Chefology And The Spiritual Experience
Fine dining and the roll of a great
chef are inspirational and accurately reflect the purpose of the spirit within.
A valuable lesson can be learned by understanding the purpose of a chef and what
he/she does. I have been spending far too much time on the food channel, and
although I donít really cook very well and I canít afford to cook like them; I
gain great inspiration from watching the Chefs struggle to become better than
their food and it has inspired several articles.
A great chef creates the opportunity
to experience the best that food and dining has to offer. From what I have
observed over the years, the Hippocratic Oath for the chef must be to not change
the flavor and texture of a food product but to enhance the experience of both
taste and the texture. His/her purpose is to experience food in all its
possibilities and to bring this new awareness to the table. In my experience the
Gourmet Chef exemplifies what the purpose of spirit is in the world of physical
It is the will of the creator to
experience physical life in all its probabilities. It does that through the part
of itself that it knows as the physical body. Like a chef the creator prepares
humanity in countless different forms and experiences so that it knows itself
experientially. As the creator, how can I experience myself as humanity unless I
create both male and female? How can I experience myself as fat without knowing
myself as skinny? Likewise, how can I know myself as beautiful without
experiencing ugly, and how can I experience myself as being good without
It is the lifelong pursuit of a chef
to know himself as the creator of all that he imagines and identify himself with
the type of food he is known for. A good chef never stops experiencing new
foods, new flavors, and textures. The three most important words for a chef may
well be flavor, texture, presentation. The three most important words for the
physical being are creation, freedom, and experience.
Although a chef may process a recipe
over and over again to make it work or to better it; each attempt is not a
failure, but simply another version of the recipe. Likewise, humanity can never
fail because everything that it experiences is a different version of creation
or the creator.
It is the natural tendency for all
things to move to a better version of itself. It is only the ego that sees
things as failures. It is the passion for perfection that drives a chef to
challenge himself. Likewise, it is the passion for life that drives us to
recreate it. Humanity sometimes forgets this, and "simple" leads to
"complicated" and an urge to get it over with Ė to end it. It is in the process
of preparing the food that enables the chef to experience the finished product.
But final end is an illusion, because the product is never finished. He or
someone else will move it to the next level in another attempt to better
Full of passion and emotion, success
and failure, the food channel motivates and inspires all loyal viewers to aspire
to higher awareness. It is pretty much the only TV I watch that I can come away
feeling elevated. Many of the programs are metaphors for the human life
experience. However, if your kids are watching a lot of it; itís probably
because of all the adults swearing Ė they like that. If you can get past them
being exposed to the language, there is much to learn about the human condition
in an hour. Warning, parental guidance is advised! Success requires a mind set
of determination, passion and a knowing that you will succeed. In the bigger
picture we always succeed at life. In the physical world the successful chefs
have risen to the top because at some point they knew they would. All things in
life are experienced through the knowing that they will be. Hard work and
diligence are like praying and doing affirmations, they simply help you to focus
on what you already know.
Experience all that you desire in your
life by becoming a chef of your own life. Process and manipulate it to bring to
the table the exact results that you have imagined and then keep going.
Roy is a resident of British Columbia, Canada. An international published author, a student of NLP, spiritual philosopher, New Age Light Worker, Teacher and Phenomenologist. Roy's books and articles are thought provoking, and designed to empower your imagination.
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