A History of Healing
By William Blackmon | Submitted On April 19, 2012
Raw Cacao: The Cultural Craze, Part 2: A History of Healing
By William Blackmon | Submitted On April 19, 2012
First, either Nature, or God, or some sort of Nature God; or perhaps we could say the Unified Field of Evolutionary Intelligence, creates Cacao.
Cacao first emerges in the rainforests of Central and South America, though the history of its early spread is.not exactly known. And no one knows whether the bean or the tree came first, or what the exact role of indigenous people was in its natural selection process.
But the Incans, Mayans, Aztecs, and possibly even the Olmecs all had a close relationship with the Cacao bean on a number of levels: ecological, spiritual, economic, etc..
It’s well known by now that when first the Spanish explorers arrived in Central America, they discovered the Cacao bean to be the primary currency in the Aztec kingdom!
Aztec emperor Montezuma literally had vaults full of Cacao beans. He paid everyone in his kingdom, not in paper president money, but in actual bean food form.
Can you imagine? 3 beans for an egg, or 30 for a chicken? Not only that, but emperor Montezuma was supposedly the original Chocolate addict, consuming untold amounts of chocolately beverage all the live long day. Not to sound irreverent of course, the guy just liked his chocolate. I understand!
So it was the Spanish who first came in contact with the bitter cacao beverage, eventually importing it to well-to-do European culture, who imbibed the drink with sugar or honey.
It wasn’t until the mid-1800’s that processing methods allowed the distribution of cocoa powder and the modern chocolate bar to be a widespread phenomenon. & it was only a matter of time before chocolate became as recognizable a food to the modern Westerner as soda, pizza, or the burrito. We will learn a little more about the Her-Story of Cacao in the following sections.
ChocoMytholgy: The Tasty Nature Avatar
If you’re like me & believe everything in the Universe has a little angel companion (a core, energetic intelligence), a deity or deva, if you will, then would you think that the chocolate deity or deva is more of a feminine energy or masculine energy?
I’ve often discussed this point with friends, because it is difficult to attempt to pin chocolate down as male or female (again, I’m talking about energetics here, not Sex or Gender). On the one hand, the fruit appears phallic (though I’ve also heard the fruits described as the breasts of a nature goddess, so this is definitely a matter of perspective), & needs a tropical, solar environment to thrive, cacao growing only 20 degrees north or south of the equator.
Additionally, various properties of the bean give it a brain boosting/psychoactive quality, as well as the tendency to stimulate, which we could definitely think of as yang, masculine properties. On the other hand, cacao trees do in fact grow best with ample jungle shade, and they are certainly delicate and particular about their environment. Chocolate is perhaps most well known for its ability to elevate our mood and open the heart, things we would associate with our more emotional, feminine part of ourselves.
My buddy Sirius is a major chocolatier, and has contemplated the same conundrum, as have Cassidy, Jessalynn, and other notable chocolatier friends of mine. The answer I’ve received again and again relates both to the cosmological beginnings of Cacao, the Mythological stories that accompany the Cacao Spirit, and how Cacao is actually practically relating to the World today in very visible ways.
Cacao embodies both masculine and feminine qualities, so it needn’t be seen as primarily one or the other. It’s both for a reason! Firstly, if we look at the genetics of the bean, it’s very easy to see it’s one of the most complex, unique, and powerful foods on the planet. It holds a lot of really potent information. Secondly, if we look at the Mayan creation stories involving Cacao (cosmological stories), it is said that one of the main ingredients in creating humans was Cacao, which leads me to think of it as having Universal qualities for both male and female human existence.
Many Central and South American indigenous legends speak of Cacao as playing a role of balance, a role of harmonizing. The most recognizable theme across All the Cacao stories is that of the Cacao spirit coming in full force to restore mankind’s balance with Nature, to bring harmony to our relationship with ourselves and the Earth. When we need to be reminded of our Nature connection most, Cacao comes to the rescue!
And so it is now on the planet, a time when we need to be continually reminded of our relationships with ourselves, each other, and the Earth.
And so it is that Cacao is such the craze these days, especially amongst the growing ranks of cultural creatives and various evolutionary beings. It’s ability to balance and harmonize all things is apparent on so many levels: Economy with Ecology; Science with Art; Nutrition with Fun; Grounded embodiment with uplifted Awareness. The Cacao spirit does not bring the Black or the White of the Yin/Yang, but rather brings the two into balance. Therefore we could think of the Cacao Deva is having a spirit akin to an Avatar.
Generally speaking, the word Avatar refers to an incarnation of Deity or Spirit. Messiahs come to Earth to redeem the souls of human beings, to save souls. Whereas Avatars specifically come to the planet to bring balance. There is not as much frame of reference in Western world-views for the Avatar energy, though it is definitely prominent in Eastern awareness. So I submit to you this: The Cacao Deva embodies many qualities, both feminine and masculine, and is here to help us come into balance on all levels, inwardly and outwardly. The Tasty Nature Avatar! We’ll look a little closer at the practicalities of the Ecological harmony that Cacao offers us in part 3 of the Raw Cacao Cultural Craze.
William Blackmon is a Holistic Health coach and Wellness educator living in the Nevada City area of the Northern California Sierras. He draws on his experience from his many passions in life, such as gardening, yoga, meditation, community living, and nutritional education to deliver simple perspectives and tools that bring more vibrancy and peace to people’s lives.
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