Die heilige Kakao-Zeremonie an Neu- und Vollmond

Der Tag neigt sich dem Ende und Alle erwarten gespannt die kommende Vollmondnacht und die lang ersehnte Kakao-Zeremonie, uns miteingeschlossen. In der Atmosphäre knistert es und 200 Menschen versammeln sich langsam um das riesige Lagerfeuer.

Eine Gruppe von Menschen, herangereist aus den verschiedensten Teilen der Welt und alle mit den unterschiedlichsten Intentionen für die bevorstehende heilige Nacht.

Wir sitzen zu diesem Zeitpunkt bereits seit drei Stunden in unserem Tipi, umgeben von Schwestern, Brüdern, modernen Schamanen. Alle mit einem Ziel vor Augen: Einen Trank aus der heiligen Kakao Bohne zu fertigen, der 200 Seelen bei der kommenden Vollmond- und Kakao-Zeremonie das Herz öffnet.

Wir sind Kakao Schamanen

..zumindest nennen uns die Leute so, doch einen Trank für 200 Menschen haben wir noch nie gebraut. Wir verspüren leichte Anspannung, während der Trank mit einem großen, von der Rinde befreiten Ast langsam im Uhrzeigersinn verrührt wird. Haben wir genug Kakao? Stimmt das Kakao Gewürz Verhältnis?

Das singen von Mantren, heiligen Liedern, Wörtern und Silben, entspannt die Zubereitung und zollt dem Akt den nötigen Respekt. Ein Ritual so alt wie die Menschheit selbst. Wir beruhigen uns. Kakaoduft überall.

Nach fast vier Stunden ist es vollbracht, der Kakao ist fertig. Es fehlen nur noch wenige Zutaten und wir sind bereit für das große Spektakel. Um das Lagerfeuer werden schon lautstark spirituelle Lieder gesungen und dem bereits sichtbaren Mond gewidmet.

Alles kommt zur Ruhe. Die Blicke sind auf den unübersehbaren Kessel gerichtet, mit dem wir in langsamen Schritten Richtung Lagerfeuer gleiten. Wir atmen noch einmal tief durch und initiieren den heiligen Trank.

Kakao im Blut und unser Herz öffnet sich

Das Feuer brennt lichterloh, nun auch in unseren Herzen. Die Nacht beginnt und der Kakao entfaltet seine magische Wirkung. Mein Herz tanzt und mein Körper bewegt sich zu den lautstarken Bässen der unzähligen schamanischen Trommeln.

Die Nacht hat nun begonnen und die Kakao Zeremonie hat sich zu einem ekstatischen Tanz entwickelt, geführt von donnernden Drums, begleitet von 200 Herzen, die im selben Takt schlagen.

„Das ist also Magie“, flüstert mir mein Verstand zu. „Nichts Unbekanntes“, singt mein Herz und übernimmt das Steuer. Wir singen und tanzen als ob es keinen Morgen gäbe und in diesem Moment, sind wir unsterblich.

200 Menschen verschmelzen miteinander, verschmelzen mit dem Boden unter ihren nackten Füßen und verschmelzen mit dem strahlenden Mond über ihren Köpfen. We are one.

Heiliger Kakao – Speise für Könige und Götter

Wie alt die Kakao Bohne tatsächlich ist und seit wann diese als Speise von Menschen zu sich genommen wird, wissen wir nicht wirklich. Die ersten Berichte über Kakao Zeremonien reichen bis zu 4000 Jahren vor unsere Zeit. Zu diesen Zeiten war die Kakao Bohne nur den Königen und Adeligen vorbehalten. Unter den Mayas und Azteken war die Kakao Pflanze und die daraus gewonnene Nahrung auch als „Nahrung der Götter“ bekannt.

In Kakao Zeremonien wurden schon immer heilige Lieder gesungen, Trommeln und Rasseln gespielt und andere spirituelle Riten praktiziert, um letztlich den Geist des Kakaos zu Rate zu ziehen. Cacao Mama, der Geist, der in der Kakao Bohne innewohnt und unser Herz öffnen soll.

