21 Day Cacao Challenge – Communicating with Plants (Day 16)


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The last two weeks I have been deepening my relationship with the Spirit of Cacao and she has supported me through my personal inner alchemy of transforming aspects of myself into truth and love.

How to communicate with Plants…


Plant Spirits carry codes and healing properties.  This week’s practice is to tune into our surroundings, to the tree outside your house to going outside in nature and practicing deep listening.  We can only hear what nature has to say when we have silenced our mind.  This week the invitation is to use Cacao to find our inner silence so we can tune in and decipher Mother Earths messages.

Shaman Durek in his book Spirit Hacking, gives some great hints and tips on how to log into nature.  He believes that Nature is a powerful teacher and a powerful ally.  Most people have no idea how much wisdom or knowledge, power and healing nature has to share with us because most people are so busy logging into their smart phones and social media feeds.

Logging into nature activates our connection with the nature spirits and opens up the communication channel. 

Today’s ritual is to communicate with plants… after drinking our cacao, I headed out for a walk and found a tree that is vibrant and colourful, one that stood out for me, this is how plants call to you, by glowing at you.

We were invited to approach the plant with kindness and sit next to it, to observe the plant, it’s smell and patterns.  To silence the mind and tune into the plant and to become aware of what we are experiencing and if there are any messages from the plant. And to write our experience down in our journal.

My experiences:

One of the things I have noticed during this challenge, is that my plants are flourishing, and the animals and birds are more active in my garden.  The Squirrels have been intent on trying to communicate with me too… coming right up to the window and sometimes licking the windows!  Epic little creatures! 

The more we tune into nature, the more the birds and animals will see us as nature.

We are part of the Earth, and it is part of us.

Native American Quote

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Daily Intention:

To connect with nature and hear their messages.

What am I Grateful for today?

The sweet taste of an apple.

One thing today that made me feel ‘I Love my life’:

The joy of being able to watch a baby squirrel attempt to climb a pole, where I have hung fat balls for the wild birds.  He didn’t stop trying and each time he got a bit closer to the delicious cargo… never give up was the message I took from this little guy today.

How did I follow my intuition today (with what results?)

Today I felt like drawn to doing a Womb Clearing Ceremony, by Lisa Bardell.  Afterwards I felt uplifted and less cranky!

What Physical Changes are taking place?

Each day I have more resilience and mental clarity.

Daily check in questions:

What difference did this Challenge Make to my day?

I feel more resilient and more in tune with myself.

How is this challenge helping me achieve my goals?

I am becoming clearer on where I waste time and becoming clearer on where to put the effort in.

How is this challenge impacting my relationships with nature, myself, and other relationships?

Listening, I am listening to myself more and responding to my own personal needs.

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21 Day Cacao Challenge – Welcome to Week 3 (Day 15)


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Over the last two weeks I have really been enjoying connecting with Cacao and learning more about her history, which has deepened my connection to this Master Plant Medicine.  The Journey has given me so much more self-awareness, not only physically, but mentally, spiritually, and emotionally.  Cacao is definitely not woowoo, as they say the proof is in the pudding, in this case the proof is in drinking the Cacao.

In the final week, we will be working more shamanically with this Plant Medicine and we will do this by focussing our attention outwarded and taking what have learnt in the last two weeks and putting it into practical action.

Cacao holds a lot of nutrients as we have already learnt in my previous blogs, but they also hold a lot of codes and keys to who we really are.

What is Plant Medicine Shamanism…

In our current way of living, we are disconnected from nature and the healing energy she provides.  Disease and disfunction has energetic origins and traditional healers believe thatthe beginnings of disease originate from an imbalance or disharmony in our emotional and spiritual bodies, which can be addressed by realigning ourselves with nature.   When we begin to understand our relationship with nature and how we operate within it, we can begin to heal. 

Plant spirit shamanism brings us into balance and harmony, bringing awareness to the unity of all of life and of treating plants with love and respect.

Research shows plants are intelligence, and can see, hear, smell, and respond. If we treat plants with love, they flourish and grow.  

Shamans from many traditions believe that plants can speak to us, they call to us, if we listen. 

As my Cacao Teacher says, Plants and the Divine speak in paradoxes… and shit can get weird, so we need to get out of our own way, to hear what they have to say.

