I was first drawn to using Cacao Chocolate a few years ago after reading many articles on the health benefits of Cacao, this led me on to making my own cold Cacao smoothie using cashew, cacao powder, banana and dates, with a pinch of Cayenne pepper. I have used this recipe before/after Yoga practice and as a pre and post exercise drink.
Last Year I discovered the real unprocessed Cacao Plant Medicine by attending a Cacao Ceremony in London with my mentor Rebekah Shaman, this ceremony was a catalyst for my journey with the spirit of Cacao, during this ceremony my heart began to open and release deep trauma and I received messages from the Cacao Spirit that were so clear and profound.
After attending many different ceremonies and by taking part in cultivating a relationship with Cacao plant medicine, I attended and successfully completed a Cacaoista apprenticeship with Rebekah Shaman.
When we drink Cacao in ceremony it is our reconnect with our deep inner guidance. Using Shamanic journeying I expertly guide you to meet the Cacao Spirit to discover more about yourself, release negative blockages, open your heart, and find peace and clarity. Cacao is not psycho-active and doesn’t take you out of your body. It is packed with goodness by naturally producing serotonin, dopamine and anandamide - the bliss molecule that makes us feel high, it increases blood flow to the brain, creating more mental agility, awareness and focus, opens our hearts so we feel more loving and peaceful.
Everyone will experience Cacao differently. It all depends on an individual’s extra sensory perception, and how Cacao works with you. In ceremony you are always in a safe space, it starts by setting an intension for being in ceremony.
What are your reasons for attending the ceremony? What do you want to release and receive?
Intensions are always set before drinking Cacao, by stepping aside and assisting Cacao, I will guide you like a scuba diver, you can choose how deep you want to go to connect with Cacao, it all depends on what experience your looking for.
Cacao is a powerful Plant Medicine that helps us to release emotional blockages that no longer serve us, find forgiveness in ourselves and others, and shows us the way forward if we are stuck or afraid of making the necessary life changes in order to move on. It also enables us to access stuck emotions, conditionings, patterns of behaviour and addictions that are buried deep in the unconscious.
Most people I speak to about ceremonial Cacao are intrigued and drawn to the medicine, but are unsure what the difference is between cacao powder found at your local health food store and ceremonial-grade block.
I thought I would share my understanding here and give you the information to give you the motivation to discover Cacao for yourself.
Its time to share the love ❤️
If you would like to experience Sacred Cacao Ceremony I will be facilitating one on Sunday the 27th of May 2018 get your tickets here.
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Cheryl Pertoni is a Volunteer Healer for Relief from Pain. She is a qualified Usui Reiki 2 Master, former sports coach and passionate food expert. She is applying this alimentary knowledge of understanding nutrition of a plant-based diet in her current work. Cheryl therefore is one of the few people in the UK to have been trained in the Cacaoista apprenticeship wit Rebekah Shaman, an Advanced Shamanic healing technique.
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