Monday, November 26, 2012

Benefits and Uses of Our Cacao


A detailed list [best on the web] of the known benefits and uses of real cacao [with the active compounds, but without the caffeine that is common in the hybrid varieties which comprise most of the world’s cacao, especially the ‘raw’ type].  Compiled from our own experience, others, and medical journals. We have kept it brief, without links or references, as most could be expanded into an entire article!   

“I can't wait to injoy the best food God has made. I love your chocolate!”

To purchase our cacao, please go to our new e-commerce website:  https://keithscacao.com  blessings

There are 4 sections below:

  • Consciousness
  • Productivity and Creativity
  • Workouts and Sports
  • Medical and Health


Consciousness:

1] Real Ceremonial Grade Cacao is a connection and partnership facilitator for whatever you choose to connect to.  Well known as a heart opener, the Mexican Nahuatl language word for drinking chocolate was ‘Chocolatl’… that became ‘chocolate’ in Europe.  The literal translation is ‘heart blood’ and although the anthropologists interpret this as ‘blood’, we understand the poetic nature of indigenous languages to mean that love is the ‘blood’ that flows through the heart.  This was understood when cacao was scientifically named ‘Theobroma cacao’, meaning ‘food of the gods’… the food of the gods would be love, yes?  Now you know what has been forgotten for hundreds of years.  We give chocolate on Valentine’s Day, and in local tradition a couple exchanges cacao beans in their wedding ceremony… so this deeper connection is understood in many ways.

2] We first experienced this chocolate as a wonderful facilitator for meditation, inner processing work, and shamanic journeying… and then as an amazing assist to individual and group therapeutic sessions.  That expanded into chocolate ceremonies… hiking… breathwork… dancing [especially ecstatic dancing]… yoga… kirtan… sound healing.  These are now offered all over the world through many practitioners. 

I once asked the Cacao Spirit what the ‘big picture’ was, and She directed me to an anthropological journal that quoted an ancient myth:  

“When mankind gets out of harmony with the natural world, chocolate comes from the rainforest to open peoples’ hearts and re-establish the balance.” 

In my early communications with the Cacao Spirit, She referred to herself as “The Food for the Shift”.  This cacao accelerates your awakening if that is where you want to go.

3] Real cacao is a major multi-dimensional partner in accelerated inner transformation and emotional release, assisting greater ease and depth.  Once considered a deity, and now a magic / medicine plant.  Wherever you need to go on this journey, cacao brings the door but doesn’t push you through it”.  This cacao helps you open and receive what is always available… 

"When one is Present, in the moment, in a state of heightened receptivity, one adds the essential ingredient to any spiritual practice."  Oneness through Rasha

4] We hear often that with real cacao in the system, people go deeper and get more out of workshops, meditations, listening to teachings, or reading a spiritual book.  More is understood on many levels… and retained.  Connections and deeper meanings emerge. You have more energy and are more present... very helpful in all-day events.  Supportive space-holding energies are more easily radiated to other participants, as your vibe is higher. 

“…it was PHENOMENAL! I was able to journey deeper, with powerful insights, clarity and stamina for the entire day.”

5] We know teachers, therapists, coaches, healers, body workers, and acupuncturists who use our cacao to maintain connected focus and keep themselves at a level where they do not use their personal energies, but instead bring through higher energies, and so don’t get so drained from a full day of work.

6] We have known of ‘cacao bars/pubs’ who serve cacao instead of alcohol [which works as a social lubricant by suppressing fear]… to open heart-level presence and facilitate personal connecting.

7] As a connection and partnership facilitator, cacao is of course for connecting to your sweetheart… especially bringing the physical and emotional together, and in inviting higher energetic experience… so much so that many consider it an aphrodisiac.  Many into tantric practices report it takes their experience to another level.  It is easier to stay in the focus you prefer with your partner… and that focus stays heart-centered if you want that… and goes deeper.

8] Real cacao is also a wonderful assistant with couples to business partners who understand how to assist each other in issue / drama processing… for those out of blame and fixing, who can go deeper to transmute what they played-out those scripts to get in touch with. 

I have also used some cacao this week while having my very last appointment with my ex-boyfriend. It was by a river and very special and wonderful, both opening up like never before, crying and laughing together. Grateful for all of this being part of my journey.”

