WHAT IS A CEREMONY?

Shamanic cultures and even one of the founding fathers of psychoanalysis Carl Jung describe ceremony as a sacred, symbolic, body-centered way of setting up an important communication between our conscious and unconscious being.

By taking part in a ceremony or ritual, we are letting our unconscious know that we are ready to strengthen, deepen or perhaps simply initiate a connection with the hidden parts of ourselves.

These practices carry us beyond our analytical ego and allows us to commune within the vast ocean of our internal landscape.  When centred in the heart, ceremony and rituals become a way to deepen the connection with the natural spiritual and psychological healing resources available to us.  This is where the power of intention comes into play.  Setting an intention brings focus to the ceremony and clarity to the line of communication with the subconscious.  It is this part of us that governs our core beliefs, attitudes, our health, and responses to the world, and it is here that ritual and ceremony can deepen positive desired change in your life. With ceremony we have a power to facilitate understanding, growth, and deep healing transformation.

 

What is cacao?

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Cacao is a wonderfully healing plant that has been used in ritual and revered for thousands of years for its medicinal and aphrodisiacal properties.  It is the purest form of chocolate you can consume.  The cacao fruit tree produces cacao pods which are cracked open to release cacao beans that can be blended into a paste.  This paste forms the basis of the brew that I prepare for my ceremonies.  Energetically, cacao opens the heart chakra which in turn allows us to connect more deeply with ourselves, each other and all of creation from a place of love and with compassion.

The Latin phrase for cacao is 'theobroma cacao', which literally translates as 'food of the gods', and ancient Southern American civilizations valued it so highly that the beans were used as a form of currency leading to the Spanish referring to cacao as 'black gold'.  

The Aztecs referred to it as ‘heartblood’ because of its healing effects on the cardiovascular system.  The cacao bean contains over 300 active chemical compounds; it is a powerful antioxidant, is the highest plant source of iron and is full of magnesium which aids effective energy release.  It also acts as a natural anti-depressant containing neurotransmitters that stimulate the release of anandamide (the bliss molecule), serotonin and endorphins in the brain - all of which are most commonly released when we are in love or experiencing the pleasure of sex.

 

what happens at a cacao ceremony?

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I work with cacao in a number of different ways depending on what each specific ceremony calls for.  Its subtle yet tangible effects complement and support a wide range of inner work including intuitive dance, meditation, breath work, sound baths, yoga and even simple Sacred Circles.


Visit my Events page for information about upcoming ceremonies - and the Testimonials page to see what people have to say about their experiences.

Cacao ceremonies are a beautiful way to bring friends or even family together to celebrate or commemorate special moments in time such as birthdays and hen parties to name a couple.  If you are interested in arranging a private ceremony, please feel free to contact me to discuss your requirements.