Props and Roles

Props and roles are all part of ones conditioning, with life setting the stage for it to be played out. In silence one is still on stage, but the props and roles aren’t needed.

The props that are used and the roles that one assigns to their life are stories that are created for all the world to see. They aren’t really needed to enhance life because life will be what it is regardless of the props used or roles assigned. Life can only be life, it has no need for props and roles, it occurs without them. When this is understood so one can go beyond the prop and roles, an underlining peace prevails that is just there. No label needs to be applied.

Most of the things that one reaches for throughout life are used just like props as if one is on stage. And life is as if it is a role being played with one taking on whatever that assigned role may be at the time. Each person studies their lines and plays out the role in whatever way their conditioning has been developed for it to be played out. And there are many many props used in playing out ones role. Some props are drugs, alcohol, sex, gambling, thrill seeking, education, 12 steps programs, therapist, success, and the list goes on and on. But if you can sit with any one of these including your assigned role, you will see that none of these are truly needed. One would actually have a totally different set of props and role if conditions were different in their life Life goes on regardless of your part in it, this is just the way it is.

These props are the things one reaches for to make their part in the play more interesting. Who would go see a play where everyone was sitting around in silence? So it would seem there is needed drama for life to be more interesting, but this is the fallacy the Conditioned Mind creates. Only in silence can ones life be lived to the fullest. Without the roles and the props, one is present on the stage of life, but not controlled by its rehearsed conditioning. It’s this conditioning that makes one need a role along with many many props, but in silence, with the stage set, one doesn’t have to take on a role or use any props in the puppet show of a conditioned life.

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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