Oftmals finden die Kakao Zeremonien an Vollmond oder Neumond statt. Diese eignen sich sehr gut, da die Energie des Mondes uns leitet und Intentionen an Vollmonden oder Neumonden mit dem Kakao bestärkt werden können.

Spirituelle Pflanze mit heilenden Kräften

Alte Mythen besagen: Wenn die Erde aus dem Gleichgewicht gerät, steigt der Geist des Kakaos aus dem Regenwald empor und geleitet uns wieder ins Gleichgewicht. Cacao Mama öffnet unser Herz, lehrt uns wieder Barmherzigkeit, Güte, Mitgefühl und Liebe für alle Lebewesen auf Erden. Kakao ist keine psychodelische Pflanze wie andere Heilpflanzen, die gerne von Schamanen zu Heilzwecken verwendet werden.

Sie ist vielmehr eine Pflanze, die uns sanft in Resonanz mit unserem Herzen bringt und uns unsere persönliche Wahrheit offenbart. Sie leitet uns gefühlvoll zur Tür, schiebt uns jedoch nicht hindurch!

Sie schenkt uns die nötige Energie und offenbart uns auch die Schattenseiten der Wahrheit. Ihre Kraft liegt darin uns auf die innere Arbeit vorzubereiten und uns den Weg zu zeigen. Ob wir diesen Weg der Heilung und der Erforschung weiter erkunden, liegt letztendlich in unserer Hand.

Was macht die Kakaopflanze mit meinem Körper?

Es gibt zahlreiche Studien und Beobachtungen zu der heilenden Wirkung der Kakaopflanze. Das in der Pflanze enthaltende Theobromin kann zu therapeutischen Zwecken zur Behandlung von verschiedensten Erkrankungen genutzt werden, wie z.B.:

  • Bluthochdruck
  • Schlafstörungen
  • Depressionen
  • Herzrhythmusstörungen
  • Asthma
  • Nierenerkrankungen
  • Migräne, Kopfschmerzen
  • Trägheit
  • Demenz
  • Arteriosklerose
  • Angina

Kakao macht glücklich

Darüber hinaus enthält die Kakaopflanze viele weitere Wirkstoffe, die für unseren Körper eine wahre Wohltat sind. So ist die Pflanze reich an Antioxydanzien, Flavanolen , Tryptophan, guten Fetten und Proteinen.

Sogar die glücklich Macher Serotonin und Dopamin finden wir in der Heilpflanze. Diese heben unsere Laune und sorgen für eine höhere Hirnleistung, verbesserte Lernfähigkeit und besseres Erinnerungsvermögen. Hier geht’s zum ausführlichen Artikel in der British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology.

Kakao ist ein Superfood und kann sehr gut in unsere Diät integriert werden. Wer darüber hinaus gerne an einer Zeremonie teilnehmen möchte, kann den nächsten Vollmond ins Visier nehmen. Wir öffnen gemeinsam unsere Herzen, setzen Intentionen, reflektieren unser Inneres und schwingen zu Melodien der Herzenslieder aus aller Welt.


Inspired by clouds

Take your time.

I’ve got a Fujifilm X100s. It runs about $1300. It’s easily the best camera I’ve ever owned. I take care of it as best as I can, but I don’t let taking care of it impact the photography. Let me elaborate on that a bit better. You’ll get better at each section of what we talked about slowly. And while you do, you’ll be amazed at how much easier it all is and how the habit forms. The best way to get better at photography is start by taking your camera everywhere. If you leave your house, your camera leaves with you. The only exception is if you’re planning for a weekend bender — then probably leave it at home. Other than that, always have it slung over your shoulder. It would probably help to get an extra battery to carry in your pocket. I’ve got three batteries. One in my camera, one in my pocket, one in the charger.

When it dies, swap them all.

For me, the most important part of improving at photography has been sharing it. Sign up for an Exposure account, or post regularly to Tumblr, or both. Tell people you’re trying to get better at photography. Talk about it. When you talk about it, other people get excited about it. They’ll come on photo walks with you. They’ll pose for portraits. They’ll buy your prints, zines, whatever.

Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky.

— Rabindranath Tagore

Breathe the world.

I’ve got a Fujifilm X100s. It runs about $1300. It’s easily the best camera I’ve ever owned. I take care of it as best as I can, but I don’t let taking care of it impact the photography. Let me elaborate on that a bit better. You’ll get better at each section of what we talked about slowly. And while you do, you’ll be amazed at how much easier it all is and how the habit forms. The best way to get better at photography is start by taking your camera everywhere. If you leave your house, your camera leaves with you. The only exception is if you’re planning for a weekend bender — then probably leave it at home. Other than that, always have it slung over your shoulder. It would probably help to get an extra battery to carry in your pocket. I’ve got three batteries. One in my camera, one in my pocket, one in the charger. When it dies, swap them all.

For me, the most important part of improving at photography has been sharing it. Sign up for an Exposure account, or post regularly to Tumblr, or both. Tell people you’re trying to get better at photography. Talk about it. When you talk about it, other people get excited about it. They’ll come on photo walks with you. They’ll pose for portraits. They’ll buy your prints, zines, whatever.

Heavy hearts, like heavy clouds in the sky, are best relieved by the letting of a little water.

— Christopher Morley

Enjoy the morning.

The best way to get better at photography is start by taking your camera everywhere. If you leave your house, your camera leaves with you. The only exception is if you’re planning for a weekend bender — then probably leave it at home. Other than that, always have it slung over your shoulder. It would probably help to get an extra battery to carry in your pocket. I’ve got three batteries. One in my camera, one in my pocket, one in the charger. When it dies, swap them all.

For me, the most important part of improving at photography has been sharing it. Sign up for an Exposure account, or post regularly to Tumblr, or both. Tell people you’re trying to get better at photography. Talk about it. When you talk about it, other people get excited about it. They’ll come on photo walks with you. They’ll pose for portraits. They’ll buy your prints, zines, whatever. I’ve got a Fujifilm X100s. It runs about $1300.

It’s easily the best camera I’ve ever owned. I take care of it as best as I can, but I don’t let taking care of it impact the photography. Let me elaborate on that a bit better. You’ll get better at each section of what we talked about slowly. And while you do, you’ll be amazed at how much easier it all is and how the habit forms.

There are no rules of architecture for a castle in the clouds and this is real.

— Gilbert K. Chesterton

Free your mind.

The best way to get better at photography is start by taking your camera everywhere. If you leave your house, your camera leaves with you. The only exception is if you’re planning for a weekend bender — then probably leave it at home. Other than that, always have it slung over your shoulder. It would probably help to get an extra battery to carry in your pocket. I’ve got three batteries. One in my camera, one in my pocket, one in the charger. When it dies, swap them all.

I’ve got a Fujifilm X100s. It runs about $1300. It’s easily the best camera I’ve ever owned. I take care of it as best as I can, but I don’t let taking care of it impact the photography. Let me elaborate on that a bit better. You’ll get better at each section of what we talked about slowly. And while you do, you’ll be amazed at how much easier it all is and how the habit forms.

For me, the most important part of improving at photography has been sharing it. Sign up for an Exposure account, or post regularly to Tumblr, or both. Tell people you’re trying to get better at photography. Talk about it. When you talk about it, other people get excited about it. They’ll come on photo walks with you. They’ll pose for portraits. They’ll buy your prints, zines, whatever.

Photography is better shared.


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Just the other day I happened to wake up early. That is unusual for an engineering student. After a long time I could witness the sunrise. I could feel the sun rays falling on my body. Usual morning is followed by hustle to make it to college on time. This morning was just another morning yet seemed different.

Witnessing calm and quiet atmosphere, clear and fresh air seemed like a miracle to me. I wanted this time to last longer since I was not sure if I would be able to witness it again, knowing my habit of succumbing to schedule. There was this unusual serenity that comforted my mind. It dawned on me, how distant I had been from nature. Standing near the compound’s gate, feeling the moistness that the air carried, I thought about my life so far.

