Cocoa brings heightened sensual experience, creative stimulation and energetic elevation. Come with me to delve in to the sacred and scientific virtues of cocoa and it's use in tantra.
Gliding on the warm tropical breeze a pollinator, intoxicated by the fragrance of the cocoa tree, drinks from flower to flower. The young delicate white and yellow flowers, springing straight from the bark of the tree, give no indication of the sensational properties of cocoa (the virgin, raw starting point of conventional chocolate). It is these elevating and subtly transformative virtues that make it an ideal 'medicine' and muse in cocoa ceremonies.
How do you use cocoa ceremonially you ask? And can I just light an incense stick and dribble a melted bar of Dairy Milk into my gob? Read on beloved and you'll find out how to alter your mind and body (legally) and how eating cocoa shouldn't be a guilty pleasure but a wonderful gift to yourself. (Woohoo, I hear you cheer fellow goddesses). Drink deep; its seriously good stuff!
The home of cocoa being Central & South America, is of course where Mayan and Aztek ceremonies and rituals involving cocoa originated and continue to be conducted. This timelessly luxurious fruit, in red, purple, orange, green and yellow hues, creates a drink of ceremonial grade raw cocoa (28g-56g together with water, chilli, honey or medicinal herbs) that is taken before lying down (or meditating) and letting the cocoa start moving in your body, this is followed by sitting in a circle and sharing your feelings with others and then a number of other exercises can be undertaken to start creating openness to the teachings of our highest selves and hearts. This is conducted in a held 'temple' space with a facilitator or guide in order to help you expand consciousness and ease open your heart chakra. Then follows dancing or other movement in order to allow energy to flow. It is said that this three to seven hour ceremony allows you to confront difficult emotions and release them, and what better way than through love- as the traditional name for cocoa is xocoatl or 'heart blood'.
Sacred properties of Cocoa in Tantra
A profusion of energy erupts and flows through each of your divine cells. Sounds excellent doesn't it? Well this is one of the many effects of what is also otherwise known (from Latin nomenclature) as 'Food of the Gods' or Theobroma cacao, when ingested consciously and with the intention of transmuting its physical properties into energetic fireworks. Cocoa's aphrodisiac properties also make it perfect for integration into tantric ceremonies, as it can stimulate sensual awakening. Cocoa has been used the world round as a gift of love to our beloveds and it's no wonder, as it gets the heart racing and induces feelings of pleasure and calm at the same time. To support our tantric journeys cocoa can help open us to more connection with ourselves and others and tap into our intuitive knowing. When we are also able to peel back the layers of ego and emotional amour we can dive more deeply into tantra with more presence and authenticity.
Scientific characteristics of Cocoa
The cocoa pods are fermented and air dried before the little bursts of power- the nibs, are ground, and then the alchemy begins. Cocoa is rich in the serotonin precursor tryptophan, antioxidants and micronutrients. High quality raw cocoa is where it’s at in terms of nutritional density- within it, invigorating iron carries oxygen in blood; flavinols and selenium give radiant skin, magnesium, manganese and copper help with metabolism and energy liberation. In it's dark 70%+ form it can also lower cholesterol and decrease the risk of heart disease (via it's polyphenols), and there’s a generous amount more going on in cocoa besides!
In my 'Explore Tantra Introductory Workshops' we'll have a foray in to the creative elevation, heart-opening and cell tingling effects of cocoa, before we let the music guide us to ecstasy. It would be wonderful to see you there. There's more information here.
I wish you happiness, abundance and balance.
Karen Tamaklo xx