Who hasn’t seen or read The Wizard of Oz a tale, an innocent child’s fable. But is it?
The metaphors, analogies, and symbolisms for life that are used in this film are unsurpassed. The Wizard of Oz was produced in 1939, in a time when sound and color film was cutting edge. Its message was loud and clear then and is still relevant today.
Do you remember how the Wizard of Oz begins? Dorothy is attempting to get her family, Uncle Henry and Auntie Em to listen to her. Mrs. Gulch, the mean, intimidating woman who lives down the road is threatening to take away her beloved dog, Toto. But, no one has time to listen to Dorothy, there are all too busy. There is no comfort. Her matter isn’t important enough.
“Don’t bother us now honey.” “Dorothy, we’re busy.” “Help us today by staying away.” She takes her concern outside to the farm hands and they, pretty much, give her the same. “Go away, we’re busy, we don’t have time for you.” Zeek goes a step further. “Dorothy use your brain in this matter, will ya?” They finally tell her to go someplace where she can’t get into any trouble. Is any of this beginning to sound familiar? That evening, Mrs. Gulch arrives at Dorothy’s home to take what she so dearly loves. “Please don’t let her take him, Auntie Em. It’s my fault. You can send me to bed without dinner.”
What are some of the emotions or feelings we can identify here? Fear, rejection, unworthiness, doubt, and guilt to name just a few.
Mean old Mrs. Elvira Gulch takes Toto but he finds his way back. Dorothy fears authorities will be back for him so she runs away. Isn’t this true of life? People often attempt to run away turning to drugs, alcohol and other mediums to try to escape their fears. In her running away, she runs smack into Professor Marvel who knows the past, present, and the future. He consults with his crystal ball which he calls infinite wisdom. Professor Marvel, who could be identified as Creator; the Universe; higher self; or the intuitive voice, convinces Dorothy it is wise to head home. He tells her that her family is grieved by her leaving and Auntie Em has become ill.
Almost immediately, a horrific storm materializes quickly turning into a Tornado. This storm can represent how we run into brick walls when we try to escape. Or, it can represent the battle of the mind. That war that often occurs in the mind once you have made a demand on the Universe. What about when you’re faced with making a choice; choosing a path at the fork in the road? Dorothy doesn’t make it to the storm shelter, ultimate safety, but makes it to her bedroom where she is hit in the head by broken window glass and wood due to the force of the storm. She is unconscious.
The Character’s Roles
From here, we are taken behind the veil—into Dorothy’s dark world of mind-chatter and donkey-talk. We are taken into her subconscious. Her Niagara Falls of fear, doubt, guilt, insecurity, low self-esteem, and insignificance. We are allowed to see into her heavenly mind. Her war. Dorothy immediately kills the bad witch in the story, her immediate enemy, or inner-me, only to discover there’s a bigger, badder witch or inner-me to confront.
First thing, the good witch Glenda attempts to make Dorothy define herself as evil or good. Duality is introduced. “Are you a good witch or a bad witch?” This reminds me of the story in the collective scriptures told in Joshua 5:13. Joshua who is near Jericho, with Jericho representing the first battle for the Israelites in their new-found land Canaan, sees a man standing on the side of the road. He asks the man, who is later identified as an angel, are you for us or against us? Are you friend or foe?
“Neither.” Is Dorothy’s response as was the angel’s in Joshua 5:14. “But, Glenda insists she must recognize and choose one or the other. After all, she has killed the bad witch. Not only is duality being addressed, but Dorothy is forced to take a label. She must be put into a box.
Dorothy shares with good-witch Glenda that she’s trying to find her way home. Glenda, being a positive influencer: a teacher, guide, minister, or coach (please, no negative intention here) points her to the way. “Follow the yellow brick road.” This magical road, the journey of life, will take her to the Emerald City where she can find her way back home. (Often time in healing work, facilitators will envision their patients surrounded in emerald-green light.)
Along her yellow-brick-road journey, she first meets Scarecrow who believes if he only had a brain, he’d be smart enough to keep all the pesky pests from the field he’s been given to watch over. He’d be able to keep the field safe. Remember uncle Zeek’s words? “Dorothy, use your brain in this matter, will ya?” Here, we’re seeing Dorothy’s subconscious feeling of inadequacy and guilt about not being smart enough to protect what she so dearly loves, Toto. How she’s not smart enough to keep the challenges in life from approaching.
Heartless Tin Man
The two, Scarecrow and Dorothy, then meet the Tin Man on their journey who has been abandoned, hardened and rusted. If he only had a heart he could love and feel, again. He could be gentle and kind. Were not the words spoken to Dorothy by her family without feeling, loveless and harsh? “Don’t bother us now, honey.” “We’re busy.” “Help us today by staying away.” Pretty loving, right? Not! And what if she could somehow make them love her, they might find time.
And, then there’s my favorite character Cowardly Lion. He’s all rough and tuff on the outside. He’s wearing the disguise, the mask. In fact, he first acts like a bully. But, as soon as he’s confronted, by Dorothy, he breaks down and cries. This guy is hurting big time! He believes if he only had courage he could be what he was purposed to be, King of the forest. Doesn’t that sound familiar?
Could the cowardly lion represent Dorothy’s repressed feelings of fear and inadequacy for not being able to keep Todo safe? For not being able to keep Mrs. Gulch at bay? Todo was going to be taken away. Remember, this whole thing started with Mrs. Gulch, trying to take away— repossess something she really loves.
All the characters accompanying Dorothy believe they are lacking. Scarecrow, Tin Man, and Cowardly Lion represent three Universal Fears: Fear of abandonment or rejection, the fear of unworthiness, and the fear that the world is an unsafe place. Together they go all wrapped up in one young girl having decided to get answers from outside herself. The Wizard of Oz.
