I will never forget how I finally met a Theobroma cacao, or a “chocolate tree,” that became my teacher, my friend, and my inspiration.
I was living in Bali on my friend’s magical land outside of Ubud. It was an important time in my life – I had made a decision to wake up and find the courage to follow my dreams no matter what.
For a few months, I lived in a tiny, cozy house, hugged by the green arms of Mother Nature. I slept under the stars, ate mostly raw, organic food, as well as food cooked over the open flames of a fire that my friends and I made out of coconut shells. I practiced yoga and meditated under tall whispering trees. The singing of birds that I had never heard before was my natural iPod. I took showers outside while watching the butterflies and birds play in the sunlight. There was no Internet and cellular reception was poor at best. I learned to experience a real connection to nature, with no Wi-Fi.
During this time, I entertained myself by making hundreds of chocolates for friends and local restaurants, gazing at the stars, and laughing with my friends around the fire. I felt deeply connected to everything that is and in harmony with all.
I was exploring one day, lost in the green love of nature, wandering and checking out all the magical creatures around me. I noticed strange little flowers growing directly from the trunk of a tree that grew next to the house I lived in. Two star-like eyes were looking at me, as if the tree was a person. I was captivated. I had seen Theobroma trees with hanging cacao pods before, but this was my first experience with the cacao flowers. Cacao eyes.
This star-like flower touched my soul and inspired me to think deeper into things.
Looking at this fragile and almost helpless creation of nature, I could not wrap my head around the concept of a chocolate bar emerging from it at some later stage of its existence.
From that day on I moved all my practices under the green canopy of my newly found friend. Sometimes I heard its whisper in the wind, it was sharing many things with me, including its prediction of this book that you are reading.
from Chocolate Revolution. Part Two