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No True Void Podcast

No True Void… https://anchor.fm/michael-cupo/episodes/No-True-Void-e98vcp

Once the moment that’s occurring right now passes it’s over and done with, but the more real you make what happens in that moment, the more what happens becomes your reality…

The more real you make what happens, the more what happens becomes your reality. The key here is to know what makes reality, reality. Is it real because it’s occurring or is it real because of the way what’s occurring is being perceived? Or is none of it real regardless of what’s occurring because as soon as it occurs it’s over and done with; except to a mind that attaches to it. This attachment is labeled as memory, but what it really is is a made up story which becomes reality. This is because as soon as something occurs it’s over and done with; reality is between your ears. This isn’t to disregard what happens, but isn’t it true that once the moment passes it becomes the past, so your reality is in the past. Let’s say you had an injury that left a scar, you can show the scar, but to get stuck to the physical scar you have to tell a story and the only reality of the story is in between your ears; this is because once the moment passes, it’s over and done with.

So how does one decipher what’s real and what’s made up? Very simple, by being with the reality of what’s happening right now, not five minutes ago or five minutes from now, but right now. There’s your reality, there’s everyone’s reality, but unfortunately most don’t get this, so five minutes ago or five minutes from now is where most people’s reality is. Reality can only be seen now because it’s always now. The past are thoughts conjured up by the Conditioned Mind and why this makes right now the only true reality is because nothing ever is once the moment passes as it’s simply over and done with…

Observer or Responder

The silence of the observer is different than the noise of the responder. Don’t take anything personal by responding to it because the noise of the responder will only interrupt the silence of the observer…

You will be the observer or you will be the responder. They are so different as one allows what occurs to be seen without adding anything to it and the other is the noise of taking what happens personal. Something happened the other day that really allowed me to see this. I was in a store where the cashier did something that wasn’t cared for and there was a response; it was taken personal. It triggered something in me and there was a response to it as the self centered me; there was no love in this response. I accept this, first because I am human and am far from perfect and second because I saw the difference in being the responder as opposed to being the observer so it was a learning experience.

Many see this non loving behavior, but don’t understand why it occurs, and this is the reason it’s repeated. When you become aware of this, it’s where the focus must remain if the non loving behavior is to be eradicated from; awareness and the focus itself is what changes this non loving behavior. There’s nothing to do for it to change, it’s a mindfulness practice of just being aware of what arises in the moment. See the difference in taking the moment personal where you respond from I or are just the observer of what arises and are mindful of it. This mindfulness allows the moment to remain in the silence of itself instead of getting caught up in the story of the I response. In silence nothing needs to be added to the moment because you are just an observer of what arises. So don’t take what arises personal by responding to it because the noise of the responder will only interrupt the silence of the observer…

Heart Gratitude

Being grateful for life occurs naturally when there’s an understanding of what’s needed to live from a heart of love. Although love is natural it’s not automatic so cultivating love results in gratitude…

Gratitude naturally arises from a loving heart. It isn’t produced by attaching to anything from the materiel world. If gratitude was from the material world it would coincide with one’s possessions and that would make a person of wealth more grateful than one who didn’t have any. The true measure of a wealthy life has nothing to do with stuff, true wealth arises from a loving heart; that’s what measures wealth. You can only be grateful when you are content with life as it is, not with the way you wish it was or how it’s wanted and expected.

Wanting is never from our true self, it’s from the small self that thinks what’s wanted is needed to be complete. The true self never needs because it’s complete as it is. Needing arises from the I Self (ego), it creates lack which creates a made up need. When there’s completeness there no lack so there’s nothing needed. This lack creates wanting and is in direct relation to your so called problems in life.

