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LOTUS CLAN - Eastern Gate - July 29th, 2007
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INTRODUCTION
The naming of a clan is a very sacred process. It is not dictated by the creativity alone of the facilitator, but is rather more of a download of information that best represents the existing energy of the group as a whole. Through intuition, meditation, inspiration, imagination, observation and deep listening the clan is named, not by a human, but through a human by the unseen energy source that connects us all one to another.

We are but reflections of one another, until we are reflecting only what is inside of our heart of hearts from our purest essence. And we will then each be one to another the most persistent of reminders of the greatness that lies within each of us. For it is then that we are projecting the most essential part of our highest and finest selves from the very core of our being. And so it is wise to pay attention to everything and everyone that comes into your space. Let no blessing go unnoticed and no message go unheard. Be not fooled by the wrapping paper on the gift or the cover on the book.

And so with this, we have the naming of this Addiction Alchemy tribe on July 29th, 2007:

The Lotus Clan

ENERGIES
CONSCIOUSNESS & UNCONDITIONAL LOVE

LOTUS POWER
The lotus is the flower for July in China. And the water lily, the flower of July in England, blooms in water. What a fine bit of synchronicity that this clan just happens to be forming this very month!

The power of the lotus is multi-dimensional. At it's most basic, lotus is an archetype for rising and blossoming through adversity. At it's most complex it symbolizes enlightenment and an unbound connection to the divine.

The lotus is an essential part of yoga and chakra work and as such is symbolic of an opening in the connection to source energy and raised consciousness. This is most readily accomplished through the practices of meditation and ritual, yogic or not.


LOTUS’S MESSAGE
CONNECT TO YOUR INNER WISDOM TO EXPAND YOUR MIND AND OPEN YOUR HEART!
Lotus empowers you to tap into the strengths that you have built through endurance of adversity. The lotus knows that these were only a part of your school of life and earth university and says that you have been learning your lessons well. But it may be time to graduate and blossom, lifting your beautiful head up out of your murky emotions and into the light of day. Enjoy the power of the sun and bring this energy more into your life by spending time outside.


LOTUS SAYS…
The lessons you have been learning have given you much information about yourself and others. For it is in experiencing that you truly come to understand a thing, inside and out.

It is very difficult for others to fool you now, as you have been there and done that and are very far along on your path to working your way to the other side of your issues. In fact, you may have done so and are now ready to begin the process of being a teacher, mentor, guide or sponsor to those who are just beginning their healing journey. For there is no better way to learn than to teach!

It is important to let go of the need to control as you go out into the world in this capacity. Letting go opens your inner lotus to experience miracles that you otherwise might have thwarted out of fear and mistrust of the forces of good that are at work in your life, both seen and unseen.

If you really want to become empowered, not through force, but through power it is important to employ some sort of meditative practice. Meditation and ritual fund your ability to maintain from your center and are a proactive means for keeping yourself balanced and joyful. It is rather like putting money in your spiritual bank when you perform these practices. So if you haven't made many deposits into the bank, when you go to make a withdrawal there will be little to give. And what you do give may overdraw your account and create an uneven energy exchange and overtax your body and mind.

You may already know how to meditate, you may already know how to journey or astral travel. However, lotus is advising you to do so with more discipline and reverence for the process. It may be time to increase your practices and rituals...learn other ways, add newness and fresh perspectives to your routine. Seek new teachers and diversify your spiritual, as well as your intellectual education. Meditation and ritual can also include ceremony, walking and creative work, as well as many other things.

Allow lotus to guide you to the perfect inner wisdom which resides in each of us. Sit and be still and allow the still small voice to ever expand until you can hear it loud and clear. One major clue that lotus leaves for us is the power of meditating as we immerse our body in water. It is then that these subtle messages will be felt, sensed and heard and will be able to inform our lives in clarity. Soon you will see yourself making different choices and others responding to you positively, opening the door of unconditional love with the key of compassion and operating more often than not from the space of love and less from a place of suffering.  When the white lotus descends to this world, it changes everyone's life for the better.

LOTUS AFFIRMATIONS
I raise my consciousness to the level of heaven on earth
Problems are opportunities for me to shine
I rise each morning ready to face another glorious day
I feel compassion for myself and others
My heart is open and ready to flow love to all creation
I give and receive unconditional love
I see the undeviating justice in my life
I am a powerful person
I respect myself and others
Today is my chance to do a random act of kindness
I honor my own divinity
I am mindful of my connection to all things
I heal that in myself which I seek to heal in others
I embody enlightened awareness

SYMBOLOGY

LOTUS TOTEMS
Chakras, pendelums, meditation, yoga, buddhas, Kwan Yin, Lakshmi, Ganesh, lily pad, frog

GEMSTONES
clear quartz, jade, opal, kyanite, flourite, lapiz lazuli
 

LOTUS LORE

The lotus has been revered since ancient Egyptians & other indigenous peoples recognized it's diurnal patterns, rising from the muck at dawn and submerging itself at dusk, symbolically worshiping the sun. Because it flowers and fruits simultaneously, it represents creation, fertility and rebirth...past, present and future.

The golden lotus is most often associated with Hindu accounts of creation, and with Buddha's birth and spiritual enlightenment. It represents one of the 'Eight Treasures' or symbols of Buddhism (faithfulness) and one of the 'Eight Immortals' of Daoism (He Xiangu).

Lotus lore is diverse and fascinating, with different colors having special meanings. Medicinally, the lotus is said to hasten recovery from illnesses and to cleanse the body of toxins.

In Asia, there is only one species of lotus with red and white blooms. Yet early Buddhist scriptures, referring to the seven precious lotuses, mention blue and yellow flowers. The water lily, native to Egypt, has blue flowers but the yellow-flowered water lily is native to North America. This mystery may be addressed in this Buddhist sutra:

"The lotuses of heaven can change according to people's wishes, flowering when needed. In this way they bring joy to the hearts of all. There is no need to declare one false and the other real. Both are called the wondrous lotus flower."

The water lily belongs to the Nympha genus, derived from the same word as Nymph. The Greek word nymph, besides being used to describe the feminine spirits of water and trees, also means something young and budding.

In Yoga and chakra work the thousand petal lotus sits at the crown chakra and signifies a complete spiritual opening. The lotus has always been an inspiring symbol for connecting to higher consciousness. And as this consciousness reveals to us the true nature of the abundance of this world, we begin to draw all things needful, both spiritual and material into our lives. This creates in us an overflowing well of gratitude and love, which spills out into our entire experience of life. For at last we are allowed to express ourselves from our true essence.

LOTUS CLAN - Eastern Gate - July 29th, 2007
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