The more you allow yourself to connect with unseen forces, the deeper your cacao experience will be.
Lillie’s story takes us on the journey of a true seeker’s discovery. In search of the meaning of unconditional love, Lillie met with Mother Cacao in the heart of the Amazon jungle. She shares her profound encounter.
‘I was there for healing.’ Lillie tells me. ‘I was grieving the loss of my father.’
From the darkness emerged the opportunity for Lillie to go in search of answers about the spirit world, a place she hadn’t visited since childhood.
‘As a kid I had imaginary friends and I was quite open to the spirit world. Society kind of crushed that. I went the opposite way, studying science, specialising in making prosthetic limbs to help people walk and play again. But Western medicine failed me. During my depression, I quit my job and went to a counsellor, who helped me see that it was up to me to save myself.’
When asked what she wanted to do, the only thing left that Lillie could feel any love for was travel.
‘She told me to go, that travelling would help me connect with my instincts and feel closer to my Dad. I went to find answers, to find myself and to find him, in a way.’
Lillie’s journey took her around Asia, Europe and South America, where she spent three months in the jungle journeying with plant medicine.
‘I took all these plant medicines and never once saw my father.’ Lillie exclaims. ‘I told one of my brothers in the tribe, before I leave I need to understand love. He laughed and said, ‘You need to sit with Mother Cacao.’ I thought he was joking. Chocolate? ‘Not chocolate, Lillie. It’s plant medicine.’ So I sat my final ceremony in the jungle with Mother Cacao. The shaman played his medicine drum and I went into a trance. That’s when I saw him at last.’
The vision opened Lillie’s heart to a feeling of love she had almost forgotten she could feel. It was in that moment Lillie received the healing she had set out to find.
‘The healing happened by having my eyes opened to the beauty in everything. Once you see that, there’s so much to live for. That was my first experience with Mother Cacao. She opened my heart and gave me a whole body experience of love.’
We delve deeper into the experience.
‘She gave me a vision where I was dancing, which is when I feel the most joy in my body. In the vision I fell down and I heard my father say, ‘Pick yourself back up.’ I picked myself up and started dancing again and he told me, ‘That’s unconditional love.’ I understood then, that love has no judgement. Love has no failure. Unconditional means you pick yourself up when you fall down and thank yourself for doing your best. The true healing happened when I understood what love is. Mother Cacao provided that.’
Lillie’s experience with Mother Cacao influenced the steps she took next along her path.
‘I got so excited I bought more cacao and helped the shaman facilitate another ceremony. A member of the tribe came up after and told me, ‘This is your medicine Lillie.’ I brought 1kg of ceremonial cacao back to Australia, where it sat in my cupboard for months. I asked spirit what I was supposed to do and dreamt that I would serve people cacao and help them find their power animal.’
Working completely intuitively Lillie began offering cacao to her friends and journeying with them to the spirit world. Soon she felt ready to share the experience with others, but after only three events the world was stopped in motion by the pandemic.
‘I was booked for a cacao ceremony at a festival Sacred was sponsoring. When everything went online, I called Dan to share my vision of doing online cacao ceremonies. I interrogated him asking, ‘Where’s the cacao from, what’s in there, do you have respect for it, what’s your story?’ By the end of the conversation...’ Lillie pauses, then laughs. ‘I’d found my cacao dealer.’
Lillie’s medicine is sound healing, which she shares every month at the Sacred New Moon Cacao Ceremony. We explore the art of sound healing and how it enhances the heart-opening benefits of cacao. In her work, Lillie uses crystal bowls to elevate the body’s frequency and the medicine drum whose rhythmic beat invites the mind into a relaxed, trance-like state.
‘If the mind isn’t quiet, the cacao can’t work.’ Lillie explains. ’The mind resists. Sound healing quiets the mind and activates the parasympathetic nervous system allowing us to rest, digest and rejuvenate. This is the system to heal. I’m sharing sound healing because I have suffered a lot from anxiety and stress. Sound healing allows me to have peace and it elevates my heart. I’ve learned that the more mindful we can be with our body, the more we can access our truth. Cacao puts us in the energy of love. Have a daily dose.’
The D.O.S.E as Lillie explains looks like this:
‘You get all that from drinking cacao. Dopamine affects the pleasure centre of your brain, oxytocin is the love hormone, serotonin is a feel-good chemical and endorphins allow for feelings of euphoria. A reason I love Sacred is that we have a delicious ceremonial blend, but we also have the flavours which I can drink everyday to get my daily dose.
‘I recommend having ceremonial cacao once a week or fortnight, only when you really want to connect with Mother Cacao. Activate your ceremonial cacao with intention.’ Lillie advises. ‘Cook her for a long time on a low heat. Sing to her, tell her a story. Enjoy that connection. Call on the elements, to the directions, to Mother Earth and Father Sky. Call upon the spirit of cacao. The more you allow yourself to connect with unseen forces, the deeper your cacao experience will be.’
Lillie’s rare and beautiful gifts mean she can be the bridge between worlds, integrating her insights and embodying the divine.
‘My medicine is sound, which is all about harmonising. All I want to do is bring harmony to people and planet earth. When you’re in love, truly in unconditional love, it transcends and transmutes everything. Connection to unconditional love, to me, is sacred.’