I have LOVED the movie the Wizard of Oz ever since I was a little girl. I would watch it over and over again, never tiring of it. I recall being about 4 or 5 when I went to see a local production of the Wizard of Oz. I got to met ‘Dorothy’ and I burst into tears because I was so in awe of meeting my favourite heroine. In fact, it got the to point where I would wear red shoes everywhere and only answer to the name ‘Dorothy’!
It wasn’t until the other day that I was reading Rebecca Campbell’s book ‘Light Is the New Black’ that it really hit me and I realised the parallels between Dorothy and myself. And trust me the irony was not lost on me. As I started to relive the memories of my favourite movie I began to understand that the story has some really beautiful messages. I want to share with you my insights into two of those messages, the first is about the ego and the second is about looking outside ourselves.
As with any story there is a villain and a hero and we are introduced to them when Dorothy finds herself in Munchkin Land. The Wicked Witch of the West is the villain and represents out ego which wants to keep us fearful so that it can manipulate us and maintain control. While Glinda the Good Witch is the hero and symbolises our guide; our intuition. That inner voice which speaks to us and tells us exactly what we need to do, yet we don’t always listen. These characters represent the light and dark in all of us.
The most important takeaway from these two characters is remembering that your intuition IS there to guide you but it is up to you to listen. We all have free will and if we ignore our gut feelings, those synchronicities that we know aren’t coincidences and the guidance that we receive, then we will may have to learn the hard way. It might take a metaphorical hard knock to the head like poor Dorothy when her house is caught up in the Tornado but eventually we will be forced to stop and listen. Sometimes though, that is our journey and that is ok too. However, it wouldn’t hurt to stop and listen every now and again now would it?
All of the characters from the Wizard of Oz are searching for something outside of themselves. Dorothy is seeking to go home, the Scarecrow is looking for a brain, the Tin Man a heart and the Cowardly Lion longs for courage. Their journey to the Emerald City to meet the Great and Powerful Oz is also interesting because it shows us they we don’t need to seek external approval from others in order to validate ourselves. Each character learns that exactly what they need is already inside them, they just have to tap into it, reach within and let it shine. Sometimes it may take something huge to wake us up, like Dorothy getting swept us in a tornado which takes her on her adventures throughout the land of Oz.
The challenges you are presented with are your opportunity to heal and discover who you truly are. You don’t need to look outside yourself for anything because we are already equipped internally with all that we require. As you work on healing your wounds and shining the light on your ego you will remember the power within you.
As Glinda the Good Witch points out –
“You’ve always had the power my dear, you just had to learn it for yourself.”
Choose peace. Choose love. Choose light.