A Gift to Oneself

Love is all encompassing because it’s the essence of existence. I don’t exist because of me, I am because the Universe loved me, this makes the creator and the created one in the same.

A question to ask oneself is what are you giving to the most important person in your life, which is yourself? I say this in the context of you cannot give to others what you do not have yourself, so if you don’t truly love yourself how can love be given? To truly live, one needs to adhere to two spiritual laws; Love God (of your understanding) with all your heart and love your neighbor as you love yourself. These are the two laws that are necessary if the true meaning of giving is to be understood; you cannot truly give if you don’t love. These two laws work together, one can’t be adhered to without the other.

To love God of one’s understanding is to understand only the beloved is real and we exist as a product of Universal Love. We don’t exist because of the thought realm of self, there is no true love in this realm. We are created by the Universe to serve the Universe and everything in existence is part of the Universe, so our love is for our creator just for being our creator and our creation had nothing to do with anything on our part. When this is understood you will be able to give yourself the gift you deserve, the gift that is your birth right and that is the true love of self, a self in the form of Universal Love.

It’s all one, the Universe, God, yourself, humanity so you cannot love your neighbor without loving yourself and you cannot love yourself without loving the creator. Creation is the essence of life, it’s where all form begins. To me this is why the most important gift that one can give is to truly love yourself so you can in turn love all that life encompasses. Without this love of self there can’t be love for anything else because love doesn’t exist. So please give yourself the gift of love, it’s what you deserve, it’s what humanity deserves.

Love is what has turned my life around because by learning to love myself it has opened my heart to see that the beloved is real and in turn since the beloved is my creator when I love my creator I love me because we are one in the same. So when I truly love me the only thing I can do is love you, not because I want to, but because I have to, how can I not because it’s what’s there as we are one in the same. 

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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