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KatherineCHE
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 Posted: Thu May 7th, 2009 07:05 pm
 I love to bake cookies. 

I love everything about the experience.  I love thinking about what I'll bake.  I love considering new flavor combinations and all the infinite options at my disposal.

I love combining the sugar and the butter (and tasting it).  I love the textures and how they change with each added ingredient.

I love the smell they give off right when they hit that perfect level of "doneness."

And, I love experimenting.  I love my old tried and true recipes.  But, I really love experimenting and trying new base ingredients and new flavors and new toppings.  I love to mix it up.

AND, I am not really vested in the outcome.  If they aren't exactly as I love them, I know I can make a different batch either right away or at a different time and that it will be more to my liking.  It is never a "disaster" to make a "bad" batch of cookies.

That's the analogy of how to hold things that we do -- businesses we build, books we write, races we run, money we attract, health we desire -- THAT is how we live our lives when it is free and easy and fun and we bake it up when and how we want to and always knowing that we can make it again and again and WOW!

This understanding actually came from working with Frank Butterfield who is on this site.

I am so excited about this analogy.  Not only am I inspired to actually bake some cookies, I am also going to start living the REST OF my life this way, too!

It is all about being FUN.  It is all about not being vesting in any particular outcome.  It is all about the expansion and the joy of the cooking of it ALL!

::woohoo:beautiful:

mypie   MY COOKIES!!  ::thumb

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 Posted: Thu May 7th, 2009 08:13 pm
That is such a lovely analogy! I can relate too since I also LOVE baking and experimenting :) thank you for sharing.

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 Posted: Thu May 7th, 2009 10:19 pm
Katherine, you are SOO right, I have the same outlook when I experiment with cooking in general, and it is the most beautiful analogy for creation of whatever and of assuming a more relaxed and experimental attitude towards life in general - I will turn this around in my mind for a while until I feel it has a grip...
::TU
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 Posted: Thu May 7th, 2009 10:29 pm
I like this a lot Katherine. ::flowers   So clever when someone uses something we can all relate to, to make such a great Abe point.

...Gotta let go of that unwanted batch and not let it colour the story told about other batches.

We’re just role-playing! …But often times we forget and take it all too seriously.  Me


“I know sour, which allows me to appreciate the sweet.”
Vanilla Sky

So, why am I who I am, and why am I born to who I am born to, and why is it set up the way it is set up?

We say, For the fun of it. For the joy of it. For the expansion of it. For the growth of it. For the difference in it. For the desire producing value in it.  ABE

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Katherine:

I love this analogy. But somehow, I cant bring all of the issues in my life under the title of "batch of cookies gone bad -- can try again"

For example, my career is one of them which I cant undo-redo.

I feel that I can use the cookie analogy with issues that are peripheral in my life -- so it doesn't matter if something doesn't go the way I planned....but for issues that are 'core issues' find it hard to do.

For example, if I were writing a book on the side (along with my day job) and the book took longer than necessary with so many edits and rewrites, it wouldnt be an issue -- i would really be able to see it as a batch of cookies experiment.

But  my day job in itself- I find it difficult to see it as a batch of cookies.

Any insights on how I can just cast my cares in all issues?

Thank you

::flowers

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 Posted: Fri May 8th, 2009 03:22 pm
Thanks, Guys!

I was definitely inspired to bake cookies yesterday -- when I made the first post, I didn't have a cookie pic.  NOW I DO!!

How does Candide end?  It is:  "il faut cultiver notre jardin." (often translated as "let us cultivate our garden.")

So, let us bake fresh batches of cookies!

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 Posted: Fri May 8th, 2009 06:17 pm
Your cookies look so good!

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 Posted: Fri May 8th, 2009 06:54 pm
secondchances wrote:
But  my day job in itself- I find it difficult to see it as a batch of cookies.

Any insights on how I can just cast my cares in all issues?

Thank you

::flowers

second chances

 

 

Yes you can SecondChance and here's why:

Let's say that the old batch of cookies you brought to work were missing some sugar, in other words, the sweet part that a cookie is supposed to be was missing.

You've learned so much and so fast about what was going on in your previous jobs, I know you realized that "you took yourself and your job much too seriously"!  In other words, what you called "cookies" were instead something way too cooked ::devil.

Does that make sense?


::LOL::LOL::LOL

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 Posted: Fri May 8th, 2009 09:13 pm
Dear Second Chances -- I do so love your posts, both for their brilliant observations, and because you tend to spin out of the vortex in some of the same ways I do -- and that let's me see that so much clearly.

I'm thinking that if we look at work in a new way -- and I align with what I want to see and what I want to have and what I want to enjoy -- all the things that are in my vortex already -- then those things will happen at work. There will seldom be delays and unwanted rewrites -- and when/if there are -- poof -- they are a bad bunch of cookies that I do not have to force myself to eat before I can (pivot and) bake new ones!

The minute I tell myself that I have to eat these cookies (where I accidently subsituted salt for sugar) -- or that work is not like cookies -- well -- that's when I have to eat all those salty yucky cookies again and again and again and . . .

::LOL::LOL::LOL

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HoneyBlue3 wrote: Yes you can SecondChance and here's why:

Let's say that the old batch of cookies you brought to work were missing some sugar, in other words, the sweet part that a cookie is supposed to be was missing.




