A small family pizzeria stands opposite a tall church in Waldkirch, Germany. The town nestles between two mountain slopes of the Black Forest. Max is standing in front of the window of the establishment, drooling over the large picture of a pizza. A short man of medium build in his early seventies is enjoying the new experience of being semi-retired. His life has been full of deep experiences. Sliding his right hand through his greying hair Max studies the photograph of the pizza. His nostrils welcome the array of smells from inside. He slips into a memory of other experiences from his life so far.
A pizza is made up of four basic sections, which can be further sliced into 12 chunky, tasty pieces. Each segment of the pizza can be custom designed from a variety of toppings. Some people like more cheese and tomato paste. Others add items like anchovies, mushrooms, rocket salad, onions, meat, fish, chicken, sausage and more. Some prefer vegetarian and non wheat- based crust. In designing a pizza, everything is possible to suit the individual person’s needs.
Like a pizza, Max considers that humans are made up of carefully crafted elements that are coded with different aspects of consciousness. When you bite into a pizza you may be on the slice that has the perfect ingredients for your individual coded needs and awareness. When this happens you are in contact with your authentic self. Only then can you look through eyes of clear, unpolluted perception. He remembers the Sawubona state; which implies the viewer sees him or herself at a deeper level, through the eyes of the observed. “The God in me sees the God in you.”
Then, Max’s eyes move to the three o’clock position of the pizza picture he is looking at and examines the items in that wedge. He sees bacon, pineapple, sticky cheese and blobs of tomato sauce. His stomach immediately sends him a message of feeling sick. Max’s immediate reaction is, “I don’t want to eat Pizza.” His thinking mind, accompanied by ego, continues in judgment. Looking at the Pizzeria, he forms the opinion that this really is a cheap foreign run joint.
In the next moment, Max breathes, shifts his attention to another part of the pizza and regains the Sawubona experience. He hears a voice inside: “Look through eyes of awareness. Be touched by what you are seeing and drop your critical perceiving.” His ego is reduced to the size of a pinprick. Max returns to his openhearted ‘being’ state while observing the whole pizza. “Where you place your attention is what you perceive,” he reminds himself.
Max slips off into a space of exploration. Perhaps, he senses, that every human being is coded like a pizza. People are constructed in perfection, like a well-designed pizza that sustains a blissful life on Earth. However, at conception, the unfinished business of the family tree like fear, unhappiness, unfulfillment and more, is passed down into the pizza of perfection.
The genetic code energises the pizza with influences that become our task on Earth to complete. In doing so we re-integrate our individual coded perfection that already exists. We discover that everything outside of us can be viewed via two forms of projection. Either we see though eyes of little or no influences from our childhood conditioning, or we reach the outside with perceptions of our
own known perfection.
Oh, that is why the Sawubona doesn’t always work, realises Max. When we bring perceptions loaded with conditioned thoughts, influenced beliefs and judgements to our eyes that is what we end up interpreting as reality in our outside view of the world. He remembers the saying, “One only sees what the mind projects.” This makes so much more sense now in his waking up to deeper levels of understanding.
Max is ready to turn away and continue his walk around the picturesque town with its old buildings, little town houses, cobblestone streets and shops that looked more like the time of the 50’s. The church bell rings out in agreement of Max’s new awareness reminding him that he is hungry! Pizza? He becomes aware of the pizzeria owner opening the door and walking right up to him. His olive complexion, dark hair and moustache suggest an Italian heritage. This is apparently true, since his occupation is to make pizzas. The man rubs his dough-coated hands on his apron from where another pizza logo stares at Max.
“What kind of pizza would you like?” Asks the pizza maker. At first Max is unsure why the man had come outside. Perhaps business was slow and he wants Max to help bring in more income for the day. “Thinking again from my conditioning,” thinks Max. “Okay stop,” he says to this inner voice. “Remember!” echoed wise Nana’s voice in his head; the South African black cleaning woman from his younger days. “Look at everything with your full Sawubona experience. Stop these thoughts, wipe the influence and conditioned part of your hard drive clean of conditioned perceptions.”
In doing so, Max’s eyes falls upon the pizza man’s gaze. He opens his heart to the hunger he feels and the pizza man’s offering. Instead of seeing a foreigner, a threat because of his own limiting perceptions, Max accepts the invitation. He orders exactly what he wants and engages in a salivating feast of his own unique pizza self.
The pizza consciousness kicks in. He enters deeper into his own awareness. In looking outwards, he is touch with a warm feeling of gratitude. Thanking the man with a pat on his shoulder, Max steps onto the cobbled street to enjoy his walk bathed in warm sunlight.
The pizza effect is a term used especially in which a community’s self-understanding is influenced by (or imposed by, or imported from) foreign sources. It is named after the idea that modern pizza toppings were developed among Italian immigrants in the United States (rather than in native Italy, where in its simpler form it was originally looked down upon), and was later exported back to Italy to be interpreted as a delicacy in Italian cuisine.
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