I have previously attended many ceremonies of this kind, but none like Sara’s. The high-quality production of the whole event as well as the energetic infusion together with love, care and devotion poured into it, was remarkable.
Upon arrival I was given such a gentle and welcoming greeting by one of the Vølva angels at the door. I could immediately feel that I entered a space of great love and care. I loved that people were only allowed to enter the ceremonial space once the event started. It added an element of transitioning from the buzzing outside world into a sacred space. When entering the room where the ceremony took place, everyone was given a palo santo smudge to cleanse them of all kinds of excessive or negative energies that they were carrying from the outer world.
We sat down in a circle, facing a beautiful mandala made out of flowers, crystals, candles and oracle cards. I could very strongly feel the sacredness in the room and atmosphere. People were slowly finding their places and once Sara arrived to the room, the ceremony officially started. She gave participants a warm welcome and briefly talked about practicalities related to ceremonial degree cacao, ceremonies where this sacred medicine is consumed, and what one might expect and should be aware of. After that we were invited to pick up a cup of cacao that we felt called to drink, from the circle in the middle.
We were guided to set personal intentions and to connect with the Cacao Spirit before consuming the beverage. What I loved was that Sara suggested us to keep the eyes closed or fixed on the mandala in the middle throughout the ceremony, in respect of each other’s personal space and experiences the medicine might bring upon. Some other times when attending these ceremonies, I’ve felt uncomfortable sitting in a circle where everybody was facing each other and there had not been a clear instruction of not wandering around the room with one’s eyes. I was so glad that instruction came this time, as the experiences during cacao ceremonies can be deeply profound and personal, and it sure feels much safer to fully surrender into the journey when everyone has been previously suggested to stay within their own space.
The cacao itself was hands down the best-tasting one I’ve ever had! Some spaceholders don’t mix cacao with sweeteners and therefore it often tastes very bitter and strong which is definitely a shocker for all the Nesquik fans out there. But this brew, wow. Such rich and soul-warming sweet yumminess!
I took a lot of time connecting with the cacao and my personal intention, entering an almost thoughtless space of pure presence while keeping the focus on deep breaths moving the cacao in my veins, opening my heart more and more with every breath until it had fully opened up. This gentleness and tenderness within felt so sacred and beautiful. Now I don’t remember so clearly in which sequence things happened as I was deep in my own experience, but felt so gently and lovingly held in this beautiful room full of people. Regardless a big amount of participants, it felt private. I felt very much free to just do what my body and heart space guided me to do in the moment, whether it was to sit down, journal, dance around, move and feel my body or lay down.
The music, Sara’s sacred drumming, singing and spoken words were at all times 100% on point and aligned with what I was experiencing in my being. While serving as a perfect facilitation into the experience, it also felt like a confirmation of the energies I was feeling within. Multiple times I received a message of wisdom, and the next moment Sara said the same thing out loud. That must mean that the energetic portals in the room had been fully opened and it was up to each participant how much they allowed those energies infuse their hearts and beings. I personally bathed in it, enjoying each moment. I felt such deep sacredness inside of me and cried tears of happiness, as for the fist time ever I felt complete acceptance of myself and of all I am. I felt that the journey has been so long, through a vast amount lifetimes and full of all kinds of experiences, learnings, struggles and integration processes, but that now I have finally arrived home. What a beautiful and soul-nourishing feeling it was.
Cacao is known to be the medicine of the heart – the medicine of gentleness and softness, wisdom and gratitude. When consumed in such setting as Sara’s ceremonies offer, the effects only amplify and it becomes a medicine of great remembrance and self-acceptance. I want to bring all my friends to future ceremonies of hers now as I wish for all people to experience this level of softening into their heart-spaces. I fully recommend Sara’s ceremonies to everyone. If you have never been to a Cacao Ceremony before, then within the range of my knowledge, there is no better place to experience it than at her events. If you are already familiar with the cacao and have attended ceremonies dedicated to this medicine before, but just not with her…Then this is an absolute must-do if you feel a calling to soften up and feel your heart fully.