9] The best lucid dream and dream remembering facilitator around.  Really!... 8-10 gm taken in the middle of your sleep cycle… drink enough water to awaken to pee.  It is also useful for sleeplessness... 10 gm will help you go deeper below the monkey-mind loop and you are back to the dream time.
  
10]     “I have worked and introduced cacao now to a number of medicine shamans who hold ceremonies with Ayahuasca, Peyote, Kambo and other plant medicines, and all have experienced the same, deeply powerful, nurturing nature of this medicine and continually express their surprise and delight at how fast their own lives transform into greater heart-centered and heart-oriented flow and awareness, with deeply satisfying and rewarding and equally powerful healing effects for their groups. Each person’s experience is exceptionally unique, including my own, in each ceremony. I invite you try this for yourself, if the Cacao Spirit is calling you to play to the next level of your unique magic!”

There is an ancient history of combining cacao with magic mushrooms with natives in southern Mexico.  Real cacao is combined with medicine plants, in major to micro-doses, by many.  Realizations tend toward more permanent changes than with many psychedelic trips.  Many use cacao in the day-after integration from a deep journey with a medicine plant.  Be aware that with 40% more blood-flow to the brain, overdose is possible.  More on the use pages of this website.

“I have been working with other medicines for years now but only recently have begun to work with xocoatl medicina. Its proving to be the very best possible medicine for my journeywork. Can’t wait to see what bliss Mistress Cacao bestows upon us as She opens more and more. I was literally shocked how potent of an effect my last ceremony had on my internal work.”

11] There is an expression here at Lake Atitlan, Guatemala where this re-emergence of real cacao into the western world started: “Cacao and…”  Meaning cacao goes so well with everything!  Our cacao is for Life! 

Your chocolate is awesome. Makes laugh, cries, sing poems, meditate & Love.”


Productivity and Creativity:

1] One day when I was first selling my cacao a fellow came to the door to buy another block.  I knew he didn't meditate, so I asked what he was using it for.  He said that as a writer he could hold 3 story-lines in his head and weave them together into the story he was writing.  With our cacao in his system he was able to hold up to 9 simultaneous story-lines, and the result worked for others and gave him a lot more fun as a writer. That is a 3-times brain expansion.

2] We have since heard much the same from other writers… artists… musicians… and other creators… that this kind of cacao connects them to another level of functioning… group or individual.  A group of musicians, the producer, and the sound engineer, connect together in that ‘groove’, and it works… 

"the track got recorded with fewer takes and more magic"

Our kind of cacao is a profound group facilitator.

3] People who value workplace productivity, innovation, or decision making tell us that our cacao in their system connects them to the ‘flow’ of deeper knowing and inner prioritization… it just works. Keith’s Cacao brings your rational mind and intuition together. Your left and right brain co-create in a better synergistic partnership, where each does what it does best, and the whole is greater than the parts.   

People find themselves with a lowered tendency to control and manage, and they experience the flow itself bringing resolution that formerly would have been a problem demanding fixing.  With the insight and prioritization that also goes with the enhanced brain function from cacao, this significantly impacts productivity

Those at the executive decision-making level tell us their job is easier, with less FUD [Fear, Uncertainty, Doubt].  Unless you are a heavy coffee drinker, be careful with common cacao that has a high caffeine content… too buzzy, no focus… and generally fewer of the compounds impacting creativity.

“I couldn’t believe the difference!”

Studies show a 40% increase in blood flow to the brain.  The first scientific paper on this showed that a group of elderly in an old-folks-home had their brains wake up with a 30% blood flow increase from a smaller dose.

4] Software coders tell me that this cacao makes their brain work as they always imagined a brain should work. They can hold more things simultaneously in their heads, and know far better how the code they are writing will impact various other parts of the software.  And they have a day of more stamina and clarity.     

5] Cacao is an excellent facilitator for group work… focus groups, team-building, and brainstorming.  There is less stress, more harmony, fewer individual discordant agendas, more connection with the work [ego quiets and insight flows], and more cooperation with others [more cooperative heart connection and synchronicity]. The best co-creation facilitator by far!

"I have been giving it to coworkers in my office and I have really seen a synchronization of our energies and have been able to make a heart connection in a place usually filled with low vibes and stress."

Give yourself, or your company, an edge that works!

6] Learning anything, from school to guitar… is more efficient with some real cacao… tests are easier, too.  Time to design a website… cacao! 

