Full Potential of Usefulness

From the time ones human existence begins, its in a constant state of transformation. Awareness of this allows one to be an active participant in determining how useful ones existence is going to be.
One day I was walking on the beach and I found what I thought was a black rock. It was a piece of coal. As I held it in my hand I thought about how in its present state it has its place in the world, but there is no real value or usefulness to it. It exists, but in its current form it just takes up space. Under the right conditions this piece of coal can be transformed into a valuable diamond. Its worth would increase tenfold, but its usefulness would not. It will have value in the material world, but not any real usefulness. It would still have its place, but it would be based in emptiness as far as its usefulness is concerned because there wouldn’t really be any. 

Now take this same price of coal and transform it into a fine dust and use it as a fuel to heat a house or to make electricity, it then reaches its full potential of usefulness. It does exists as a diamond or a lump of coal, but it has no real useful purpose in those forms. In the diamond form it can be said there is usefulness in the sense that it brings pleasure, but that usefulness is not real. 

So it is with ones own transformation. All human beings are constantly transforming, nobody stays the same as when their existence began. How one channels their energy in this transformation determines if one exist strictly on a material plain (self serving) or if one is to be useful in a way that is a benefit to all beings, transforming ones energy into love and reaching their full potential of usefulness.

Michael Cupo
I grew up in Newark, New Jersey, one of six children. I have been married for 25 years. I own a home, and I have two children. I have been at the same job for 28 years. I am the happiest I have ever been and it is all because of the Love that has always been in my life. I attribute all that has happened to me to that Love. None of what has transpired in the last five years of my life has anything to do with any accomplishments on my part. There was always a lot of love in our home as I grew up, but for reasons unknown to me at the time I was always in trouble. I was at the top of my brother-in-law’s “Who My Sister Shouldn’t Marry” list. I drank alcoholically, gambled, abused drugs and painkillers. I bounced from relationship to relationship. Even after I stopped abusing alcohol and drugs in 1987, my so-called outer troubles stopped, but my self-centered behavior never changed. All I did was substitute one compulsion for another. Although my addiction became more respectable—taking the form of material possessions—I was still trapped, migrating restlessly from one obsession to another. I went to Twelve Step meetings, derived some benefit from them, and then fell away. My loved ones got me into de-tox and rehab programs. But once I was released, the cycle of insatiable craving started all over again. This cycle seemed to work for me . . . until it didn’t. And then my life changed — not instantly or magically, but profoundly. I share this change in It’s Monday Only in Your Mind: You Are Not Your Thoughts. I discovered that I wasn’t dependent upon a substance or activity, but ruled by my ego. My need to reach outside myself for fulfillment was created by a false perception of deficiency. If this sense of lack didn’t exist in me, there wouldn’t have been a need to reach and grasp. My credentials for writing this book are simply that I live this change each day. My view of life is so different from the way it used to be. Through the practice outlined in my book, I have learned to quiet my mind enough to allow my heart to open. The quieter my mind becomes, the more Love becomes the default setting of my life. This is truly a modern-day miracle, a miracle that can happen to anyone who has the urge to change. www.mondayinyourmind.com
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