The Fire of Desire

One’s inner fire can become a towering inferno if it’s not known what causes it to ignite. This is the selfish fire of desire and its fuel will have to be removed to prevent one’s fire from igniting.

It can be said that “the world is on fire” and all one needs to do is turn on the news to see how true this is. The cause of why there’s a fire needs to be examined if one isn’t to succumb to the selfish flames of desire, although it’s not the world that needs to be examined, it’s one’s own driving energy that needs to be examined. What one’s energy is focused on is what ignites the fire, greed, hate, self satisfaction, envy, lust, and so on is the energy of a restless mind and this is what causes the inner fire. Some fires are raging and some are smoldering, but having awareness that they’re there is the key in not only extinguishing them, but removing the conditions that allows them to ignite to begin with.

This inner fire is mostly because the restless mind (selfish desire) is the norm and there’s nothing in place to prevent it from igniting. Any fire needs certain conditions to be met to ignite it and it’s the same way with a mind that’s on fire (restless). If these certain conditions aren’t met, the fire can’t ignite. Fire needs fuel (energy) so it’s important to be aware of when the fire starts to see if it’s going to be given more fuel to grow or if one has the necessary awareness to remove the conditions that are causing it. You can just extinguish it, but this may not prevent it from reigniting, it’s only when the fuel of selfish desires (the conditioning in place) are removed that it will be impossible for one’s fire to ever ignite.

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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