Whenever you want, it means you think life needs to be in some other way, this creates suffering. Gratitude doesn’t mean you get everything you want, life must be accepted as it is if you are to experience peace of a grateful heart; investigate this for yourself. Gratitude will not shield you from problems, it will allow you to not create them. Be grateful for life as it is and you will live from a loving heart, and when life is lived from a loving heart there will be harmony with yourself and with all beings. When this occurs you can’t help but to have an attitude that’s full of gratitude, not because of what you possess, but because of the natural love that arises from your heart…

Blocks to Love

It’s said change is the touchstone to all spiritual growth, but no change is necessary to be who you already are; remove the blocks that keep you from your own innate love…

Nothing changes until it’s discovered why change is needed in the first place. There are many blocks to overcome if you are to discover your innate goodness to love. First you have to find out why these blocks are there and then we will need to find out how they can be removed. If this isn’t discovered there won’t be a starting point to remove the blocks, but the real question is why isn’t love cultivated from the beginning; love is our true nature.

This is where are conditioning takes over and how so much of what we do is because of this. The inner and outer influences of our life develop us and this is the real travesty of life because very few of these influences develop us to love. Most of these influences were developed to self seek and thats what we are taught so we develop to do the same. Its just the way we have evolved, and this is the travesty. This is what needs to be discovered not so you can instill change, but so you can remove the obstacle that blocks you from being who you truly are. We really don’t change. By removing the blocks to your own innate goodness to love, you naturally revert to your true nature which has always been there, its just been blocked. So change would mean you instill something different, but you don’t really become something different, when the blocks are removed you simply become who we are. You cannot be anything but love because that’s the energy of the heart, but unless your developed blocks are removed, this will not be seen and you will be stuck in an existence that blocks you from being the love that you are…

Allowing the Unknown

You can be with what is or you can be with what isn’t, only one is true, but either way life will be lived. The benefits of being with what is far out weigh the delusion of what isn’t…

When standing on the beach facing the ocean it seems as though the water stretches endlessly. Obviously because of what you have been taught you know this isn’t so. Those early explorers had no way of knowing what was on the other side, they simply went into the unknown. It can be scary, but there is also a certain excitement associated with the unknown, if it’s allowed. Most of the time your own inner fear will tell not to go there; remaining with what is known is safe, but this knowing is limited; this is what leads to a mundane life. There isn’t anything wrong with this, but just understand life will never be truly experienced living this way because it will be controlled by your own applied limits. Safe is safe, but not necessarily better.

Imagine the joy when the early explorers discovered land after being out at sea for months. It’s not that being out at sea is needed to experience the relief of discovering land, but there is a certain appreciation of relief when it arises from difficulty. Joy can be experienced without the difficulties of life, but this takes much practice because of our conditioning. Joy is always there. There isn’t a special place called joy land that you discover one day and say now life is joyful. Joy is inward, people think there’s a place to experience joy, but understand wherever you go there you are. If your life isn’t joy filled, it’s not life’s fault…

Minimal Attachment

Attach to nothing and nothing will be needed. Imagine not needing anything to be happy, joyous, and free with the understanding your completeness already is…

Without inner silence the mindfulness needed to not create stories will not occur. Even this writing is a story of how not to create stories, but the mindfulness of writing helps to minimize the attachment to it and thus once it is written it is complete. It’s the end of the story or not, depending on how “I“ relates it to an identity. The more “I” needs it for an identity, the more it’s attached to and the more of a story is created. No attachment, no needed story, no needed story, no discontentment of what isn’t, so all you are left with is what is, not the story, but the actual reality of what is occurring now.

Story after story. The story of how I feel, or the story of my book, or my life’s story, every life is an endless book of stories, that is until one becomes mindful the story teller and the story are one in the same. Being with what is instead of a created story will be the most difficult thing you will ever do in life; just be in the silence of what is. Attach to nothing and nothing will be needed. Imagine that, not needing anything to be happy, joyous, and free with the understanding your completeness already is. It‘s right here within your grasp, but you will never truly be mindful of it until you realize it’s not a story that you are grasping for, it’s learning to simply be with what is…