L. Frank Baum wrote many books. The most popular and endearing of which we all know as "The Wizard of Oz." While the myths and legends regarding the origins of the book and its many interpretations continue in almost every culture spanning the globe, some poignant lessons provide strong spiritual insight. Ultimately, the Wizard of Oz taught Dorothy and her crew that everything she ever needed in life existed within her.
The piercing and sometime menacing look into the crystal ball of our own psyche, offers us opportunities to examine aspects of our life which are within our reach and accessed by the willingness to make new choices.
Dorothy set out on a journey fraught with danger, fear and the unknown. Much like Dorothy, we encounter our own travails of adversity as we travel on a whirlwind through life. While we may never encounter flying monkeys or a forest of unhappy trees, life continues to hurl obstacles at us to both divert our attention away from our true spiritual path, or to force us to stop and observe the strength within we muster to carry forth into the unknown.
Oddly enough, the ease of the demise of Dorothy's personified demon, the Wicked Witch, surprised not only the quartet of yellow-brick-road-wanderers, but the surrounding characters as well. Water, the bountiful substance on the planet, and ironically, in the human body, thrown onto the skin of the green monster, caused a melt-down - both literal and figurative. While the captive minions rejoiced with resounding "Ding, Dong the Witch is Dead," Dorothy almost lost sight of her intention when amazed by the ease of destruction of the negative force.
The demons we carry within us throughout our lives continue their forceful domination over us because few of us even notice their impact. If by chance, our awareness increases and we recognize the negativity within ourselves, most often we believe the obstacle of our own green monster is more powerful than we, who created it in the first place.
Just as water is the most plentiful physical substance, self-love rises up to destroy our doubts and dissolve our inner turbulence. Present within us all along, when we finally use our confidence and self-respect as method to eliminate our internal nemeses, like Dorothy, we discover how easily they are destroyed.
It's Already There, Inside Of You!
When their final audience with the "Great and Powerful Wizard of Oz" culminated in the deception of the man behind the curtain, the foursome realized they'd been deluded by him - and for what purpose? The belief they held in him allowed them to follow his directions and commands, all the while placing them in peril. Quite simply, they gave away their power to a perceived wiser and greater man than they.
What they discovered proved not only did they not need to obey his commands, but his perpetration of expertise buoyed the illusion of worldliness for both the Wizard and the unlikely friends. Everybody felt gratification in the delusion, yet nobody really won!
Each received acknowledgment or validation from the Wizard in response to their respective quests. The Scarecrow magically gained brains only because someone outside of himself told him he was smart. The Lion gained courage due to the Wizard conferring a medal of bravery upon him. The Tin Man received a mechanical implement to emulate a real beating heart. Dorothy, recognizing that nothing external could assist her in her journey home (to herself), sees her final hopes float away in a hot air balloon.
There's No Place Like Home
It's not until the return of Glinda, a representation of Dorothy's higher consciousness, that she acknowledges her own power. Dorothy visualizes home, and sets her intention to reach her heart's desire and uses the power she never lost to transport her back to herself.
The delightful "Wizard of Oz" touches people of every age. We never tire of watching the misadventures of Dorothy and friends and I dare say, we learn something new every time we see it. We learn that pompous and bullying people are really masking self-doubt and fear.
As the trio receive external confirmation as to their merits, we learn that only we validate ourselves - others have little or nothing to do with how we feel about ourselves. We also see the courageous Dorothy muster her belief in reaching that beautiful place of self-realization and self-actualization and return home to her spirit.
May your journeys be one of adventure and discovery and may you always remember you have everything you'll ever need, right there inside of you.
Copyright © 2011 Marlene Buffa
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