The Cacao Ceremony and your hearth chakra

I first heard about cocoa ceremonies during one of my vacations in Carúpano, Venezuela, in my teenage years. My grandmother is Venezuelan, and in the eighties, we would spend our summer with family over there. I didn't think about it anymore until I started to feel attracted to magic while writing my fantasy novels. For the research of my book, I decided to try it at home. My experience, after a long time, with cocoa was terrific, and I was so surprised by the deep connection I made with myself and connected with the Universe.

In this post, you can read more about how to do a cocoa ceremony from the comfort of your home, how to use it, what its health benefits are, and how it can open your heart chakra.

But first, we need to remember that we are talking about a sacred ceremony. In the past, we have disrespected sacred customs like the Tabacco ceremony and turned it into cigarettes, a recreational drug that has then by Karma killed millions. So it is vital to buy ceremonial cacao from an ethical merchant and be respectful and of integrity when you want to do the ceremony. 

What is cocoa?

Cocoa has been used in ancient ceremonies for thousands of years. For many ancient cultures in South America (such as the Mayans), it is a sacred drink used in rituals and respected as a plant medicine. Known here as 'Kakaw' or 'chocolatl', it is used as a medicine that opens the heart chakra and helps to increase insight and awareness.

When the western world discovered indigenous cultures, they also found cocoa drink. To make the naturally bitter drink more accessible and sweet, they innovated it by adding sugar and spices and creating the chocolate we know today.

Where to buy cocoa?

When purchasing ceremonial cocoa, it is essential to make sure that you buy raw cocoa powder from an ethical provider. And there is a difference between the "superfood" natural cocoa powder and the ceremonial cocoa.

The cocoa powders in local food stores are often still processed to meet commercial standards, removing the bean's natural fat (cocoa butter). While it's still lovely to use for smoothies or raw desserts, you'll want to drink cocoa that has been ethically harvested and processed for ceremonial use.

If you search for "ceremonial cocoa" in your search engine, you will find several webshops that offer pure cocoa. Make sure you read where the cocoa comes from and how it is processed.

What is a cocoa ceremony?

A cocoa ceremony is a ritual to turn inward, raise your consciousness and open your heart chakra. Ceremonies can be held in different styles, alone or in a group, with meditation, music, dance, singing bowls or a mix. Cocoa ceremonies are fantastic for creative expression, inspiration, healing, or authentically connecting with yourself and others. It is a beautiful way to focus your attention, be in the here and now.

While cocoa ceremonies are great to do with a group, I regularly do cocoa ceremonies alone at home to do some creative work or dive a little deeper into myself and consciously connect with my higher self.

How can you do a cocoa ceremony at home?

You can do this by creating your own sacred space at home where you can sit comfortably and drink the cocoa attentively. I have a sofa in my office where I sit for my cocoa ritual. Before I start, I acknowledge the energy of my grandmother's Taino ancestors, cleanse in the room with Palo Santo, light some candles, and put on some Taino relaxing music.

Preparation of the cocoa

Determining the intention for your cocoa ceremony begins with the preparation of the "sacred drink." The drink's base is 100% pure cocoa and water, but that is also possible if you prefer to drink it with vegetable milk. You can make your mix by adding spices, herbs, or sweeteners (such as honey, coconut sugar, or maple sugar).

If you mix the pure cocoa with water, make sure that the water does not boil. Mix and foam the cocoa so that you get a nice layer of foam. You can use a hand beater or blender to mix the cocoa with the water. Finally, make your blend by adding, for example, vanilla, cayenne pepper, cardamom, cinnamon, chilli or honey.

How much cocoa should I use?

For a conscious start of the day with a mini ritual (of about 15 minutes), you can use about 15-20 grams (about two tablespoons). If you want to go a little deeper and have more time to journal, meditate, and consciously connect, doses can range from 30 to 40 grams (about 3 to 4 tablespoons).

Drinking the cocoa and connecting

Go to the pleasant space you have created for yourself. Before drinking the cocoa, hold the cup in front of your heart chakra and thank the cocoa drink. Visualize how the magical properties are opening your heart. Drink the cocoa mindfully while being aware of how your higher self is clearing everything blocking your spirit, preventing you from giving and receiving love at total capacity. Be in the moment without any distractions. If you have a little more time, you can meditate or journal. 

What are the benefits of cocoa?

Ceremonial cocoa has many health benefits and positive effects, such as:

  • It is rich in antioxidants and is anti-inflammatory
  • It contains theobromine that stimulates the heart, dilates blood vessels and lowers blood pressure
  • It is rich in minerals (such as magnesium, iron, copper, zinc and calcium)
  • It has a positive effect on your brain and boosts your mood (by molecules such as serotonin, dopamine, phenylethylamine)
  • It makes you feel blissful, inspired, connected to yourself and others and connected to your intuition and vision

Make sure you drink plenty of water throughout the day. Pure cocoa can be slightly dehydrating, so be sure to detox your body by drinking enough water.

Have you done a cocoa ceremony? Be sure to let us know your experience below!

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