“There is a curious paradox that no one can explain. Who understands the secret of the reaping of the grain? Who understands why Spring is born out of Winter’s laboring pain, or why we must all die a bit before we grow again? I do not know the answer; I merely know it’s true. I hurt them for that reason, and myself a little bit too.”
the phoenix will rise
When your world comes crashing down, you have a chance to do something you couldn’t have done before: rise up.
You can only be reborn if you’ve known what it feels like to die inside.
Your story might be called “Resilience” or “Hope” or even “Freedom.” It’s the story of the phoenix.
Credits: Jennifer Williamson
The phoenix symbolism
In ancient mythology, the symbolism of the majestic Phoenix bird, which is most often connected with the Sun, dies and is reborn across cultures and throughout time.
Ancient legend paints a picture of a magical bird, radiant and shimmering, which lives for several hundred years before it dies by bursting into flames.
It is then reborn from the ashes, to start a new, long life. So powerful is the symbolism that it is a motif and image that is still used commonly today in popular culture and folklore.
The phoenix symbolizes renewal and resurrection, and represents many themes , such as “the sun, time, the empire, consecration, resurrection, life in the heavenly Paradise, the exceptional man etc.”
The mythical phoenix has been incorporated into many religions, signifying eternal life, destruction, creation and fresh beginnings.
Due to the themes of death and resurrection, it was adopted a symbol in early Christianity, as an analogy of Christ’s death and three days later his resurrection.
Continually morphing and remorphing, the phoenix represents the idea that the end is only the beginning. Much like this powerful myth, the symbol of the phoenix will be reborn over and over again in human legend and in imagination.
In fact it is a powerful legend even in the business worlds where businesses have got wiped out if they did not continue to evolve – grazed to the ground and then risen to the top – like the Phoenix !
Credits: Ratna, A Reiki healer
Therefore, the renewal phase of what the Phoenix goes through to emerge as a more powerful version of itself is the churn I am experiencing right now, but with a sense of fascination.
I would like to get a Phoenix tattoo someday, as it is symbolic to the constant growth and healing we as mere mortals experience time and again.
“Sometimes, we must die a little before we grow again – we break before we become whole again.” – (Thank you to my dear blogger friend, Veronica , from you comment on Esha’s blog)
What do you think? Do you believe in the renewal of oneself just like the Phoenix? How often do you rise from the ashes to start afresh? Is it a painful journey? Would you rather go through the pain or stay where you are?
P.S: I’m going through a few health hiccups and therefore most of this post is borrowed. Immense gratitude to the contributors. 🙂
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