The Great Illusionist

The Conditioned Mind is a great illusionist, and what it creates is the illusion that life is as it appears. One forms beliefs that reinforce these illusions, so much so that it keeps the heart closed and one constantly looking for the pot of gold at the end of a rainbow.

Life really isn’t as it appears. The Conditioned Mind constantly tries to create a world that makes one wonder if they’re happy. This created noise is an illusion that blocks one from seeing their own innate goodness and all this occurs without permission. When there’s an understanding that we’re just a manifestation of Universal Energy and not much else really matters, we can become still enough to see our creation not as the Conditioned Mind makes it appear, but as it was meant to be, lived from out true intention to be an instrument of stillness. The only thing that keeps one in a state of unawareness of this stillness is the Conditioned Mind.

Stillness breeds truth, truth breeds freedom. freedom breeds clarity and clarity breeds stillness. One day you’re in this form and one day just like that, you’re not. The base of your life determines how you’re spending the time that you have in this form. If it’s to serve your I Self you will never come from a place of stillness and it will be very difficult to see truth and find inner peace. If it’s to be still with all you heart and soul, the mind will settle and it will allow inner peace to be revealed which allows unity with all beings. They may not be in unity with you and that’s because of their conditioning, but unity with oneself is what’s important and how you will know you’re in unity with yourself is by the unity you have with all beings. This is the unity that only comes from one’s own heart. Separation is an illusion that’s created by the great illusionist, the Conditioned Mind, unity is what occurs when the conditioning falls away and the mind is still.

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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