What is Cacao you may ask… well I won’t be eating bars of Cadbury’s chocolate for 21 days that’s for sure! 😉😆😉
The Cacao I am talking about is ‘ceremonial grade’, which is a very specific type of cacao. It is 100% pure cacao bean paste, which is made by fermenting and lightly toasting or sun-drying beans then peeling the husks and stone grinding them down to create a paste which is set into a block — nothing added, nothing removed. Check out this YouTube Video to see the process.
Cacao has health restoring and mood elevating compounds and we use this kind of chocolate as a heart opening medicine. I was introduced to Cacao in 2019 and in 2020 I went onto become a Cacao Practitioner, exploring and learning her medicine and creating a loving partnership with her.
I instinctively know when I need her guidance and with my intuition guiding me inwards for the month of June, I felt her call and decided to follow a challenge set by Rebekah Shaman (which she hosted last month).
How do we drink it... I like to drink my Cacao straight up, the more bitter, the sweeter her medicine is. I use water and maybe a tablespoon of Agave syrup. My go to additions, is powdered rose petals and rose essence and sometimes a touch of cinnamon or vanilla. Rose is another heart opening plant medicine, together they make the most loving combination.
Why do a challenge? I felt called to attune myself more deeply with this heavenly elixir and during the 21 days I will create sacred space and time to connect with the spirit of cacao to reduce stress and bring in a more harmonious way of being.
The challenge will bring a pause to my day, where I can sit in ritual each morning being fully present to myself. Cacao helps us to listen and to feel, she encourages us to reflect on our life and where we can open our heart to our calling.
In Western culture we are so action orientated. We hustle. We abuse caffeine. We exhaust ourselves with doing.
This challenge is sooooo much more than just drinking Cacao, it is about slowing down and re-connecting with ourselves. Taking the precious time to slow down honour ourselves before the days agenda takes over.
Doing the challenge means I have to give up coffee and various other foods like butter - although I know some friends who have dared to mess with butter and Cacao and have lived to tell their tale… if you are reading this… you know who you are!
For those of you that know me, you know how much I looooooove my coffee and I am having no problem giving up coffee for this challenge.
This is my first challenge and the theme this year is 'Connecting to Nature'. My experiences with Cacao in ceremony have been beautiful and always heart centering and grounding, helping us to remember and experience a sense of oneness.
This heart opening plant medicine is one of the many tools available that can help us tune into who we really are. So, I am looking forward to seeing how this challenge unfolds and how my connection to nature deepens.
Day 1: Visualising a new me
Today’s intention is to fully commit to the 21-day challenge.
Instinctively I have been gearing myself up for June, it had been feeling like a month of change. A recalibration of my inner world, the kind of inner world change that creates a deeper, richer and more rooted version of myself.
What do I want to change, so I can feel happier and more peaceful?
- Be more in the flow and trust
- Less pressure on myself
- Say no more often to things that don’t resonate
- Let go of the old stories, so I can embrace my soul purpose
How do I look?
- Radiant, like a beam of sunshine
- Full of love and life
- Clear on my path ahead yet knowing there is still so much to unfold.
- I trust and I am at one with the flow of the divine
- I am excited and yet grounded
- My boundaries are clearer and more defined
- I am successful
- I am abundant
- I feel gloriously alive
Daily check in questions:
What difference did this Challenge Make to my day?
I started my day with an early morning walk and afterwards prepared my Cacao with conscious intention. I felt more in flow and connected to myself the rest of the day.
How is this challenge helping me achieve my goals?
Today was a day of rest for me and I took time to honour that and made time for rest and play.
How is this challenge impacting my relationships with nature, myself and other relationships?
Since this is day 1, there is not much to report in this regard. My relationship with myself felt more tender and loving. Mayu the cat joined me in my morning ritual, he does love to be a part of everything I do and we both enjoyed the down time and the cuddles.