The journey of our lives brings us to many unknown, painful, fearful places; and yet its in these places that has the possibility of connecting us to our divine purpose and is where we come to know pure love. Out of the Ashes Rises the Sequoia Tree is the authors journey through the most painful and fearful time of her lifeher beloved husbands death. It is what she has come to know to be truehow to embrace the pain and allow the pain to unleash hidden qualities of the soul. Its to know pain but also know love, to know loss but also know being renewed, to know darkness but also know surrender. Its the integration of these seemingly opposite forces in our lives and, ultimately, its transcendence.