This site has been created to expand and share on some of the insights that led to the writing of It's Monday Only in Your Mind: You Are Not Your Thoughts.

Archive for the ‘Of the Heart’ Category

No More Chasing

Pursue whatever you think you need for completeness, but understand it’s the pursuing itself and not the thing being pursued that causes your sense of incompleteness…

You can spend your entire life chasing after something you may never attain. It can be a lifelong dream or the pursuit of a certain feeling, happiness, peace, or love, but as long as there is the chase there will be the sense of being incomplete. There’s nothing wrong or right in the pursuit of something, it‘s when it’s pursued with the false sense when the thing is attained then you will be compete, this is what makes pursuing the dream or anything else a liability. It’s a liability because it keeps you from the very thing you are trying to attain; your own inner contentment. Why anything is pursued is to attain this desired state.

Regardless of what’s pursued once you reach or get what you’re pursuing it’s not like you reach the pinnacle of life. It’s so important to not lose sight of the moment by moment journey you’re on. When this is lost, then you are lost. Life is a happening that is occurring right now, it’s not waiting for you to attain a certain status of importance or prominence so you can say you’re this or that. The pursuit is our block. Become whatever it is that you want to become, but don’t think it matters to life. Life doesn’t care, it has no preference. It will only matter to you and that will be in direct relation to the amount of importance you put on it. When you plan plans instead of results then whatever the results it will be because of your plans, but it wont necessarily be the way that you want it, but it will be the way that it works out…

True Joy is Within

True joy isn’t something that can be manufactured, it happens when the heart is pure and aligned with itself. When you stop trying to create joy, it is then that you will find joy…

It is truly amazing what’s used by people as a distraction to escape reality and it’s called having fun. It isn’t right or wrong to do this because there isn’t even the realization that this is being done; a person cannot not do what they have been conditioned to do. The more conditioned you are the more your conditioning decides what will and will not be used; unawareness cultivates unawareness.

What is called fun/joy is just behaving in a way that usually equates to satisfying some inner self-serving desire. Whether you’re at a bar, casino, shopping, searching the web on certain websites, or whatever it is that‘s used to satisfy your self, it’s called having fun. The problem with this is the creating never ends, what I mean is satisfying the self-serving desires never end. Use whatever you may, but it will never be enough.

The difference in true joy and creating joy by satisfying a self-serving desire is when something happens on its own it’s usually from being aligned with the Universe, this is what produces true joy. When you’re trying to manufacture your joy, it’s usually based in an action that is selfish and self-serving. True joy cannot be manufactured, it happens when the heart is pure and aligned with the Universe. You can try to manufacture it if you must, but when you stop trying and you become still, you will see that joy has always been in you, you have just been looking for it in the wrong place…

Beyond What You Think Podcast

https://anchor.fm/michael-cupo/episodes/Beyond-What-You-Think-e7p9fv Beyond What You Think…

Allowing Freedom

Enlightenment doesn’t make you free, Enlightenment allows you to give everything its freedom. The more this is understood the less chance there will be to experience a state of discontentment…

This describes a typical day for me prior to twelve years ago, at some point I would become discontented, reach for something, be satisfied for a little while, become discontented, reach for something, be satisfied again, reach again; over and over this cycle was repeated and basically controlled the way I lived my life. The objects used mean little except for the fact the more destructive the thing used is, the more it affects life in a non beneficial way. This exact thing is going on today for millions of people. It’s the reason why I have such a passion to try and get the message of what happened to me to as many as people as possible, because it doesn’t have to be this way. Young, old, male, female, whatever your ethnic background, not many people aren’t affected by this cycle. This cycle is the puppet on the string cycle. The origin of the discontentment needs to be understood if this cycle is to be halted. And its origin is the self serving mind of “I” which keeps a person entrapped to this cycle.

