The Jewel of the Lotus

A guided meditation gave me a vision of a woman dressed as a soldier (ala Mulan) and the same woman in a beautiful hasho serving tea. The woman died peacefully amongst a rice field. 

In this vision, too, I saw opening and closing flowers – roses and lotuses – and rainbows. The last vision to come to me was two words: Kuan Yin. 

After, I researched this. I knew the name from my Goddess oracle card deck but nothing else.  Kuan Yin is a goddess to some. A Buddha to others.  She is the embodiment of compassion, a boddhisatva who foregoes Nirvana until all souls are liberated. 

Kuan Yin’s associations are tea, rice, and lotuses. Her crystal is the rose quartz, which I had started carrying with me the day before. Om Mani Padme Hum is associated with her. This has been one of my favorite chants for months. 

Kuan Yin is seen throughout many religions and is considered the Virgin Mary figure of the east. The Mother Jungian archetype. What’s cool is the first story of Kuan Yin is as a man, who became so overwhelmed at the unending suffering, he shattered. He returned as a woman, as it is believed the feminine holds the capacity for compassion. It is said all who call on her will receive her assistance and she will appear to those on the cusp of enlightenment as a teacher, which is why she has so many forms and stories.  (#feminism #girlpower #justkidding)

None of this was known to me until I meditated and googled yesterday. 

I find myself overwhelmed at the powers of the mind. Whether I can explain via Jungian archetypes, connecting with divine/source, or past life/reincarnation is irrelevant to me. 

What is relevant is I asked 2 questions and received a profound answer. 

The question? 

What or who do I believe in? Who am I?

The answer: Compassion, Love, and Wisdom


“It is very good to recite the mantra Om mani padme hum, but while you are doing it, you should be thinking on its meaning, for the meaning of the six syllables is great and vast… The first, Om […] symbolizes the practitioner’s impure body, speech, and mind; it also symbolizes the pure exalted body, speech, and mind of a Buddha[…]”

“The path is indicated by the next four syllables. Mani, meaning jewel, symbolizes the factors of method: (the) altruistic intention to become enlightened, compassion, and love.[…]”

“The two syllables, padme, meaning lotus, symbolize wisdom[…]”

“Purity must be achieved by an indivisible unity of method and wisdom, symbolized by the final syllable hum, which indicates indivisibility[…]”

“Thus the six syllables, om mani padme hum, mean that in dependence on the practice of a path which is an indivisible union of method and wisdom, you can transform your impure body, speech, and mind into the pure exalted body, speech, and mind of a Buddha[…]”

—H.H. Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama, “On the meaning of: OM MANI PADME HUM

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