Lotus flower has been an image of inspiration for me for a while now. When I first learned that it grows in muddy water I was very surprised. How can something so beautiful and pure grow in an environment that is so dark ? And I guess this is exactly why in Buddhism it holds up so much space, meaning and imagery wise. The flower's first and most literal meaning is thus: rising and blooming above the murk to achieve enlightenment.
The idea of rising above the darkest of all times brought this image to my heart. Then through my fingers my lotus flower appeared.
Here is some information on the lotus flower and what it signifies in the Buddhist culture:
The second meaning, which is related to the first is purification. It resembles the purifying of the spirit which is born into murkiness. The third meaning refers to faithfulness. Those who are working to rise above the muddy waters will need to be faithful followers. A lotus flower fully bloomed and open represents full enlightenment and self-awareness.
The mud represents an importance in the meaning of the lotus flower in Buddhism. All humans are born in a world where there is suffering. This suffering is a vital part of the human experience; it makes us stronger and teaches us to resist the temptation of evil. When we banish evil thoughts from our mind we are able to break free of the muddy water and become one with the Buddha. The mud shows us who we are and teaches us to choose the right path over the easy one.
Finally, the lotus flower represents rebirth, both in a figurative and a literal sense. The rebirth can be a change of ideas, an acceptance of Buddha where there once was none, the dawn after one’s darkest day, a renaissance of beliefs or the ability to see past wrongs. In a literal sense, the meaning of the lotus flower in Buddhism represents rebirth as a reincarnation, such as in the Buddhist religion, when a soul leaves this world in its present form to be reborn in another.