Here’s a 3-minute imagination exercise that can reboot your psyche for the season. It draws from the power of Scorpio’s Phoenix, that mythical bird of radiant plumage who, when cremated on a funeral pyre, rose from the ashes into new life. We all have this soul capacity. If you’ve ever experienced loss and difficulty and survived to smile and laugh again, you have an inner Rainbow Bird. Even without loss and difficulty, you can summon its magic now. Is there some area in your life where you sense a growing pressure to change? Perhaps it’s in relationship or maybe your creative projects are demanding you go deeper. Your life may be requiring a new quality of you: assertive courage, instead of resigned acceptance–or grace instead of reactivity. Perhaps it’s just a problem you’d like to dissolve.
Whatever change you’d like to see, much can be accomplished in just three minutes with your imagination. Images have psychic power. They communicate to your unconscious, the architect of your moods and nightly dreams. To ignite your own transformation, imagine constructing a funeral pyre, so that it hovers in the space in front of you. This pyre is for whatever you want to release. Choose a symbol for this part of your life. Draw or write the word on a piece of paper. Crumple it up. Then toss it into the imaginary fire.
Close your eyes and watch what unfolds with your inner vision. See how at first the fire flames high. Keep watching. After a while it burns low, ashes are forming. Notice that beneath the ashes, something colorful and radiant is emerging. See a resplendent new being, winging its way into the future, regenerated and reborn. Notice how watching this bird in flight makes you feel. Let the sensations of upward movement soak into your psyche.