"Food of the gods" and the transforming power of Cacao!
"Save the earth, it's the only place with chocolate", is not just a catchy statement, because be honest, who doesn't like chocolate? Raw cacao has been declared one of the most favourite among the Superfoods. And who doesn't long for the intense taste of dark chocolate when you're not feeling so good in your skin? For more than 3000 years, this bean, which grows in the warmest areas of the earth around the equator, has been declared sacred. Where are the roots of cacao and what secret lies behind the cacao ceremony?
The tradition of making cacao, which was seen as the food of the gods, stems from the Mayan culture that spread more than three thousand years ago in the area that now houses Honduras, Belize, Guatemala, Mexico and El Salvador. cacao - from the Olmeekse ka-ka-w- was valuable because of the medicinal and aphrodisiac properties that were attributed to it. The Maya discovered the rainforest growing plant that has large coloured seed pods with a sweet white pulp, rich in minerals and vitamins. They gave the plant a divine status and cultivated it in their territory. The beans were roasted and ground, after which a bitter hot chocolate drink was prepared to which sometimes cayenne pepper, vanilla, cinnamon, cardamon and honey was added. It was used in religious ceremonies, buried in the tombs of high priests and used to worship Ek Chuah, the Mayan god of merchants and patron saint of cacao. The Aztecs took the cacao worship to a completely different level. Because they could not grow it themselves because of the dry climate, they exchanged their goods for the precious bean. They believed that cacao was given by the gods and saw the cacao bean as worth more than gold. The cacao drink served as a life elixir for the wealthy elite of priests and other dignitaries and gave them supernatural strength and performance ability.
A story about cacao tells about how the cacao bean was connected to the goddess Ixcacao, goddess of creation. She was like a mother goddess, deeply connected to mankind and taught them how to sow, cultivate and harvest. She gave the earthlings protection and abundance knowing that there would always be care for the people who are in close contact with the earth and respect its laws. Ixcacao is thus the embodiment of matriarchal energy.
When the patriarchal energy was introduced, there was a shift from holistic to cognitive thinking. This new wave became visible in the cultivation of literature, the arts, science, and trading. Although this was a necessary development for mankind, it resulted in the loss of contact with the earth. Work became a strong impulse for the accumulation of wealth and possessions. Ixcacao married a merchant and her beans were given material value and became a precious bargaining chip. This to the great sorrow of Ixcacao, who felt lost and did not know how to regain her place in the hearts of the people.
When she was near despair, the goddess of love "Huitaca" came to her. Huitaca put her arms around her and said, You have been with the people for years, waiting for them to come back from their work in the night. You have listened to their stories, told yours and protected them while sharing your talents with them. Even if they were busy and disinterested. The time has come for working without rest, working without dancing, working without family and working without pleasure and love to be over! It's your job to tell them what's lost.
Her heart was overwhelmed with love and from that moment on she was not only the goddess of creation, but also of love. Ixcacao stayed with the people and again poured her sacred drink to restore balance to the hearts of the people. The spirit of cacao gave them permission to enjoy the earth again and the abundance it gives. Enjoying work, from time with family, dancing, singing and all other creative forms that express the heart.
And so Ixcacao, along with the holy cacao beverage, brought harmony to earth.
Cacao in our time
This mythical story predicts that if the earth were to become unbalanced and people focus on material possessions, the cacao bean would come back to teach people to love, to enjoy and to use their creative abilities to create beauty. Meanwhile, science has also discovered how versatile and healthy this cacao bean is! It is full of antioxidants, is good for heart and blood vessels, lowered blood pressure and cholesterol, stabilizes blood sugar and regulates the metabolism by converting bad into good fats in our bodies! Maybe they didn't have that proof 3,000 years ago, but even then they understood something about cacao, which we are now rediscovering again.
In our time we bring back the cacao and honor it through ceremonies. We use the knowledge to remember who we are in essence, to heal, to feel and to come together in prayer. We dance, sing and ask Ixcacao to assist us in this process. This brings us back to the essence of our existence. Without the earth there are no people, without the sun there is no life, without the bees there is no food. Why are we so focused on the outward appearances of our existence? The cacao will make us feel and see this in a gentle but loving way. To turn us in to look deeper, beyond the visible form.
The effect of ceremonial cacao
A cacao ceremony is a special experience in which drinking 42 grams of raw cacao is central. The ceremonial cacao is extracted in ........ (which ceremonial cacao do we sell?) in a special way by a cacao shaman: the cacao is fermented for two days to two weeks with mineral-rich pulp from our own seed pods, so that the beans absorb the minerals. They are then dried in the sun, lightly roasted and then peeled and sometimes ground. This labour-intensive process is done entirely by hand. Ceremonial cacao is a medicine known as soft, feminine and loving and stimulates the heart to open, strengthens the feeling of connection with yourself and the people around you. During a ceremony, supporting techniques are used to ensure that the cacao and the experience do their work optimally. Depending on the shaman who accompanies the process, ceremonial songs, prayer, yoga, sound meditation and dance will be used. The shaman is "holding the space" so that inner processes are safely lived through and new insights are integrated.
Through certain active ingredients that help to release "feel good emotions", cacao powder is seen as the ultimate heart opener. Because it evokes feelings of emotional intimacy and pleasure, it has traditionally been considered a "luxurious delicacy" and "aphrodisiac". Because cacao has the ability to connect to your heart chakra, it contributes to every transformational shift you set your intention upon, whether it is to see through and let go of old patterns and traumas, or to a deeper understanding of yourself and your unique path of life. It is said that cacao has the potential to lift the veil of the seen world, giving you access to the world of the unseen.
Is raw cacao powder healthy?
Advantages at a glance
#1's world number one antioxidant
The advantages of cacao are mainly its high content of antioxidants, a substance derived from a substance called flavonoids. Antioxidants protect the body against free radicals that trigger the aging process. The highest percentage is found in raw cacao, in contrast to milk chocolate, which contains more cacao butter and sugar than pure cacao. Flavonoid produces nitrogen hormone, a substance that helps regulate blood pressure and ensures a balanced hormone level. The result is the maintenance of a healthy heart, including an increase in the good form of cholesterol in our blood.
#2 Love drug
Phenylethylamine is a substance your body produces when you're in love. It takes care of the butterflies in your belly. Phenylethamine is converted into dopamine in your body. This increases your libido and works as aphrodisiac. It makes you high on life! This love drug is also found in cacao, so it's no wonder everyone loves chocolate. Phenylethylamine increases your energy level and you get into a loving and sensual mood.
Another great advantage of cacao is its ability to regulate the body's endorphin production, which gives a pleasant feeling of satisfaction and gratification. It contains serotonin, a substance that acts as an antidepressant. Raw cacao contains theobromine and caffeine - a substance that we know stimulates our brain and body.
Raw cacao is one of the best sources of magnesium, a mineral that many women do not get enough of. Magnesium is essential for your energy balance, a healthy brain and a functioning nervous system. The intense craving for chocolate just before menstruation is also associated with this. Magnesium relaxes the lower back and hips and is even prescribed by some gynaecologists during pregnancy. When the chocolate craving starts, a woman knows she's going to have her period. Relaxation in the pelvic area also helps to continue menstruation and to detoxify the body from emotional tension and waste products.
The smell of cacao helps people to relax, and relieves them of stress thanks to its influence on theta brainwaves. This in turn has a positive effect on weight loss.
That works as follows:
In case of stress, your body produces cortisol. Research has shown that cortisol ensures that your body holds the fat firmly and that you are 4 times more likely to store fat on your stomach.
Cacao contains antibacterial components that fight cavities. By eating cacao you keep your teeth and gums healthy. Then of course it is important that you do not add extra sugar to your dishes. To sweeten recipes with cacao, it is best to use coconut cream, stevia, agave, raisins, apple juice or other fruit sugars.
What's the best way to eat raw cacao?
It was the Spanish who brought the cacao beans from South America to Europe and the first thing they did to enjoy the benefits of cacao was to add sugar. The bitter raw cacao will never taste the same unless you do the same as the chocolate manufacturers: with lots of sugar and fat! The good news is that you can eat raw cacao in many different ways: from ready-made cacao bars to cacao nibs in a naturally sweet banana smoothie. Or make your own chocolates with melted coconut oil mixed with raw cacao powder, sweetened with raisins and a crunchy bite of nuts. Pour the mixture into a rubber mould of small chocolates, put it in the refrigerator for one hour so that the liquid mixture becomes hard and ready. Bittersweet!
Cacao Ceremony Recipe
Ceremonial cacao is "The real deal",
.......but as with all relationships, you have to approach it with the right understanding and knowledge to be able to enjoy the ultimate benefits.
The two most important components for a successful cacao ceremony are the quality of the cacao and the intention you bring with you.
Ingredients for raw cacao drinks
- 1 large drinking glass of water per person
- 6 tablespoons with a sharp knife finely chopped cacao or 42 grams of cacao
- pinch of pepper or cayenne
- Naturally sweet to your own choice such as honey, agave syrup, stevia to taste.
-You can choose to add extra flavour with cinnamon, vanilla or cardamon.
Preparing the drink
-Start by chopping the cacao bar into small pieces so that it dissolves easily in water.
-Put the water with pepper or cayenne on the fire until just before it boils. It may be hot but not boiling.
-Add the pieces of cacao to the water
-Add natural sweet or spices to taste
-Use a wooden spoon or whisk to stir the drink until all the cacao pieces have dissolved and a thick layer of foam floats on the surface.
-Serve hot, love your heart & enjoy!
-If you've never drunk such a pure form of cacao before, it's advisable to take it easy to test your body's response to it. Start with 2/3 of the ceremonial cacao and see how you feel after 45 minutes. If your stomach doesn't bother you, you can drink the rest.
-Do not mix your cacao with cow's milk or soy milk!
Most of us have become so used to the creamy sweet cacao as we drink it here in the west that we can't imagine otherwise. But beware, milk and soya undermine the absorption of cacao in the body, thus reducing its positive effects.
-The advice is to eat little before taking the drink. No solid food about 3 hours in advance. This ensures that the medicinal effect is as great as possible and that your body can absorb the cacao properly. Drink enough water during the ceremony and eat solid food at the end to ground the energy.
-Due to its bitter taste, cacao has a detoxifying effect on the liver. It's mildly laxative in mild doses. For people who fast or stick to a raw food diet, the advice is to take it easy and look at the effects first. When you eat solid or very pure you are more receptive to the effects of cacao.
-Most people feel the effect of cacao within 20 to 30 minutes. Usually there is a strong focus of energy around the heart and a feeling of expansion. The focus and concentration becomes easy as more blood flows into the brain. The effect lasts about 3 to 5 hours depending on your attention and focus. Creativity and inspiration flow more easily, making it the ideal moment for making music, singing, dancing, prayer and other healing activities. cacao brings out the creative, playful child in you! So be prepared...
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