10-Week Module 7

10-Week Module 7

MODULE 7: SHADOW WORK AND THERAPEUTIC DISCOMFORT IN CACAO WORK

TABLE OF CONTENTS

7.1) Defining Shadow Work and Therapeutic Discomfort

7.2) Be Able to Explain Your “Why”

7.3) The Meaning of Different Arrangements and Positions 

7.4) Defining Trauma and Trauma Healing

7.5) Deep Considerations for Consent and Safety

7.6) Embodiment Toolkit – Quivering for Trauma Release

7.7) Experience Quivering for Trauma Release

7.8) Exercises

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WEEK 7 / EXERCISE 1

Go at least 4 days this week without consuming cacao. Notice if you have trouble with this, and if you’ve been using cacao habitually or without mindfulness.

On one of the days without cacao, create a ritual for yourself where you experience cacao in other ways. Spend time smelling the paste deeply with eyes closed. Put a small piece of paste in your mouth, let it melt and sit there, but then spit it out. Melt some paste on the stove (with coconut oil or a double boiler; don’t let it get too hot!) and rub it on your face or other part of your skin, feeling deeply into the sensation of it. Make a small cup and just feel the energy and the effect of the aroma. Pour this cup on the earth, imagining it as a blessing to whatever you understand to be “the divine.” Share something about your experience in the group. (Optional: Include a picture of cacao on your skin!)

 

WEEK 7 / EXERCISE 2

Journal about your experiences with physical consent in workshops, yoga classes, or similar settings. Note what the teacher did or did not do to ensure holding a safe space. Now spend some time writing about your own values in a self-responsible way. Think T-Group language… “I statements,” feelings, stories. Also desires for what kind of container you want to hold, how you’ll welcome feedback, or other ways to create safety. Share that in the form.