Mysterious but Practical

Life is mysterious because of the unknown and this is because no one truly knows what it’s all about. Although at its core it is very practical, the reality of life remains a mystery.

Each life is the sum of our experiences and the view of those experiences are based on what we are influenced by throughout our life and how those influences become habitual Conditioned Mind Patterns; these patterns become the core of one’s existence. Cosmic forces don’t make us do what we do, it’s our own conditioning that does this. Granted I understand the energy aspect of life and how it’s our energy directed that controls a lot of what happens, but a lot of the energy is directed by the way one is conditioned.

Life is mysterious but in a practical way, and the practically is seen only if one lives in the present. The more life is given the energy of living in the past and future, the more it will seem like a struggle and the less practically there will be. No one can tell another what life is about, each person’s experiences are unique unto themselves and we can’t deny a person the right to their experiences by saying, they’re wrong, or it’s not what they’ve experienced. Nothing will close the heart from the sun light of the spirit quicker than thinking you have the right answers and nobody else does.

What makes it a right answer anyway? It becomes a right answer because it’s something that works in one’s life, but that doesn’t mean it will work for everyone. I know the answers that have been revealed to me are right for me, but I’m not so smug to think I have all the answers for everyone that I won’t listen to someone else. We can share our experiences, but we shouldn’t be arrogant to deny a person the right to their experience. It would behoove us all to listen more and talk less, after all there’s a reason why we have two ears and one mouth. If we have to prove our way is the right way maybe it isn’t right, this is what makes life the mystery that it is because there’s no one answer that covers it all and there’s no one person that has all the answers. 

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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