As published on February 12, 2016.
Cooking a fine meal on this planet is an art. You enjoy food and the best cooks are the ones who start early and prepare and prepare and prepare.
Imagine one day you have cooked for a large family, and now you wish to prepare a meal that is exotic, perhaps a little different from any kind of existing recipe. Perhaps you’re the kind of cook who makes up your own recipe and uses your cook’s intuition? Whatever the case, you often start by assembling the ingredients in preparation. Some of you will actually put these ingredients in containers, getting ready to compile them into that which is going to be cooked at the right time. At first, you don’t mix them together. Instead, you may have a bowl of lettuce, a bowl of rice and perhaps some vegetables. Then there are the sauces and the au jus, which will be what the meal will be cooked in, and actually added later again.
There are some ingredients that are going to be placed on the main meal as it is cooked at a lower temperature, then removed as the temperature is increased. These may be put aside and then cooked finally later, as the main finishes. Then there are the seasonings – before, during and after cooking. You will be putting them in various containers and bowls as well. As a great cook, you might even mix seasonings beforehand.
You may even be preparing the night before, because there have to be certain parts of the meal that need to be soaked or marinated in certain ways, perhaps even pre-cooked, in order for them to be timed correctly to the final fruition of the meal. The aroma will be lovely, ready for consumption with a beautiful taste. When combined with certain kinds of sauces and certain kinds of beverages, it’s a feast that is filled with love and great appreciation. Congratulations! For, as a cook, you really know what you’re doing.
Our metaphoric story continues and the reality paradigm of your kitchen has just shifted. Every ingredient in every bowl now has a unique consciousness. Every single ingredient in every single bowl also has no idea what you are doing – none. The ingredients also don’t have any idea about the final meal. They are just ingredients sitting there, but because they now have consciousness, they also may now have an attitude! Well, not necessarily an attitude that is negative, but certainly one that is inquisitive.
You are the cook and you are the creator of the meal. As the cook, you have placed ingredients around you in bowls and sealed containers, getting them ready. Let’s say one is the lettuce, for instance. It may even be one of first ingredients to be prepared, for it has to be chilled. It might even have been sealed and put in the refrigerator 24 hours before the meal is served! But it is there all alone, being chilled in the refrigerator – and it’s suddenly complaining! “Why am I in the refrigerator? Look, I couldn’t help but notice there are some other things going on. I’m all alone. What’s happening? Why am I here in this refrigerator and how long will it be before I meet the vegetables? This is not acceptable.”
Now, the vegetables are mad because they also expected something to happen by now. They are waiting and waiting, but the cook is over preparing something else – the sauce. The sauce has no idea about anything It doesn’t know why it’s being whipped up or what’s coming.
The ingredients of this wonderful meal are being gathered and prepared beautifully and with elegance. They are participating in the timing of a master chef. But each ingredient is totally unaware of how it’s coming together or if it’s happening at all. You’re impatient, aren’t you? As ingredients, you wish to know when, where and how long. The cook knows because the cook looks over all the ingredients and knows the plan. When it comes together, dear ones, it happens unexpectedly and all at once. But even then, there is more action, for again there are certain ingredients that must be added even in mid-cooking, even at the table!
So now, let’s make this meal even more complicated! Every single ingredient not only has an attitude, but they now have free choice! They can say no. Imagine what the cook faces at this point in cooking. The vegetables are backing out! You’re going to have to get new vegetables. Now, that’s going to delay the meal just a little bit. New vegetables come forward, and they are then prepared. Wow! They are even better veggies! So all the other ingredients must wait just a little longer, but they don’t know why. Now the lettuce is more frustrated than ever, sealed and waiting in the chilling darkness. But the meal is always in process for, you see, the cook is very patient. It will eventually come together in its beauty and elegance.
The metaphor is this: What ingredient bowl or container are you in? How are you being prepared? How long will it be until the other ingredients come together with you in a certain way, in order for the final meal to be cooked? Are you all right with the fact that there may be some preparation? You may come together with some other bowls now, but still there is no completion and things are stalled. How long will it take? Sometimes the bowls are combined, only to sit there some more!
Your spirit is cooking a meal with you for your life, but it’s always going to be cooked with others. Seeing how it all works requires patience and faith in the cook. The meal is a good one. Trust the cook. Patience!
Story source: Kryon.com
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