- The Phoenix myth – a deeper perspective on why things come to an end in life.
- Recognizing when you are growing wings and when it is time to take flight.
- Never mind the past; what’s next?
- Discerning wise choices.
Every one is familiar with the myth of the Phoenix rising from the ashes. And even if they do not know that specific Greek myth, they know the story in their soul. This is an archetype that pulsates in our soul’s DNA. We know that the journey of life is one in which we will face the experience of parts of our life “turning to ashes”. People have lost their homes, for example, because of the sudden turn in the economy or their businesses have failed or their marriages have ended. Any sudden change or gradual one that is painful can feel as if the whole of your life has suddenly gone up in flames. The power of this myth is that it promises – and it is a promise – that a rebirth is inevitable from any incineration. And here’s a touch of irony – even if a person does not want to rise from the ashes, and some actually do not, still they will grow Phoenix-wings. The wings will become a burden to them, should they choose to remain in their own ashes because wings are useless on the ground. So like it or not, life itself moves us forward. This lecture will emphasize: