The lotus flower is a beautiful plant that has been used in art and to decorate homes and gardens for millennia. Its scientific name is Nelumbo Nucifera. It only thrives in ponds or places with slow-flowing water.
It survives in crystal clear water as well as in swamps and polluted places.
The lotus flower fixes roots at the bottom of ponds’ mud and blooms to the surface. During the night, its petals close, and the flower submerges. With the first sunlight rays, the lotus flower reappears above the water and opens its petals again.
This is only one of the peculiarities of this beautiful flower that represents a mystery even to science, which cannot explain its own characteristic of repelling microorganisms and dust particles.
In addition, the lotus flower seeds can remain up to 5,000 years without water to wait for the proper germination conditions such as humidity and temperature. Moreover, the lotus flower controls its own temperature, staying around 35°C.
The lotus flower holds several health benefits; as a result, we see it in many natural medicines compositions:
- Relieves coughing;
- Alleviates diarrhea;
- Controls blood sugar and cholesterol;
- Mitigates inflammation;
- Its roots are very nutritious;
- Prevents acne;
- Regulates the menstrual cycle.
The lotus flower is a sacred symbol for many cultures. Although the meaning for each culture is slightly different, they are usually metaphors with the flower’s physical and behavioral characteristics.
Lotus Flower Colors Special Meaning
We find it in many colors: purple, orange, yellow, white, pink, blue, green, and red. However, only five colors have special meaning:
Refers to the triumph of the spirit over the senses, signifies wisdom and knowledge. This flower never reveals its interior because it is almost always totally closed.
Is related to the perfection of the spirit and the mind, state of total purity, and pure nature. Usually, we represent it with 8 petals.
Reveals the sincerity and original nature of the heart. This flower corresponds to the qualities such as love, passion, and compassion. It is also known as the Flower of Compassion, Avalokitesvara.
Although it is often confused with the white lotus flower, the pink lotus is the most important and unique of all lotuses. It’s related to divine avatars, such as the Great Buddha.
When we attain true spiritual enlightenment, the golden lotus appears.
Lotus Flower in Ancient Greece
In Greek mythology, the Lotophagi lived on an island near North Africa and who, as the name implies, used to eat lotus flowers. These plants have a narcotic effect that causes peaceful sleep and also amnesia.
In Homer’s Odyssey, there is an episode in which three men are sent to the island to investigate it. However, they forget to return to the boat because they eat the lotus flowers like the other inhabitants.
Later, Ulysses manages to rescue the men and even ties them to the ship, so they return to the island. The amnesia caused by the lotus flower is something many people desire: the possibility to start over, be reborn, and erase the past. Through this story, Homer demonstrates all his creativity and knowledge about human beings.
Lotus flowers were symbolically represented from Ancient Egypt, where white and blue lotuses are most common. In Egypt, the flower was known as Seshen and was associated with the Egyptian Gods. Because the lotus follows the sun’s movement, it was associated with the sun God, Ra.
The ancient Egyptian Aksi believed that the lotus symbolized creation, rebirth, strength, and power. Perhaps for this reason, during childbirth, Egyptian women tended to wear lotus amulets with an image of Heqet, a fertility Goddess. Lotuses were present in art, hieroglyphics, and paintings to represent fertility, a new beginning, and purity.
Lotus in Buddhism
In Buddhist symbolism, the essential meaning of the lotus flower is the purity of body and mind. The muddy water that hosts the plant is associated with attachment and carnal desires. The flower blooming over the water seeking light is the promise of purity and spiritual elevation.
It is symbolically associated with the figure of Buddha and his teachings. Thus, it is a sacred flower to Buddhists. When the baby Buddha took his first steps, everywhere he stepped, lotus flowers bloomed.
- Spiritual Direct Contact
- The Emptiness of Desire
- Victory over Attachments
- Enlightenment and the “Buddha State”
- Love and Compassion for All Things
- Fidelity during Spiritual Development
- Resurgence from Suffering
For example, in religions such as Hinduism, it is common for Gods to sit on a lotus flower to meditate and reflect.
