“Then, there is the approach of surrendering or humbling yourself to get in touch with goodness. Someone tells you that he can make you happy if you will just give your life to his cause. If you believe that he has the goodness that you want, you may be willing to shave your hair or wear robes or crawl on the floor or eat with your hands to get in touch with goodness. You are willing to trade in your dignity and become a slave.
Both of these situations are attempts to retrieve something good, something real. If you are rich, you are willing to spend thousands of dollars on it. If you are poor, you are willing to commit your life to it. But there is something wrong with both of these approaches.
The problem is that, when we begin to realize the potential goodness in ourselves, we often take our discovery much too seriously. We might kill for goodness or die for goodness; we want it so badly. What is lacking is a sense of humor. Humor here does not mean telling jokes or being comical or criticizing others and laughing at them. A genuine sense of humour is having a light touch: not beating reality into the ground but appreciating reality with a light touch. The basis of Shambhala vision is rediscovering that perfect and real sense of humor, that light touch of appreciation.
If you look at yourself, if you look at your mind, if you look at your activities, you can repossess the humor that you have lost in the course of your life. To begin with, you have to look at your ordinary domestic reality: you knives, your forks, your plates, your telephone, your dishwasher and your towels – ordinary things. There is nothing mystical or extraordinary about them, but if there is no connection with ordinary everyday situations, if you don’t examine your mundane life, then you will never find any humor or dignity or, ultimately, any reality.”
IF you are patience, diligent, compassionate, humble and you can build an inner image nation like Chögyam Trungpa who wrote the proceding quote in this decidedly secular look into his personal world of Shambhala. But it means taking care of yourself and by extension the world of Species Earth which supports you like our very lungs and which needs us like another hole in the ozone layer.
The medium is the message means that it is both content and context which create perspective. It also means that the median is the massage for an anally retarded society.
To understand the "Hambhala" approach to Shambhala realize that "Goodness" is directly equatable with Bacon.
aka The Ham Baller