Every end is a new beginning.
What crumbles makes way for the new to rise.
Trust… your phoenix will fly.
Below is an inspirational share “Spiritual Alchemy: Rising From The Ashes” from Debra Reble, intuitive psychologist and best-selling author of “Being Love”, on how crisis can be a catalyst of transformation.
This isn’t about crisis being necessary for change, more what can happen when what’s unaddressed and unhealed in the unconscious (e.g. old wounds, repressed feelings, limiting beliefs, shadows, etc.) erupts to the surface in some way. As Debra points out, what is brought to light is able to heal and transform.
In legend, the phoenix bird builds its own funeral pyre nest, ignites it with a single clap of its wings, dies in the fire, then rises gloriously from the ashes in flight. In this sense, it never truly dies; it is an immortal creature continually re-birthing itself.
The phoenix is a totem of hope, renewal and recreation, of transformation, transcendence, resurrection and re-birth. It is also symbolic of spiritual illumination, and of the sun, which ‘dies’ each night to be reborn and rise again in the morning.
This New Moon just gone marked the Tibetan New Year of the Firebird, which is the phoenix! Uncanny to hear that with this latest post lined up so feels timely. Springtime is also just ahead for many of us and nature will be visibly re-birthing herself.
Ready to embrace the gifts of the phoenix in your life? Time to rise? Ready for re-birth?
Check out Debra’s insights: www.globalloveproject.com/2017/03/spiritual-alchemy
I can think of a bunch of phoenix-like experiences in my own life, from dark nights of the soul, personal crises, and self-destructive bouts, to beautiful metamorphoses, blissful awakenings, the shedding of skins/releasing what no longer serves, and a dying of the past for the birth of the new.
How about you? What types of transformations and re-birth experiences have you had?
With any phoenix-like experience what is to be shed within your consciousness (be that an un-serving belief, ego agenda, limiting pattern, etc.), may first rise to the surface to be ‘burned’. That becoming conscious can happen through the light of awareness, through feedback from your reality or relationships, ‘whispers’ of any kind, or if you don’t hear the whispers there may be shouts, shake ups to wake up, and so on. The unconscious can become conscious in any number of ways.
We can also see that going on collectively, rather like a centrifugal process where all the crud comes up to the surface to clear.
The death-re-birth experience symbolic with the phoenix obviously in no way needs to involve crash-and-burns or negative destructive experiences! It can simply involve a new awareness, an opening of love, a new choice, or belief, a release from the old and what encumbers, transitioning from one phase of your life to another, waking up, positive transformational catalysts, and so on.
You don’t need to fall to rise, you can rise from wherever you are any time.
The phoenix brings with it a sense of the miraculous, the malleable nature of ourselves and reality, the power of the possible, that we are ever reborn, and a reminder of eternal life.
(The above is an excerpt from the Global Love ezine you can register for via any of the join/sign-up boxes at this website).