We acknowledge that we have a kinship with beings other than human. Plants and animals, rocks, mountains and crystals, water and fire, the land, the places and their stories carry a sacred medicine within that they share generously with human beings.
Deep within, we remember a time when we were at one with the land and the living world. Yet, the ‘Grammar of Intimacy’* with the living world was not handed to us by our Elders. We’re not native to a place anymore. We journey to learn how to belong again. Learning true intimacy is our mastery. We recognise intimacy as the opposite of separation. We reclaim this intimacy, this sacred symbiosis with life.
We recognise Cacao as a living being, as a feminine, life-sustaining force which we call Spirit. To us, Cacao is a teacher, a healer, a guide and a friend. We address Cacao as such: with respect, with regard and with gratitude.
Deepest Heart Intelligence
We recognise that Cacao carries within a powerful medicine which nourishes the soul, expands the mind and connects the human heart with the heartbeat of life itself. We honour Cacao’s generosity in sharing her medicine with human beings. We receive this medicine with the heart, our intuition and soul, remembering our sacred connection with spirit and life itself.
We are in deep reverence to the Elders who have preserved and guarded the teachings of the Cacao spirit and the old way of the 'Cacao Ceremony’. Their guardianship offers humans a powerful medicine to unite hearts and minds in these uncertain times.
We understand that Cacao is deeply rooted in the Maya tradition and is now following a path of the universal mystic. The ancient traditions around the world share messages to guide us into the future. We accept that gratitude is the main vibration that was given to human beings to keep the worlds in balance.
Urban Cacao Ceremonies
We see that living in the urban jungle holds new challenges. We have adapted the Cacao Ceremony in a way to bring beauty, harmony and balance to the hearts of people. We believe that Cacao assists a deeper transformation. In our Ceremonies we create Sacred Space, honour the ancestors, the elements and Spirit and serve the medicine in a sacred way.
Cacao Mama is the name entrusted to us by others. We have accepted the responsibility that comes with being a Cacao Mama. As ambassadors and guardians, we offer Spirit our voice and our body as a vessel. Cacao empowers us, nourishes us and warms us from within. We respect and guard this gift with love, joy, gratitude and humility. We love to sing for Cacao, send good thoughts and prayers to honour the Spirit. We love to invite Cacao into our circles and get forever enchanted by the magic Cacao creates, when we invite it into our centre.
*The ‘Grammar of Intimacy’ has been introduced by Robin Wal Kimmerer – Braiding Sweetgrass
Balance, Beauty and Peace
The Cacao Spirit is the heart and the sun of Cacao Mama's universe. We have trained for many years and were gradually initiated into Cacao’s consciousness before Cacao became our centre. Like in a medicine wheel this centre balances all directions; it has no beginning nor end but flows in spirals. We honour Cacao as a being of balance, beauty and harmony as she mediates between earth and cosmos.
The Rainbow Bridge
We share the idea that Cacao acts as a bridge of light to other souls. This bridge carries the colours of the rainbow. To make a rainbow, all colours of light must be included, none can be left out. The intelligence of the Rainbow unites people beyond nationality, culture and religion. We honour the global ‘Cacao Tribe’ for their contribution to a shift in consciousness.
Restoring the Sacred
We understand that all experiences are stored within a group consciousness which we address as Spirit. The Cacao Spirit wants to become golden again. The large-scale social, political and energetic misuse harms and weakens the Spirit Misuse happens when we take without giving or take more than we give back, both consciously and unconsciously. We aim to bring light into dark places, open doors of perception, witness our losses and ignite compassion. Restoration is the opposite of consumerism. We believe that human beings will restore their relationship with the sacred.
We are aware that growing, harvesting and producing Cacao is labour intensive. We have opened Cacao pods and peeled beans by hand. To us, Cacao is valuable. We honour the farmers and caretakers who grow Cacao for us and support their organic practices. We owe Cacao respect and do not waste Cacao in any means.
We acknowledge that we have a personal responsibility: to protect what is dear and sacred to us. We open medicine circles where we ‘remember to remember’. Here we witness that we often receive more than we give. We respond by donating a part of our income to Elders, Guardians and Tenders who protect something dear to their hearts. We see ethics, ritual safety and offerings as the next milestones within our human evolution. We wish for people to be educated in these areas so that they feel able to respond inside their communities.
The Cacao School
What was given to us, we now give back to the people; in free resources, online programs and in-person education. Ecology, economy and spirit are interwoven in our worldview. The Cacao School is created as a resource for the growing Cacao Community. We honour Cacao’s history, look into science and nutrition, and expand into the global market. We offer earth rooted wisdom for how to use and offer Cacao respectfully in Ceremony.
· Expand your understanding of the living world.
· Learn to communicate with Nature.
· Heal your relationship with Earth. Plant a garden.
· Honour Spirit in all forms, in all living beings.
· Give thanks for what you have.
· Honour the land, the stories and the place you come from.
· Respect the ones that came before you.
· Heal your inner child. Your true Nature is joy.
· Help to stop children from being hurt in the name of chocolate. Educate others to do so.
· Know your unique gift and how to share it with the world.
· Help when you are well and others are not.
· Flourish as an individual to uplift the whole.
· Use your voice and power to create quality of life for all of your kin.
· Don't take without giving.
· Respect, gratitude and love is the currency in the Spirit world. They are free. Use them.
· Understand that you lay the foundation for generations to come.