We can learn a lot through reclaiming the fact that we are nature.

Plants are inviting us to be in a dance with them so that we can sense the healing power of the Divine in them.  It’s simply up to us to heed their call.

I like what Rebekah says in her email:  When we transform from separation consciousness to unity consciousness, we automatically reconnect to nature, and live more symbiotically with the natural world. We also start making the right choices that will leave our planet healthy for future generations, which is our duty, as their ancestors. It is going to take a shift in consciousness, and a value system reset, to bring humanity and the planet back into balance.

For me, as a Shaman in training, Shamanism is a nature-based path, it’s about remembering our connection to nature and remembering that we are all one.  Shamans are facilitators of change, leading to living more harmoniously and helping birth the next step in raising humanities vibration.

Cacao is making herself known, in order to help us with a global shift.  She has much magic to share with us, if we approach her with humility and an empty cup, she will fill that cup to overflowing if we choose to imbibe her magic.

Rebekah shares in her email five of her Tenets of Plant Medicine Shamanism.  The one that really hit home for me and something we often lose sight of, is that we are the ancestors of the future generations (read that again!), and it is our duty to keep our planet healthy and thriving… however, I felt that there was more to the tenet, it goes deeper into healing our own personal wounds so that we do not hand down the wounds of the past to our future generations, we owe to our children’s children to pass down a more healed baton, than the one we received.

Daily Ritual for the final week, is to tune into Cacao for guidance when suddenly feeling triggered or stressed.  Most of don’t reach out for help as we are so self-sufficient, but we can simply connect in with our loving friend, Cacao for guidance.

The suggestion this week is that if I receive a strong message, or someone pops in my mind, contact them.  The idea here is to action on what your intuition or gut is telling me.  When we act on our intuition it, it’s like a muscle, it gets stronger.

And finally, to commit to the final stretch of this 21-day challenge.

Humankind has not woven the web of life. We are but one thread within it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves. All things are bound together. All things connect.

Chief Seattle

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Daily Intention:

Today, the energy felt a bit heavy, so my intention was to find lightness and joy in my day.

What am I Grateful for today?

Video calls with my favourite Cousin and Spiritual Sister.

One thing today that made me feel ‘I Love my life’:

Again today, the amazing sound of heavy rain falling!

How did I follow my intuition today (with what results?)

By listening to the no and following through.

What Physical Changes are taking place?

My skin is glowing, and I feel more and more energised each day.  I have also noticed I am eating less junk food (not that I ate much before) and if I think of eating a bag of crisps my body gives me an immediate no.

Daily check in questions:

What difference did this Challenge Make to my day?

The challenge reminded me that we ebb and flow and that sometimes we just need to allow an emotion to wash over us and then let it go.

How is this challenge helping me achieve my goals?

The more I slow myself down, the more I seem to achieve, with a clearer mind.

How is this challenge impacting my relationships with nature, myself, and other relationships?

My relationship with myself is deepening and I am learning to say no to what does not serve me or does not vibe with me.

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21 Day Cacao Challenge – Emotional Goodness (Day 10)


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The river of life doesn’t always go our way, and suddenly you hit a rapid.  Now what?

You can’t avoid the rapid and struggling will only make the situation worse.

Back in 2009 I was in Namibia; a few of us had decided to go canoeing down the Orange River… it had sounded like a nice relaxing and idyllic way to spend a long weekend. Sleeping out under the star studded sky of the Richtersveld and enjoying a bit of rugged bush living, whilst canoeing down the Orange River.

We were up early on the first morning, had breakfast and packed up anything we needed to keep dry in waterproof barrels and headed down to the embankment to find our canoes and embark on our watery adventure.

Before we left base camp, we were given safety instructions and one of these instructions, which made us chuckle, was if we happened to come out in a rapid, we were to get ourselves into Cocktail and Cigar position… as if you were chilling next to the pool with your feet up, a cocktail in one hand and a cigar in the other.  The bottom line was to surrender to the rapid.

I don’t think any of us believed we would find ourselves in this position; but what a life lesson I was paddling into.

The sun was sparkling on the river as we slowly paddled our way down the Orange River on our adventure. Day one, was serenely uneventful.

