We were honored to be allowed to stay at the hostel, A Place to Stay, while the owners had a wedding. On top of that, we were invited to the Cacao ceremony.
A Cacao ceremony can be conducted in various ways because, from what I read, a lot of knowledge has been lost. As a person who deeply loves to garden and tends to know what plants crave- it’s not always electrolytes- I understand that plants speak to us. They don’t use words like many people, but if you listen just right, you Know. It’s intiuition, and we can all hone that skill (especially concerning what we love) by being quiet and listening with not only ears. There was a person who rather recently listened to the Cacao, and shared his listenings through ceremony. Lots of people intuitionally understand cacao and use it for comfort food. Cacao is a heart-opener, and is gentle in the way that it doesn’t force you to deal with things you don’t want to deal with, but it creates a safe platform in case you do.
We attended the Cacao ceremony right before the wedding. The circle was filled with love, real and honest love. It started with Raul telling the story of how he knew Kerry was his love shortly after he met her, and her story of how she came to fully love herself then met Raul and felt like he was the tangible manifestation of that love. I will not relay the details. Those are for them to share as they will. But it was beautiful.
I have worked through many things in my life and made certain choices, and I feel that has allowed my heart to be generally open. The ceremony increased that feeling, and I am excited to be a part of more in the future. It’s much easier to live life with an open heart when you incorporate intention in any way. And life itself becomes easier with an open heart. Empathy, forgiveness, joy reduce stress. Mastery over fear of vulnerability comes when the heart is open, when the heart knows it might get hurt but feels strongly enough to go ahead anyway. Also, the Cacao in a Cacao ceremony is absolutely delicious, especially because its,mixed with the love of all who join the circle.
Near the end of the ceremony, our attention was brought to a small metal heart with doors. When difficult times arise, and they will, open those doors and find the love you need. Inside the doors was a mirror. We have the love we need, if we remember and keep remembering. Still, it is wonderfully nice to share that in a reciprocal manner with others.