I have given it to a number of medical students who worked with it during exam periods and they found a huge difference in their concentration abilities, their ability to retain information and their motivation even to study... and... coffee cravings dropped."

If you read a technical book or study a manual, you will understand deeper and retain much more, with some real cacao in your system.

7] Using cacao, housework and chores go easier and faster, and are much more enjoyable, Time to clean the kitchen… cacao!


Workouts and Sports:

1] Many tell us that using our cacao for exercise workout routines has replaced all the supplements for energy and motivation that they previously took.

2] Real cacao removes much of the mental limitations… increases your excitement for physical activity… helps those who struggle with maintaining their commitment to physical activity to follow through…… facilitates motivation.   Makes it easier to do good things for yourself… easier to prioritize your life.

3] For exercise: real cacao helps you visualize success, clear negative chatter, and focus on your goal.  There is less boredom with repetitive exercises like treadmills and stationary bikes.  Our brains create barriers designed to protect us … cacao moves you beyond the barriers where the mind says “stop”.  The brain relaxes into succeeding, in easy partnership with your body.  Visualize success and completion, and you’re there!  Actually, this applies to everything… growth… creativity… productivity.  Go deeper, farther, faster in your own harmonious flow.  It is easier to distinguish the voice of fear or resistance from knowing, for your own body… and to not ‘buy into’ the limitation. 

With cacao you are not looking to get through it… you are in it, expanding it creatively and performing at a higher level.  Mental outlook is more positive, and you are more present.

4] Medical journals report: there is more than 80% increase in oxygenation to the body.  

"Even though I had increased the weight by 15% at each interval over the previous week, I was able to do more reps in each set with the cacao in my system.”  

5] The vasodilation and increased blood flow from cacao helps endurance in sports, as well as attitude.  But the biggest difference seems to be in the creativity… like snowboarding… where more inventive flow means more fun!

6] Walking or hiking… more enjoyable, with more connection / appreciation of your surroundings [including colors and bird sounds]... and any companions.  Cacao!

7] Gym or Yoga Studio… Bring your clients to another level.  Offering cacao (that has the correct balance without the caffeine) will set you apart from the crowd.  Many years ago, I introduced a high-end yoga studio to a menu item of a little bowl of whole peeled cacao beans and one of agave, honey, or artichoke syrup… dip a bean and crunch!  

"With cacao in everyone, there is a deeper connection with each other and a deeper focus on the task.  Teachers can better tap into the needs of the collective, so can better guide the class."


Medical and Health:

1] Cacao has the highest antioxidant content of any food.  Cacao is considered a ‘superfood’. It also has one of the highest concentrations of iron, magnesium, sulfur, and available calcium.

2] The most medically researched aspect of cacao is its effect on cardiovascular health.  In a few months of regular use, it completely cleans the deposits from your arteries, so there is nothing to break loose and cause a heart attack or stroke.  The vasodilation properties open and relax blood vessels so aneurysms (exploded brain blood vessels) are rare.  This works even if you are over 60 and on a high salt / fat diet.  With locally made, traditionally processed cacao [where, as with our cacao, the goodies are not removed] the first medical journal paper on this showed 8% of the death rate from cardiovascular problems, compared to a control group matched for age, weight, and genetics who did not drink traditional cacao.  A minimum dose of 20 grams daily of our cacao is sufficient to maintain these benefits after a few months of higher dosage to clear the arteries.

Regular cacao use is the best cure for high blood pressure.  People who consume real cacao daily do not have high blood pressure, even with a high salt diet, advanced age, and overweight.  At first use, blood pressure drops only for an hour or 2… continued use for months results in a 24-hour drop.  Use a higher dose for the first months and then a minimum maintenance dosage about 20 grams of our cacao daily.

3] In that same study, cancer was 16% of the control group… and some cancers, like cervical, were almost unknown.

4] Adult onset diabetes was 39% of the control group.  Research shows real cacao improves insulin sensitivity and, therefore, diabetes is less likely.

5] Real cacao is well-known for balancing brain hormones and benefiting mood, PMS, etc. 

I can’t tell you how much the cacao spirit is helping me.....and i don’t crave normal chocolate anymore.....not even when it’s my moontime!  I have been addicted all my life.....thank you soooo much for bringing her :-)”

6] Real cacao contains several ‘bliss chemicals’, one of which is the brain’s natural cannabinol.  Others are compounds associated with love, or when you are engaged in an activity where you lose track of time.

