Lightness of Heart

When the energy of an occurrence is stored instead of letting it go and allowing it to pass through, it accumulates and keeps one on a collision course with their own mind.

How does the heart become heavy? This occurs by the accumulation of what occurs in life and holding onto it as it forms one’s identity. When the energy of what happens is held onto, it gets stored for the next occurrence to build on and the next, and the next, and so on, you can see how this faulty foundation can cause immense problems. It’s never what occurs in life that’s a problem, it happens deal with it and then just like that it’s over and done with, but when it’s energy is stored instead of letting it go and allowing it to pass through, it keeps one on a collision course with its own mind.

As long as one is alive, life will always be life. People will be born, people will die, some will be of love and some will be of hate, the key is allowing life and all its doings to be as it is and not allow it to accumulate and carry around each and every occurrence upon one’s shoulders as if it just happened. When this letting go truly occurs, lightness of heart will not only be experienced, but it will become the way one always lives. No more stored energy means no more unnecessary baggage and without baggage, one is free because there’s nothing to carry around that blocks the path to one’s lightness of heart.

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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