I keep thinking about that sadly beautiful movie, Babette’s Feast, and how it coaxes gratitude out of the disappointments of life. The film centers around a dinner created by an extraordinary chef, Babette, who has experienced tragic loss in her past. She was taken in many years ago by two gentle sisters living an austere existence in a devoutly religious community. The sisters have remained in this small parish all their lives and have given up their personal dreams for its beliefs. Now old and gray, they are gathering for a special dinner that Babette has secretly given her life’s fortune to create.
The dinner begins, but because of their strict religion, the sisters and their friends try to deny the pleasures of the feast. They are determined to speak only scripture and to eat in silence otherwise. Yet as the lavish meal progresses, the guests go through a kind of transformation. Despite their fear of the bountiful meal, they begin to feel joy stir within their hearts. Despite the sadness of their personal hopes that never came to pass, they begin to feel gratitude for each other and for this occasion to be honored – honored as we all deserve. And somehow this honoring brings out truth and spirit, and the old friends realize just how much they love. Their love transcends their human plight, and before our eyes they experience a shift in consciousness.
That a feast can bring something more spiritual than abstinence is profound. I think this movie tells a fitting story for where we are right now. We are all being invited to sit at that beautiful dinner table and recognize the tremendous love we feel for each other here. And, at the same time, we are being shown just how much we have been denied. Humanity is seeing that the abundance of love has been squandered and measured, and downright stolen, when it was always our birthright. We are ready to say goodbye to a world where our dreams had to be put aside, and, like Babette, where the artist had to endure life-shattering tragedy only to then sacrifice for her art.
We will rise above the unbearable violence and injustice here and know blissful peace. It may take time to get there, but the outcome is certain, and the way to get there is love. Let us feel gratitude for the love each soul has shared with us and taught us in this heart-wrenching world. We are so brave with love to be here in the first place, and so lucky to watch our spiritual evolution unfold.
A spiritual feast is being laid before us – higher consciousness, and it is more glorious than we could ever hope! Let us receive this high honor together instead of fearing it as we’ve been taught. What a precious gift to be a part of this momentous time for humanity – this resurrection and heart-opening growth. Celebrate with me, dear friend, at our table, and welcome higher consciousness to our blessed earth.