As a modern society we have forgotten the value of gathering in ceremony, in a manner where all participants are viewed as equal and valuable contributors to the whole. In a manner that allows for a safe space to feel, learn, experience, express and grow. We’ve forgotten what it truly means to be held in a safe space, without judgment or the need to conform to any preset. A space in which we are safely held to explore both the internal and external realms.
Creating this space is my intention with an Alchemy Cacao Ceremony, with the aid of the Sacred Plant Medicine that is Cacao the container in which we are held is created. Mama Cacao when called wraps her arms around us and take us on a journey into our hearts so that we my shed the layers of mis-truths that have been wrapped around our being to begin to reconnect with our essence and the fundamental sovereign nature of our souls.
Ceremony is held in various different formats and with varying components depending on the themes and topics being explored, but will always consist of the opening of sacred space to create the container in which we will work and then generally an introduction to the theme, an introduction and calling of Mama Cacao, consumption of the Cacao, a meditation or some form of practice and then a voluntary opportunity to share and discuss your experience. Finally the sacred space will be again closed and the medicine thanked.
As an energetic intuitive and channel these aspects are often part of my ceremonies and there might be times when I will be channeling a non-physical presence that wishes to add to the space, this is done through my allowance of this channel and is always done in a safe and respectful way to those present.
Although ceremonies are fun and often lighthearted this is a Divine, Powerful and Sacred medicine and practice and should not be entered into without that understanding.
The benefits I’ve personally experienced are enumerable so let me rather stick to the facts and you can explore the benefits for yourself. There is a reason that Cacao has been used as a sacred plant medicine for thousands of years so let’s pull the curtain back slightly on Mama Cacao’s secrets and see what’s actually going on in those magical beans.
Please note all information is based on raw organic ceremonial grade Cacao which is the only Cacao that will ever be used in my ceremonies.
Cacao and the Heart: Cacao’s positive impact on the heart can be found not only on an emotional or spiritual level, but also physically. Studies have shown that regularly consuming cacao is good for the physical health of your heart and can reduce your chances of suffering from heart disease. In particular, cacao can improve the functioning of blood vessels, reduce insulin resistance, reduce blood pressure and reduce both LDL and HDL cholesterol. These findings were confirmed in a study by The American Medical Journal of Clinical Nutrition, which found that cacao has statistically significant effects on the above risk factors for heart disease. The reasons for this are still being investigated, but it’s thought that the high concentrations of flavanols and antioxidants found in raw cacao are the cause.
Spiritual and Emotional benefits: Ancient Indigenous cultures within Central and South America have understood for thousands of years that plant medicines come with the highest form of intelligence, an intelligence that when consumed can communicate with us directly. Mama Cacao works by assisting us in releasing old narratives and patterns that no longer serve us or which are operating beneath our awareness in the subconscious. By sitting in Ceremony with Cacao we may experience profound emotional release and healing, as Cacao is the foremost Spirit medicine for the heart, encouraging love, understanding and forgiveness to penetrate our being at ever deepening levels. Furthermore Mama Cacao connects us with unknown aspects of ourselves and re-establishes a profound awareness and respect for the gifts and magic of the natural world that we are a part of.
Isa Ka Ra - Gisela is a mother, wife, oracle, teacher, medicine woman & creatrix of The Alchemy Movement - on a journey to discover how to best channel her goddess energy and be of service in the most powerful way.