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Sacred Cacao Highlights: First Time

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I am excited to begin offering face-to-face personal development work with ceremonial grade cacao.  My first public gathering will be in conjunction with a Red Tent Event at the end of August.  As a lead up to event, I want to share stories of my cacao journey with you.  

My first time to sit with cacao was during a time just before Creativity Tribe was fleshed out as a website, so I am starting us off with a look back to July 2012. Originally posted at Art of Collecting Yourself, my first blog.

Please look for a series of posts following this one that are designed to get us all in the mood for a bit of chocolate, spiritual loveliness.

Details for my first public ceremony and the Red Tent Event associated can be found in the EVENTS section in the menu above.

Sacred Cacao Highlights: First Time

July 23, 2012:  A Band of Gypsies

This weekend a load of traveling creatives crashed in various corners of my house: couch, floor, studio. (I want to give credit to my dear friend Irene Jaan for coining the phase Travel Creatives which so appropriately describes this Band of Gypsies I call my friends.)

 

Left side: Milena Worsham and Aaron El Leon
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Right Side:  Irene Carranza Jaan
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We had all just come from a Sacred Cacoa Ceremony. Yep, I am letting my freak flag fly a bit here. Being a creative, you have to go where your creativity leads you, and lately mine has been expressing itself through my spiritual life.

We met in a little chapel I have passed by a thousand times but had never been in. The Chapel of Spiritual Light is on a triangular strip of land nestled between two busy streets , as if the city had grown up around it but it was courageously standing its ground. With a wooden frame reminiscent of old country churches, I found it quaint and unpretentious environment.

Take off your shoes and come on in….that was the way we were greeted, my sweetheart and I.  But we couldn’t get our shoes off quick enough. One after the next, we were taking in hugs and glowing smiles. One foot half way out of the first shoe, hug and smile. Hop on that foot to release the next shoe, hug and smile. Barefoot, hug and smile.

I walk through the door to the meeting area, a sanctuary with thick pile carpet that reached up to cradle each step. A circle of people, there, some long-time friends, some new and dear, others familiar faces, and even a few strangers…not strangers for long.

As we looked across the room at the symbol in a stained glass work, we recognized it as the symbol Eric and I had created for our wedding ceremony. For some, it is considered the Medicine Wheel or Odin’s Cross, for others, they might associate it with the astronomical symbol Earth. It had several layers of meaning for us. All more personal than religious. With three days left til we celebrated our 7th wedding anniversary (which actually happens to be today….July 23, 2012), we felt it was an affirmation that we were in the right place.

Once we got settled in, I looked over and realized there was a huge stock pot filled with a warm chocolate drink. That’s when the smell hit me. Mmmmmm, yes, chocolate.

Keith, The Chocolate Shaman, invited us to get our cup and add as much or as little honey as we wanted. The chocolate looked like glistening fudge in the cup, thicker and much darker than the hot chocolate most of us are accustomed to drinking. The honey was beautiful. I had been off sweeteners other than whole fruit for a week which made the addition of honey to the super dark chocolate taste like a little bit of heaven.

Soon after that, The Chocolate Shaman shared the kind of strength and intensity this pure cacao harnessed.  The chocolate most of the world consumes (you know, the big names like Hersey’s, Cadbury and Lindt), according to the Chocolate Shaman, are missing 80-99% of the beneficial compounds that can be found in the older varieties of chocolate. Processing and hybridizing depletes the cacao of so much of its essential goodness.

Keith brings the chocolate from Guatemala where he has made his home for around 17 years. He has a special relationship with the cacao plant and has connected with some of the indigenous tribes in Guatemala who remember how to use the plant for medicine of the spirit.

We began drinking the mixture. I listened to my body for how much it wanted. It was delicious. Darker than any I had ever tasted. Sweet and bitter blended with a kind of warm, silkiness that feels like love. Okay, so perhaps that sounds like I am exaggerating or using poetic license, but the fact is the evening felt loving. Self-loving and other loving.

I can’t help but think that it might have something to do with the jolt of energy that your heart and mind get from both the intense chocolate and the meditation Keith shares. It’s a rush… subtle and substantial all in the same breath. As he talked, I could feel my heart beat increase. My body wanted to move. I began to rock back and forth slightly. The kind of rocking that comes from your chest when you hear a groovy beat. I wasn’t tripping. I wasn’t on some crazy drug induced high.  But my mind felt clear and I felt high on life.

Keith explained that the cacao will encourage spiritual growth. It invites you to look at where you might grow and then helps assists you as you choose to go there.  That might sound very far off or far out for some. It comes from the belief that certain things have a spirit to them. Plants, stones, animals, the Earth. I decide to play along. I decided to act as if….and see where that led.

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I chose to cultivate my curiosity, one of the freedoms I enjoy with being a Creative Spirit.

I am glad I did.

As for my Band of Gypsies {Keith, Brendan, Milena and Aaron} they are each on their own adventure now.  Some headed back to Guatemala, others spending time with family.  I am grateful to have their energy floating around the house. Feels good. Oh, and I nabbed a bit of that yummy chocolate waiting for the next ceremony….Creativity Tribe style.

