“We hold this myth to be potential
Not self-evident but equational
Of another kind of Living Life”
Asking “What if,” is where many writers begin the premise of their stories.
In that same spirit, Roslyn J. and Carmellita asked “What if we brought our gifts and talents together to build a community and company centered on Expanding your Creative Bandwidth and the Inspiration to Live on purpose.” How would this idea look? And how amazing can this idea feel?
Hence, the idea of Blue Lotus Living was born June 2003–yes 2003.
Now, Blue Lotus Living, the idea, is in full bloom and has become a content creation collaboration between Roslyn J. and Carmellita. But wait…
…this isn’t their first collaboration…
Their first collaboration was getting through 4 years of college as roommates and receiving their Bachelor of Arts Degrees in Speech Communication. And well, upon deciding neither of them wanted to be News Anchors or Press Secretaries, the dynamic duo took on the city of New Orleans collaborating on projects such as poetry performances and dramatic interpretation performances at Ebony Square and the Neighborhood Gallery.
After Hurricane Katrina, Carmellita and Roslyn J. lost most of their personal possessions, but not their dream of inspiring others to live on purpose and discovering what their creativity can do. They moved their crazy, yet innovative ideas to the Northeast Louisiana area where they focused on community projects with the Louisiana Endowment of Humanities. Through these successful and exemplary projects in the arts and humanities, Roslyn J. received several honors and Carmellita was named a Literary Scholar.
Present-day, the Queens have joyfully set their eyes on Memphis, Tennessee. The website has been Launched April 4, 2020 (4.4.2020) and a new creative adventure has begun. This creative venture explores ideas in Neo-Soul Evolution, Black “Afro” Futurism, Metaphysics (metaphysics of being and reality), Cosmic Flow, Creative Life Design, Creativity Enhancement, and Productivity Enhancement.
Wrapped up in a Digital and Multimedia experience, the idea, in its full development, is a beautiful and graceful exploration of what we can create on purpose while we evolve as creators. Each experience tells a story and in each story, a myth is revealed to edify and expand consciousness.
Why the name Blue Lotus Living for a content creation collaboration?
Again, it all comes back to myth and story. Both women grew up in cities along the Mississippi River. Some call these areas the deltas and some call these areas bayou country. The murky waters of the Mississippi have stories that have been untold, myths that have yet to unfold, and heroes/sheroes who have gone unsung. Roslyn J. and Carmellita have been like lotus flowers growing along the banks of these myths and stories and living among these heroes/sheroes all their lives.
Similarly, the Blue Lotus’s habitat is along the Nile River in Egypt and East Africa.
And there are great myths and stories told about Ancient Egypt and the beautiful Blue Lotus.
For instance, the Blue Lotus is associated with Nefertem in Ancient Egyptian Mythology. Nefertum represented sunrise and was considered the Young Atum who was born from the Blue Lotus Flower. Hence, Nefertem became known as “He Who is Beautiful” (the beautiful one) and “Water-Lily of the Sun.” In a version of the Book of the Coming Forth By Day, a passage reads: “Rise like Nefertem from the blue water lily, to the nostrils of Ra, and come forth upon the horizon each day.”
Nefertem, “The Beautiful One,” was celebrated in the city of Memphis and has continued to be associated with aromatic scents, beauty, and great fortune just as the flower from which he was born. Many believe that Nefertem didn’t have a female consort, but his consort was the Blue Lotus. His mother was Bastet (represented dance, divine protection, celebration, perfume, and the rising of the sun) in her youth and Sekmet (represented healing, empowerment, and known as “The Powerful One”) in her adulthood. His father was Ptah (represented creativity and art and known as the “Architect” and the creator of art). This mythological family embodies the framework and the many possibilities of what Blue Lotus Living as a community and company can become.
Here’s a little secret, neither Carmellita or Roslyn J. was aware of the correlations between Memphis and the story of Nefertem before they chose to live and create in the City of Memphis Tennessee. Considering these factors, both women believe the decision is Divinely Inspired.