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11 AMAZING Benefits of Raw Cacao -Why I LOVE Chocolate and leading Cacao Ceremonies

 

Cacao Ceremonies are SO healing. As a priestess I love leading them for so many reasons. Once cacao enters the body I see magic happen. A sparkle in the eye, a smile, a tear and even giggles. The beautiful plant wants to connect with us and heal our hearts of lifetimes of trauma and past on fears. Cacao offers us a way to be more joyful and let go and connect back to our GOD Center.

Raw cacao offers amazing health benefits for your entire body! The Incas considered it the drink of gods, an association that gave rise to the scientific name of the cocoa tree, Theobroma cacao, from the Greek words theo (god) and broma (drink).

  1. Find your Bliss ( Get Happy With Cacao) -Some days you just need to find your bliss – cacao is one of the healthiest foods you can consume. Cacao contains the mood improver, anandamide – known as the bliss molecule, which creates a feeling of euphoria. Plus it's loaded with theobromine, found to halt coughs better than codeine or commercial cough suppressants with the equivalent of two cups!

 

  1. It Puts You "In The Mood" Another mood-enhancing compound found in cacao is PEA or phenethylamine, which triggers the release of endorphins and pleasurable opium-like neurochemicals. These often release naturally when we fall in love and during sexual activity. (The only other food on earth that contains PEA is blue-green algae.) In addition, these chemicals improve libido, which is probably why chocolate is so popular on Valentine's Day!

 

  1. Helps To Keep Mood Swings At Bay Cacao boosts brain levels of serotonin, the feel-good brain chemical. When women are experiencing PMS serotonin levels drop dramatically. The benefits of cacao are proven to boost the brain levels of calming hormones and restore feelings of well-being.

 

  1. Protects You From Heart Disease Flavanols are an anti-inflammatory and heart-protective antioxidant group found in cacao. Studies show they can protect against cardiovascular disease, reduce the risk of stroke, and help improve blood circulation! Cacao contains over 700 compounds and the complex antioxidants found in it known as polyphenols help reduce ‘bad cholesterol’ and prevent hardening of the arteries.

 

  1. Helps To Improve Brain Function Cacao appears to improve cognitive function and prevents Alzheimer’s! A Harvard study by Dr. Gary Small, showed that middle-aged people who drank two cups a day had improved memory and increased blood flow to the brain.

 

  1. Helps To Prevent Signs Of Premature Aging. Polyphenol antioxidants found in cacao belong to the same group of antioxidants as green tea and red wine. These anthocyanins (found in dark colored fruits) and catechins (found in green tea) protect our cells from premature oxidation or destruction and can keep us looking and feeling younger longer.

  2. Energy Boosting Naturally! Mineral-rich cacao energizes the body without over stimulating the nervous system, giving you incredible long-lasting energy! Create loads of energy and combat fatigue with one of the highest concentrations of magnesium found in this natural food source. Magnesium also helps to protect against osteoporosis, reduces type II diabetes, and lowers blood pressure. Raw cacao powder (2tbsp) contains 52mg or 14% of daily value.

 

  1. Beauty Food- Shiny Hair skin and nails. Get shiny hair, strong nails, and take care of your liver and pancreas with this great source of sulfur. Sulfur has a significant impact on our complexion, hair and how our skin glows. It has the ability to continuously build and rebuild collagen and keratin which is important for hair, skin and nails to get their shine whilst also playing an important role in driving nutrients into and out of cells, blood sugar regulation, tissue repair and our immune system. In 2006 the Journal of Nutrition found that women who drank cacao with at least 326 mg of flavonols a day had better skin texture, improved microcirculation, increased oxygen saturation, and improved skin hydration than those didn’t.

 

  1. Metabolism boosting. A Swiss study found that in just under two weeks cacao reduced the stress hormone cortisol, improved metabolism, and even improved gut microbial activity. Not getting enough antioxidants in your diet can have dangerous long-term health consequences.

 

  1. Better than Fluoride for teeth!  Recent studies from Tulane University discovered that an extract of cacao powder was even more effective than fluoride in preventing cavities. This crystalline extract similar to caffeine helps harden teeth enamel!

 

  1. It's Nature's Aspirin! The Department of Nutrition at University of California, Davis, discovered that cacao thins blood and can prevent blood clots. This finding shows that cacao can be just as beneficial as taking an aspirin a day.

