trauma self, and allowing you to raise your vibration to higher frequency.
Beyond the ritual uses of cacao, it is also full of essential vitamins & minerals like magnesium, calcium, iron and zinc.
But what it is really know for is containing high amounts of Serotonin, Anandamine, and Theobromine.
Serotonin is something we are familiar with, as its the chemical that contributes to our system feeling happy, unthreatened, while stabilizing our anxiety and moods. It switches the body into the parasympathetic nervous, bringing a calming state of mind, and bodily function,
Anandamide is a very special neurotransmitter. The first part of the word 'ananda" is the sanskrit word for Bliss, and so Anandamide is known as the bliss chemical that gives our body and mind a sensation of deep ease, and relaxation.
Dissolving the disconnect we have to bliss, while softening our heart, and unblocking energy pathways.
It's an processed as an endocannabinoid in the body. This means it's received by bonding to the body's cannabinoid receptors, which stimulates a response in the body similar to cbd.
Theobromine is a bitter alkaloid that is a gentle and grounded stimulate to the body and mind. It is only found in cacao. It increases cognitive function, reduces inflammation, and relaxes muscles tissues, which enables deeper and easier breathing.
To learn more about the science of cacao benefits the body and brain, click here.
A Cacao ceremony is a ritual that invites the spirit of cacao to ease the body, mind, and spirit. Exploring interpersonal work and activities that allow the medicine to bring higher self-awareness, joy, interconnectedness and self love.
It's truly a magical plant and experience.
What the ceremony will involve:
Opening Meditation with breath work.
Invitation of the Cacao Spirit .
Drink the Cacao.
Oracle card pulling to receive some insight from the universe.
Dyad conversations (a introspective conversation with a partner).
Final meditation with sound medicine.
How Chrys Found Cacao
I found myself first exploring the benefits of cacao in 2009 while in Guatemala and El Salvador. Husking freshly roasted cacao beans by hand as a karma yoga task. I travelled back and forth to Central America for 10 years after that, where cacao always made itself known to me, as a part of the my journey, and as tool to bring ease and awareness to myself. I even got a cacao massage while in Nicaragua, that was truly amazing, and almost unexplainable.
I got the call in 2019, while in Guatemala during a ceremony, where the Spirit of Cacao told me that it is time to share this medicine through my voice and wisdom. I listened and I'm so glad I did!!
It is with the utmost care, respect and love that I share this plant medicine. Always offering it in a safe and nurturing space for all those feel comfortable and supported.
I honour the Maya, the Aztec, and the many other indigenous groups that have grown and taken care of cacao over thousands of years. One cannot not use cacao without honouring is ancestral heritage and homeland
I source my cacao from www.flykakao.com, a non-profit organization growing cacao on ancestral land in Peru, and offering ceremonial cacao as affordable and sustainable as possible.