In Hindu symbolism, the lotus is associated with prosperity, fertility, and beauty. The lotus is also associated with various Hindu Gods and relates to the sacred Padma lotus. The Padma is the part of the soul that drives people to spiritual enlightenment, even through struggles. This drive is similar to how the lotus flower emerges from the mud to reach the surface.
The Lotus flower is associated with several Hindu Gods, including Lakshmi, Brahma, and Vishnu, known as the lotus-eyed. Other Gods are depicted with lotuses in works of art because of their association with purity and divinity.
Another association given to the lotus, according to some followers of Hinduism, is creation. Similar to how the lotus blossoms with sunlight, Hindus believe that the world blossomed in the presence of consciousness.
The Lotus and the Chakras
For Yogis, the lotus flower with 1,000 petals is related to the Sahasrara Chakra, the seventh Chakra.
The Sahasrara is the Chakra system that runs from the top of the head to about 20 centimeters above it. Besides the Sahashara itself in this region, we also have the Nirvana Chakra and the Guru Chakra.
The Thousand Petals Lotus opens in the Nirvana Chakra. It is also where Shiva resides.
All the Chakras are essential, but the 7th Chakra is vital because it opens our divine consciousness. It awakens our spirit and brings us closer to God.
In our subtle body, there are the seven Chakras; we start counting from the bottom up.
As we have seen, the lotus flower is born from the darkness of the swamp, from the mud. Nevertheless, it doesn’t get dirty with mud; it remains pure and immaculate.
Making an analogy with ourselves, we can emerge in a new enlightened consciousness even with worldly desires.
The lotus flower shows us this beautiful possibility; we can still live in this world, but not be of this world. Yes, we can come to an enlightened consciousness.
The most critical processes happen from the inside out. Never the other way around. Everything that happens inside you reflects on every aspect of your life.
Your vision will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.Carl Gustav Jung
The 1000 Petals Lotus
The enlightened state happens when we awaken Sahasrara Chakra, and a Thousand Petals Lotus opens fully at the top of our head.
The seven Chakras act together, although each has its own qualities. Sahasrara is the integration of everything with the All.
When we open our Crown Chakra, we rise above all desires often unsuitable for our evolution. It becomes natural to overcome struggles and differences. We enter a realm of heightened consciousness, the consciousness of spirit; we see everyone as brothers and sisters, everyone as one big family.
Moreover, we begin to feel the divine power, the power that creates everything, that is in everything. We feel a coolness in the top of our heads, vibrations. We receive messages from another dimension, showing us how we can correct ourselves and find creative solutions for our lives.
And at the end, we come to silence our mind, a deep silence that lifts us above our thoughts, above our mind.
We raise our energy, our Kundalini, from the base of the sacrum to the top of the head. Because the pinnacle of human spirituality is to open the 1,000 Petal Lotus.
We can see that the Sahasrara is not open in humanity. That is why we have fights, wars, prejudices. Under the light of the Sahasrara, we feel harmony and unity; we respect animals, plants, all nature, and all humanity.
How to open the Thousand Petals Lotus
This Chakra does not benefit from specific foods, as it represents a connection to the non-physical. Fresh air and sunlight, however, are highly beneficial. Outdoor meditation may be the best way to stimulate the pineal gland and open the Crown Chakra.
In addition, I have designed wall art to stimulate the opening of the thousand-petaled lotus. You can perform a 21-day ritual as follows:
Sit comfortably in front of the mandala, take a deep breath, close your eyes, and intend a positive transformation for your life.
Open your eyes and concentrate on the mandala center for at least 5 minutes; try not to blink. As you do so, feel the energetic exchange of this mandala with your Crown Chakra.
After this period, just by living with the poster, you will continue to receive its energy.
Let the magic happen!
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