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Cacao Ceremony: Recipe, Ritual and Q&A

hey guys,
it is challenging times for all
of us, so I thought that the best offering I could give you right now
is share with you the daily practice that helps me ground helps me connect
deeper to my heart, helps me be in a positive state of mind and that is my
daily cacao practice. I’m having my channel’s first guess, this is
going to be Florencia Fridman; she is the queen of all things cacao in New
York and she’s amazing! I didn’t want to do this video by myself as I have
personally grown a relationship with cacao but I haven’t practiced with any
elders, I don’t know how to hold cacao ceremonies and I believe that it’s quite
important to work with a native community that has been working with
cacao for the longest time and Florencia works with a community in Guatemala. I hope you guys enjoy this video I hope this video finds you in great
health with calm spirits and I hope you enjoy! Hi I’m Florencia Fridman, I’m here with caro sharing some cacao, we’re gonna do a little ritual and explore the
different aspects of cacao, get to understand this beautiful plant and get
to know a little bit about ourselves as well. Today we will be doing a cacao, rose and
blue lotus recipe; rose is used as a heart opener and also as a
connection with our feminine side. Blue Lotus is used as an intuition
flower. A meditation dose is about 1oz of cacao -28 grams and it allows us to really receive all the benefits from
cacao, and with a ceremonial dose it’s about 45 grams so it’s a much deeper
dose and it really allows you to sit in meditation for a longer period of time
so if you have a long day where you want to create or meditate, even do some
movements, or if you’re working with a partner and you want to go deep into
the practice a ceremonial dose is such a beautiful experience. Awesome, and what do you
recommend to someone who is just starting to work with cacao? I would say
starting with a meditation dose, 1 oz is the perfect amount, you still
receive all of the benefits and since your body is getting used to the
experience it’s nice to start gentle because you can always have more. It’s always nice to also bring in the vibration of songs into the cacao. Cacao
is all about intention and it opens our hearts, it opens us for possibilities but it’s also up to us on what frequency and what intention we bring into it. Todo cura, todo sana Todo lleva medicina adentro Cura cura, sana sana, Cacaocita medicina del amor Cura cura, sana sana, Cacaocita medicina del amor Todo cura todo sana, Todo lleva medicina adento I love this, I’ve never smudged my cacao My teacher always uses Copal in
Guatemala. So in Guatemala they use Copal. And before she serves it she always puts the incense on. Oh it smells so good! Todo cura, todo sana, Todo lleva medicina adentro, Cura cura, sana sana, Cacaocita, medicina del amor. Todo cura todo sana, Todo lleva medicina adentro Cura cura, sana sana, Cacaocita, medicina del amor. I think it’s important to find the things make us fall in love and add them into
the cacao Thank you for this honor
-Thank you for coming, this is such a dream! So let’s bring the cacao into the heart space and just close the eyes. Let’s tune into the breath As we know many indigenous communities all of our meso and South
America have been working with this plant, they understand the sacredness of
this beautiful plant and they’re saying that it allows us to come back to the
heart space and come back to our truth they also understand that the elements
of nature are something sacred that move within us and outside of us
so these energies are an extension of ourselves and the moment that we be in
honoring and respecting these energies we can remember to honor and respect our
own being.
So we have thanks to the element of Earth; for allowing us the
stability. the foundation. the structure, the nourishment. Thank you for allowing
us to rest our roots, explore the darkness, the shadow work, the mysteries
of the unknown. It is through this exploration that we allow ourselves to
move closer and closer towards the light. We give things to the element of Water; for
the fluidity, the connections, the relationships. the change,
the creativity. Thank you for allowing us to flow in the rhythm of change,
letting a swim in the unlimited possibilities of creation, finding the
wisdom, the stillness when the waters are teemed knowing that this is just a play
it’s a practice for when the waters get rough and even then we continue finding
that wisdom, that stillness because we know that the clarity is waiting on the
other side of the wave. Thank you to the element of Fire; for the passion, the
courage. the strength, the transformation. Thank you for allowing us to burn all
the toxins that lay in the physical body, the emotional body and the mental body
so we can transcend to the spiritual body and as we move through the smoke we connect deeper with the confidence that lays within. Thank you to the element of Air; for the openness, the vulnerability to trust, that acceptance. As we take a
deep breath in together. let’s find another breath nourishes each and every
cell of the body and as we exhale finding all that space that’s created within
It is through that space that we open our wings and let me take flight.
