experience by Nikki Crawford
The first time I sat with grandfather-wachuma I had no expectations. I share this first experience because it was most important in my journey. It inspired me deeply to continue.
I had an immediate resistance as I held the bowl to my mouth. Then I remembered, I had to let go or I’d never grow. Afterall, it’s my purpose. Soon after sitting and listening for what seemed like hours to music, I felt blissfull. I had a sensation of all loving and a connection to everything including the animals in front of me. That was only the beginning. What soon followed was what I’d describe as chaotic-breakdown, cracking me wide open. I tried to purge but I felt something deep within resisting. I paced the room. I was on all fours struggling to let go. I was anxious I just wanted to move past blockage. As I gradually purged then I went through deep intense emotions. I went from bliss to grief then to anger. I felt bipolar ! LOL Then I heard the Shaman say, ” This is what it’s all about. Why you’re here. ” He was right! I was stuck in ego. I wore a label of healer and all-knowing but during my sitting I discovered, I needed so much healing. I was in pain. I started to reflect of all shadows of my life. I even started to crave foods that, as a vegan, I no longer allowed myself to enjoy. I was out of balance. By holding too tight to things that barely served me. I was not growing. This was deep transformation. It reminded me that nutrition though important, but emotional healing was so much more. Reflecting, and taking my first sitting with Wachuma ( grandfather ) I can definitely say it’s just as important as yage ( grandmother ) and other entheogens. I am grateful, Today plants continue to teach and inspire my path. Here’s another experience…San Pedro experience
Happiness. Simple as a glass of chocolate or tortuous as the heart. Bitter. Sweet. Alive.”
It’s thought cacao was first used as a health elixir and ceremonial medicine as far back as 1900 BC by the ancestors of Central America, the Olmec people, before becoming a ritualistic medicine used by the Aztec and Mayan cultures. Signifying both life and fertility, it was ingested by Royalty in ceremonial God worship and in sacrificial ritual.
CACAO IS ASSOCIATED WITH UNIVERSAL LOVE – WHY IS THIS? IS THIS WHY WE GIFT CHOCOLATE TO OUR LOVERS?
Due to certain ingredients that help release ‘feel good’ emotions, in the right doses cacao is considered a heart opener . Here’s more… Cacao Facts