Shambala, The Pure Land

“The basic wisdom of Shambhala is that in this world, as it is, we can find a good and meaningful human life that will also serve others. That is our true richness.” Chogyam Trungpa (Author of Shambhala: The Secret Path of the Warrior)

Shambala came up to my mind as soon as I finished this new Mandala and was thinking of a name. I had forgotten about it for so many years and brought beautiful memories.

For what I can recall the first time I have found out about its existence was through a book called The Secret of Shambhala, from James Redfield, which was his third in the series of the Celestine Prophecy. The book left me with such a beautiful feeling, not only for imagining such a peaceful place but believing in the fact that through our daily actions we can raise the frequency of our vibrations, and restore goodness among negativity.

Shambhala is a Sanskrit word which means “Mystical Kingdom”, it is mentioned in various Hindu and Buddhist sacred texts but its origins are believed to be older than these religions, from an indigenous belief system of the Alti-Himalayan Shamanic Traditions.
“Whatever its historical basis, Shambhala (spelling derived from Buddhist transliterations) gradually came to be seen as a Buddhist Pure Land, a fabulous kingdom whose reality is visionary or spiritual as much as physical or geographic.” – Shambala

“The kingdom is said to be laid out in precisely the same form as an eight-petalled lotus blossom surrounded by a chain of snow mountains. At the center lies the place of the King of Shambala who governed from the city called Kalapa”.
Shambala Mandala
The design I made has a flower with 10 petals at the center, and only when the drawing started to take form I realized it looked like a 5 pointed star, so I believed it to be related to the Sacred Feminine. But the name Shambala gave it a completely new perspective, and upon investigating on the number 5, I rediscovered the concept of Dimensions both in Maths and Physics which then made me remember about the 5th Dimension, much discussed in Spiritual and Consciousness related terms, believed to be where human consciousness is heading towards, a much similar concept to the Vision of Shambala.

“Shambhala Buddhism partly derives from the teachings of Shambhala, as originally proclaimed by Chögyam Trungpa, which state that “there is a natural source of radiance and brilliance in the world, which is the innate wakefulness of human beings. This is the basis, in myth and inspiration, of the Kingdom of Shambhala, an enlightened society of fearlessness, dignity, and compassion.” Furthermore, “Shambhala vision applies to people of any faith, not just people who believe in Buddhism. The Shambhala vision does not distinguish a Buddhist from a Catholic, a Protestant, a Jew, a Moslem, a Hindu. That’s why we call it the Shambhala kingdom. A kingdom should have lots of spiritual disciplines in it.”

In Maths and Physics, these are related to the dimensions of Space and Time, which through Einstein’s Relativity Theory, were confirmed to be 3 dimensions in Space plus 1 which is Time. (5th Dimension) Everything else related to higher dimensions has still not been proven, but many theories have come up such us String theory and it is what the majority of Modern Physicists are dedicated to today. If you have time you can read this very profound and detailed article about Dimensions and how they relate to our Consciousness and Higher Mind.

From our Consciousness perspective, the higher frequency we vibrate, the more we have access to higher knowledge which in turn change the way we perceive reality, and as result, we are able to change our lives for the better.
We have all experienced that, when we are in a positive state we attract positivity when we are negative, this is what we will attract. From here the importance to dedicate ourselves to activities that make us connect to higher emotions. Such is spending time in Nature admiring Beauty, expressing our creativity, meditation, yoga, mindfulness, listening to beautiful music, helping others, doing what we love and are passionate about.

But these activities are not enough to make us realize our ideal life. There lies within our minds, unconscious unresolved issues from our past, and maybe from our soul history too, that need to be addressed, which surface in a variety of forms and when unaware, they usually cause negative reactions, which unexpectedly lower our state of being. It is inevitable.
“You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.” Dr. Maya Angelou

At this point, if you are strong enough to detach yourself from the situation, you can decide, to continue spiraling down the rabbit hole, so to speak, the black hole as I call it, or have the strength to stop and let it evaporate, letting it go, without any more involvement. It takes a lot of strength and awareness, and much practice. But the benefits are very worthed.

This Mandala has been quite a journey to make, you can read more here, but it has brought me again to this awareness and faith of the Higher Perspective and Ultimate Goal, reminding me of those sacred words from Gandhi “Be the Change you Want to see in the World”.

By constantly raising our vibrations and expanding our consciousness we participate in helping humanity reaching that Vision of Shambala, the Pure Land, the place we all wish to be, once we will have released all our lower energies and troubles.


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