We take flight into those desires that we have for ourselves knowing that these
desires will bring us closer to the mission that we have in the here and now. Thank you to the essence, the spirit of cacao. Thank you for allowing us to
dissolve all the barriers that we have set against ourselves, so we can remember
the language of the heart and begin to listen but also speak from that space.
thank you to Nana Mariana and Tata Pedro and all the elders, all the
ancestors that have passed on this wisdom from generation to generation,
letting us take in the knowledge, along with the experience so we too can share
this wisdom with the rest of the world becoming the leaders that we were born
to be.
Thank you to all the guardians and protectors of the sacred lands and those
who have been protecting the fruit of cacao so we can enjoy it this morning Thank you. Aho. I want to send a blessing to you, for being here, for sharing this of me and I want to send a blessing for your beautiful
work to grow even deeper, for you to dive with it even deeper, for your journey to
keep on being magical and blessed. And I also want to send a blessing for the world right now. For all of us to be able to use this time, this period, as a time
to love ourselves, to get to know ourselves even deeper, to share with the
members of our household, to really listen and open our hearts to
understand the needs of mama earth. She’s talking to us in so many ways and I
deeply believe we are ready to leap towards love. And thank you for being such a powerful
channel for so many of us such a beautiful vehicle to connect back to our
creativity which is our truth and expression. mmm it’s so yummy! even without sweetner. you can taste the love I feel that whenever I started doing my
own cacao morning ritual I was still too shy to speak out loud some days I feel
it’s not a day to speak out loud either, so I just journal, I journal with it and
it’s also such a powerful tool, I feel it’s such a great way to connect with it
when we’re just starting and we might now know where to start instead of maybe
talking out loud at first we can write about it right? Yeah I love that
for me it was when I first started sharing cacao it was very difficult
because I was working with the mind and I wasn’t moving into the heart space
and it was very difficult for me to find my voice because I felt like I needed to
fit in a box and journaling was one of the first steps that allowed me to like
express myself yeah. “The artist way it” was like my biggest teacher, yes, because
it allows you to just be, nobody is judging you it’s just you in the paper
and then I started realizing that it translates to ceremony as well because
people are there to open their hearts they’re not there to be in their ego and
judge and when we all open ourselves in that space you can feel how
the shift happens and we all become channels it’s not just the person that
serving like a cacao. finding the different connections and it guides you in understanding how to play that’s one of the biggest messages from
a cacao it’s like: start just start, take the first step, you don’t need to have it all
figured out just trust in the next step. And doing it playful And I feel like that’s the message that cacao is bringing and as well like not just cacao but I’ll plant medicines. I got this
weird theory and some people might have a challenge understanding it but I feel
like what is happening right now is like the earth is speaking needing to rest. So when we’re sick we need just to be able to rest so our bodies can heal on their own.
Because like we were saying; the medicine is within. Our bodies have everything
that’s necessary and sometimes we utilize external tools to emphasize the
healing that’s already within us and First the plant started asking
right, and speaking to us, there’s so many plants that are coming from the jungle
and coming to the main society to give us these messages and we weren’t
listening so the indigenous communities example coming out
right now and speaking out and then the children started speaking because
the activism needed to happen and we still weren’t listening so this came out
and the world needs to stop. And if you see in China now people can actually see
the sky and there’s so much less pollution yeah that is happening and now
the land can actually have space to heal and
we’re also allowing ourselves to come back and rest and be able to heal and
understand, come back to alignment and then that process also understand; Am I
living my truth? and that’s a lot of what these plant medicines are guiding us to
understand coming back to our truth; Why are we here? what is our purpose? it’s so interesting because I think a lot about and this is one of the reasons why I
love cacao so much, I think a lot about how we have so many different tools to
connect to… we can call it the universe, god, great spirit; we all have different
ways to see what the divine or grand master mind is, but I I’m just in awe
about how we can just connect to it through different mediums.
Some people prefer reiki, some others do psychedelics, others drink cacao, you know? so there’s so much of it And I love that we can give ourselves the time and space to just connect and dive deeper on each of them at the time,
whatever the time is right you know so I love how the message comes clear
whenever we open, we are open to listening and that’s one of the many
ways why cacao became so important to me
because I feel it allows me to be more open.