Day two dawned and we packed up and headed to our canoes with our supplies. A group that had camped further back from us were slowing making their way past us, down the river.  We had been given a heads up that we would be heading down our first rapid that morning and that we would be taking the left of where the river splits into three channels. The group that passed us should have been well down the river by the time we reached the split in the river; but we caught up with them, which created congestion… our group trying to back paddle, to stop from being sucked into the fast-moving pace of the rushing water.

My Canoe buddy and I weren’t able to successfully hold the Canoe back and we seemed to shoot forward, hitting a rock which catapulted both of us out of the canoe into the middle estuary.

I panicked and tried to grab hold of the canoe.  I realised this was a bad decision.  Light Bulb moment.  Just relax.  Feet up.  Cigar and cocktail in either hand.

I also recognised that by struggling or panicking I might break a limb; worse I might die.

Relaxing, I let the rapid to take me where it would. 

In the middle of where the three turbulent confluences met, I landed up on a rock, water rushing past me wildly.  By this stage, I was fucking scared and seriously clinging to that rock for dear life. (another life lesson here!) In reality… I would need to let go and get back into the river, if I was to reach the safety of land. 

One of the guides tried to encourage me to let go and after a few of attempts he decided his only course of action was to paddle up the rapid and rescue me.  I still to this day don’t know how he did it and how he manged to get me into his canoe… but being my hero is simply an understatement.

The moral of this story and one I revisit when I am going through a turbulent time, life is much like a river and there are times we drift along and then when we hit a rapid, you just lean back in to cocktail and cigar position and surrender… the time for calmer waters will come again and life will be sweet again, till you hear the next roar of an upcoming rapid and you just lean into surrendering.

And on this trip, the wildest rapid was yet to come! Sjambok (heavy whip) Rapid.

During wild times, feet up, cocktail in one hand and a cigar in the other. Surrender to the flow.

So, whilst there was not much I could do, but physically surrender to being washed down the Orange river in a rapid, there are tools that can help us safely navigate the rough waters of life, until we find ourselves in calmer waters again.

Cacao is a wonderful plant medicine and ally to help us through challenging times, not only because it is filled with nutritional goodness, but because it has mood enhancing compounds that can boost our emotional well-being.

Cacao contains two mood enhancing compounds Anandamide and Tryptophan that can help uplift you when you are feeling blue.  Both are natural antidepressants, and the bliss molecule Anandamide is responsible for producing feelings of happiness.

Cacao is also bursting with essential flavonoids, amino acids and over 700 antioxidants that have shown to ease depression and create feelings of wellbeing and happiness.  It has also shown to improve heart and brain health, blood sugar and weight control.

Healing comes from taking responsibility: to realize that it is you - and no one else - that creates your thoughts, your feelings, and your actions.

Peter Shepherd

Mood Diary
Today’s ritual is to start a mood diary.  The aim of this is to become aware of when our stress and anxiety is triggered and to record our emotional and mental well-being daily.

During the day we experience a lot of thoughts and feelings and often we forget all the positive emotions we felt throughout the day.  Keeping a mood diary helps us to us to understand ourselves better.  When we tune into ourselves, we can become more aware of our state of mind.

Daily Intention:

To honour where I am at.

What am I Grateful for today?

For stillness and making the time to connect with myself.

One thing today that made me feel ‘I Love my life’:

Laughter.  My team meeting this morning was filled with happy banter.

How did I follow my intuition today (with what results?)

I let my happy morning vibes carry me through the day and on my evening walk I discovered a community garden I didn’t know existed and I spent time connecting with the bees.

What Physical Changes are taking place?

I have noticed that my eyes are a lot brighter, and I am feeling more energised.

Mood Diary: 

I felt quite cheeky and full of life this morning and then I felt lazy and snoozy towards the end of the day.

Daily check in questions:

What difference did this Challenge Make to my day?

By making time for sacred time, I am finding that I much happier and my cheeky side is starting to blossom.

How is this challenge helping me achieve my goals?

By becoming more playful, I am becoming more creative and relaxed.

How is this challenge impacting my relationships with nature, myself and other relationships?

By connecting into my true nature, I am finding more joy in my day-to-day activities and I am connecting in more with what my passions are.

With love

Wise and Untamed

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