7] The Monoamine Oxidase Inhibitors [MAOI’s] and other consciousness compounds in cacao serve as effective anti-depressants, and can also be used to get off anti-depressants and anti-psychotics, especially if there is the motivation to delve into the underlying issues that these medications are designed to suppress. 

“…from my experience, it has seemed to remove the roots of severe long-term clinical depression. (or rather, has helped me do the internal processing of those roots...”

"Cacao has “helped me process strong emotions and also have motivation to take action on some of the neurosis.”

And on the other side, we often hear that our cacao is useful for an anxiety attack… it helps clear the monkey-mind cycling and smooth you into a deeper layer where the relevant fears are seen for what they are, and so are not as empowered and in control.

8] An improvement over afternoon Adderall… and no depressive let-down from extended use.  Years ago i knew a stock trader on the floor that replaced cocaine with our cacao... His wife told me... 

"better at his high-pressure job... could juggle more faster in his head... got a raise... no martinis after work to come down... and home to wife and kids."

9] Cacao increases oxygenation to all parts of the body. Studies have shown smoother skin texture, improved microcirculation, increased oxygen saturation, and improved skin hydration with even a single cacao use.  In our experience, people look younger after prolonged regular cacao use. My sweetheart Barbara, in her mid-60’s and a cacao drinker for 10 years, is regularly asked by 20 somethings what she does with her skin… having seen old photos of her Mom, it is not genetic!

10] Used correctly, real cacao is of great benefit in pregnancy, birth, post-partum depression, and lactation.  It works well for many with morning sickness.  Our cacao has helped many Moms find a deeper connection and love with both born and unborn children.  

A therapist: “Many have shared their experience describing deeper peace, love and connection with Self and little one."

‘Cacao Children’ are different…

“The babies born to women who had been eating chocolate daily during pregnancy were more active and “positively reactive” – a measure that encompasses traits such as smiling and laughter.”

11] We have many reports of real cacao [important: without the caffeine!] making a significant difference in ADD, ADHD, autism, OCD and similar conditions… in both children and adults.  Significant improvement in communication and social interaction, both with peers and adults, is normal.  It helps in expressing the gifts that some with autism have in a more balanced way, without damping them down.

12] Cacao extract has been shown to do a far better job then fluoride of re-mineralizing teeth and preventing the growth of the bacteria whose acids cause cavities. There is a toothpaste with it!  We have used our sifted cacao powder to brush our teeth for 5 years. No cavities, less plaque and tartar. 

People who brushed their teeth with cacao-extract toothpaste twice a day for one week had ‘100 percent dental occlusion’ with their tooth dentin becoming re-mineralized or repaired.”

13] The fats [cacao butter] found in whole cacao are considered to be healthy… although they are technically saturated, they are long-chain steric acids and do not react in the body in harmful ways… cacao is recommended by some to lose weight as it stimulates metabolism.

14] Cacao has a long history of use for rebuilding the body in convalescence from enervating diseases... and was used on Caribbean islands in the era of the sailing ships for this purpose.

15] Cacao is used as part of ending addiction or substance abuse, and in detox from alcohol to cocaine to heroin, by several we know.  It assists in the deeper understanding of the inner issues behind what is happening on the surface.  Sure, you can use cacao itself in an addictive manner, but it will assist you in understanding your addictive tendencies if you want to go there.  There is no ‘crash’ or withdrawal, even for a heavy and prolonged user, if cacao usage is discontinued abruptly. 

Coffee cravings drop a lot. Couldn't believe it at the beginning as a coffee addict like me. But, oh yes, they do really drop.”

16] Cacao in your system is a sunburn preventive… it takes at lest twice as much sun exposure to burn.

17] There is increasing evidence that cacao drinkers have less dementia, senility, and Alzheimer’s.

18] Cacao reduces bad and increases good cholesterol.  There are many medical papers on this.

19] There is some research on protection against many chronic degenerative diseases.

20] Cacao is known as anti-inflammatory.

21 The theobromine found in cacao was found to halt coughs better than codeine or commercial cough suppressants.

22] Chocolate is cheaper than therapy and you don’t need an appointment.”


To purchase our cacao, please go to our new e-commerce website:  https://keithscacao.com  blessings

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