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Discovering the Magic of Ceremonial Cacao: A Journey of Self-Love and Connection

In a world where negative self-beliefs and body image issues are prevalent, finding a path to self-love and connection can be transformative. For me, ceremonial cacao has been a powerful ally on this journey. This ancient plant medicine, revered for centuries by indigenous cultures, has provided a gentle yet profound way to heal, connect, and embrace my true self.

I never truly felt connection to anything spiritual , and as a human I feel as though it is an important need to help us to connect more with our true selves. I went to a Catholic school and to be honest (and I don't mean to offend anyone here) it just wasn't for me. I liked the idea of a spiritual connection just not how the Catholic Church portrayed it to be.

When I found cacao, I would first use it in powdered form and pop it into my smoothies, at first this was a way for me to boost my magnesium and also give my smoothies a yummy healthy chocolate boost.

But then I tried it ceremonial form, first at my fave plant based cafe in Auckland, and I was hooked! Now I use this very special drink as a way to have a moment with myself. I will make my cacao and either write in my journal, or pull some cards to help myself with relating back to me and what I truly want and need.

I am so excited to bring this ritual , which is not just a ritual for me but so many others around the world, to my event in July! If you've had it before I am sure this will excite you to receive, and if you have not them I am excited for you to try this for the very first time.

What is Ceremonial Cacao?

Ceremonial cacao is more than just a delicious beverage; it is a sacred plant medicine that has been used in rituals and ceremonies for thousands of years, particularly by the Mayan and Aztec civilizations. Unlike commercial chocolate, which is often highly processed and stripped of its natural benefits, ceremonial cacao is made from pure, un roasted cacao beans. It is minimally processed to retain its rich nutritional profile and energetic properties.

Ceremonial cacao is known for its heart-opening qualities, making it a perfect companion for personal rituals, meditation, and self-reflection. Its natural compounds, such as theobromine, magnesium, and antioxidants, work synergistically to enhance mood, increase focus, and promote a sense of well-being.

(This is my favourite part of being able to enjoy this incredible beverage)

My Personal Journey with Ceremonial Cacao

As I have mentioned before, before discovering ceremonial cacao, I struggled with negative beliefs about myself and my body. These thoughts were deeply ingrained, affecting my confidence, relationships, and overall quality of life. I often felt disconnected from my true self, battling a constant internal dialogue of self-criticism and doubt.

When I first heard about ceremonial cacao, I was intrigued but skeptical (as we all are these days with the internet). However, I decided to give it a try, hoping it might offer some relief from my negative self-talk. My first proper experience with cacao (as a ritual) was during a guided ceremony, where I learned to prepare the cacao with intention and gratitude. As I sipped the rich, velvety drink, I felt a warmth spread through my body, gradually easing the tension and negativity I had been carrying.

How Ceremonial Cacao Helped Me

  1. Heart-Opening and Emotional Release: Ceremonial cacao has a unique ability to open the heart, making it easier to access and release suppressed emotions. During my cacao ceremonies, I found myself able to confront and process feelings I had long ignored. This emotional release was both cathartic and healing, allowing me to let go of the negative beliefs I held about myself.

  2. Enhanced Meditation and Self-Reflection: The gentle stimulation from cacao helped me achieve a deeper state of meditation and self-reflection. In these meditative states, I gained insights into the origins of my self-critical thoughts and began to reframe them with compassion and understanding. This newfound clarity was crucial in building a more positive self-image.

  3. Connection to Self and Nature: Ceremonial cacao helped me reconnect with myself and the natural world. The ritual of preparing and drinking cacao became a sacred practice, a time to honour my body and spirit. This connection fostered a sense of gratitude and appreciation for the body I had once criticised so harshly.

  4. Empowerment and Self-Love: Over time, the regular practice of cacao ceremonies empowered me to cultivate self-love and acceptance. The cacao ceremonies became a ritual of self-care, reminding me to honour my journey and celebrate my progress. I learned to appreciate my body's strength and resilience, shifting my focus from criticism to gratitude.

Integrating Ceremonial Cacao into Your Life

If you’re interested in exploring ceremonial cacao, here are a few tips to get started:

  1. Source High-Quality Cacao: Look for ceremonial-grade cacao, which is ethically sourced and minimally processed. This ensures you receive the full benefits of the plant medicine.

  2. Set an Intention: Before preparing your cacao, take a moment to set a clear intention for your ceremony. This could be anything from healing self-criticism to fostering self-love.

  3. Create a Sacred Space: Find a quiet, comfortable space where you won’t be disturbed. Light candles, play soothing music, and create an atmosphere that supports relaxation and reflection.

  4. Prepare with Love: As you prepare your cacao, infuse it with love and gratitude. Take your time to savour the process, being mindful of each step.

  5. Sip Mindfully: Drink your cacao slowly, allowing its warmth and energy to fill your body. Use this time to meditate, journal, or simply sit in quiet reflection.

Ceremonial cacao has been a transformative little force in my life, helping me to heal, connect, and embrace my true self, this has been massive for my mental health. If you are on a journey of self-discovery and healing, I encourage you to explore the magic of ceremonial cacao. It may just become the ally you need to unlock a deeper sense of love and connection within yourself, helping you to have more mindful moments in your life.

Ceremonial cacao has guided me towards self-love and connection, proving that even the smallest rituals can lead to profound transformations. I hope your journey with this sacred plant medicine is as enriching and heart-opening as mine.

If you want to experience the self love that I have on my journey with cacao then join me in July, for a day retreat, at KULA Muriwai, with views of the ocean in a beautiful space for a day of self-care and self-love! This event is all about embracing and celebrating yourself. Treat yourself to a day of relaxation, mindfulness, and self-discovery. Connect with like-minded individuals and learn new ways to prioritise your well-being. Let's come together to spread positivity and self-love. Don't miss out on this opportunity to focus on yourself and nurture your mind, body, and soul. 


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