The ancient practice
Raw Cacao has been honored and worshipped by indigenous people for thousands of years. Up until the 18th century they were using cacao as a sort of currency. This was equal to gold and, they refer to cacao as the “food of the gods”. It was and still, today is held sacred not only for its amazing health benefits but also as a “medicine of the heart”. They call it “Mama Cacao” because of the loving and nurturing feeling that arises when a ceremonial cup of cacao has been savored. Mayan elders and other indigenous tribes believe that the plant is alive and has a spirit. This spirit is here to help us to open our hearts and to be more loving and gentle. She reminds us of our connection to nature and spirit and the sacredness of life. There is a legend among them, like a prophecy that says:
“Whenever the earth and humanity are going through great shifts and transformations the spirit of cacao will emerge to support and assist by guiding the people back into their hearts to know the truth within and to heal confusion and trauma caused by false beliefs and disconnection from source and our essence. Everyone who has experienced a cacao ceremony has gotten a sense of the gentle and loving energy and spirit of “Mama Cacao” and the joy and healing she brings to the world.
The Inner Flight Retreat tribe loves this plant so much and we are so infinitely grateful for all the wounds and traumas that have been healed, the hearts that have been opened, dances that have been danced, and the love and connection that have been shared thanks to the magical weavings of this beautiful plant medicine.