HEART OPENING CACAO RITUAL

I am discovering the mind and heart opening benefits of ceremonial (raw) cacao.
 
And have created a small ritual around preparing it with intention, and honouring myself and the brew by bringing out the ‘good’ tea set and adding feminine touches such as rose petals before pausing and savouring. The spirit of Cacao is believed to be a feminine presence and the whole cacao bean contains many compounds that are known for increasing bliss and the feeling of love (which I think we could all do with) and can assist with calming, focus, creativity, blood circulation & digestion.
 

Unlike coffee, which contains a high-concentration of caffeine that stimulates the nervous system and can give you an alert and jittery “buzz”, ceremonial cacao contains an abundance of theobromine that stimulates the cardiovascular system and can give you the feeling of a warm and uplifting “hum”.

So much juicy goodness in one cup! A cacao ceremony is a beautiful connecting ritual and the bliss is as potent in ritual alone or communing in with others.

Here’s how I create my personal ritual and may it serve as a springboard for you to create and brew your own magical ceremony.

  1. Bring awareness to your breath and intention. Making Cacao with love and full presence is a must for a ceremonial experience.
  2.  Heat a mug-full of hot water and steep a rose tea bag for 3 minutes (I use India Organic Tulsi Sweet Rose tea).
  3. For best results, use a blender safe for hot liquids*.
  4. Blend tea and 4tbsp KAKAO signature blend cacao until creamy (you may like to add a little of your fave milk here).
  5. Pour into your special cup or mug and sprinkle some feminine magic by finishing with dried rose petals.
  6. Settle in to a comfortable space where you can pause and offer gratitude to the plant, the farmers and Mother Earth, slow down and check in to gain clarity of your intentions for your ceremony today, invite the spirit of cacao into conversation and follow where your intuition takes you.

*If you do not have a blender safe for hot liquids, use a whisk. This chocolate isn’t tempered to maintain purity and sometimes separation can occur. A blender ensures the creamiest consistency.

Partnering your ritual with mediation, a walk in nature, journaling, creating or conscious movement is a wonderful way to deepen these experiences.

But

Above all, allow yourself the time to fully bask in the bliss of your ceremony. As with all things – it will only be what you give yourself permission for it to be.

“may you approach people & situations with open eyes & open heart and inspire your every moment to be happier & more energetic”

– my cacao ceremonial blessing for you.

Giselle x

With gratitude to the Spirit of Cacao, those who nurture her, Mother Earth and KAKAO ceremonial drinking chocolate whose words have inspired this blog post and formed the basis of my ritual recipe and the introduction and insight from the lovely Cacao goddess Charlotte from Nurtured Heart Living

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