Stirring the Pond

Do whatever you think you need to do, but any doing is actually an undoing because it keeps the mind in a state of agitation, and as long as one is stirring up the pond by doing, the view will never be clear.

It may be better if you did less in your life if what you are doing is stirring the pond; it’s only when the mud at the bottom is settled that the water is clear. So it is with the mind, when it gets stirred up, it becomes cloudy and it’s very difficult to see clearly what’s really happening. This stirring can be identified as what you think you need to make you complete; you see, when the pond is settled the water (mind) is clear. When the mind becomes agitated it becomes murky and all kinds of stories are created about what’s needed to make you complete. Reading another book may be used, another 12 step meeting, another person to help, losing another pound, more money, and on an on. So many things are used to stir up the pond (mind) and the truth is none of them are truly needed because you are complete as you will ever be right now. In the clarity of a settled mind is our completeness.

Stories are created to stir up the so called pond and it’s because of the conditioning that’s in place. Clarity will never be as long as one thinks there is something needed to do that will make one complete. Doing only keeps the water (mind) from settling and the more one does the less clear things are. Do whatever you think you need to do, but understand there will never be clarity until there’s no need to do anything. Be the light, be the instrument to spread love, be whatever you want, but this doing is actually an undoing because it keeps the mind in a state of agitation, and as long as one is stirring up the pond by doing, the view will never be clear.


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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