The Big Stage Lure

To be enticed by the lure of the big stage world is caused by one’s own discontented inner lack. Only love provides contentment and when this is realized, one will be on the biggest stage of all.

There’s the world of the so called big stage that mostly everyone wants to be a part of. The getting on television world, or being a star world, but although this world may provide glitz and glamour, that’s about the extent of the satisfaction it can supply. And if you think for a minute this is enough to make you happy, you will be stuck in the shallowness of this existence. Although you may be provided with the amenities that only money and fame can supply you with, you will always be looking for more because that’s the nature of the big stage world.

Contentment with the way things are is the only way one will see beyond the shallowness of the big stage lure. The moment you want things different in the world of more (the big stage) there’s discontentment. There may be much stuff, but stuff only means something to the one who’s caught in shallowness of the big stage lure. This doesn’t mean you can’t get on the big stage, just understand it doesn’t provide the contentment that’s one is constantly seeking because of an inner lack of love

Think of the best vacation you’ve ever been on or the largest amount of money you’ve ever received, except for the brief moment in which it was attained, how much contentment does it bring you now? One is enticed by the big stage lure because it seems as though it will fill one’s discontented lack, but only love can do this. So learn to love and it will be realized one is already on the biggest stage of all.

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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