Stir the Milk of Life

Are you happy? Sure you are… that’s what you tell me (you’re happy and free except for a few things you’re working on… which you’re in the process of solving… okay. ) Are you remorseless? Of course you are… what have you ever done to feel remorseful about! (Well, maybe a little… a few things.) Your life is going good then… and except for stuff like Obama or the Republicans or your favorite sports team or your weight problem or your sassy kid or your boss or that nagging pain somewhere or the divorce or the fact that you’re really tired or the side effects of your medication are getting to you or the incessant talk about financial collapse is really starting to piss you off… you’re happy and it’s all good.

Let’s try again… slowly: In the center of your being, in your heart where joy resides, where love flows forth, where truth is enthroned, where everything you have ever done is remembered… are you happy there? When you reach the end of your time here will you be, as Jimi Hendrix would say, experienced?

Check out the words: “I know, I know you probably scream and cry that your little world won’t let you go, but who in your measly little world are you trying to prove that you’re made out of gold and, eh, can’t be sold? So, are you experienced? Have you ever been experienced? Well I have. Trumpets and violins I can hear in the distance… I think they’re calling our names. Maybe now you can’t hear them, but you will if you just take hold of my hand. Oh, but are you experienced? Have you ever been experienced? Not necessarily stoned, but beautiful…” Geeze – I can’t read that without smiling!

Allright, first we’re going to talk about stirring the milk of life. Then we’re going to talk about what keeps you locked in. And then we’re going to talk about stirring the milk of life again. Experience has to start somewhere, so here we go.

Stirring the milk of life refers to a Hindu creation myth. Many years ago I was reading about Angkor Wat, and I was taken with the idea of “Churning the Ocean of Milk.” It made sense to me in a very down to earth way. Stir up life, get out of routine, do things differently, when a critical voice says you can’t achieve a dream try it anyway, open your heart, go for experience, search for answers to “why” and then ask the “what is” question. That’s the way I interpreted stirring the milk back in the day. According to the myth the gods and the demons cooperated in this act of creation in order to recover precious objects lost within and produce the elixir of eternity. Sounds as good now as it did then.

So what holds us in a humdrum, routine, obligation, mortgage, taxes and death excuse for life? I’m sure you remember the movie Matrix – we’ll we’re not exactly in that matrix but we are exactly in a matrix. The most basic definition of a matrix is that it’s an environment in which something develops. The world in which we live is a controlled environment, and it’s pretty severe about keeping us in place – inside a programmed mindset and a system of laws, rules and expectations. The matrix feeds off us – sorry folks – true. In fact, most of us have never had an original thought in our lives – we get everything from the matrix. For now it’s enough to know that we are not in a matrix that favors liberation and a heart that’s free.

I didn’t mean to bum you out. It’s not hopeless. Jimi asked if you are experienced and you might wonder… experienced at what? Are you experienced at liberating your heart… to where it’s “not necessarily stoned, but beautiful?”

You can start to break the binds of habit, routine, obligation, expectation in a small way. Take a different street route to work every day for a week and look around. When you pick up your kids from school go to the park instead of home. When they squawk tell them you’re stirring the milk of life and you’re going to do it randomly – when they least expect it. Drive somewhere, don’t pay attention to where you’re going, get lost, and then find your way home. Park at the far end of the mall parking lot and make yourself walk the entire way across the lot. Listen to yourself bitch about it and get a good laugh. In fact, do a dance-walk across the parking lot!

I’m not asking you to sell your house and move to Ecuador and buy a farm and raise some sheep… although that sounds pretty sweet. Just disobey the routine and the expectations and feel happy about it. Take note of that happy feeling. You want that to increase and increase and increase, so the next time I ask “are you happy” you’ll answer from your heart and not your head – yes, I’m feeling happy.

~ Ida Lawrence

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