One of my many favorite moments in the Harry Potter movies was this one, from Order Of The Phoenix, where Dumbledore escapes the wickedness of Umbridge.
It isn’t so much the CGI or even the moment itself as it is the symbolism of it. Dumbledore shows without a doubt that he cannot be burned by the villains of the hour, he will not be a helpless victim, he will be a rebel / renegade whenever necessary and he will rise again — with style. Which of course, he does, eventually.
That is precisely why I have created this blog and am writing this “sticky” post today. I have (unfortunately) spent the good portion of the last 18 months of my life playing the victim in my own movie and have only very recently decided that ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!
I know (as I have been practicing and teaching others for the better part of my lifetime) that we create our own reality. That “we choose” how our life looks and feels. That whatever we say is true to us, even if in reality it’s fictional.
And I choose (whenever possible) to be the phoenix and rise above all the turmoil that I allow into my life (unknowingly or not).
In Greek mythology, a phoenix or phenix (Greek: φοῖνιξ phoinix) is a long-lived bird that is cyclically regenerated or reborn. Associated with the sun, a phoenix obtains new life by arising from the ashes of its predecessor. The phoenix was subsequently adopted as a symbol in Early Christianity. While the phoenix typically dies by fire in most versions of the legend, there are less popular versions of the myth in which the mythical bird dies and simply decomposes before being born again. According to some legends, the phoenix could live over 1400 years before rebirth. Herodotus, Lucan, Pliny the Elder, Pope Clement I, Lactantius, Ovid, and Isidore of Seville are among those who have contributed to the retelling and transmission of the phoenix motif.
Who wouldn’t want to rise from the ashes of their frustrating existence and start all over again?
Wouldn’t you? Metaphorically speaking, on those really tough days where everything in life seems to be going wrong, wouldn’t it be great to simply disappear and reappear anew?
Especially when all that you know doesn’t serve you anymore, feels far too different or lacks significant meaning.
Well what if told you that this was possible (again, metaphorically speaking).
All it takes is a little practice in active visualization (where you use all 5 senses).
Here’s how I do it.
- I visualize the phoenix and then immerse myself in all it’s glory (mentally becoming the phoenix). (Sight)
- I then take flight as the phoenix…feeling my claws and tail lift off the ground and the wind pick up beneath my wings. (Touch)
- I take a couple of deep gasps as the rush of the first wind hits my face…and then I acclimatize. (Hearing and Taste)
- And finally as I get used to this wind I begin to appreciate the incredible smell the freshness; a kind of freshness I never feel down here on the ground.
Staying in this frame of mind for 5, 10 or even 30 minutes, soaring, looking, listening, smelling, tasting and touching (the clouds) – I suddenly find myself in a state of ecstasy or peace that always leave me refreshed and new. Then, coming down from it…I realize, I AM at peace. I AM revived. I CAN stay in this state if I choose.
And that is it.
Revisiting this flight whenever things get a little too tough…gives me a fresh new life each time.
Although, it may not wipe all the bad away, but it sure does help me approach it with fresh eyes and a desire to stay in that Phoenix-like state of ecstasy.
Sometimes that’s enough to tackle the problem or in the very least reduce the negative power it has over me; in turn allowing me the freedom to choose.
And I CHOOSE HAPPINESS.
What about you? What do you do to rise above the ashes and approach life from a new perspective?