CEREMONIAL CACAO

I'm a certified Cacao Practitioner and work with and through the incredibly loving and gentle spirit of cacao. I'm deeply honored to stand in her service and share this magical experience with you. Being a shaman, I naturally feel called to work with this beautiful, heart-opening, entheogenic (NOT psychedelic) plant medicine and I like to refer to her as "Mama cacao".

Important: Please read the health information below before buying cacao and booking an event. 

 

You can purchase your cacao here. There's a discount on your first purchase. 

 

For questions or to book a session please contact me at empathtohealing@gmail.com.

Kindly read the cancellation and rescheduling policy prior to booking a session. 

Nutritional Benefits of Cacao
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Cacao is considered a SUPERFOOD and the #1 source of antioxidants (even higher than blueberries), magnesium, chromium, manganese, and theobromine. This beautiful plant is also extremely high in iron, anandamide, phenylethylamine (PEA), and monoamine oxidase (MAO).

Spiritual Benefits of Cacao
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Cacao is an entheogen (also known as plant medicine), a class of psychoactive substances found in plants, which when taken in specific doses, release naturally produced chemicals in the body that can invoke a change in consciousness. An entheogen causes you to become inspired or to experience feelings of spiritual inspiration. - “Cacao brings you to the door but doesn’t push you through it” (Keith, The Chocolate Shaman) - Cacao activates a remembering and access to self-knowledge - Opens and clears creative and energetic channels - Gently brings to the surface subconscious beliefs and shadow aspects - As an adaptogen, it meets you where you are (adaptogens are substances that prompt a natural rebalancing within the body’s physiological state) - As an entheogen, it takes you to another level When working with cacao in ritual and ceremony, you may find that you are in a slightly altered, heart-centered space. Cacao gently dissolves your ego structure and removes your conditioned defenses, so you feel more open, spacious, and at ease. You may find that you want to stay in that space because everything feels more whole. Maintaining that feeling of integral wholeness and connection to your true self or essence is vital to self-realization. Most people report some or all of the following: - A sense of ease, calm and deep relaxation; heart-centered, open, and grounded. - A sustained boost of energy and mental focus without the crash we usually get with caffeine. - An increased heart rate and greater awareness of one’s heart center or heart chakra. - Greater ease of identifying and releasing self-created limitations and emotional blockages. - Eyes well up with tears at the first sip of cacao, signifying the release of blocked emotions finally allowed to flow.  - Feeling bliss or joy, a rush of creativity or focus, a desire to sing or dance. Cacao can also gently bring to the surface subconscious beliefs or unconscious shadow aspects, inviting you to look at and work with them. Cacao is known as a medicine of the heart, opening a new depth of human connection, both to yourself and those around you. As cacao’s active compounds are released in the body, an enhanced feeling of embodiment – a heightened sensitivity and activation of the senses –encourages a return to the pleasure of being fully present in the body and accessing its wisdom. With cacao, you may experience a physical or emotional release (detoxification). Before cacao takes you deeper, it often helps you release what’s in the way. You may receive messages from a guide or feel the presence of the cacao spirit. 

Cacao & Health Information
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Cacao is bitter: 100% pure cacao is bitter. As with any bitter, too much can make you nauseous. Most drink less than 2 to 3 ounces (57 to 85 grams) of cacao a day. Over time, as your body attunes to the cacao, you may find that you need less cacao to feel the full effect. Less can be more. Pay attention to what your body is telling you. Antidepressants: Depending on dose, SSRI antidepressants and anti-psychotics are not compatible with the MAOI's (Monoamine Oxidase Inhibitors) in cacao. Low to average doses should be ok, people on higher doses should drink less cacao. Check with your doctor. Heart Rate: Our cacao will raise your heart rate slightly. If an increase in your heart rate could cause a medical problem, drink less. Check with your doctor. Blood Pressure: Many folks with low blood pressure tell Keith that our cacao (low-caffeine) stabilizes their heart and helps them. Check with your doctor. Other substances: Our cacao increases blood flow to the brain by 30-40%… so any other substances in your blood will be amplified. Caffeine: Ceremonial grade cacao is very low in caffeine, a small fraction of that found in a cup of coffee. Cacao contains a sister chemical compound called theobromine, which is also a naturally occurring stimulant, but one that creates greater mental focus and creativity, without the jittery after effects of caffeine. The experience of each person is different when consuming our cacao in the evening. If you find yourself awake past your normal bedtime, consider using this alert focused time to do some deeper inner work and creative processing of whatever emotions or inspiration arises for you. Pregnant and nursing women: Most babies, in or out of the womb, do really well with mom consuming our cacao, and we know of many awesome 'cacao children'. About 1oz (28gm) in the first 2 trimesters, about 2/3oz (20gm) dose in the last trimester. There are a few fetuses and breast-fed babies that do not like cacao... it is not a problem, but they will let you know so start easy and find what is right for you. We recommend 2/3oz (20gm) while breast feeding until it is clear how the infant reacts. Children: Use less, according to the child’s body weight. It depends on the child. They will let you know. Children who have had an appropriate amount of cacao are more focused. Pets: WARNING: Please keep Keith’s Cacao safely out of reach of all pets, as many animals cannot properly metabolize theobromine which may result in severe illness or death! It can kill dogs, cats, parrots, and horses. Don’t let them eat it!

How to prepare your Cacao

Here's how you prepare a delicious mug of cacao:

  • Use a heavy knife to shave your cacao block into small slivers

  • If a food scale is unavailable, measure 1 heaping tablespoon of well ground cacao for each .5 oz. (14.17 g) serving

  • Boiling water is not necessary or recommended, try water just warm enough to barely keep a finger in it

  • For a smoother concoction, mix in a blender

  • Adding a sweetener of your choice will not affect the energies of the cacao. Many experienced cacao drinkers use no sweetener at all. Both choices are completely fine! Use a natural sweetener and not white industrial sugar.

  • Use non-dairy milk like coconut, almond, soy, cashew, oat, etc.

Cacao recipes

Mayan traditional potion

Ingredients:

1 1/2 oz (42.5 g) cacao

4 oz (1.2 dl) warm water

1 tsp chili/red/cayenne pepper

 

Preparation:

1. Mix cacao with hot water and pepper

2. Whisk into a froth

3. You can add a sweetener but the Mayans did not grow sugarcane

Sandra's favorite (so far)

Ingredients:

1 1/2 oz (42.5 g) cacao

6 oz (2 dl) warm water

2.5 oz (0.5 dl) almond milk

A pinch of cayenne

A pinch of cardamom powder

A pinch of ginger powder

Raw agave to taste

Preparation:

1. Put cacao into nutribullet

2. Mix all the other ingredients in a pan

3. Once warm, pour into nutribullet and blend

4. Pour into cup and add agave

The information below is about Keith's 100% Pure Ceremonial Grade Cacao (© Keith's Cacao).