When you think of chocolate what images come up? Pretty boxes tied with ribbons, a naughty treat, or perhaps a gift from a loved one?
How about an ancient mystical plant medicine, that channels the divine and helps us connect with our highest Self?!
It’s a little far removed from a Hershey bar right?
Surprisingly, chocolate, or rather Theobroma Cacao actually means “food for the Gods”, and has been used as a plant medicine for over 4000 years.
It’s believed that Cacao is an ancient gift from Mother Earth, to help guide us, release old wounds, and ultimately bring us into a state of love and deep spiritual communion.
Happiness is our birthright, and Cacao is a wonderful tool to help us raise our vibration, and move into a place of divine alignment. This is the space from which we can heal old wounds, set intentions, and manifest our desires.
Think bliss, love, joy, flow and FUN!
Cacao also has a very feminine energy, helping us to bring our masculine into balance and become vessels for the divine feminine.
When you work with any plant medicines, it’s wise to do so in ceremony and treat them with respect.
Plant medicines are not just substances that we take to feel good; they are spirits, each with their own consciousness, gifts, and healing powers.
I like to think of them as elevated beings, ready to bestow their wisdom on those who seek it. In the same way you would approach any shaman or spiritual teacher, reverence and humility is key.
This doesn’t mean that we can’t have fun with Cacao. Ceremonial garb, feathers, beads, crystals, and witchy friends welcome!..
Just keep in mind that Cacao is a spirit, and when seeking connection with it, it’s important to do so with respect.
If you would like to open your heart, raise your vibration, and harmonize your energies, why not create your own sacred Cacao ceremony with these 5 simple steps.
1. Set and Setting
Make sure to source high quality Cacao to create your elixir. Then decide whether you would like to perform your ceremony alone, or with friends.
I’ve done both, and while drinking alone can facilitate very deep healing and introspection, I also love the high vibrational energy that comes from joining together in a group of soul sisters.
If you’re in a group, it’s nice to start off by sitting in a circle. As the host you’ll have the Cacao drink set out in front of you, perhaps on a mini altar you’ve laid out just for this purpose.
I like to spread out a small rug, and set upon it my favorite crystals, personal totems, and anything that brings me joy. I’ll also invite my soul sisters beforehand to bring anything they’d like to add, so that it’s a collective offering.
2. Set an Intention
To receive the most from your ceremony it’s wise to set an intention.
This could be on an old wound that you would like to heal and integrate, a desire that you would like to call in, a deepening of your connection to Source or a specific side of yourself.. or even just to raise your vibration.
If in doubt, focusing on the feelings of bliss, ecstasy, joy, and love is a fantastic intention to set for ceremony.
When you’re ready to begin ask each person, one by one, to sit in front of the altar. As the host you now pour them a cup of the elixir, and hand it to them.
Before they drink, invite them to meditate upon their intention for the ceremony, drink the medicine, and return to their seat.
So it goes round, each person connecting with their intention, while everyone holds space and supports them. This in itself is such a beautiful practice!
3. Play Music
Music is a great accompaniment to Cacao.
Not only does it help to raise the vibration of the ceremony, but it also helps to focus the intention inward, and protect the space from any outside energies.
I personally love sacred drumming, chanting; or just a good rhythm to help carry the movements.
If you’re feeling stuck, there’s lots of ceremonial music you can find online – as long as it’s rhythmic, you’re good to go!
4. Dance & Movement
Allow the music to grow in Intensity, then dance, move, have fun and let go.
You’ve set your intention, and now it’s time to surrender to the medicine. Let go, and express whatever wants to come through. This is your own personal space to allow the Cacao to work through you.
Don’t worry about what people might think.. the more we dive deeper into the medicine and express ourselves authentically, the more we allow others to do the same.
While you move, hold space for your intention, and recognize the wisdom of Mother Earth coursing through your body.
The spiritual path doesn’t have to mean you are constantly focused on releasing or healing. It’s equally important to simply have fun, to admit to yourself that sometimes you are actually OK!
Treat these ceremonies as a celebration. How would you feel and act if your intention for the ceremony was realized?
Allow this gift to flow through you, and surrender to the feeling of having your wish fulfilled. Follow the dance of Cacao into that place, and let go.
5. Share & Close
Once the ceremony has come to a natural end, and the medicine has worked it’s magic, I like to return to the circle and collectively hold space for anyone who would like to share their experience.
There may be tears, laughter, internal transformations, sparks of divine insight.. or just that beautiful afterglow that we’ve learned to know and love.
Either way, snacks and hugs are a great final close to the ceremony! 🙂
I really hope you enjoy yours, and please get in touch with me to let me know how it goes. I’d love to hear about how the magic of Cacao has touched you personally!
Join My Cacao Ceremony
I will be a hosting a Cacao Ceremony during the Goddess Within retreat in Panama happening April 7-12, 2019. There is still room available.