|An imaginary bird – the phoenix – rising from the ashes is a classic Greek symbol of rebirth. Its name “Phoenix” is the word “red” in Greek language, which also associates it with the Sun. Phoenixes can carry enormous weights, and their song is said to strike fear into the hearts of the impure and instill courage into those who are pure of heart. The presence of a phoenix reinforces the underlying theme of overcoming death by embracing life.
We must clear our minds of everything but the pure gift of life, the pure appreciation for life, the pure joy of life. Let us listen for the song of the Phoenix – awakening our courageous hearts.
We may suffer the flames of cancer at the moment and all that is required to expel it. But there will be worthwhile life after this and we will be there to enjoy it.