The myth of the Phoenix and personal transformation

The myth of the Phoenix and personal transformation

Who else who least knows the myth or legend of the Phoenix, a fire creature able to be reborn from its own ashes. Many have compared this ability with the power of human resilience.


  • 1 About its legend ...
  • 2 The Phoenix in the Christian paradise
  • 3 Benu in Ancient Egypt
  • 4 The “transformation nest” for humans

About his legend ...

It is a well known myth, which has been nourishing practically all the cultures, doctrines and roots of legend of our countries. And it is not for less, because it is a Symbol of power and deep wisdom.

The Phoenix also has Many qualities, like the knowledge or wisdom acquired throughout all its immortal years. It was also said that he possessed incredible strength and that his tears had healing properties.

The Phoenix has its representations in different cultures, like the Chinese (the Fêng-Huang), the Japanese (the Ho-oo), the Russian (The Firebird, which will immortalize musically Stravinsky), the Egyptian (the Benu), the Hindu (the Garuda), and even in the Indians of North America (the Yel), or the Aztecs, Mayans and Toltecs (the Quetzal).

This legend of the bird of fire occurs, as we see, in several civilizations being really remarkable in that of Egypt and, in addition, its history being included in the Bible. Let's talk a little more about both stories and cultures.

The Phoenix in the Christian paradise

It is said that in the origin of Eden, the immortal paradise that God built on Earth, under the famous Tree of Good and Mal bloomed a small bush of roses. Right there, next to his first rose a little bird of beautiful feathers and an incomparable song would be born.

This bird was the being with the strongest principles, because it was the only one who didn't want to taste the fruits of the Tree of Good and Evil, thus being faithful to the divine precept that had been marked as a condition to remain in paradise.

The story goes that, when Adam and Eve were expelled from paradise for eating the fruit forbidden by God, a spark of a cherub's sword of fire fell on the child of this bird and thus the bird burned instantly.

But from these own flames, a new bird, the Phoenix, emerged. Its plumage was unmatched, with alar scarlet red color and a golden body. God had rewarded him with immortality for fidelity, as well as with his other qualities: knowledge, healing tears or his incredible strength.

The mission of this Phoenix will be that of transmit knowledge that treasures from the beginning at the foot of the Tree of Good and Evil and serve as inspiration to the seekers of this knowledge in their works, both artists and scientists.

Benu in Ancient Egypt

However, and this is worth remembering, it is in Ancient Egypt where the first cultural and religious testimonies around this figure and where in turn, that image we have today about resilience is shaped.

For the Egyptians, this majestic Ave was Benu, associated with the floods of the Nile, the Sun and Death. He was a fantastic creature that understood that renew every so often it was necessary to acquire greater wisdom and, for that, I followed a very meticulous process.

Once every 500 years, the bird flew throughout Egypt to build a nest with the most beautiful elements: that if cinnamon or oak branches, tuberose and myrrh. Once the nest was settled, it sang one of the most beautiful melodies and then let the flames consume it completely.

Three days later, from the ashes of its combustion another Phoenix full of strength and power was reborn, wiser. Then, he took his nest and left it in Heliopolis, where the Temple of the Sun is located, to start a new cycle where he offered inspiration to the Egyptian people.

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The "transformation nest" for humans

As we have seen, the myth of the Phoenix is ​​a Very beautiful story. To which you can also take advantage of it if you analyze its details. For example, let's think a little more about how the Phoenix builds its nest.

Look for the richest materials in your land, those that in combination bring delicacy and strength and that they will help you in your transformation, in your rebirth. If we give it a spin, this process is very similar to that of resilience.

We too we look for those elements that help us “build a nest”Resistant to join strengths. All of them will help us in our transformation, leaving behind the remains of a past that will be part of our rebirth.

A greater rebirth, much stronger, bigger and wiser, which will allow us to move forward with our heads held high and the "Phoenix wings" wide open. Such is the inspiration of this bird for human resilience.

As you see, the Phoenix It has a great story, and multiple meanings. There is something that unconsciously links us to this icon. Otherwise, it would not have been thousands of years accompanying us in our day to day.

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