Rising from Ashes: The Powerful Symbol of the Phoenix

By Debra Moffitt

Rejection is God’s protection. – Kate Perry    Part of living life well is being able to re-frame difficulties and challenges. As a sometimes rejected writer, I found this quote on rejection jolted my senses. “Rejection is God’s protection.” It turns rejection into an open door to something better.

Yesterday I saw a phoenix on an old plate. It is an ancient mystical bird and an Egyptian symbol of rebirth. The phoenix was renown for its exquisite plumage and it lived 1,000 years and then it burned up and was miraculously reborn from its own ashes. This tale of hope is a reminder that when it may feel that all is over and done with and the world is falling apart that a new birth is on the horizon.

The phoenix is a powerful representation of the process of transformation that occurs in the grieving following a loss or significant life-altering event. The fire it goes through is reminiscent of the purifying fire of pain that we bear up under during challenges and loss. For many of us, the process of rebirth, of creating a new and better life out of the ashes seems daunting. But divine sources of energy within us make many things possible and bring life to new ways and ideas. In this time of rapid and immense changes, the phoenix is a potent symbol.  It ultimately represents immortality. Is anything around you dying or coming to an end? It may signal an opening and a beautiful birth of something new that grows miraculously from the ashes of the old and useless.

As you contemplate this symbol, imagine the sacred phoenix in the sun temples of ancient Egypt painted in indigo, gold, and emerald. The bird’s mystery is the mystery of our own rebirth during challenging times. It’s good to grieve the old, but only for a time. Have faith that good things are on the horizon.

Copyright by Debra Moffitt, 2011. No portion of this blog or text may be recopied or used without prior written permission from the author.

Bio: Debra Moffitt is author of Awake in the World: 108 Practices to Live a Divinely Inspired Life. A visionary and teacher, she’s devoted to nurturing the spiritual in everyday life. She leads workshops on spiritual practices at the Sophia Institute and other venues in the U.S. and Europe. Her mind/body/spirit articles, essays and stories appear in publications around the globe and were broadcast by BBC World Services Radio. She has spent over fifteen years practicing meditation, working with dreams and doing spiritual practices. Visit her online at http://www.awakeintheworld.com.

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