Cacao Ceremony, Shamanic plant medicine.
WHAT IS A CACAO CEREMONY, AND WHEN DO PEOPLE SEEK THIS MEDICINE OUT?
A cacao ceremony is an opportunity to connect to yourself and open your heart. Because of cacao’s ability to increase your connection to your inner self and your heart chakra, it aids in any transformational shift you are working towards, whether you are looking to deepen your understanding of who you are, release old patterns and traumas, or move into a more self-confident space. Whatever your path, the intention is yours to set, and the cacao allows you to the insight and awareness to move towards that goal.
HOW DOES A CEREMONY GO ?
In the ceremonies that I hold space for, we begin by sitting in sacred circle, honoring the cacao spirit with shamanic prayer, and humbly asking for our intentions to be heard. We serve the cacao in liquid form, and drink together.
Depending on what’s being called for, I intuitively offer sound healing or meditation. We then enter into a sharing with each other, of what we want to let go of and what we are calling in, which creates an intention for our journey. This is a very safe and intimate space, and the people that attend always surprise themselves at how they are able to open up to strangers, especially when they start to realize they we are all a mirror for each other, all just human beings with the same fears and sufferings, the same hopes and dreams. We end with dance, during which the cacao activates within the body and the heart, allowing a truly transformative and ecstatic process to unfold.
WHAT IS THE IMMEDIATE PHYSIOLOGICAL EFFECT?
One of the main active ingredients that we experience in our physiology during ceremony is Theobromine. Theo-broma literally translates as God-Food, and potentiates the release of dopamine, the ‘pleasure’ hormone. This, alongside phenethylamine, which is known to help relieve stress and depression and which is released in the body during emotional euphoria, create heightened sensation and empathy. Alongside these, the high amount of nutrients in the cacao support and nourish the body, whilst also inducing a detoxifying effect on the liver and kidneys.
AND THE EMOTIONAL IMPACT?
Due to the euphoria inducing ingredients, the emotional impact can be profound. Everything feels heightened within the physical and emotional body, including your awareness to your deepest sense of self and to your heart. The experience of love and empathy, particularly for yourself, can literally feel as if your heart is opening like a flower. With this, the body can become flooded with the many emotions stored in the heart, some of which can be painful. It is not always an easy experience, and I have seen many tears shed as people peel away old layers of hurt. But as the cacao facilitates a deep sense of self-love, tears are always followed by smiles of deep gratitude. In other moments, the sheer ecstasy felt from the cacao can be described as nothing other than a divine experience.
Winter Solstice Cacao ceremony, Awakening the heart to inner sunshine 21st December 7.30pm – 10pm
Celebrate the ancient marking of winter on the winter Solstice ( Yule ), the shortest day of the year. For centuries our ancestors have created silence and ceremony on this date to honour the life giving sun and to have gratitude for all that we have to sustain us throughout the winter. Legends say that Stonehenge was built entirely for this special day. You are welcome to join me in a very special cacao ceremony in which you will be guided into various mediations, after drinking the cacoa. We will have a strong intent on what it is we either wish to release from the heart and to bring into the heart. Please bring water, a yoga mat or blanket / cushion to lie on and be warm. A pen and paper for recording your insights , and anything you might like such as a crystal or special object. The cacao is ceremonial grade from the Ashaninka (indigenous tribe in Peru). A percentage of the Cacao cost goes back into their tribe. This event is £30. To book a limited place a deposit of £20 is required ( or pay in full ). If you are pregnant or on antidepressants please message me for advice.
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