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Led by Truth

There’s no suffering in the space of truth because there’s no attachment so being aware of your “I” attachment and not holding onto it allows truth to be the direction that leads your life…

The struggle one has with life is strictly mind based and it’s because there’s no structure to the mind. Being led by the mind is equivalent to your life being a house of cards and we all know what happens when the first wind comes. Often mind based information is held onto which keeps you entrapped to the mind. I know how deeply ingrained the conditioning is and I know sometimes I may come on strong, but it’s only because what has been revealed to me simply can’t be ignored.

There are basically two directions that lead the mind. One is lies (suffering), the other is truth (non suffering) and these manifest in many ways. The core of suffering is attachment to “I” (lies), this direction leads to greed, envy, anger, pride, desire, doubt, restlessness, regret and so on. You can see how these lies will cause suffering, so if this is the direction that leads your mind, you will suffer. The other direction is truth, which leads to kindness, generosity, love, compassion, empathy, understanding, stillness, and so on. I’m sure you can see how these don’t cause suffering. Make no mistake though, one will still encounter the possibility of the lies even with being led by truth because of how ingrained the conditioning is, but if attachment to “I” isn’t in place the lies won’t be in place. To me the key is being aware of the “I” attachments and not holding onto them. Without “I” the direction that leads your life will be from truth and there’s no suffering in this space because truth simply doesn’t lie as there’s no “I” to do so…

Natural Instincts

Listen to the most recent episode of my podcast: Natural Instincts  https://anchor.fm/michael-cupo/episodes/Natural-Instincts-eat009

Ignorance Revealed

What occurs when you awaken is there’s a shift that opens your heart. This is what allows the truth that has always been within you to be revealed so where there was once ignorance you now see…

People think there’s a change when something new is revealed, but the essence of what’s truly happening is there’s a shift to see what has always been there. A change doesn’t occur, it’s a shift from ignorant thinking to an understanding of the true nature of life; starting with your own mind. You cannot shift if you don’t know yourself and you cannot know yourself if you don’t understand the Conditioned Mind. It’s so difficult to shift because the mind will not look within. Your own mind tells you everything is okay, that you do enough to get by in life and as long as you see something as desirable it will tell not to look within because you are okay as you are.

Truly looking at yourself is not desirable, especially when it’s first started, that’s why many are hesitant to do it. It’s much easier and desirable to have an outward view  and do what’s familiar, but there are only benefits when ignorance is removed. A step into the unfamiliar will need to be taken so you can get to know yourself. The mind defaults naturally to what’s familiar because it’s what’s out there, but revealing ignorance allows for truth, this is the way one shifts and truth becomes what’s familiar. When truth is revealed, what happens is the veil of ignorance is removed and where you were once blind you now see, but it’s not a change, it’s a shift, and it allows truth to be known as you finally see what has always been there…

Seduced by Desire

The most important thing to understand about being seduced by desire is the less you’re attached to “I” the less you’ll be seduced because without “I” there’s no one who needs…

Being seduced by desire is so enticing because it feels good; this is why the draw of desire is so powerful. There’s only issue with this because of the impermanent nature of desire. It simply will not last, it has no staying power so something else will be needed almost immediately following the satisfaction of each desire. Think about it, with all the desires that have been fulfilled throughout your life regardless of what it was, it does not bring the satisfaction now that it brought at that time, and most times even if the same exact desire is physically repeated, it’s usually not as satisfying as the first experience. I used so many things as I was seduced by desire, but the satisfaction of giving into the desire never lasted; the seduction of the next needed desire always arose. This went on all the time, satisfying one desire after another and never being fulfilled.

