The ice maker in my Frigidaire stopped working, and even though I put the hairdryer on it water tube, still the ice does not make. Instead of paying an $80 service call, we just going to put some bagged ice in the freezer. We’ll see how it goes without making ice.
And then I remembered the Buddha’s joyous exclamation when he awoke:
“Through the round of many births I roamed without reward, without rest, seeking the house-builder. Painful is birth again & again. House-builder, you’re seen! You will not build a house again. All your rafters broken, the ridge pole destroyed, gone to the Unformed, the mind has come to the end of craving.”
The Buddha’s teaching is both objective, about “painful rebirth” as reincarnation, and subjective, which is about my mind now. The “painful rebirth again and again” are the rebirths of my negative states of mind, not my past lives, but about this life and my recycled states of mental suffering. These mind states of tension are the ice cubes that the IceMaker keeps cranking out. When I use on ice cube, the IceMaker cranks out another, so I go from one ice cube of pain and tension to another through life, as if jumping over the living water of Life on blocks of frozen mind.
I see you IceMaker. And what is the frozen cube (state) of mind I ask? When I have a double-bind in the mind, a conflict between what I feel and what I should feel, an unresolvable tension between my true feeling and some thought or commandment I should obey, I freeze it and it sinks beneath consciousness to wait for a rebirth. When conditions are right, this ice cube will pop to the surface and in the warm water of Now release the tension in z burst of energy. This release of energy will be either a violent release of pressure (which creates another ice cube) OR the Awareness that Sees the IceMaker.If I don’t melt the ice cube with Awareness, with Seeing it, the energy realized will be violent and cause another reincarnation of that mental state, maybe in hopes that next time I’ll melt it.
When I SEE the ice, the ice melts and what was frozen psychic energy turned against itself is now free energy, which I experience as Joy and creativity. Anything is possible when the IceMaker stops making ice.