Down, at the bottom of the waters, is where the lotus roots. It is only by rooting in the mud, that the lotus makes her way to the light.
Slowly the lotus ventures through the waters, rising to the surfaces and settles on top of the water. By early morning till afternoon, the hoovering lotus opens its petals, and so, the lotus flower blossoms.
The muddy ground represents our unconsciousness or our dark side. This dark side includes all of our past and all of our sufferings. But more importantly, it also includes our potential.
Being rooted in the mud means we’ll have to take responsibility for our sufferings. The higher we’ll need to rise through the waters of life, the deeper we’ll have to root.
Rising towards the light reflects the necessity to aim high and towards something good. Our aim prevents us from getting lost in the water.
The hoovering leaves and flowers represent our capacity to observe and detach from the sufferings in which we’re rooted. The opening of the petals symbolizes the expansion of our consciousness.