Their journey is no easy one. There’s no rapid answer or quick formula. In fact, it’s quite daunting. They run into every dark thing: goblins, gargoyles, flying monkeys. Lions, and tigers, and bears. Oh my!
When they finally set sight on the Emerald City, Dorothy falls into lethargy. She becomes stricken with sleep. Possibly the analogy for becoming enchanted and wooed by false illusions and doctrines in your life (those not for your path) when you’ve made a conscious choice to seek truth. The closer she gets to her answer, the closer she gets to her healing, the rougher it gets. It’s as if she’s made a demand on the universe and it appears as if all hell is breaking out around her. It seems everything is against her. Appears is emphasized because during this time in your life everything is perfectly aligned for your purpose. The storm keeps you from seeing such. There may even be some self-sabotaging going on in Dorothy now.
The Gate to the City
When the four, and let’s not forget Toto, reach the Emerald Gate they are told by the gatekeeper to GO AWAY! They are rejected. “No one can see the great one.” Even as I write I hear the dogma that has been taught and learned by the masses since the beginning of time. Keep Out! You don’t have access to the great one. Who are you to think you have admittance behind the veil? You’re not worthy enough, sinner, to access this place of all wisdom and power.
She, Dorothy, pleadingly responds, “Then how can anyone know he’s there? And, this is where I get goose bumps. “I’ve got to see him for myself.” “I’ve got to find the answers for myself.” “I’ve got to know.” Dorothy’s persistence and tenacity allow her access to the Wizard. Only to realize the Wizard, the man behind the curtain pulling the strings, was a con. The answer she was looking for all along, was within.
The Yellow-Brick Road Journey
The path back to your home begins with a decision. It is a conscious decision to find your truth. Your truth is a reality that has been purposed and specifically planned for you. In fact, I believe you collaborated in creating the plan for your life. You may not know what that exact purpose or plan is, for now, but I can promise you it is a plan to prosper you and to give you hope.
The journey is often filled with ups and downs. When you go forward two steps, you go backward three or four. Often time you fall, or fall off the wagon as they say. But, you get right back up. Not from where you began, but from where you are.
You are met by disappointments, disillusionments, rejections and fight tiring, seemingly unfair battles. And then, when it seems like you’re about to have a breakthrough, something else breaks out. You almost always self-sabotage. Sometimes the path brings you to the point of wanting to give up even running away. Many do.
Do you feel unheard, as if your situation is not important enough for anyone to listen? Have you been rejected and abandoned during a time when you needed someone the most? You need not feel alone. There are many of us who have experienced the same. Some of us have succeeded in stumbling into our way home. Others, still struggle. There is no bragging or shame in either. All of us have voices in our head. And, while you may experience different challenges (life blocks) than those mentioned for Dorothy, we all have our own. Run, from anyone who tells you they have none. It’s just some of us have learned how to subdue our demons.
Parents, teachers, and friends have all contributed to your experiences, creating patterns which become the basis for your subconscious decisions. Behavioral motivators. What I have termed as the Niagara Falls consciousness. Running full force, powerful, uncontainable and unstoppable. Do you know 90% of your decisions, especially purchasing decisions, are made from a subconscious level? That is:
- whether to buy the $20,000 vehicle or the $50,000?
- how much you invest in furthering your education?
- will you make financially sound investments or spend foolishly?
- do you invest in loving and lasting relationships? Do you deserve to be loved?
- will you believe you can or believe you can’t?
The twisted, horrific storms—the hurricanes and the tornados of life are often the tools to bring you into the knowledge, the wisdom and the purpose for your life. Can these unrelenting tests bring ultimate healing? Can the world be in for a major change, major healing?
No matter what you face, no matter how challenging the journey, remember Dorothy’s ultimate lesson. Everything you need for your journey, to help you find your way home is right at your fingertips. In fact, it’s within! It’s not in the hands of another. “You are made in the image and likeness of God. And He said, ‘It is good.’” Sit and contemplate that for just a moment.
“You are made in the image and likeness of God; and He said, ‘It is good.’”
“There’s no place like home.” “There’s no place like home.”
The Plan for Your Outcome
That fear of rejection, abandonment, and feeling of unworthiness was not part of the plan for your life and is not part of your makeup. It was taught and learned. You were put into a category, boxed and labeled as they are part of the dualistic world you were introduced to as soon as you passed through the birthing canal. The good news? The lessons of life that seem unrelenting only serve one lesson. To teach you there is no duality. There is only Omni: omnipresence; omnipotent, and omniscience.
“You are made in His image and His likeness [the Universe, higher self] and He said, ‘It is [you are] good!’”
- You are one with God; and He is one with you.
- You are in complete control.
- You are the only authority in your life. (This declaration and the previous does not mean you are going it without God. It acknowledges you are not separated from God.)
- You have all you need, every resource to walk into your purpose, passion and calling here and now.
- You now hold the key to open every door destined for your life.
Now go and Follow your yellow-brick road.
Pamela is a master manifestor, teacher and healer. She humbly states to those seeking her services, “When you meet me, you’re about to walk into your purpose.” She speaks from a place of authority, having endured many of life’s daunting challenges to include a divorce from an abusive-alcoholic learning her spouse was living a double life for 10 of the 17 years. She is a widow to another learning after only 1 year of marriage, he was terminally ill. She succeeded in Corporate, as an executive-team member, despite gender and racial pushback. Today, she lives espousing success is a mindset. She believes in hard work and tenacity finding victimization unappealing and intolerable.