Dreams and conversations, sometimes seem to guide me on a daily basis, bringing me the messages and teachings I need. I I heard about Shambhala, a few months ago. One friend mentioned this mythical land, part of Buddhist iconography at a meeting, and a few days later, another acquaintance told us how she lived in a Shambhala community here in London.
The same day, when coming back home, I looked at the books available from the book share at Acton Town tube station (my station). There, I found a book called The secret of Shambhala. I brought it home, and read it.
Shambhala is a mythical kingdom which is mentioned in various ancient texts, including the Kalacakra Tantra and the ancient Zhangzhung texts of western Tibet. The Bon scriptures speak of a closely related land called Tagzig Olmo Lung Ring and the Hindu texts such as the Vishnu Puranamention state the village Shambhala as the birthplace of Kalki, the final incarnation of Vishnu who will usher in a new Golden Age (Satya Yuga).
Shambhala came to be seen as a Buddhist pure land, a fabulous kingdom whose reality is visionary or spiritual as much as physical or geographic.
The book I read was a fiction. Interestingly, I dreamt with one of its passages, some days before, so when recognizing in the book, the landscape that had come to me in a dream, some days before, I was ready to accept the message the book hold for me. The message was; one can just raise the fields of consciousness of other inter-beings, but not interfere in their unique unfoldings, in a forceful way.
Anyway, Shambhala, reminded me of an interesting community that exists in Portugal called Tamera.
Tamera is a School and Research Station for Realistic Utopia. The project was founded in Germany in 1978. In 1995 it moved to Portugal. Today 170 people live and work on a property of 330 acres.
Their website states the following:
"The founding thought was to develop a non-violent life model for cooperation between human being, animal and nature. Soon it became clear that the healing of love and of human community had to be placed at the center of this work. Sexuality, love and partnership need to be freed from lying and fear, for there can be no peace on Earth as long as there is war in love. The ecological and technological research of Tamera includes the implementation of a retention landscape for the healing of water and nature, as well as a model for regional autonomy in energy and food. Through the Global Campus and the Terra Nova School we are working within a global network on the social, ecological and ethical foundations for a new Earth – Terra Nova."
Definitely something interesting for dream economics, worth researching and learning more about.