Hi, my name is Theobroma Cacao, also called the cacao tree or the cocoa tree. I am a small evergreen tree, native to the deep tropical regions of Central and South America. I’m sure you know me as my seeds are used to make chocolate, in all its forms, cocoa mass; powder; confectionery; and butter, making me one of the worlds most famous and loved plants.
My name is a powerful one, meaning Food of The Gods; Theo meaning God, and Broma meaning food. And this for good reason. Symbolising both life and fertility, I was ingested by Emperors and Nobility during ceremonies and rituals of the past. In Maya, where I was originally cultivated over 2,500 years ago I was called “Ku-Ku”. Ku in Mayan Language means Sacred and Ku-Ku “above sacred”. The people native to my land have long understood and respected me as both a medicinal and a holy plant.
I contain endorphinic substances that will give you an immediate pleasurable reaction:
Theobramine: which produces beta-endorphines, hormones directly responsible for the feelings of calm, relaxation and happiness; Tryptophan: produces serotonin (linked to emotional ecstasy), Phenylethylamine: stimulates the pleasure centers and anandamine, a Neurotransmitter that maintain the above effects for longer. And I stimulate the pituitary gland, the principal gland of the body, which secrete hormones that regulate body functions.
I AM THE PLEASURE PLANT. I BRING JOY AND PLEASURE INTO THE LIVES OF THOSE WHO CHOOSE TO CELEBRATE ME. I CREATE FEELINGS OF EMOTIONAL INTIMACY AND INDULGENCE, WHICH IS WHY I’M A KNOWN APHRODISIAC AND TO MY DELIGHT, HAVE BECOME A TOKEN EXPRESSION OF ROMANCE AND LOVE.
Everybody knows how heavenly it can feel to savour my splendour and even when I am heavily processed I retain some of my potent properties. But to indulge in me this way is not to truly experience me. I am much more than simply pleasure to the taste buds. The Theobromine that I hold within my essence releases the love hormone dopamine which can open the gates to euphoric states within. I am a gateway to the heart and when consumed consciously in my purest, rawest form, I too am a Divine High.
I am the tenderness. I am the sensuality dressed in a brown dress of seduction. I am the union of mind and heart moving in soft, cycles of harmony.
I ALLOW YOU TO LISTEN TO THE SOUNDS OF YOUR HEART, DANCE TO THE RHYTHM OF YOUR FEELINGS AND GUIDE YOU TO YOUR INNER WISDOM. I OPEN THE GATES TO YOUR FEELINGS AND HELP YOU TRAVEL TOWARDS YOUR INNER-SELF WHERE WISDOM AND LOVE ABIDE.
I know and understand that you have enjoyed my fruits mindlessly many times without knowing of my guidance. I hold no judgment towards this. But I do now invite you to get to know me on a deeper and more intimate level.
My powers are strongest when you meet me as cacao. Processing me at high heat for chocolate and confectionery kills and alters most of my spirit and additives like milk, sugar and hydrogenated oils, make what’s left of me very hard to absorb. This is why recently “raw” chocolate has become popular around the world. Although I have to tell you that I am still roasted just a little bit even when sold as “Raw”. If I wasn’t, I wouldn’t taste like chocolate as you know it at all.
You can eat or drink me alone, at home or in a ceremonious setting. Set an intention to travel inwards, to experience both my spirit and yours and allow yourself to experience the quiet but clear teachings our union can bring.
I can help you to release emotional blockages that are hindering your flow. You might shed tears during a ceremony when I allow you to open your heart wide. I will guide you into the direction of love, and even painful situations will be followed by a smile of compassion towards yourself and your human nature.
Watch through my eyes, as I allow you to see the beautiful truth of who you are, who others are. I gift you with awareness of the wholeness of existence.
By releasing resistance towards your judgments about yourself, I will allow you to get to know yourself on a deeper level. I want you to follow your passion, your joy, your heart. I also want you to feel sadness, release anger and move through your fear. I will help you to make choices, take risks, and be carefree.
The high amount of antioxidants, iron and magnesium I share with you will nurture your body with nutritious energy. The Tryptophan, Phenylethylamine, Serotonin and Tyrosine I contain create warm feelings of well being and happiness.
Because I relax the active mind, I am a very helpful tool for meditation. In smaller doses I can connect you to your creativity, help you to focus on other work or guide you into lucid dreaming.
I do all this in a very gentle and subtle way when compared to other plant medicines that may feel more intense physically and experimentally. I can show you the path to your heart, but in the end it is only you who chooses to walk it, open the doors, and live there or not.
Thanks for getting to know me. Let’s Love!
How do you take me?
To enjoy the best experience with me it is important to find me in my purest form. Try to source the best beans, paste or powder that you can. When coming from unhybridized trees my beans are optimal, ensuring an authentic union with me. Look for ceremonial grade cacao and research your source a little. Then you can simply add me to warm water (not boiling please) and make me into a warm cacao drink.
A ceremonial dose can be anything from 30-50 grams of good cacao depending on your size and sensitivity. This big dose floods your system and releases all the chemicals and neurotransmitters we talked about into your brain and helps your mind move into a more peaceful state.
SAFETY & RESPECT
What you need to know!
Preparation for Conscious Consumption or a Cacao Ceremony:
Avoid caffeine on the day of our union.
Avoid alcohol for at least one day prior and try to eat an alkaline diet. (plenty of green vegetables)
On the day you will consume me, please drink lots of water and stay light on food, eating your last meal not later than 3 hours before the ceremony. It is important to have an empty stomach for my consumption so I can be assimilated quickly and effortlessly. Hence, I suggest you have a light lunch before the ceremony, or none at all. If your ceremony is in the morning, take me on an empty stomach and enjoy a later brunch or breakfast that day.
Be prepared for possible side effects!
Some say that I’m addictive, and like all things that make humans feel good, I can be. Remember, that if you start depending on anything to feel good, or use it as a source of escapism, the same source of pleasure can become a hindrance! Including me. We plant medicines are here to help guide you and to help you see who you already are. When used consciously we are not all suns and roses, we will help you experience your pain as well as your joy, we do not discriminate, making addiction less likely but non the less, something to be conscious of.
Sleeplessness – I offer you increased energy, which when consumed in the evening may affect your sleep.
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