‘In human beings, courage is necessary to make being & becoming possible,’ wrote Rollo May. It takes courage to let & yield yourself to the changes that take place in your chrysalis. It takes courage to become who you are. Letting go is like releasing a tight spring at the core of yourself, one you’ve spent your whole life winding & maintaining. When you let go, you grow still & silent. You learn to sit among the cornstalks & wait with God….Sue Monk Kidd
brush off the ashes…..our helplessness is a gift of openness…..peeking through the keyhole….gathering the vulnerable bits & pieces….practicing dying in the cocoon, the web, the cracked egg…..
The Phoenix renews his quest for his true self every five hundred years. This mythic bird with golden plumage knows that a new way can be found only with the death of his worn-out habits, defenses & beliefs. He builds a fire of cinnamon & myrrh, sits in the flames & burns to death. Of the Phoenix bird, the poet Ovid said, ‘Most beings spring from other individuals, but there is a certain kind that reproduces itself.’ You & I are the Phoenix. Our lives ask us to die & to be reborn every time we confront change…..Elizabeth Lesser