I totally agree I feel like it creates so much space within us and even physically right? it brings
more oxygen to the brain and the heart so it’s literally creating space for us and
opening up our blood vessels so stimulating the blood, so it means that
it’s physically preparing us for this connection right? this awakening you know
and I feel like there’s certain master teacher plans that especially with
psychedelic that ar putting us in a situation that maybe we’re afraid to
explore but with cacao it’s not a psychoactive plant you’re still very
much present in your experience but it’s still creating this awakening and
integration as well of other experiences I love the you know you’ve created a
morning ritual that you can sit with and explore what’s coming up for me when I’m
connecting with this plant and it’s an invitation for us to really show up the
best humanity in that different way because we start with a cup of cacao but
then we realize that we need to be aware of other things that are moving through
our day and we start creating this ripple effect but I feel like the the
plant is really coming out to the mainstream right now and it’s important
for us to understand that it is a sacred food just because it’s so gentle doesn’t
mean that it’s something and we should just drink and then go on with our day
right and also I noticed the difference when I just drink it and go with my day
I don’t feel I’m really open to receiving what cacao has to offer to me
so it just passes through and when I do sit down at least for five minutes with
it the experience changes and shifts completely it as if I
would have even had a different drink. I feel there’s so much about the intention
that goes to it. so is it okay to drink cacao every day? I think it depends on
each person. I drink it every day but you know, some people work well with like
having it a few times a week if you’re going to drink it every day doing like a
meditation dose it’s best especially when you’re just starting out and just
seeing how the body moves through with you. it’s important to not
drink caffeine if you’re having cacao like not mixing yet because they could
becoming really stimulating So cacao going to be utilized in the
morning it could be utilized in the evening. If you’re having it at the
evening having less amount is good it doesn’t have caffeine it’s theobroma
that’s the active component, so if you have a good quality cacao it won’t be
simulating and it does help with lucid dreaming like we were saying so it is
something really nice to have at the evening. My brother and I go directly to
Ecuador and connect with the farmers so We started a company called Cacao Lab.
-Which is amazing! When I first started working with cacao
it was such a new thing in the States and I wanted to be able to find the good
quality here and share it with my community so we started doing a lot of
research on farms and you know started going to Ecuador and Guatemala.
There’s a lot of genetically modified cacao now that’s known as CCN 51 and it’s mixed with the Criollo beans, the ancestral trees so it’s really important
to work with a company that is you know focusing on understanding that
connection to the farmers and understanding the quality so; Ecuador,
Peru, Guatemala all have really good cacao and Mexico as well have really beautiful cacao from
ancestral trees and it’s important to work with those because they have deeper
roots so if you’re focusing on a physical level they have less heavy
metals. That’s a beautiful question and thank you
for bringing this up because it’s something that a lot of our society is
struggling with; going back to the understanding of respect you
know when we’re working deeply into the education of a career where you go and
study for a certain period of time it doesn’t mean that your
interest in that particular subject can’t be honored because you haven’t
studied it so I think what you’re doing is the most amazing thing of really
sitting with the plant yourself and hearing the messages that she’s
providing for you and getting to understand and that being said also
understanding the communities that are working with cacao and getting to know
their ways of connecting with it. We made a short documentary that
tells a little bit about the ways of how to connect whit cacao and
the way that the Tzutujil community the Mayan community that we work with,
works with cacao. The Tzutujil community is one of the 22
ethnic groups of Guatemala and they’ve been known as the guardians and
protectors of cacao for thousands of years through oral tradition and also by
working directly with the plants that their grandparents and grandparents and
their grandparents have been working with so I feel like the first step is
getting to know the plant yourself and feeling the connection that you have and
then you know we do an immersive as well it’s an eight-week immersive that allows
you to dive deeper into how to hold space and really get to know the
community and I feel like it’s also that; building a community that starts asking
questions so we don’t need to have all the answers right away but really
understanding how do I honor this plant you know, what comes up for you
when you work with them that’s one thing I think,
and to understand that we can sit in ceremony and it’s very profound but we
can also just make a little bit of time in the morning for ourselves or even if
we have to go into a meeting you know offering cacao we’re gonna speak to each
other in a different way because we’re not up here so much when we come back to the heart space. Where can people find you and where can they find cacao lab and what if they want to sit in ceremony with you? So www.cacaolaboratory.com is our website and that has all of the information
about ceremony, we also do virtual circles and you can find more
information on our website Thank you so much. Thank you! It’s such an honor to be here and to share. I’m so happy this happened!

Jean Kelley