I’ve come to understand being seduced by desire as the main reason people start using substances and become addicted. If fulfilling desire wasn’t sought, nothing would be reached for so there would never be an addiction, but unfortunately being seduced by desire has its way with humanity. It’s deeply ingrained in the subconscious and has been in place since our existence began. I know being seduced by desire is what controlled me for forty nine years and it was in direct relation with “I”. Without “I” no one is there to be seduced. Even with this understanding being seduced by desire doesn’t just disappear, but it does lessen somewhat. To me the most important thing to understand about this is the less you’re attached to “I” the less you will be seduced and it’s because without “I” there’s no one who needs to satisfy the next desire…

Understanding Attachment

Nothing is attached to without a cause and if that cause isn’t understood you will unconsciously succumb to the attachments consequences as if you were a puppet on a string…

When some feeling or emotion arises something causes it. Learn to see the cause of the emotion arising and the feelings that go along with the cause. Whatever arises has a cause, the reason for that cause and the sensation of it needs to be understood if your aren’t to be blindly drawn in and controlled by it. Nothing is attached to without a cause and if that cause isn’t understood, you will unconsciously succumb to it as if you were a puppet. Why people don’t see how this attachment holds them in captivity is because many of the things that are being attached to are used to make your identity and also the attachment is done because your conditioning tells you it’s needed. When the cause of what’s attached to is understood or at least noticed, there arises an awareness of what you are thinking. When this occurs there’s the possibility it will fall away and in the process your attachment falls away.

As stated before, why it’s so difficult to see this is because what’s being attached to is thought to be bringing you pleasure of some kind, and it may be in some way, but it’s not true pleasure because no object has the capability of providing true pleasure; one is easily deluded by this. Regardless of what it is, if it’s causing you to think you need it to feel good (pleasure) the object becomes your prison. So if the cause of why attachment arises isn’t understood, you might as well remain limp because when your conditioning says it’s time to attach, you will have to obey as the conditioning telling you to do so is in control…

Inner Unrest

The inner unrest that keeps you from your peace has nothing to do with life, your unrest is a creation of your own mind and that’s what makes you believe you are not at peace…

There are practical ways to minimize the inner unrest that causes one to sabotage their own existence, but it has to be understood that the mind creating the unrest cannot be quieted by itself. You will have to find out why your own mind is telling you the unrest is needed to live life; a life that is controlled by the conditioning to create this unrest. Your own mind creates all the unrest you have by choosing to attach to thoughts that allow the unrest to arise, this unconscious conditioning is why one gets agitated. The Conditioned Mind develops this as you do things that are destructive to your own well being. Why this unrestful mind set is developed I’m not sure, but I do know it can be described only as insane because your own mind does this.

I now know it was my own mind that created my unrest and it arose from within myself. Because of the shift that occurred some years ago, there is now awareness that unrest doesn’t have to be created anymore. I sit for the sole purpose to develop the discipline that allows the mind to settle. If there isn’t discipline, the conditioning won’t be understood nor will why unrest arises so you will be led around by the unrest. Life does nothing to you, it’s your own mind that does it all. Why one lives in a unrestful place as opposed to a place of peace will never change until the conditioning that makes it so is changed. All I ever wanted was to be at peace, but I wasn’t aware it was my own mind that created the unrest that made me believe I wasn’t…

Changing Your View

The only way to change a conditioned view is to have something in place that will allow it to be changed. This is where quietness comes in because without it there won’t be awareness your view needs changing…

Watching television is not my favorite way to past time, but the other night I caught the last period of a hockey game. When the game was over I began looking for something else to watch. Twenty seconds on one channel, ten seconds on another, five on another, than another and another, you get the idea. It’s amazing how we stay fixated on something, in this case the TV, when it comes to the mind. We’re so reluctant to change our view even though we’re going round and round in circles. Actually what’s on the TV (the fixation) is mostly reruns, yet we’ll watch the same channel (thought) over an over. Even though there are many channels (thoughts) we get stuck on the TV and don’t know how to change this.

Think of something you get fixated on and see how hard it is to change your mind when you’re stuck in your view. Unless there’s total awareness of this, changing your view will be just about impossible. The only way to change the conditioned view is to have something in place that will allow it to be changed. This is where quietness comes in because without it there won’t be awareness the view needs changing. It may be a repeated thought disguised with many different labels, but it’s still an old thought. Watch the subtleness of this and in time you’ll see the mind for what it is and how it likes to default to a familiar view. The issue is you can get so comfortable with this that it’s not realized the view needs to be changed; for this realization to occur you have to have another view that’s seen as more beneficial than the one in place…