Chocolate is chocolate, right?
Not when it is ceremonial grade cacao. Cacao (chocolate in its purest form) is a plant medicine that has been used by the Mayans for centuries both by the Shamans and people in their everyday lives. It has been somewhat overlooked in the past few decades and is now coming back out of the jungle.
An Indigenous Mayan myth tells us that whenever the balance between humans and nature becomes threatened, cacao comes out from the rainforest to open people’s hearts and return the planet to a state of harmony. Now is the time. Cacao is a facilitator and will invite you rather than push you on a spiritual journey. Only you choose. Ceremonial cacao will open your heart in amazing ways and that is why it has been known in our popular culture as the food for lovers. Drinking and eating the ceremonial grade cacao will open new doors for all chocolate lovers. It is a deep spiritual experience and we invite you to join us on this blissful journey. Ceremonial cacao is the Food for the Shift.
The cacao we use comes from wild Criollo trees grown and processed without any chemicals and are hand-prepared by indigenous Mayan people in the Lago de Atitlan region of Guatemala. Our supplier sustains this superior quality by maintaining a direct relationship to the source of the cacao, and by keeping this a small-scale operation. This makes each batch of Cacao unique. Criollo is the wild and most ancient of three main varieties of cacao and is native to Central America and a few northern tier South American countries such as Peru, Ecuador & Brazil. Criollo is the most highly prized cacao bean and make up less than 1% of the world’s production as crop yields from Criollo trees are low. It has a high vibration and a spiritual potency that you can experience uniquely with each cup.
Cacao is also a superfood. Cacao is rich in magnesium, iron, zinc, calcium, chromium, manganese, sulphur, copper and phosphorous. Cacao has therapeutic levels of brain chemicals and neurotransmitters that positively affect mood, memory, appetite, pain perception, feelings of well-being, rejuvenation, attraction and euphoria such as Anandamide (known as the “bliss chemical”), Serotonin (acts as an anti-depressant, promotes a sense of wellbeing, and enhances your libido), Endorphins (which produce a pleasurable sensation similar to that of an exercise high), and Phenylethylamine (often called the “love chemical”), among others. Cacao contains over 300 different compounds – some of which are still being researched.
We recommend that you eat lightly before a ceremony (and do eat). Avoid heavy food, particularly dairy or drinking caffeine in the 2 hours before a Cacao Ceremony. It will make your experience more enjoyable and powerful.Throughout the Ceremony, please pay attention to your body and stop drinking if you need to. You can always finish your cup later.
Dehydration: Cacao is a dehydrator (like alcohol). Please come to a ceremony well hydrated and drink plenty of water during and after the ceremony.
Antidepressant: Some antidepressants do not mix with the tryptophan and MAO (Monoamine Oxidase) Inhibitors in this cacao and could bring on migraines.
Heart Conditions: Cacao increases heart rate and is a vasodilator, opening blood vessels, increasing flow and reduces blood pressure. If you have very low blood pressure monitor your system – although it is rarely a problem.
Migraines: If you suffer from migraines, be cautious with ceremonial cacao, although we rarely see problems. Drink extra water.
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