Aurelia's Awakening

 


12 years ago after my daughter was born I contracted Lyme disease and Ehrlichia chaffeensis a severe and rare tick borne infection that can be fatal especially when untreated. I was postpartum with a c section and went undiagnosed for close to a year. Because I was a new mother, I had nothing to compare it to. I thought every new mother was just very tired and the myriad of MDs told me- to just go home and sleep. And because "I looked fine" doctors had a hard time filing me in a diagnostic box. As time went on, the infections nestled deep within my nervous system, muscular system and joints. Causing severe pain, heart arrhythmias, memory loss, word retrieval issues (for the most simplest of words such as “chair”) and sleep paralysis. Imagine being fully awake and not being able to move your body. Shooting pains in my elbows would not allow me to sleep at night and my nerves would twitch and buzz like I was electrified.

But one of the most notable moments came when I forgot how to read music. The musical staff that I had been a staple in my brain since I was five years old meant nothing to me. I couldn’t understand the symbols. It was if my entire life’s work was blank. 
But I could “feel”. At that point my life consisted of pain, daily physical, mental and emotional pain. And every fear you can imagine showed it’s face. This went on for almost 2 years.

Those years I lived my greatest nightmares which eventually became my biggest gifts, although going through it felt much more like a living hell. 
The physical, mental and emotional suffering was palpable but because nothing else was working I slowly started to learn to listen and trust my own body; and it became my temple.
During those years I committed to healing myself from the INSIDE out.
The light and sound sensitivity was intense which forced me to find a new way to see (intuitively)
I could only concentrate for a short time due to headaches and Lyme induced anxiety which guided me to a daily practice of meditation. 
For a year I only walked on cement for fear of getting bit again which in turn allowed me to acknowledge my fear of death and uncertainty. 
Facing myself daily was interesting and difficult. Why was I unhappy? Why did I allow mistreatment from my partners? Where did the drive for achievement and perfectionism come from? Why did I have an immense amount of energy and creativity and what the hell am I supposed to be doing with it all? I was already teaching 600 students a week with a choir of 200. I went to Juilliard had a Masters Degree with an equivalent to a Phd in everything else I have studied. I was an athlete, had a nice house, new baby. Why couldn't I just BE? What was I really afraid of? It was as if I was having a mid life crisis at 32. Or was it? I was overstressed, overworked and overburdened and totally unfulfilled. THIS was my awakening.

Playing Beethoven’s Sonata No .8 at that time seemed like a distant memory. In the quiet recess of my mind I had much music to write. I hadn’t composed in over 10 years and it was time for my voice to be a heard again. I didn’t NEED the symbols to write from my heart. Sound is SOUND.

I remember the day I finally surrendered, on my knees in the laundry room on a pile of dirty clothes. I vowed to become an instrument of service to this earth. To use my gifts of creativity to heal and uplift others, because I so desperately wanted to be healed and uplifted. From that place forward I have continued to grow, learn, adapt and not accept status quo. Even if everyone else was doing it. I had never been a follower in my youth and it was time I remembered who I was and become who I was meant to be. I learned to be true to myself because my life (and health) depended on it. 
That was 2008. In 2012, SOUND was the first healing arts center to open the day after the tragedy in my town. It came in a dream in 2010 and was as if God said “Ok you are a healer now heal”. Next chapter...

Today I create music for love, I sing for enlightenment and live for joy, freedom and compassion. I help others because I know how it feels to suffer to be hurt, lost and alone. And I also know suffering is indeed optional Joy is our Divine birthright. And being human is downright difficult sometimes. Everyone is working on something.

Next month I am releasing new music. 
A symphony for the soul I wrote in 2010. It is a Sonic Journey that includes sound healing, chakra balancing, toning, high vibrational frequencies, brain altering sound waves, technology to reprogram our subconscious mind with a focus on the strongest biological electrical and magnetic field in the human body. And my friends it is NOT the brain.

So thank you for reading this Very Long Post. But I believe as humans when we act from a place of love, kindness, compassion and a bit of vulnerability at times it reminds us we are ALL connected by the virtue of being human; and humility is indeed grace. We might have different levels of consciousness but every human heart is equal.
💙💜💚❤️

Facing our Shadow Side

 


“Until they become conscious they will never rebel, and until after they have rebelled they cannot become conscious.” Orwell

Being curious about the darkness within and allowing parts of our shadow side (our wild, intuitive, creative and primal nature-sometimes dark) to be seen and integrated is paramount to our evolution individually and collectively.

The Birth of Sonic Journey Experience

 
We are POWERFUL beings, We CREATE positively or negatively but we are ALWAYS creating. 
And the more powerful you are the bigger the creations. 
And sometimes mine were not always beautiful. 

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