It was years ago now, but here is the story of how the Lotus Flower came into my life. I had just finished working with a client of mine and stepped outside to pray and meditate. I often do this after a challenging session, but looked forward to it this time as I myself had been through a number of challenging situations over the preceding months, and I knew that within myself I needed to continue to work on my own “Learn Grow Evolve”. It was a perfect day outside and after spending hours inside, I was happy to have the sun on my face and breathe in the aromas of being outdoors.
I closed my eyes, sat, prayed, and gave thanks for all that I had in my life. While the months before had been an obstacle course of lessons that needed to be learned, I always ensure I appreciate all of the things in my life. After my prayers, as I began my meditation with my eyes still closed and purposeful breath, I asked the Universe “Please show me where I am at in my life and why I am where I am.” As I immersed myself deeper into my meditation, I saw in front of me a beautiful white lotus flower which I distinctly noticed, but didn’t give much more attention than simply appreciating its beauty. I continued my meditation and when I was done, I stayed outside for a while enjoying the blueness of the sky and the drifting clouds.
A few days later I met up with a friend of mine who is a healer of Native American descent and on her own quest has studied other religions and spiritualities. We went to lunch and as we spoke and caught up on the happenings of each other’s lives, I mentioned my meditation and seeing the white lotus flower. She smiled and excitedly said “That’s great.” Curious at her exuberance, I looked at her and asked “Why, what does it mean?”
She told me that in the Buddhist teachings, the lotus flower is a symbol of being pure in one’s spirit, in addition to one’s own enlightenment and self-awareness. She explained to me that the lotus flower grows up in murky waters, continues to grow, rise above the dark water, and bloom into a beautiful flower. Through its growth, the lotus does not allow the muddy water to foul any of its beauty.
She continued to tell me that after having known me for many years and knowing that I grew up in a dark pit of physical, emotional, verbal, and mental abuse, that I didn’t just survive it nor did I allow it to consume me and drag me down. She witnessed how I continued my path of evolution not free of error, but without any hatred, bitterness, or anger in my heart or mind and filled with kindness, generosity, humility, compassion, and a love of all things. She continued to tell me that many people had described me as “pure in spirit” and “bright as the sun” so she wasn’t surprised that this is what I was shown as an indication of where I was at in my life.
I thought about what she said and I understood that my lesson is to always be on my own “Learn Grow Evolve” path and that my path is ever widening. I may not have always liked the hand I was dealt at the beginning of my journey, but I have come to a deep understanding of the “why” I was dealt that hand and how I continued to rise above what I grew up in and became the person I am today. I also know that as I continue on my road, it is my responsibility to understand that evolution never stops and I will continue to learn about life, nature, the nature of things, and the Universe.
May the Lotus flower remind you of your own journey and how to stay beautiful above the murky water which represents the difficult situations and challenges that life can often bring us.
Peace and Love to the Universe!!!