A friend forwarded a flyer announcing a "Cacao Ceremony". I'd never heard of such a thing.
A few weeks later I sat in a circle of expectant fellow imbibers.
For the record, Cacao is not like cannabis or mushroom. There are no hallucinatory trips. The effect is gentle, subtle and heart opening.
I'm Dane Libart a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) and past President of the Oklahoma Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers as well as the Orange County Chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness. I've spent two decades developing and implementing mental health programs for large governmental organizations. However, my passion is facilitating and participating in healing supportive groups.
I've been doing ceremony for a long time. I studied ritual and ceremony as a member of the Builders of the Adytum in Los Angeles. I spent years in a "mythopoetic" mens group using ceremony to open our hearts and heal our wounds.. The Course in Miracles also holds a special place in my heart. I've had the privilege of acting as the resident psycho-therapist and attending groups at the Miracle Distribution Center in Fullerton California.
I'm captivated by the idea of ancient Maya cacao ritual. I want to know more. Is the ceremony true to it's indigenous roots? What is ceremonial grade cacao? The more I learn the more complex and intriguing it becomes. I'm loving the quest. Join me in ceremony.