The Lotus has always had so much significance in my life, so much so it is tatooed on my left shoulder to remind me of the significance that this beauty has brought to my life. For me, the lotus flower represents a journey moving from the darkness into the light; a rising from a dark place, growing, and awakening into awareness and lightness. In full bloom the lotus represents the light that shines within each one of us. The Lotus emerges from murky waters in the morning and appears perfectly clean. Each morning, with the light of the sun, the lotus breaks through the surface of the murky water and each evening closes with darkness. The Lotus flowers enjoy warm sunlight and is intolerant to cold weather. The floating leaves and Lotus flowers have long stems, which contain air spaces to maintain the buoyancy. Each day is a new life, a new rebirth for the flower as it starts it’s journey towards the light of the sun through the murky waters suggesting strength, courage & determination. These same words, strength, courage and determination were strung around my neck for a time reminding to keep on reaching for the light. The Lotus represents a desire, an ambition along with much perseverance which naturally, leads us to a light flickering at the end of a tunnel and eventually the ability to see the beauty. Standing it all its glory, the Lotus represents the journey to spiritual enlightenment.
It is very interesting how the open flower and the unopened bud can be associated with our very humanness. The unopened bud represents of a folded soul; a soul that has the ability to unfold if willing to rise up through the muddy terrain and open itself up to the truth. The fully opened flower represents awakening to the truth and the shining of the light from within your soul.
The Lotus is represented in the chakra system with a specific number of petals representing each chakra, the more petals the higher the vibrational frequency.
The Root Chakra is a four-petal lotus flower containing a triangle pointing down towards the Earth. The square represents foundation. The chakra is located at the base of the spine. The function and purpose of this chakra is for grounding, stability, physical needs, security, survival and the material world. This is also the center of manifestation. The red colour associated with this chakra is the colour of vitality and physical health. The chakra has an active, dynamic energy that creates movement, passion and strong will power. The negative side of this chakra expresses as anger aggression, violence, greed, and survival fears.
The sacral chakra is a six-petal lotus flower containing a crescent moon which relates to the moon itself. This chakra is located in the abdomen, genitals, hips, and low back. This chakra governs emotions, nurturance, sexuality, people’s sense of self-worth, and confidence in one’s own creativity. With the first “stirrings” of higher consciousness, one develops greater sensitivity toward others. This is empathy, or the ability to sense other people’s emotions.
Ideally, this chakra brings fluidity and grace, depth of feeling, sexuality fulfillment, and the ability to accept change. On the negative side, it can manifest as irresponsibility for one’s own life, distrust, jealousy, envy, emptiness, over-indulgence in food or sex, sexual difficulties, confusion, purposelessness, and desires to possess. The sacral chakra governs the spleen, ovaries, testes, uterus, kidneys, and urinary organs.
The symbol is the ten-petal lotus flower. It has within it, a downward pointing triangle. (The Hindu symbol for fire). This chakra is located near the solar plexus below the breastbone behind the stomach. It rules our personal power and will, as well as, our metabolism. When healthy, this chakra brings us energy, effectiveness, self-esteem and happiness. On the negative side it shows as self-centered, shame, fear, and egotism.
The Solar Plexus Chakra governs the stomach, liver, pancreas, gallbladder, intestines, blood sugar, nervous system, and digestive system.
The symbol for the heart chakra is a circle of twelve lotus petals surrounding two intersecting triangles, forming a six-pointed star which represents the six attributes of God: power, wisdom, majesty, love, mercy and justice. The triangles represent the descent of spirit into the body, and the ascent of matter rising to meet spirit. The heart chakra is the middle chakra in a system of seven. It is located in the chest area. This chakra governs the heart, lungs, lymph glands, and immune system. The heart chakra is the centre of love and compassion.
The love we experience at the level of the heart chakra, is distinctly different from the more sexual and passionate love of the second chakra. A healthy heart chakra allows us to love deeply, feel compassion, and have a deep sense of peace. When your heart chakra is opened, you are likely to become involved with helping people, social causes; like saving the planet, or prayers for peace. The heart chakra is the most vulnerable place.
The symbol for the throat chakra is a sixteen-petal lotus flower containing all the vowels of the Sanskrit language. Symbolized as a circle inside of a downward pointing triangle, this chakra represents the manifestation of speech. The throat chakra is located in the throat area. This chakra governs the neck, jaw, mouth, thyroid, and throat. It is the centre for sound, vibration, communication, and self-expression.
It is the realm of consciousness that creates, controls, transmits, and receives communication within us and with others. It is the center of dynamic creativity, synthesizing old ideas into something new. Its attributes include listening, speaking, writing, chanting, and any of the arts related to sound and language.
Blockages in the throat chakra are usually caused by people telling us to be quiet, to shut up, or by not being interested in the things that we have to say. It is time to speak your truth. When the throat chakra is open, there is powerful desire to talk about one’s life’s experiences.
The symbol for the third eye chakra is a lotus with two petals which resemble wings, and symbolize the ability of this chakra to transcend time and space, allowing the inner spirit to “fly” to distant times and places. The third eye chakra is located in the centre of the head behind the forehead, either at eye level or slightly above. This chakra governs the pituitary gland, eyes, nose, and ears. The third eye is the centre of psychic abilities and higher intuition. Through the power of this chakra we can receive guidance, by channelling the tuning into our higher self. This is the centre that enables us to experience telepathy, astral travel, visions, and past lives. The level of what we are able to see depends upon how open or developed this chakra has become. The more clarity we have within ourselves, the better we are able to see the subtle properties of the world around us.
This chakra is located at the crown of the head. It is referred to as the thousand-petaled lotus. This area governs the upper brain, pineal gland, and hair. This chakra connects us to the greater world beyond, to a timeless, spaceless place. It is the ability to connect to the universal consciousness of all knowing and cosmic connection. It is the gateway to other dimensions. The God Source.
When activated and developed, this chakra brings universal knowledge, wisdom, understanding, spiritual connections, ultimate bliss, and lessons related to spirituality.
The Lotus flower represents the stages of enlightenment with each colour representing something significant to spiritual development.
White symbolizes being pure in body, mind and spirit.
Red symbolizes emotional attachments of the heart. It represents love, compassion, passion and other heart centred emotions.
Blue is a representation of wisdom and common sense, the blue lotus flower is often seen as only partially open. It symbolizes knowledge, learning and intelligence. The blue lotus flower is never fully opened, and its centre is not seen. This represents the continual need to gain wisdom, learn and expand the mind in order to reach enlightenment.
Pink represents the Buddha himself, the pink lotus represents the history and legends of the Buddha. It is considered sacred and to be the supreme lotus.
Purple is the color that represents mysticism and spirituality. It is shown in several ways such as one stem or three stems. Its petals are shown both opened and closed. It is sometimes a bud and sometimes fully bloomed. All of these differences represent the different mystical and spiritual journeys taken on the path to enlightenment.
Gold is a symbol of complete and total enlightenment, the gold lotus often represents the Buddha. It represents having reached full enlightenment and having achieved all that can be achieved.
The Lotus … a beautiful representation of so many realms of life and our spiritual journey.