Cacao is known for its healing properties, for both body and mind. For thousands of years, Shamans from Central America would produce the cacao drink from the beans of the cacao tree, which grows in the Andes area, in order to connect with the spirit and higher consciousness realm.
Throughout our lives, we engage in various ceremonies symbolizing transitions such as birth, death, bar mitzvah, weddings, or other life changes. In traditional societies where I studied the cacao ceremony, these ceremonies serve as external manifestations of internal changes and intentions, representing necessary steps in the process of change. Essentially, a ritual allows us to infuse energies and intentions with the desire for change, marking a transition from one state of consciousness to another.
Group rituals enhance the feeling of human connection and belonging, sometimes even reminiscent of tribal experiences. When conducting ceremonies within a group engaged in a collective journey, the shared intention is often to progress together towards the next stage of development.
As a general rule, the ceremony location is determined by the group’s choice. The preference is typically for outdoor settings, ideally amidst nature or near a fire. However, recognizing that outdoor spaces may not always be available, each group can select their preferred location, with the option to consult with us if needed.
The ceremony is meticulously guided from beginning to end and is complemented by soothing and invigorating music. Throughout the ceremony, instructions focus on fostering presence and body connection, enabling the mind to observe sensations, emotions, impulses, and thoughts in a more open and present manner. This allows participants to explore what arises beyond habitual thoughts and patterns — to observe the flow within themselves when the mind is quiet and thoughts are fewer, and to experience the development of clarity and the opening of the heart. It serves as an opportunity to release emotional barriers and to immerse oneself fully in the present moment with an open heart and liberated body.
Prior to the ceremony, it’s important to consider the intention with which we approach it — what intention do I wish to set? What does the ceremony signify to me, and why am I dedicating myself to it? We suggest maintaining a light and simple diet the day before and on the day of the ceremony. To fully allow the cocoa to nourish the body, we kindly request abstaining from caffeine, alcohol, or any mind-altering substances on the day of the ceremony.
Allocate time for ‘landing’ after the ceremony, allowing for rest, journaling, and sharing. It’s important to keep the morning after the ceremony clear on your calendar to ensure peaceful rest. Following the ceremony, we recommend enjoying a hearty meal that aids in integration. Hydration is essential; cocoa has a drying effect, so replenishing fluids in the body after the ceremony is crucial.
With over 1200 chemical components, the beans of Theobroma cacao (from Greek: Theo = God and Broma = food) are among the most intricate foods found in nature. Cocoa contains neurotransmitters like serotonin, dopamine, and tryptophan, which promote feelings of well-being, mental resilience, and anxiety relief. These compounds contribute to healthy motivation and peace of mind. Cocoa also enhances concentration, attention, and alertness while boosting the effectiveness of norepinephrine, a neurotransmitter associated with joy and pleasure. Active neurochemicals in cocoa increase blood flow to the brain, heart, and skin, nourishing the entire body and heightening awareness and focus as bodily sensations intensify.
In Shahar’s rituals, he utilizes organic raw cocoa sourced from Peru, produced under fair trade practices. You can also acquire this cocoa for personal use at the store.
The ceremony serves as a dedicated space to enhance the effects of cocoa on the body, focusing solely on intention and presence in the body. However, consuming raw and organic cocoa at home without a ceremony also invokes these qualities, albeit with varying intensities.
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