Because of how frequently I am asked if I distribute Cacao, I am so excited to be able to recommend an ethical source for it as an affiliate. Soul Lift Cacao is one of the only two sources that I go through to obtain quality Cacao, as their ethos and integrity is in alignment with mine. I am happy to say that the Cacao I obtain from them is the only Cacao that I serve in my ceremonies, as its quality, potency, and effect is the absolute best that I have ever experienced.
I am a very picky person when it comes to the quality of anything that I put on or in my body - especially when it comes to plant sacraments. I will only ever recommend companies and products that meet my personal expectations and standards, and Soul Lift does so in wonderful ways.
Soul Lift Cacao
Cacao is the natural form of chocolate before it is adulterated. It comes in the fruit that is shown in the picture two photos below and is taken through an ancient process that can involve hand-peeling, fermenting, and roasting the Cacao beans, to then rolling them out with a rolling pin to create a paste. This paste is then formed into a block in which it solidifies. When we prepare Cacao to be served, we most commonly craft a hot beverage out of it - which is where modern civilizations got the idea of "hot chocolate."
Traditionally, Cacao is served in sacred ceremony as a plant medicine/sacrament. It has been utilized for thousands of years for all types of physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual wellness & healing, and is generally called upon for heart-healing. I learned a story in my studies years ago that told us an ancient legend/prophecy of Cacao and its purpose on Earth. To read more about this, visit the Cacao section of my Plant Sacraments page by clicking here.
Founded by Nick Meador, Soul Lift Cacao is a small business out of Portland, Oregon, that has built itself on the intention of "making delicious ceremonial Cacao available in the U.S. and beyond, in a way that promotes mindfulness, supports sustainable farming, and protects indigenous traditions." They "only source from small family farms and collectives with sustainable practices and no GMOs," which are all important to me as well.
Nick and his team foster authentic relationships with their suppliers, who all also incorporate indigenous Mayan traditions in their practices. Because of being aware of the "harm [that] has been done in the hot and humid parts of the world where Cacao grows," it is also important to SLC that all of their suppliers have safe working conditions and above-average pay. They operate from a place of "seeking to remedy the wrongdoings of the past by having a net positive impact on the people and places that produce our Cacao."
Holistic Wellness: Supporting people to build a healthier lifestyle according to their unique needs.
Sustainability: Having a net positive impact, within and without.
Accountability: Taking responsibility for our actions, and looking at the big picture so that we can remedy the wrongdoings of the past.
Spiritual Evolution: Guiding people to unlock their destiny and maximize their life purpose.
Wonder: Fostering a state of awe and curiosity about the mystery of life, and how that is enriched by Cacao.
Something else that I value about this company is that Nick and his team find so much importance in educating their customers and followers. Something that I often find lacking in the rapidly growing "plant medicine" sphere is proper education when it comes to the cultivation, preparation, history, and health benefits and risks of the plant sacraments being offered for sale and served in public events.
Soul Lift Cacao makes it a point to regularly share educational material on their platforms so that people who are purchasing it are informed of where it comes from, what the differences between sources are, how to prepare it properly, and what the effects on the body, heart, and mind are. They even teach what questions to ask someone who is selling or serving Cacao in order to determine if they are in integrity and properly educated themselves.
I feel that this level of integrity, intentionality, and ethical standards is so valuable to have in a "market" that is quickly becoming saturated with people that are not following safe practices because of just seeing this sacrament as "chocolate." Cacao is a powerful South American plant medicine that should be treated like any other.
One of my absolute favorite things about Soul Lift Cacao is the variety of Cacao that they offer! Goodness, I have never seen another Cacao distributer that has such a wide selection of both ceremonial Cacao options, and also artisanal drinking chocolates *tips hat to Soul Lift*. This is so awesome to me, because I am able to procure Cacao that I serve in ceremony and Cacao that I want to drink on a daily basis through them. Of course, if you want to consume your ceremony Cacao on the daily then there is no problem with that. I personally prefer to have Soul Lift's "Artisanal Drinking Chocolate" as my day-to-day Cacao beverages, largely because of all of the fun flavor options that they have created!
Have you ever had a chai Cacao drink? or a snickerdoodle one?! How about a chocolate cherry option for your heart-opening Cacao? Or a nice CBD infused one to help you unwind? I could go on forever about SLC's awesome flavor menu - like their seasonal pumpkin spice blend - so I'll just let you go poke around for yourself. Soul Lift Cacao has an option for anyone's palette and finding a favorite may be difficult, because they're all just so tasty.
Would you like to purchase Cacao? Click the link below to access a lovely variety of ethically-sourced, sustainably-harvested, and lovingly prepared Cacao. I am an affiliate with Soul Lift Cacao, and offer a small discount for purchasing this sacrament through my affiliate link. Enjoy 5% off of your purchase by using the link below, or enter "ETHERIC" as your discount at purchase!
I am proud to share that LavaLove Cacao is the only type of Cacao that I serve in my ceremonies. While all of the different Cacao options that Soul Lift carries have their own benefits, cultivation methods, processing styles, and energetic makeups, I have the strongest and most intimate connection with the spirit that LavaLove brings. I have never felt the spirit of Cacao in a more present, expansive, heart-opening way than when I am sitting with LavaLove Cacao, and I always recommend the medicine that the Mendoza family so lovingly provides for us.
Made with criollo Cacao beans, LavaLove is potent, flavorful, and of the highest quality. Criollo Cacao was the "original" species of Cacao cultivated by the pre-Colombian peoples of Mesoamerica. Criollo translates to "native," or "of local origin," and is said to be the type of Theobromine Cacao that was ingested by the ancient gods. It is rarer than the other types of Cacao, said to make up only 0.01 to 3.0% of all Cacao grown in the world. Criollo Cacao is also lower yielding, slower growing, and much more expensive than other types. It is generally only harvested for ceremonial Cacao production, and also for use in luxury chocolate.
In my book, there is just no comparing this type of Cacao with others. Not when it comes to taste, texture, quality, effect, experience, etc. If you're a ceremonialist or student of Cacao, try Lava Love out.
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