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10: Law of Completion – Babette’s Feast

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Tuesday 6 February, 2018

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Now you have the three Divine Laws, plus what I call the ‘crucible’ of alchemical energy — five Daily Laws that can support you consolidating your purpose. Then in the last email we looked at the Law of Exchange, where you need to explain yourself, or share the results of your alchemy in the world.

When all these ingredients are in place, the natural consequence will be Completion. There will be a result and, if you have observed the checks and balances along the way, that Completion should be a very close replica of your original dream.

While I was wondering what would make a good movie to represent the Law of Completion, a title popped into my head — the name of a Danish movie which gained lots of critical acclaim.

Babette’s Feast (1987) is based on a short story by Karen Blixen, who also wrote the story behind the David Lean film, Out of Africa.

Set in 19th-century Denmark, Babette is a refugee from Paris, escaping counter-revolutionary bloodshed. She arrives at a village where the community lives a very strict religious lifestyle. She carries a letter of introduction from a famous singer, who had once been suitor to a woman in the community. His offer of marriage, and to make her a singing star in Paris, had been refused because of her strait-laced ideas.

Babette offers to be a housekeeper and cook, even though the villagers cannot afford to pay her. Gradually, she introduces a better menu, replacing the bland food the community had always cooked for themselves. They were very suspicious of anything that might be ‘earthly pleasures’!

The only contact Babette has with her old life in Paris is through a friend who, once a year, sends Babette a lottery ticket. One day she discovers she has won a prize of 10,000 francs. She could choose to use the money to return to her old life in Paris, but she decides to create a feast in celebration of what would have been the old pastor’s 100th birthday. She doesn’t tell the congregation she is spending so much money, all her money, on creating the feast.

Babette’s offer of a French style feast is accepted, but the villagers are worried they might enjoy it too much! This meal, accompanied by the best quality French wines and champagne, might be leading them into sin! They agree among themselves that they will eat the meal, but express no pleasure or thanks. (By the way, if you do decide to watch it — which I recommend — you should know that the feast is definitely not vegetarian or vegan!)

It had been a long time since I watched this movie, but we managed to hire it online, and the story fits with the concept of ‘Completion’ very well. It includes all the related concepts of gratitude and celebration that we can associate with a satisfactory completion, which is both physical — in this story, everyone gets fed to a very high standard — and spiritual — old wounds are healed and people are reconciled. Towards the end of the story, one of the main characters says, “In this beautiful world of ours, all things are possible”.

Whenever someone creates a vision of a future event they want to manifest, all the necessary activities need to be put in motion. The full, conscious engagement with the nine Laws that precede the Law of Completion will dictate the outcome.

But we don’t stop there. We are – or should be – in a constant state of becoming. We must always ask ‘what’s next?’

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    Now you have the three Divine Laws, plus what I call the ‘crucible’ of alchemical energy — five Daily Laws that can support you consolidating your purpose. Then in the last email we looked at the Law of Exchange, where you need to explain yourself, or share the results of your alchemy in the world. […]
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