Imagine this, for forty nine years my life was spent in this cycle, but it isn’t this way today. It doesn’t mean things are perfect, but just the fact that I am not the person who I use to be is so freeing; it’s so important to remain aware of this fact. I have no idea what others have gone through in their life. It matters little if what I see is what someone else sees. The important thing is to know that it was my own mind that created the cycle that kept me discontented for many many years, and it’s not enslaving me this way any longer. I have learned to not compare my life with anyone else. Whatever is seen is seen as what is seen is through the view the universe gives. What I’ve found as a valuable understanding to keep me from returning to my previous cycle is that Enlightenment doesn’t make me free. Enlightenment is me giving everything its freedom. The more this is lived by, the less chance there is to return to my previous state of discontentment…

Lies Disguised as Beliefs

When life is based on lies that manifest as beliefs, it’s those beliefs that keep you attached to the lies. And if discipline isn’t developed to expose these lies, they will be the base of your existence…

I’ve learned to use meditation as a way to develop discipline, but the question is why was being undisciplined so natural and how come being discipline isn’t? I don’t have an answer, it’s just a question. After sitting periodically my mind began to settle and I saw real results in how my view of life was becoming different and I understood I wasn’t the one doing it. To a point I got why this was occurring and the reason it continues to occur today, discipline has been developed that wasn’t previously there. This is available to anyone who has a willingness to sit.

My life was based on lies that I believed and those beliefs kept me attached to the lies. These were the tools that were developed to live my life, there came a time when I knew I had to find different tools and my so called quest began. Everything I read pointed to the mind so I knew where my answers were, I just didn’t know how they were going to manifest. I did know I had to find some way to allow my self centered mind to settle or my suffering was going to continue.

I began sitting, and as my mind settled I was becoming more aware of the mind agitations that arose, which is what was causing me to reach outside myself for satisfaction. Reaching for something was the means used to quiet these agitations. This is the value of discipline, develop none and you will have none and the developed tools will remain in place along with being controlled by your mind agitations. This is what has been occurring in my life the last twelve years; developed discipline means the mind agitations become less and less and as there is less of them there is more discipline to not give in to them. I never had the discipline to not give in to them so I just did what was there, but today what’s there is different so it has manifested as life being different. It‘s by no means a doing on my part, but there is a willingness to develop the discipline to allow this to take place simply because without it the undisciplined mind will remain in control…

Constantly Vigilant

Vows and pledges don’t work no matter how sincere you are unless you follow with actions allowing the vow or pledge to occur. No change happens without being constantly vigilant…

The idea of doing what puts you in alignment with Universal Love is much different than actually putting it into action. Its not because it isn’t how you truly want to be, its just that there’s so much pulling against you that without constant vigilance it difficult to sustain a connection to Universal Love for a substantial amount of time We all have times when its easier for this then others, but we also have our times when we say screw it and self seek. Don’t be to hard on yourself, a lifetime of living one way with not change with a few sittings. The key is to keep up a practice that allows for the self seeking behavior to become less and less and for Universal Love to be more reflected in our actions.

This occurs naturally, we need only be willing to do what’s necessary. Sometimes it will seem like “what’s the use” but understand this is all part of the conditioning, the noise, the story, the unconsciousness, whatever you want to call it. Constant vigilance is the credo if there is to be change because the old behavior is so deeply engrained to let go of its control without practice. This is why most people don’t change because being constantly vigilant in investigating why you do what you do isn’t given 100% of your focus. It’s impossible to get more out of your life then what you put into it so if you give it 50% that‘s exactly what you’ll get out of it… Check it…

Just the Way I Am Mind

If you think with a just the way I am mind, you might as well accept the things that you do. You can’t change the way that you are until it’s understood why what is done is done…

Without quietness, consciousness has a hard time rising up; the practice that allows it isn’t done by too many people. This isn’t something that’s right or wrong, it’s just a fact. If you live life with the tools that develop an unconscious state then those tools will produce a just the way I am mind. It’s a natural law, apple trees produce apples; in this respect it’s just the way you are. You don’t have to be the way that you are, but unless you see that how you are doesn’t benefit your life you will remain just as you are.

In your quietness is where your change takes place. If your old beliefs are in place and running the show, new energy will never be allowed to replace them; it’s nearly impossible without investigating your behavior to change. So Conditioned Mind Patterns are developed that control life and things are said like “that’s just the way I am”; “I” is reinforced when things like this are said. This is the true nature of unconsciousness, accepting things prior to investigating their true nature. As a society we are more aware then ever before that something isn’t quite right, but that doesn’t mean we are any closer to a solution then we were three thousand years ago. It may seem like it because of the knowledge that is available to us, but knowledge doesn’t equate to consciousness. In quietness all truth is revealed. In the noise of a Conditioned Mind one remains in the grip of a just the way I am mind…