Updated: Mar 28
An Excerpt from “Regenerate Your Reality"
Authors: Jean Pullen & Eva Dalak
Writing a book about my regenerative lifestyle has been such a unique journey, and it wouldn’t have been the same without the support and involvement of many special humans, whose contributions appear throughout my book.
Eva Dalak is one of those humans that I love collaborating with and having her counsel and mentor me through effective communication. I am so grateful for the beautiful insights and inspiration that she brings to my book and my life, and I appreciate her allowing me to share a small piece of what we’ve co-created on her website. We are currently co-creating our magical lives as neighbors in the Pacific Mountains of Costa Rica.
I am so excited to share with you all an excerpt from my published book, Regenerate Your Reality: Your Guide to Regenerative Living, Happiness, Love & Sovereignty, including a special contribution and writing from Eva!
The book is published and if what you read here resonates with you, consider buying your copy now at: https://www.regenerateyourreality.com/bookpayment
Affirmation: Plants are my allies. Plants are my medicine. Plants are a Queendom; they connect me to the universe.
I love cacao as a source of magical inspiration. As I write this chapter “The Plant Medicine Queendom” I am sipping cacao and looking out at our food forest garden. I feel inspired and full of love and hope. I am grateful for neighboring families like Eva’s.
Cacao is used as medicine in various spiritual and healing-oriented ceremonies. When we consume it with the intention of healing or opening the heart, cacao has tremendous potential for doing some profound work.
“Let food be thy medicine, and let medicine be thy food
The natural healing force within each of us . . .
Everything in excess is opposed by nature.”
From a scientific standpoint, cacao is a food that is naturally high in magnesium, “the relaxer mineral,” which softens tissues, relaxes muscles, and eases tension. When we ingest a medicinal dose of cacao (around forty grams), the magnesium goes to the heart first, physically helping to release tension and constriction. These physical effects can also have a softening, energetic effect on what is known in yogic philosophy as the “heart chakra.”
How To Make Cacao
After breaking the cacao shell open, nibble off the sweet fruit that surrounds the seeds, imprinting your natural bacteria to start the fermentation process. Traditionally, the seeds are then wrapped in banana leaves to ferment for five days. Next, dry the cacao in the sun for three to five days, depending on the climate. Then lightly toast the beans over a fire, moving them slowly until the skins begin to crack. Remove the skins by hand and fan away the remaining shells and debris. Once the cacao beans are deshelled, they are traditionally hand-ground with stones. Then the pure cacao is poured into molds to set, or turned into chocolate with sugar or other ingredients.
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Written by Eva Dalak, Coaching, Training, Leadership, and Transformation
“Cacao is a medicine for everybody, as it has the capacity to balance every system in our bodies. It affects each one of us differently; it speeds or relaxes our metabolism, stabilizes fluctuating moods, enhances fertility, and so on. Drinking a large amount of cacao increases the heart and brain activity by 30–40 percent, and opens blockages of all sorts—physical and emotional.”
David L Katz, Kim Doughty, and Ather Ali, “Cocoa and Chocolate in Human Health and Disease,” Antioxidants & Redox Signaling (Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., November 15, 2011), https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4696435/.
Zahrah Sita, “Heart Opening Cacao Ceremonies,” The Costa Rica News, January 8, 2021, https://thecostaricanews.com/cacao-ceremonies/.
“Eva Dalak,” https://www.evadalak.me/.
Journaling Is Healing
“When I feel the need to connect or express myself, I often turn to introspection.
I start this process with two tools—a pen and a piece of paper.
My goal is simple: just write out everything I’m feeling.
It helps me to know there’s no time limit on this process and there’s no page length requirement. It’s a way for me to hold space for myself and acknowledge what I’m feeling.
I don’t hold back, I let it all out on the paper.
Every single time, I experience a shift.”
The Regenerate Your Reality Book is published!
Regenerate Your Reality will plant a seed of restoration in your path and remind you that we are all forces of nature. Regenerate Your Reality is published click here to support. (A portion of proceeds will support the planting of three trees for each book purchased.)
Thank you so much for reading! If you don’t know the project, Regenerate Your Reality uses permaculture, agroforestry, and education to bring sovereignty and happiness to our communities. It is our mission to restore the relationship between humans and the earth and build a regenerative future. Share the mission and learn more at www.regenerateyourreality.com.
Bio: Jean Pullen is a multi-talented artist, gardener, cook, musician, writer, and entrepreneur. Jean is the founder of Regenerate Your Reality, partner & director at Jungle Project, and a Soil Advocate at Kiss the Ground. Jean believes we can be part of the solution to the climate crisis, and that we all can play our part by living regeneration and coming back to our essence of love.