A personal reflection of Chapter 13 "How to Invoke Magic," from Shambhala: The Sacred Path of the Warrior, by Chogyam Trunpa

Shambhala teaches us that the world, and everything in it, is founded in Basic Goodness. When we realize this, our lives and relationships are transformed in a way that is infinitely fulfilling and uplifting. In order to realize our intrinsic and “Basic” Goodness, we must break through our habitual perspectives of limited Self, and understand our infinite potential. This takes “the blissipline” of mindful awareness and the bravery to be truly present. This is the path of the Shambhala warrior. It is the path of the Yogi.

The blissipline, the path of warriorship, is a daily practice. It is allowing Grace to move through us as we balance our urges of effort and surrender. It is realizing our inner power and invoking magic, everyday.

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