Invoking magic is the everyday ritual of being you. Magic is the essence of life, it is the animating principle that everything is alive, sacred, and intrinsically good. Shamanism and the Tibetan Shambhala Warriorship refers to the patterns and powers of living energy as Dralas. Dralas help us to connect to the world through our innate wisdom, so that we may awaken, transform, and heal limiting fears of impermanence and aloneness. As we learn to let go and feel the wild unknown, we suspend certainty, and brave feeling the world as it truly is - interconnected and full of magical possibilities. We can all be magicians because we are all made of magic. When crafting your life, soften the mind and body to the elemental energies around you (dralas), this will ignite the magic of your wild windhorse soul.
Drala is not a god or spirit, but fundamentally it is connecting the wisdom of your own being with the power of things as they are. The basic definition of drala is "energy beyond aggression." ... The only way to contact that energy is to experience a gentle state of being in yourself...The expression of true human goodness, based not on arrogance or aggression, but on gentleness and openness. It is the way of the warrior.
The way to invoke drala: by creating an atmosphere of bravery... bravery is the courage to be - to live in the world without any deception and with tremendous kindness and caring to others. Bravery begins to heighten your existence, that is, to bring out the brilliance and genuine qualities our your environment and of your own being. - The Collected Works of Chogyam Trungpa
According to the Shambhala there are three ways to invoke magic.
One: An external attitude of sacredness towards your environment, creating space with bravery (full presence) and stewardship (ahimsa/non-aggressive participation with the earth). Our magical nature is genuine goodness and kindness to all things.
Two: An internal attitude of respect and devotion towards the personal care and wholeness of the body. The daily rituals and habits of tending to your temple, how you eat, dress, think, and live is sacred and magical.
Three: The synchronisation of mindful nowness with the secrets of the dralas (elemental and ethereal energies ). When the mind is clear and present, free of arrogance and aggression, the power of the windhorse energy charges the soul supporting you to rise and delight in life. Magic is the embodiment of living connected to all of existence, our primordial wisdom. (In synch with the sound of Om)
The time of magic is in the "ma," the gaps of time, silence, or the space in between. Dralas (universal wisdom) can only enter when there is sacred space free of distortion, deception and egotistic attachment.
In our rituals of yoga, meditation, and ceremony we are creating "ma" - sacred space for magic to enter our lives and create harmony. Like a zen garden, everything is placed to attract peace and balance. The space between the curated rocks, leaves, and branches, allows for the dralas to enter. This powerful energetic force reminds us - we are all connected - even within the gaps of our displeasure - there is a primordial beauty in all that we experience.
Sometimes reality is really painful, boring, and ugly, but it is always workable - we can still appreciate its raw and difficult qualities. When we appreciate the world, we experience it as sacred and we want to take care of it. There is no separation between the sacred and the "profane" - everything is sacred in the world of the dralas.
We need to be inquisitive and look into things more: listen to people, to frogs, to the sounds of rain; to see deeply rather than glance at things casually. We need to let our heart be touched, to stop thinking about things as problems to be solved and start appreciating the magic and mystery of our lives. If we live with these attitudes and intentions, we will attract the dralas so that they can help wake us up to the harmony, beauty, and power of this sacred world. - Jeremy Hayward: Sacred World - A guide to Shambhala Warriorship in Daily Life.
This week in the Temple Classes we will invoke magic by creating "ma" sacred space, physically and mentally with yoga, chanting, and meditation. While pausing between the breath with pranayama, and staying in the poses with brave gentleness like a zen warrior, we will break open the cocoon of our certainty and let go, so that we may fly upon the wings of the windhorse and rise wildly free.
Last Chance to Register is March 16. Space is Limited.