Lisa Fearon decided to take a trip to Central America and get stuck in with the meditative powers of cacao to cure her life for the better…
Have you always led a spiritual life?
I actually didn’t − I used to be a party girl. I worked two seasons out in Ibiza, but even then my motivation was that there had to be more to life than just going to work and coming home. I wanted to be around inspiring, happy, fun people, and enjoy life − which probably was the beginning of my spiritual path. It’s amazing how I now hold my transformational retreats out there, and essentially guide others through the life-changing experiences that I myself went through.
When would you say you had your ‘awakening’?
I’ve been on a journey of discovery since I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia in my early 20s. I was really fit and active, and an athlete throughout school and university. Then suddenly I was bedbound for days at times with extreme muscle pain all over. Looking back, I can see I was on a path of self-realisation, from the moment I was told that I was never going to be the same again. My GP kept telling me that there was no miracle cure, and I was to accept how my life was. I was told that if I continued working full-time and being as active as I was, I could end up in a wheelchair. That was hard to hear, but it ignited something in me that woke up this insatiable desire to explore what was going on in my body. I’d always wanted to go travelling, but it never happened, as I was always waiting for someone to come with me. But one day, I was given The Celestine Prophecy and it sparked an inner knowing that there was more to this life and our bodies than we are being taught − and I wanted to find out. I then went to Guatemala on a spiritual expedition which was absolutely life-changing. I overcame the pain, and returned a totally different person.
What was life like before that moment?
I’ve always felt different to everyone else a lot of the time, and never felt like I truly belonged anywhere. I had a hard time being accepted at school because of being mixed race, and my mum joined a strict religious group when my dad left, which meant we didn’t quite fit in anywhere. I held a lot of pain, fear and sadness for many years, and did well at distracting myself with sports by playing captain for many teams. At university, I began partying hard and spent whole weekends just dancing, which was an important phase of my life. It’s where I learned to open up and be more expressive and loving. I found somewhere in which I felt like I belonged. However, when I did allow myself to be still, I ended up consumed in my thoughts. I worried a lot about the state of things such as natural disasters and crises going on in the world. It used to really affect me, and I’d go deep into analysing eventualities. As a child, I had a strong, vivid imagination, and used to take on the weight of the world so to speak, which I later learnt was my empathic nature.
When did you first discover the transformative powers of cacao?
In 2012, I went on a spiritual expedition in Guatemala to overcome my chronic pain with the intention of learning what was behind it in order to heal myself. Part of the inner work we did was working with shamans and plant medicine. I had no idea what to expect, and actually felt slightly apprehensive after he gave a warning and asked if anyone had a heart condition. I wondered what on earth I had gotten myself into! We were given a warm drink of pure, ceremonial cacao − it was very surreal and completely out of my comfort zone. It was here that I had the most profound experience of my life. I felt overcome with a huge wave of emotion that welled up intensely. The shaman sat with me and talked me through what I was feeling, and going into the areas of pain that I was feeling. As I did, I started having flashbacks of memories which were when the pain first developed. I learned that I was a powerful empath with the ability to channel powerful energy, which the shaman got me to do as I assisted someone in the group with their healing experience. I felt energy flowing through me like I’ve never experienced before. My whole body was surging with vibrating energy, especially down my arms and into my palms. It was mind-blowing for me. In those few hours, I discovered with such profound clarity where the pain specifically was in my body, the emotions and memories connected to it and then was guided and assisted by the shaman to release it. I can honestly say that I’ve not experienced that pain ever since!
How did you find meditating with ceremonial cacao?
My discovery of meditation was a very special gift to me, and a massive turning point in my life. Through learning to let go and just be at peace, I received all of the answers to my years of questions. I realise now that meditation got me there because it connected me to my inner knowing. So for me, meditating with ceremonial cacao just enhances that experience tenfold. I’ve practised many forms of meditation, and love all practises, but this is something else. This is connecting to much higher energies and realms of deep self-awareness and self-actualisation. Cacao simply is a plant medicine, used by the Mayans, Aztecs and Incas in ceremonial settings to heal and receive guidance. I can see how powerful this must be, when you look into the wisdom that is behind their accurate calendar and astrological readings and predictions, with no tools or apparatus back then. For anyone who feels like they can’t meditate, or struggle to, I would highly recommend using cacao to assist you with it. Most of the people who come to my cacao meditations and workshops report difficulties, but are able to really let go and relax into deep meditative states with cacao. It allows us to really awaken and connect to the power that we hold within us, and the experience most people have in my groups is that of seeing how special and unique they are, and realising their true potential.
How has your life been since working with cacao?
My mind has been truly opened to the realms of opportunity out there, and the power and potential that I have within me. Most of all, I overcame the excruciating chronic pain and fatigue I suffered with for so many years. I can’t even begin to describe my joy and gratitude – which I worked through by meditating with cacao and connecting to the emotions at the root of the physical symptoms. So I actually feel a sense of freedom like never before. It has created a burning desire within me to assist others in breaking free of the things holding them back, whatever that may be.
How do you use cacao to help others?
As a life coach, I use ceremonial cacao to assist people who want to transform their lives in some way. I trained with the cacao shaman over a year after the first ceremony, and have integrated what I learned from him with my coaching techniques to create my own unique process. My style of coaching is taking elements of NLP, CBT and working very much with mindset and positive psychology. With the cacao, I guide each client through a meditation and allow them to explore within themselves whatever comes up − whether that’s releasing and letting go of things, or manifesting change in areas of their life. The cacao allows us to relax more into what we know to be true, more sub-consciously, rather than what we tell ourselves. It allows us to reach a much deeper level of self-awareness and brings us to states of realisation through gaining clarity on things that have been troubling or challenging us. This is great for someone who is at a crossroads in their life, requiring a big decision that determines their future path, or who feels stuck, lost or dissatisfied with life. Equally, working with cacao is amazing for those with a strong mindset and determination to be successful – to be guided in the best ways to achieve this. Together, we explore how to make the impossible possible, and I help people to live life fully.
What does the future hold for you and your journey through life?
I am excited for the future because I know when I work with the energy, mindset and motivation that channels through me, anything can happen. I love the concept and the law of attraction, and when you work with meditation, coaching processes, visualisation and cacao like this – it will push you past the limiting beliefs, fear and any old patterns holding you back, to this feeling of unlimited potential. I’ve been working with cacao personally for over five years, and with clients for healing purposes for the past three to four years. It never fails to blow my mind when I see the results clients get from it. I have seen some amazing, powerful breakthroughs in just one coaching session with my cacao process, that can take several sessions using conventional coaching methods. In my own personal experience, I’ve already achieved some of my dreams in bringing my cacao coaching workshops to Glastonbury and Shambala Festival. My next step with festivals will be creating a cacao café that people can experience the magic of cacao in different workshops, immersing themselves in beautiful, inspiring music in the evenings. I’m running transformational cacao retreats in Ibiza, which was another dream of mine. Along with taking groups of people on transformational retreat expeditions to Guatemala where my own transformation began (I’m running one that’s taking place in February 2018, from the 17th to 24th), I am now a spiritual coach on my own personal life coach retreats in Thailand, where I’m flown out twice a year to guide people through my process as ‘The Chocolate Coach’. I’m also drafting my story and experience in a book that will be out at the beginning of the New Year.
Lisa Fearon is a transformational coach who has designed a unique programme as ‘The Chocolate Coach’. For more information on her and her upcoming retreat in Guatemala, visit her website.