Sun, Jun 11|
Cacao Song Ceremony
When we release our mind, we find our voice opens and we can be one with sound. From this place, we experience the pure joy of shared experience through chanting together.
Time & Location
Jun 11, 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
The Temple, 21 S Grove St, East Aurora, NY 14052, USA
About the Event
Cacao has been used in ancient ceremonies by the Maya for thousands of years. It has an active ingredient in it called theobromine—which can be translated to, “Food of the Gods.” The word cacao actually came from the Maya word Ka’kau, and the Maya word Chokola’j—which means to drink chocolate together. Cacao comes from the cacao bean—which is also used to make chocolate. But the cacao plant is seen as a medicinal plant, and has been used for a number of spiritual, medicinal and ceremonial purposes throughout history.
Cacao has a very different taste than the chocolate you’re probably used to. Milk chocolate usually only contains around 20–40% cacao, with milk and sugar making up the rest of the ingredients. Ritual cacao is made from mostly cacao beans, some water, cacao butter, and then mixed with a little bit of natural sugar to taste. Cacao is naturally high in iron, magnesium, and B-complex vitamins; which gives it a number of physical benefits, as well as the spiritual benefits it has long been connected with.
Mantra and chant is often used to invoke a particular energy personified by a deity or to bring a space to a specific state. Through focusing on the feeling and sensing the vibration of the chant we can explore these states and energies internally. Through mantra, chant, and medicine song we immerse ourselves in the inherent vibration of being. If we are stuck in our ego thinking too much about how we sound or what the word means, our voice often becomes trapped or small. When we release our mind, we find our voice opens and we can be one with sound. From this place, we experience the pure joy of shared experience through chanting together.
The core group of musicians carries a set of songs to guide participants into musical expression and there are lyric sheets provided to encourage participation. During this practice, we repeat chants and songs multiple times to allow the opportunity to let go of the mind and absorb the rhythm. We may increase in tempo or volume as we continue before quieting into silence. The silence may be held for a few moments to allow opportunity to feel the vibration and quiet into a meditative state.
Cacao Song Ceremony