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Cooking  

the entire process is cooking

The white dove is a symbol for the stage of Whiteness or Albedo.

The alchemist is cooking in a vat. This means that he has directed attention inwards, inside the 'vat' = the body. The hermetically sealed glass vase in front has the same meaning.

Becoming aware of your inner world, is like being in water.