Sshhh…The Soul is Speaking Kindness Challenge, Week 3

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 The image of Glinda the Good Witch from my Week 2 post, I’ll Get You My Pretty! Not. and Lionel Ritchie’s song Sweet Love, from the Week 1 post All You Need Is Love, Sweet Love guided me throughout those weeks of the Kindness Challenge. This week they created room for an iconic flower image that flashed briefly in my mind.  A very beautiful, pink, and white lotus flower gently and naturally unrolled its petals to symbolically impart wisdom about self – acceptance. The lotus flower is best known as an Eastern religion symbol. The Hindu Religion’s use of the Lotus Flower symbolizes peace and eternity. While to the Buddhists the beautiful lotus represents a long list of spiritual and human experiences from enlightenment, to patience, to rising from suffering.
My human task this week was to intrepret the message of my soul’s symbolism that was flashed in my mind’s eye. While my soul was sending me symbolic wisdom via the well-known lotus blossom, I also received a mind image that represented an unhealthy subconscious belief that needed to be named, explored, and accepted. The image, is a tarp that is rooted into the ground. The sturdy tarp arches from left to right. It’s then secured to a solidified rope with an eye hook fastener.
When my soul image appears, I can’t instantly make sense of it.  So, I become quiet and sit with the image to take an imprint of my feelings. With that done, I bust out my computer as well as my dream book “The Mystical Magical Marvelous World of Dreams” by Wilda B. Tanner to learn all the possible meanings of the image’s objects. These tools coupled with enormous patience buoys me as I begin to discover the genuine meaning of my soul messages. This is what I learned!
The eyehook fastener means catch all, the tent means an insecure state of mind, lastly the rope means a means to an end. I intuitively understand my catch all idea (eyehook) and my means to an end (rope) is creating my insecure state of mind (tent). This symbolism feels truthful and magically accesses the belief that needs healing. The symbols I defined and the unhealthy feeling associated with them connect me to my intense behavior of constantly hunting down an income source. While the conventional world applauds this behavior, my soul wants me to know…it ain’t workin’!  While deep inside of me I absorb this message, my thinking brain is exceedingly confused. Instead of trying to convince my thinking mind, I just move on to the lotus flower.
The Lotus Flower Symbolism page teaches me that the beautiful lotus grows from murky mud to blossom a top the water. This quote best explains the lotus blossom lesson, “Just like the lotus flower, we too have the ability to rise from the mud, bloom out of the darkness, and radiate out into the world.”- author unknown.
With my detective work concluded, the image’s messages are clear, not muddy at all. I live in the mud when I believe that repetitively hunting for income is the soundest and solitary path. The opening lotus expresses that I need to rise above this muddy belief to live my life with enlightenment.
So, from the self-acceptance work of Week 3, I have accepted the unhealthy part that robotically pecks away to look for income. I have accepted my lotus flower’s inner wisdom that guides me to break a cycle and heal an unhealthy belief. I have accepted the personal growth and healing power of listening to the messages of my soul’s images.
Most significantly, I accept that self-acceptance is a meaningful, healing avenue for authentic livin’.

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    Jenn

    The use of the lotus flower is an interesting metaphor! I really like your last thought. Self acceptance makes you more authentic. Perhaps if we thought about it that way – then life would be more meaningful. Authenticity doesn’t mean “perfect”. What a great way to think about self acceptance!

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      Julia

      Thanks for your thoughtful response. I agree authenticity doesn’t mean perfect. Just means real. Perfection to me is a trap. There is no such thing and it doesn’t sound like much fun. I appreciate your comment. Makes me day!

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    Rosie Amber

    I enjoyed where this challenge is taking you.

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      Julia

      Thanks for noting your observation. It is interesting. I think not choosing that topic has an interesting effect. Thanks for your comment. I have to go fix how it looks something happened last night and it didn’t space correctly.

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    Patty

    Oooh, I love your lotus-metaphor too! Beautiful reflection post.
    XxX

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    Deborah Weber

    Oh this is fabulous – I love how you dug deep to make sense of that image, and what a gift that understanding has become. Perfect!

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      Julia

      Thanks for making this comment. I really appreciate your noticing the effort.

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