::idea_new::idea_new::idea_new::idea_new::idea_new::idea_new::idea_new::idea_new::idea_new::idea_new::idea_new::idea_new::idea_new::idea_new::idea_new::idea_new::idea_new::idea_new::idea_new::idea_new::idea_new::idea_new::idea_new::idea_new

Oh my God!!! Joy-Lise that's brilliant. Thank you. ::thumb

Yes. That's exactly what happened. I was extremely competent in my work, and my performance blew everyone out of the water.

But i was incredibly rude, jealous, trying to disparage other people, angry, manipulative.

My cookies were missing sugar!!!!

::bow::bow::bow::bow::bow::bow::bow

Now I understand.  So, now that I've found my connection to source, I'm a different person -- I am understanding, uplifting, dont need to bring anyone down to pull myself up, and I'm just so calm and peaceful.

My fresh batch of cookies now have sugar in them in addition to all the other ingredients!!!

::ilu::ilu

 

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Singldiver wrote: I'm thinking that if we look at work in a new way -- and I align with what I want to see and what I want to have and what I want to enjoy -- all the things that are in my vortex already -- then those things will happen at work.

 

Hi Singldiver --

I think this is so true -- and it ties into the biggest insight i have got to date on your LA workshop thread --- where abe says "what if you went into the job knowing that success was already yours?".

That's when it becomes a culture of attraction and co-operation.... vs. a culture of assertion.

You are right. If I align with what I want and know that all the things/drafts/final finished products  are in my vortex already just waiting for me, my entire thinking changes.

In other words, I need to recognize that IT IS ALREADY DONE. :exactly:

::hearts::hearts::hearts::hearts

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 Posted: Sat May 9th, 2009 10:15 pm
Katherine - it's such a great analogy - I love it! It's so resistance-reducing!!  It reminds me of when Esther will say "I can begin again" (I can hear her voice saying that!).  It's a good reminder for all of us - just throw out that burnt batch and begin again!

It also reminds me of advice Abraham gave to someone who was stuck with their painting (pictures, not walls).  Abraham said to paint the picture - then paint over it in white (I think) and then paint another picture on top of it - and keep doing that over and over until he felt like stopping. 

Love it!!

Elle ::hearts

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 Posted: Sat May 9th, 2009 10:20 pm
Thank you all!

Now I am even attracting cookies.  People have been bringing me cookies.  I'm Cookie-Attractive!!  LOL!  ;)

Having fun playing!

AND, one of the things I've been playing with is all my grandmother's old recipe files, sifting through them -- including, of course, a LOT of COOKIE RECIPES!!

Cookies, Cookies, and MORE COOKIES!!!

In Love and With Joy,

♥ Katherine! ♥

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 Posted: Mon Feb 15th, 2010 08:25 pm
I'm still cookie-attractive and still using this analogy!

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 Posted: Mon Feb 15th, 2010 09:32 pm
Katherine, ::TU, and what a fun analogy; delicious in so many ways!

Secondchances, here's what came to me when I read your first response and questions to Katherine: "Wouldn't it be nice if my work felt as good/easy/creative/playful as baking cookies?".

What also came to mind was Buckminster Fuller's epiphany, after almost attempting suicide, that life could be an experiment, in other words, something he could not get wrong and that didn't need to be taken so seriously. Seems pretty Abe-ish to me, and since he was at an extreme and broken-down point, I think it was certainly a Source insight that he allowed to come to him, in his open-ness, in his 'giving-up', so to speak.

I love this cookie analogy; I have a major sweet-tooth and start every day by eating some cookies :)

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Oh, I am loving this, thank you for bumping this thread, Katherine! ::hearts

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KatherineCHE wrote:
AND, I am not really vested in the outcome.  If they aren't exactly as I love them, I know I can make a different batch either right away or at a different time and that it will be more to my liking.  It is never a "disaster" to make a "bad" batch of cookies.

That's the analogy of how to hold things that we do -- businesses we build, books we write, races we run, money we attract, health we desire -- THAT is how we live our lives when it is free and easy and fun and we bake it up when and how we want to and always knowing that we can make it again and again and WOW!

Hi Katherine,

Thank you for sharing your recipe.  I like it. 

Earlier today I was at the grocery store, and funny thing, I was strolling past the baking aisle.  I normally don't bake, but I thought it would be kind of fun to try it out.   I think next week I might drop a batch of the Pillsbury cookie dough in my cart, so I can try baking again.

In college, I worked a part time job in a bakery.  I would create the batter for cookies, and it was a lot of fun, as well a lot of extra temptation to butter up my belly from eating them (grin).  My boss had a lot of patience with me too, if I over-baked those cookies, she would ask me to make a new batch so they would be more appealing to her customers.  And like you write, we can always do it again, if it doesn't quite work out as we envisioned the first time.

And most importantly, it's fun, if we can manage to place the batter in the oven, before we lick it off the bowl (grin).


Thanks,
Steve



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 Posted: Tue Feb 16th, 2010 05:12 am
Before I've found this thread, I've actually eaten a chocolate chip cookie. What a coincidence. And now I want more after I read this.

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 Posted: Tue Feb 16th, 2010 06:02 am
Not a coincidence... LOA, Baby! ! !

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 Posted: Tue Feb 16th, 2010 08:10 am
LOA in action!::LOL I like salads.  I create and experiment with different ingredients and make homemade raw dressings.  Today I just made a great salad, and it looked so good, I had to make a picture.  Then I found this thread about cookies! Perfect.  See, KatherieneCHE, we were in the same kitchen, but you chose to bake cookies, and I  - to make salad.  But we both enjoying the same process! So here is my salad:

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