Non-judgment does not mean holding no faith in any idea. One other concept regarding my spiritual crockpot is that I am at all times free to remove any idea. Living with these ideas is asking for inner guidance and allowing my inner guidance (the Divine Presence within me) to lead me to the right combination of "spiritual ingredients. If I may stretch the cooking metaphor a little more, the process is often similar to what chefs refer to as a reduction. Basically a reduction is boiling a sauce allowing the liquid to evaporate. This leaves behind a thickened sauce with greatly intensified flavors. Spiritually this is like allowing inner guidance to boil away all that is unneeded and leaving behind the greatly intensified flavors of the essential spiritual keys. What remains over time then is that deep reduction that is an inner knowing allowing for living in faith. So a process that begins with non-judgment can lead to deep faith in those ideas that have spoken as one at the deepest level.
I have found that what happens in my life is the process creates spiritual food that is full of harmony and balance, but is never static. There are always new ideas for greater spiritual evolution. I also believe that each person is on their own unique spiritual journey and each person will have different "ingredients" in their crockpot. Here are some ideas from others about openness on the journey:
Walt Whitman said in This Is What You Shall Do, ". . . re-examine all you have been told at school or church or in any book, dismiss whatever insults your own soul . . ."
The following is from the website www.The-Spiritual-Quest.org:
"One is never obligated to accept any information as true or required, we maintain the right and the obligation to accept or reject any information that we are exposed to. However by refusing to explore that with which we disagree is closing our minds to further enlightenment.
God is Love . . . he loves everyone . . . we need to see beyond our own current human perspective. Our current perspective, which we inherited from our upbringing, may seem foolish or unfounded to those of another religion, country or culture. If such a person would just take the time to inquire and understand you and your perspective they would be all the wiser for it. Would we be as open with someone we disagree with? Our growth comes through knowledge and understanding mainly focusing on what we don't know or what we disagree with."
May I lovingly recommend that everyone start cooking up something wonderful. Make life delicious!
Gene Ford Runnels