Provider of Strength

Ones own mind creates weaknesses that make life unstable. It’s the inability to notice they’re just a figment of the imagination that keeps one under their spell.

Ones reliance upon themselves is their greatest weakness. It leaves no room for assistance from the Creative Intelligence. So we stayed marred in our weakness. With self-reliance there’s nothing to draw on in ones time of stress. One then goes through life with only the tools of self-reliance. Unfortunately these tools do not allow for the co-operation with anything but ones self. So this makes it impossible to be in harmony with anything but self. This also makes for a life that isn’t conducive to ones spiritual well-being. When life is lived strictly from the self, to satisfy the self, the results will be for self. This leads to a very self-ish existence.

When ones reliance is shifted to a reliance on the Universe, or whatever name one wants to use, there’s an alignment with stillness which puts one in harmony with life. It is not that this allows one to overcome weaknesses, it makes them non-existent. This is because our weaknesses are self-created so if their not created they wouldn’t be. The Universe doesn’t create weakness; in it is only strength. When it is looked within for ones strength, weakness is no more, it naturally dissipates. When there is strictly reliance on ones self for strength, one becomes powerless to ones own weakness. But this is a figment of the imagination because the Universe is the provider of all the strength one needs.

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.
Michael Cupo

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