Claire is a trained sacred cacao ceremony facilitator, part of Keith's Cacao Practitioner Program, and a women's circle leader.
WHAT IS CEREMONIAL CACAO?
The tradition of drinking ceremonial cacao has its origin in the ancient cultures of the Mayas and Aztecs in Central America. It was used to evoke IXCACAO - goddess of Chocolate, Fertility, and Abundance. She was also known as the "Queen of Love and Pleasure", connected with the energy of the HEART.
Some of this magical plant, a full-scale nutritional wonder, harvested and packed in the sacred lands in Guatemala by a cacao shaman is now in New Zealand to be shared and enjoyed.
In a sacred ceremonial circle, we will share a cup of bitter delight and allow it to awaken our Heart and soul.
I will guide you through a short heart-opening meditation and will hold space for music, journaling, dancing, sharing... in one word, for MAGIC. This is YOUR journey, I am here as a container for your experience.
WHY IS CACAO REFERRED TO AS MEDICINE?
Cacao is an aphrodisiac, mood enhancer, an antioxidant that protects the heart and is densely packed with nutrients, cacao is a nutritional powerhouse, proven to be the most pharmacologically complex food in nature. It can improve your memory, reduce heart disease, shed fat, boost immunity, and create loads of energy.
Cacao in its raw or naked state is an ancient superfood abundant in high-end nutritional goodness and heart-opening magic! Not only is it brimming with essential minerals, vitamins and antioxidants but it packs a punch in naturally-occurring, consciousness-altering pharmacologically significant components such as endorphins, anandamide, histamine, magnesium, arginine, phenylethylamine (PEA), serotonin, theobromine, dopamine, tryptophan, and tyramine.
When high-quality raw cacao beans are prepared for ceremony, all the mood enhancing neurochemicals in cacao become particularly active. It increases blood flow and nutrition to the brain, heart, and skin, and the whole body is nourished. People report heightened awareness, focus, and intensified sensations.
Sacred Cacao ceremony participants all share raw cacao is heart opening and an amazing meditation aid. Chocolate Shaman, Keith Wilson, whose cacao I use, lives in the Mayan highlands of Guatemala and has been working with cacao for over 12 years. He uses cacao for spiritual and shamanic purposes and processes his own cacao under instruction from the “cacao spirit.” Keith refers to cacao as the “food for the shift”.
SOME OF THE HEALTH BENEFITS CACAO GIFTS:
• sharpens mind and improves mental focus
• strengthens cardiovascular system, heart function and reduces risk of stroke and heart attack
• regulates blood pressure
• diminish appetite and aids weight loss
• regulates blood sugar levels
• facilitates regeneration and rejuvenation
• builds and restores stress defence shield
• balances hormones and brain chemistry
• strong detoxifier and repairs free radical damage
• ideal delivery system for other medicines
• antidepressant qualities
• supports the rebalancing of PMS symptoms
• helps to heal and support liver