I was able to join a guided tour in Lake Erie Metro Park with a botanist, who actually waded out and picked a lotus and proceeded to cut it up to show the structure. When I got over the shock of seeing him so easily destroy such beauty, I actually enjoyed sharing his scientific awe and enthusiasm for the Lotus plant. Some of the things he said:
- The vast, field of flowers projecting one meter above the water were on stems reaching deep into the still deep water, growing from sausage shaped rhizomes all of which were connected to each other!
- The vast maybe 1/2 mile square field, that we saw on one side of the lake was probably ONE SINGLE PLANT! Amazing!
- The almost round leaves are about one foot across. Imagine!
- Every aspect of the plant from the rhizomes deep underwater, the tiny veins webbing the huge leaves, to the petals of the flowers and the seed capsules consists of long fine tubules through which the plant BREATHS!
- A cross section of the rhizome resembles our lung tissue. (In fact, Lotus root is used in Oriental Medicine to soothe the lungs and the lotus seeds are used to quiet agitation in the heart.)
- The whole plant is covered with a microstructure like wax, which causes everything to just roll right off the surface-water rolls around like mercury on the surface of the leaf, in the rain you can hear occasional splashes a leaves bend over to release water that has pooled in the center of the leaf.
I remember Wei Ling Yi saying that our soul is like the Lotus in that troubles, bad energies, any of the world's pollutants or our biological experiences, just roll right off and never sully the soul, which is inviolable like the Lotus. Sitting with them I was enchanted by the subtle sweet perfume that permeated my senses, almost undetected until you were just soaked in its subtle beauty. Presence is like that, subtle, or all pervasive, when you sense it, it is already a part of you. I felt somehow a part of IT as if my small being had been encompassed by the vast presence of such beauty.
My thoughts are that we too are like the lotus, arising from and disappearing into, the vast unseen nexus of Existence. Thus we say, "I am Lotus, Lotus am I". "I am one with that vast potential from which I arise and into which I disappear."
The entire field disappears entirely each winter and reappears in the spring. It has done so for as long as can be traced in local human memory, well over one hundred years. We don't know how old the biomass really is. The huge field grows all summer, each blossom replaced by another, until late August/ September. They are at their best in early August.
To those of you in Michigan reading this blog, They are in Lake Erie Metro Park down the I-75 in Southeast Michigan on the shores of Lake Erie. It is the experience of a lifetime, trust me. GO SEE THEM. I'm hoping that We can someday invite the Chi Gung master Wei Ling Yi to come here bringing his healing energy to us in Southeast Michigan. The lotus is here already. I choose to read the presence of the Lotus field here, as a good omen inspiring hope and trust in us that like the Lotus field, all of life in this part of the world, will regenerate and blossom anew.
Please join us via telephone for a free Lotus Meditation every Wednesday at 9 am and again at 9PM EST. Call in Number (559) 726-1200 Code # 289286. Let the lotus fragrance enfold you and brighten your day.