This is what has happened to us. We want the things we have been doing forcefully to fail. And then maybe people around us would let us try something else or our dreams. We are accustomed to live by everyone else’s definition of success. We punish people for the things they are passionate about, just because we were unable to do the same at some point in our life.

I was good at academics, so decisions of my life had been pretty simple and straight. Being pretty confident I would make it to the best junior college of my town in the first round itself, never made me consider any other option. I loved psychology since childhood, but engineering was the safest option. Being born in a middle class family, thinking of risking your career to make it to medical field was not sane. I grew up hearing ‘Only doctor’s children can afford that field’ and finally ended up believing it. No one around me believed in taking risks. Everyone worshiped security. I grew up doing the same.

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‘Being in the top will only grant you a good life’ has been the mantra of my life. But at times, I wish I was an average student. I wish decisions would have not been so straightforward. Maybe I would have played cricket- the only thing I feel passionate about. Or maybe I would have studied literature (literature drives me crazy). Isn’t that disappointing- me wishing to be bad at academics. It’s like at times I hate myself for the stuff I am good at.

I feel like these concrete buildings have sucked our desires and our dreams. We are so used to comfort that compromise seems like a taboo. We have lost faith in ourselves. If we can make through it right now, we can do the same in the days to come. You only need a desire to survive and nothing more- not money or cars or designer clothes.

Staying locked up in four walls have restricted our thinking. I feel like our limited thinking echoes through this wall. We are so used to schedules and predictable life that we have successfully suppressed our creative side.

When you step out of these four walls on a peaceful morning, you realize how much nature has to offer to you. Its boundless. Your thoughts, worries, deadlines won’t resonate here. Everything will flow away along with the wind. And you will realize every answer you had been looking for, was always known to you.

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Hey DJ play that song

Many years ago, I worked for my parents who own a video production company. Because it is a family business, you inevitably end up wearing many hats and being the czar of many different jobs. I mainly managed projects and worked as a video editor. On production, there were times that I was called on to work as an audio tech and was made to wear headphones on long production days. In those days, having a really good set of headphones that picked up every nuance of sound was essential to making sure the client got what they needed.

Keep me dancing.

Naturally, my first impression of these headphones is based off of the look of them. They have a classic over-the-ear style that is highlighted by a blue LED light that indicates the power for the noise canceling. The padding on the ear pieces seems adequate for extended usage periods.

They are wired headphones, but the 3.5mm stereo mini-plug cable is detachable. Something else I noticed right of the bat was the very nice carrying case that comes with them. It has a hard plastic exterior with a soft cloth interior that helps to protect the surface of the headphones from scratches. I never truly appreciated cases for headphones until I started carrying them from place-to-place. Now I can’t imagine not having a case.

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Once I gave the headphones a thorough once-over exam, I tried them on. As I mentioned, they have a classic over-the-ear style and just looking at them, the padding on the ear pieces seem adequate and the peak of the headband seemed to be a bit lacking, but you don’t really know comfort unless you try on the product. So, I slipped the headphones on and found them to be exquisitely comfortable.

Play me something for me and my darling, want you to make everything.

Now that I had the headphones on my head, I was finally ready to plug and play some music. I plugged the provided cable into the jack on the headphones and then the one on my iPhone 6. Then I called up Pandora. I tend to have a very eclectic music purview and have many stations set up for different moods. From John Williams to Fallout Boy, the sound quality of these headphones was remarkable. There is an amazing depth of sound and incredible highs and lows that make listening to music a truly breathtaking experience.

In order to test how voices sounded, and the overall art of sound mixing, I pulled up Netflix on my iPad Air 2 and watched a few minutes of a movie to hear all the nuances of the film. None of them were lost. In fact, I ended up hearing sounds that I hadn’t heard before. Echoes…birds chirping…wind blowing through trees…breathing of the characters…it was very impressive what the headphones ended up bringing out for me.