I received this Lotus Flower from a beautiful friend many years ago and right from the start I felt drawn to it and I always wear it. I feel safe and protected when I wear it. I never knew why I felt safe and protected, I just did. As the years went on I became more and more fascinated by Lotus Flowers in particular. In all my spiritual work that I've done I have always used flowers as an analogy about blossoming from within.
My analogy of flowers and our spiritual journey: flowers to me are strong, colourful, vibrant and they are all different. If you look at a flower they are closed and then gently open up when ready. When they open up you can look within and see the beauty that is there. Just like us. When we become strong and take the time to look within and connect with ourselves, it builds our confidence, sense of self and love for self. When we are comfortable with who we are and love who we are, we are more confident in allowing ourselves to blossom, grow and shine in the world.
Meaning of Lotus Flowers: The Lotus Flower has different meanings and is traditionally associated with Buddhism and Hinduism. The lotus is the national flower of India, Egypt, and Vietnam. Its symbolism in those cultures has made its way to support Christian beliefs as well. Many cultures regard the lotus flower as sacred and is called the Flower of Life and is associated with the cycle of life, death and rebirth.
In Buddhism it represents spiritual awakening, purity and faithfulness. This belief came from the fact that the roots emerge from muddy waters meaning the act of rising above despite the challenges and loving towards the light of wisdom.
In Hinduism it represents our ability to transcend our awareness and expand our souls and eventually evolve. It is the realisation through inner wisdom. The Lotus Flower is the energy seen flowing through the chakras.
The Lotus Flower and Chakras.
There is a lot of information about chakras. I have added some to give you an overview of what they are and how they are connected to the lotus flower.
What is a Chakra? It is an energy centre. It originated from Sanskrit and means "wheel". It functions as a vortex of spinning energy that interacts with our bodies and there are 7 chakras positioned throughout our body. Each chakra vibrates at a different frequency, has a different colour associated to each chakra and a different lotus flower is associated to each chakra.
7th Crown Chakra - pure white light and is located at the top of your head. It is associated with the element of pure light, and it is where we find our higher urge to self-transcendence, loss of ego-boundaries and connection with the infinite source of life.
6th Third Eye Chakra - Indigo light and is located in the forehead above the meeting point of the two eyebrows. It is associated with our development of clarity and wisdom in our perception of our inner and worlds.
5th Throat Chakra - blue light is located at the base of the throat. It is associated with how the element of ether and it is the one that determines the level and intensity of our expression and visibility in the outer world.
4th Heart Chakra - Green light is located at the lower center of the chest. It is associated with our emotional exchange and sharing with others.
3rd Solar Plexus Chakra - yellow light is located in the solar plexus. It is associated with development and integration off our sense of individual power, will and identity. It forms our perception of self. Who am I.
2nd Sacral Chakra - Orange light is located at the pubic bone area is located in the area of the pubic bone. It associates our basic sense of liveliness, joy and enthusiasm.
1st Root Chakra - Red light is located in the middle of the perineum. It deals with our basic needs, our instincts, survival, fear, trust and our own security and stability.