Cacao rituals
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Cacao rituals

Where did the Cocoa Ceremony originate?

The Cacao Ceremony as we know it today is a modern form and originated around 2003 in Guatemala. It is a ritual that is based on the traditions and wisdom of the Mayan tribes in the territory of today's Mexico, Guatemala, Belize and partly El Salvador and Honduras. Currently, cacao ceremonies are becoming more and more popular outside of the original territory of Central America.

What is a cacao ceremony?

The exact development of the ceremony depends on the master of ceremonies, also known as shaman. Often, people sit in a circle, speak certain intentions, and calm themselves down during a guided meditation. The ceremony usually lasts between 2 and 2.5 hours. The exact course of the ceremony is different for each person and difficult to predict. A cocoa ceremony is an uplifting experience in a safe environment. Although the cocoa ceremony does not have a precise procedure, some basic elements are repeated in different variations. Ceremonies performed outside of Central America naturally evolve and adapt to the language of contemporary spirituality. The modern cacao ceremony is not associated with a specific faith or religion. It is a spiritual experience, including our body, mind, heart and everything that goes beyond us, whether we call it God, nature, the Universe... the great unknown that attracts us so much. Ceremony can be an imaginary gateway to our intuition, heart, visions, connection and guidance. It can be performed independently or in connection with other self-development paths: with yoga, spontaneous dance, breathing techniques or singing and working with the voice. The variety of forms that the cocoa ceremony has taken in recent times is, in our opinion, proof of the strength of its legacy.

The progress of the cocoa ceremony

There are countless answers to the question of how such a cocoa ceremony takes place. It is precisely the already mentioned variety in its concept and whether it is carried out independently or as part of other spiritual or self-development work. Nevertheless, it is possible to describe similarities and customs.

The Cocoa Ceremony usually includes:

·         Timing. - The ceremony can incorporate both traditional Mayan and Modern Astrology and be timed to the current date and holidays in the cycle of the year, phase of the moon (Nov, Full Moon)

·         Meeting - meeting of participants in a circle in a safe and defined space

·         Creation of a ritual space - decoration, flowers, candles, purification with incense burners

·         Support. Invoking what sustains us: ancestors, elements, guides, archetypes, …

·         Intention. Setting intention is central to the Kakao ceremony.

·         Drinking cocoa. Connection with the medicine and spirit of cacao and drinking cacao together led by a ceremony facilitator

·         Meditation. Meditation led by a ceremony guide, or singing, dancing or other spiritual practice.

·         End. Ending with joint sharing, thanksgiving, or a small feast

Some ceremonies end in dance, emotions that the body expresses and that are activated thanks to the properties of cocoa and that are the beginning of an inner transformation, since many say that the cocoa ceremony allows them to open their hearts, it allows them to listen to their true nature. being, working on your past blocks and traumas, dissolving any pent up negative energy and helping you align with who you really are.


What can the cacao ceremony bring me?

The cacao ceremony is an experience that brings us to our center, connects us with others, with nature, creates and supports community, and brings:

·         Connection with your heart and emotions

·         Elevated mood

·         Mental and emotional clarity

·         Connecting with your inner child

·         Removing emotional blocks

·         Self love and self care

Cocoa ceremony space

The traditionally conceived Mayan ceremony has some principles and customs: dress code, specific possession of the space, purification of the space with specific herbs and aromas and incense, and a ceremonial fire. In the modern concept, these principles are often represented symbolically. Increasingly, cacao ceremonies are conducted indoors as a group, and so the space for a modern ceremony evolves depending on the location and the community that participates. It is important that the space for the cocoa ceremony be safe, invite the participants to work internally with their intention and speak a "speech" close to them. Very often during group ceremonies an altar is created with the symbols of the four elements of water, air, fire and earth. We and everything around us are made of them, and they are such a universal "language" across all cultures. The ceremony guide usually cleans the space energetically using incense burners or herbs. For example, we cannot imagine a ceremony without the smell of Palo Santo (South American tradition), Sage (North American tradition) or Copal (Mexican tradition).


How to prepare for a cocoa ceremony?

The basic recommendation is to come to the ceremony with an empty stomach, or a few hours after a meal, so your body will be able to quickly digest the cocoa drink. There is no need to prepare in particular, on the contrary, sometimes less is more, so if you come to the ceremonial space open to something new, without expectations, it can be beneficial, especially in your first experience. If you have a predetermined intention, be open to the possibility of developing it according to the current mood.

Cacao has psychoactive effects but is not psychedelic. It is a gentle natural stimulant, so at a higher ceremonial dose you may experience altered perception, clarity and insight. Cacao beans are a good source of:

·         magnesium, which supports the nervous system

·         sulfur, which improves the appearance of skin and hair

·         iron and manganese necessary for hematopoiesis

·         chromium, which regulates sugar metabolism

·         zinc that supports the immune system

·         copper, which supports blood formation and immunity.

·         fats, especially stearic acid, a saturated fat that does not affect cholesterol levels.

Cacao also contains high levels of protective antioxidant flavonoids, which have been shown in studies to aid in the treatment of high blood pressure and diabetes, and which also support the immune system. Cacao beans are considered to be the best natural anti-depressant, thanks to the content of dopamine and serotonin, which have a positive effect on mental health and mood.


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