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Windhorse: Power & Wisdom

Windhorse: Power & Wisdom

Windhorse provides an unending source of power because it is grounded in the experience of egolessness.

Practitioners are connected to the energy of windhorse once they have developed an unshakable trust in basic goodness and the cosmic mirror.

(The cosmic mirror is the unconditioned state of being that is without beginning or end. It allows reality to be perceived as it is, and for its sacredness and wisdom.)

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Basic Goodness: Gentleness & Trust

“The expression of basic goodness is always connected with gentleness—not feeble, lukewarm, milk-and-honey gentleness, but wholehearted, perky gentleness with good head and shoulders."

Gentleness comes naturally from experiencing the absence of doubt. Doubtlessness comes from trusting in the heart, from having experienced your body and mind synchronized together.

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Windhorse: External, Internal, & Secret Dralas

Drala: the magical quality of existence, the natural wisdom, that recognizes both you and your reality as reflections of the cosmic mirror - your human wisdom is one with the power of things as they are.

  • External drala: harmony in one’s environment that encourages awareness and attention to detail
  • Internal drala: harmony in one’s body and connection to phenomenal world
  • Secret drala: (aka. windhorse) result of external and internal dralas; tremendous wakefulness and nowness in one's state of mind

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Windhorse: Unconditional Confidence

Unconditional confidence is not having confidence in something, but is remaining in the state of confidence, free from competition or one-upmanship. 

This unconditional state happens when you simply have an unwavering state of mind that needs no reference point. 

Unconditional confidence contains

  • gentleness, because the notion of fear does not arise
  • sturdiness, because there is ever-present resourcefulness
  • joy, because trusting in the heart brings a greater sense of humor

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Raising Windhorse - Authentic Presence

Raising windhorse is the abrupt and spontaneous magical process of letting go of fixed mind.

This instantaneous process, combined with the gradual, developmental process of letting go of ego fixation, brings the experience of authentic presence.

(To manifest authentic presence fully, these two abrupt and gradual processes work hand-in-hand within the further practice of the four dignities: meek, perky, outrageous, and inscrutable.)

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CHÖGYAM TRUNGPA | Chap. 10 - Letting Go (86)

  The warrior who experiences windhorse feels the joy and sorrow of love in everything he does. He feels hot and cold, sweet and sour, simultaneously. Whether things go well or things go badly, whether there is success or failure, he feels sad and delighted at once.

In that way, the warrior begins to understand the meaning of unconditional confidence.

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Basic Goodness

Basic goodness is our basic, original nature that is undiluted and unconfused - an innate wakefulness experienced through the point of view of the cosmic mirror.

You do not possess basic goodness - you are basic goodness itself.

Basic goodness isn't an arbitrary idea; the world is good because we can experience its goodness. We can experience synchrony, harmony, and oneness with our world.

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Windhorse: Basic Goodness & Wakefulness

To raise windhorse is basically to rouse the energy of basic goodness into a wind of delight and power.

Windhorse invokes and actualizes the living aspect of fearlessness and bravery as it casts out depression and doubt on the spot. Not in a sense of exorcising depression and doubt, however - because raising windhorse transcends hesitation and doubt, allowing tremendous wakefulness to take place and cheering us up in the process.

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ChÖgyam Trungpa | Chap. 12: Discovering Magic (108)

When we draw down the power and depth of vastness into a single perception, then we are discovering and invoking magic. By magic we do not mean unnatural power over the phenomenal world, but rather the discovery of innate or primordial wisdom in the world as it is. The wisdom we are discovering is wisdom without beginning, something naturally wise, the wisdom of the cosmic mirror.

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CHÖGYAM TRUNGPA | CHAP. 12 - Discovering Magic (109)

We are not talking here about an intellectual revelation; we are speaking of actual experience. We are talking about how we actually perceive reality.

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