At Villa Sumaya, we’ve enjoyed leading cacao ceremonies for groups and personal retreat guests for the past several years.
High-grade, raw, ceremonial cacao has been used for centuries to enhance heart opening transformation and meditative reflection while inducing a mild euphoria. Cacao’s invigorating ability to amplify heart-centered awareness energizes the ceremony, encouraging dialogue and deeper understanding. The subtle energy of the cacao circle provides a sense of communion and interconnectedness.
In ceremony, the Cacao spirit is invoked and offers its blessing. Ixcacao is the Mayan goddess of chocolate, fertility and abundance—the “Queen of Love and Pleasure”. Considered a gift from the Gods, consuming cacao dates back over 3,500 years. Cacao activates mood-enhancing neurochemicals and supplies increased blood flow and nutrients to the brain, heart and skin. The whole body is nourished as awareness and sensations are intensified.
Cacao offers us the opportunity to connect with the beauty and fullness of life and our collective desire to gather. Within the circle, we speak with intention, listen with attention and self-monitor our contributions. The more we connect to our hearts’ reflections, the more we can make loving and conscious choices. We give paramount respect to each voice in the circle. Cacao stimulates expression and helps us encounter our sacred purpose in life and within our collective.
Sacred cacao ceremony encourages joy and peace, insight, and a feeling of connection to something bigger than ourselves. Amplified by the group energy, our intention is to release outmoded patterns and behavior. The heart-mind finds the support and safety needed to grow as we invoke loving energy through a series of simple affirmations. Distinct insights arise as we listen openly, bearing witness. This ritual facilitates a sacred container for exploration, reflection and realization magnified by the willingness of all participants to embrace the moment.
As we sit together with the stories of the heart, we identify the areas that bring us contentment—and those that restrict or limit us. This nourishing celebration is a powerful vehicle for change. Breakthroughs can occur as we let go into greater understanding of self as other.
The spirit of sacred cacao can refine and expand our consciousness while bringing us home to the wholesome goodness of our own true nature.