Non Labeling Space

In the space between what the eyes see and the label applied is one’s place of freedom. The more settled the mind is, the more chance there is for one to be aware of this space.

The space between what the eyes see and the labeled applied is where the space of freedom lies. It’s divine in nature because it doesn’t require a label, although saying its divine in nature is a label. The process of just being with life as it occurs without labeling it goes against everything that one has been taught and because of this it’s the most difficult space to be in. Investigate this for yourself, label, label, label, it’s what we do, it’s not right or wrong, but it is the way of the Conditioned Mind. One may ask what will I become without my labels? This answer can only come from within oneself. I have an answer, it may not resonate with you, as others have answers that don’t necessarily resonate with me, but the label of wrong or right needn’t be applied; as it is seen it is seen.

When I read something that connects with me it’s because it’s already in me, it doesn’t need a label to connect. There are many labels that one applies, but they all arise from attachment and this attachment arises from a delusional sense of self; a self that does exist, just not in the way one labels it. Ask yourself who is doing the labeling which is contingent on one’s Conditioned Mind? We’re influenced by so many things in life and they’re all distractions to keep one from the space of their own magnificence.

Self investigation allows one to see what labeled attachment occupies the space between what the eyes see and the label applied. The more awareness there is of this, the more chance there is to stop applying the label. For me awareness of my own mind has been the key in having any ability at all in controlling some of the reactive labels that were applied for most of my life, and because some are more engrained in the subconscious than others, some labels are harder not to attach to. Fret not though, it has been my experience that one moment at a time, one label at a time can be let go of, and whether one likes it or not, there will come a time when every label is let go of. 

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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