For more information about ceremonial grade cacao and/or to order your own, visit Keith’s on-line home Chocolate Shaman and his FB page Cacao Tribe.

 Rachel Payne life creativity coach

New Moon Mystery

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In the dark of the Moon, Mystery blooms.  It invites you to let go of all those yearnings and all the drives that move you forward.  It calls you to slow down and just be.  Be with.  Be in unknowing.  Be nothing.  Let go of the striving.  Let go of yesterday and tomorrow.  And sit in the silence of all that you are and all that you are not.

Be prepared there may be anxiety in this space.  We aren’t used to the empty.  We try so desperately to fill it up so we don’t have to feel, don’t have to face simple existence.  Make friends with this Mystery sisters and know She has wisdom to share if you simply let go and make room for her nothingness.

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Womb-Moon Wisdom Meditation

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I sat with the Moon last night.  It was full and wrapped in the clouds that brought a quenching rain the morning before.  I tuned in to my body.  It is changing as women’s bodies do.  For the last 6 months or so during the Wednesday night meditation group I attend with Rev. Shar Schwengler of the Lucid Waking Radio Show on A2Zen.fm, my body has been talking to me.  I began with exploring the stories that lived in various parts of my body.

There is the old hitch in my giddy up (my lower back) that flares up occasionally that reminds me of a bad fall I had in my late twenties that led to years of physical and emotional discomfort, the scar tissue on my right arm from getting it caught in an elevator when I was in kindergarten (sounds much worse than it was), the swelling that sometimes happens in my right ankle.  They all have stories to go with them….stories about what happened, what I think happened, and what the injury makes me think of.

Shar has been encouraging us to let go of the story and to work with the pains that come up emotionally and physically in a more energetic way.  It has taken me a long time to understand what she means, but I am catching on.  Sometimes I can let the story float away and imagine a glowing light attending to the area of focus.  The less I try to make something happen, the more profound the release.

Sitting with the Full Moon tonight, I sent my attention to the stories that float around in my Womb.  They probably aren’t much different than the stories that other women find there.  Themes of fertility and abundance, creativity and safety, of connecting with others and with the Divine Feminine.

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This has been the seat of most of my body work this Summer.  It has been difficult work, deeply personal, but so valuable.  The Moonlight flooded my Womb and illuminated areas that needed a bit of love and understanding.  Stephen Levine in his book Guided Meditations, Explorations, and Healings suggests that healing consists of inviting mercy and understanding into the mind and body.

And so, I invited the Moon to hold that space for me tonight. I drew its light into my body and asked it to illuminate that great sacred center of creativity.  As I did, I felt my body and heart give into its sense of support and deep understanding of the rhythmic wisdoms I have played out over the course of my life and will continue to explore until the end of my days.  I allowed its light to bless my little girl Womb of the past, the Womb that wished for children, the Womb that decided not to conceive of human life in the end but revels in a deeper form of creating ( a creative of life….made of ideas, relationships, new beginnings, and exquisite possibilities), and finally the wise Womb that is more than a physical uterus and more like the energetic home for all I hold sacred of being a Womb-in (woman).

Each layer of my life as a female drenched in lunar lusciousness until every cell, every thought, every nuance glowed.

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While the Moon is in its fullness, set some time aside to do your own Womb-Moon Wisdom Meditation.  If you are a male, consider the value of imagining a symbolic Womb….a home, a vessel for your creativity.  Simply connect with its light, either in the openness of the night’s sky or in the comfort of your home (perhaps you might like to connect outside and do the meditation inside.)  Once you are comfortable, draw the Moon’s light into your Womb and listen for the Womb and the Moon to guide a journey together.  Know that whatever happens is just right.  This is your meditation, your body, and your healing.

 Creatively yours…

Rachel Payne Life Coach

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Hello Summer

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For the last several months, I have been attending a local Wednesday night meditation group that is exploring the use of cacao as a partner in our personal work.  The group is hosted by Rev. Shar of Lucid Waking, a show on A2Zen.fm.  Cacao is the plant that chocolate comes from.  Yep, I indulge in the yumminess of chocolate every week.  You know that feel-good thing that happens when you have a piece of chocolate?  Well, the kind of chocolate we use is very pure and has the qualities you would find in chocolate from heritage breed plants.  Even taking a little makes you feel a lot good.

We also practice taking that feeling the comes from smiling…that little glow you can detect all over….and amplifying it.  So we will be gathering on this first day after Summer Solstice to have some chocolate while we grow our smiles…. or perhaps I should say GLOW our smiles.

I have made a video to explore the light and the dark.  Let it be an invitation to you to connect more with the light that lives within you.

(Note: The images used in this video are taken using kinetic photography at night. They are of the Harbor Bridge in Corpus Christi, Texas. It is lit with lights that put on a show every night.  Enjoy!)

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For more information about Ceremonial Cacao and Going to Glow, please visit Keith….lovingly known as the Chocolate Shaman.  His site has lots of great information…. and while you are there, make sure to check out the quality of his smile.  When you look at someone and can sense the peace in their heart the way I believe I can with Keith, you know they have something worth listening to.

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