A Message from the Lotus
06 11 17 / 15:46
I may be a flower, but I’m also a beloved symbol. See, I’m a lotus, and in order to blossom, I have to grow through the mud. But I always bloom. And so can YOU! Live with virtue during rough times and your heart will eventually know the sun…
The Lotus flower grows in the deep mud, far away from the sun. But, sooner or later, the Lotus reaches the light becoming the most beautiful flower ever. It is regarded in many different cultures as a symbol of purity, enlightenment, self-regeneration and rebirth. Its’ characteristics are a perfect analogy for the human condition: even when its’ roots are in the dirtiest waters, the Lotus produces the most beautiful flower.
The Lotus flower grows out of some of the dirtiest waters. It originally forms in the muck and the mud before it pushes its’ blossoms above the dirty water. Even at night the blossoms will close and the flower will sit below the water until the next day when the sun rises.
The Lotus has symbolized the process of self-awareness and enlightenment. To meet self-awareness one must move through suffering before joy can be found. The psychotherapy process parallels the growth of the Lotus flower. To reach self-awareness, one must move through the “mud” and “dirty water” before the “light” above can be seen.
The therapeutic process starts in the “mud”, looking at the aspects of our lives that we have avoided and are unaware. During the process of therapy the seeds of growth are found. The therapist and client “fertilize” these seeds to grow. Upon growth, the self can push through the darkness and find full consciousness. When full consciousness and awareness are made one can become in touch with the true self.
Through therapy you can reach your own awakening. Psychotherapy provides the individual, couple, or family with the tools to comfort and care for the relationship or self. But like the Lotus flower we can never be constant in the light, and will dip under the dirty water. With the tools learned in therapy you can pull yourself back into the light, much like the cycle of the Lotus.