Spiritual lessons in the Wizard of Oz

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As my spirit awakens, I see synchronicity everywhere. I also see all the enlightened people who tried to deliver the messages of awakening withing their art. I see common themes in these messages, Integrity, Love, Peace and common morals. One place I recently recognized one such spiritual journey, the movie the book from which the movie was derived: The Wizard of Oz.

From a spiritual perspective, the movie is fascinating, with messages as powerful as those in any book of faith. The potential hidden lessons in this timeless classic abound!

In one of the earliest scenes, Dorothy lulls us into a fantastic place on the other side of the rainbow, where life is beautiful and problems no longer exist. Her longing symbolizes the desire we all have for something more, something better, to be happier.

 

 

The entire second half of the movie takes us on Dorothy’s spiritual journey, a quest for home, which we find was within her all along. Upon her journey, she encounters others on thier own individual quests: one for wisdon, one for courage and one for love.

 

During the tornado, we watch out the window, which could be a symbol of vision, part of Dorothy’s journey. Reality literally clunks her on the head. We see the people she loves fly past and we see the wicked witch ride by on her bike as Dorothy performs her own moral inventory. This is symbollic of that often rock-bottom, catastrophic circumstance that many of us find ourselves in, at the beginning of our awakening and personal inventory.

As Dorothy opens the door after the storm, thanks to technology advancements at the time the movie was produced and symbollic of awakening itself, she enters the colorful, magical world of the munchkins. Dorothy encounters numerous teachers in spiritual form, as Glenda the good witch and

Glenda, the good witch (spirit, angel, guide) guides Dorothy through her first moral lesson as she explains that only bad witches are ugly. Perhaps symbollic of our moral obligation to be cognizant of our own stereotypes.

The munchkins perhaps symbolize  childlike purity. They celebrate the death of something evil (the wicked witch.) They express gratitude for the miracle of their independence because they are no longer repressed by the evil witch. They dance and sing and parade about celebrating, commemorating Dorothy in the Munchkinland Hall of Fame for her percieved bravery.

The witches green face reminds me of the jealousy and envy we each possess.

The ruby slippers are symbolic of the external places in which we place our Faith and our Personal Power. Dorothy realizes this at the end, when she realizes the slippers were not the source of her power.

Glinda sends Dorothy down the yellow brick road, telling her to take just one step at a time. Just follow the path as it unfolds. Never let go of your personal power (the red slippers), The Powerful Mr. Oz is where Dorothy will find her answers. Dorothy must do the work and find her way on her own, Glinda cannot reveal everything yet, Dorothy must continue on her journey.Glinda could be representative of DOrothy’s inner guidance, she always shows up, just when she is needed to provide a lesson. She is also the only charachter who is not represented in the Home dimension, thus suggesting an ethereal quality.

 

 

 

Off Dorothy goes to see the magical wizard who can give her a way home. She comes across her rag tag band of companions, each looking for their own magic. I think the wizard symbolizes religion, the external place we seek our answers. Or perhaps the charlitans who presume to be the way to salvation.

THroughout the journey, DOrothy and her friends selflessly assist one another, each ones strength filling the void of anothers need.

 

 

Dorothy asks Glinda, the Good Witch, “Oh, will you help me? Can you help me?”

“You don’t need to be helped any longer,” A smiling Glinda answers. “You’ve always had the power to go back to Kansas.”

“I have?”

“Then why didn’t you tell her before?” Scarecrow demands.

“Because she wouldn’t have believed me. She had to learn it for herself.”

The Tin Man leans forward and asks, “What have you learned, Dorothy?”

“Well, I . . . I think that is . . . that it wasn’t enough just to want to see Uncle Henry and Auntie Em . . . and that if I ever go looking for my heart’s desire again, I won’t look any further than my own backyard; because if it isn’t here, I never really lost it to begin with.”

When the gang arrives at the Emerald City, Dorothy and her friends are told that “Noone gets to see the wizard”

I am also fascinating by the folks in the Land of Oz, they seem to have a higher station then those in munchkin land.

They laugh and sing, tidying the guests, primping and pampering them to make them look pretty for the wizard.

 

The spiritual and moral lessons I found in this movie:

We all have the power to manifest the life of our dreams. Whatever it is we desire, lies just on the other side of fear. When we face our fears head on (Courage).

On the otherside of the storm, lies the rainbow. No matter what troubling times life may throw at us, we have the power within us to find our way home, if we only find the courage in ourselves.

The truth lies within all of us. Charlatains and mystics do not hold the answer. Shiny Emerald city, perhaps symbollic of the church is merely like worshipping false Gods, or seaking the answer in some shiny place outside ourselves. We will encounter many guides and teachers along the way, they can only guide us to our own answers. They cannot give the answers to us.

We often abdicate our own inner guidance and power to someone else who claims to be an expert. We become dependent on an external source of power or knowledge when we can only find our path ourselves. We assign responisbility for our spiritual wealth, physical and mental well being on others. It is only when we find it within ourselves that we find the answers we are seeking. Knowledge seems to come as a knowing rather than a learning or being taught. When we start listening to our inner compass, we simply know the answers to the questions we have. The answers lie within, if we only listen.

The obstacle is the way. Fear is our biggest, darkest enemy. When we fear something, we allow it to block our progress. When we turn inside for strength, rather than to an external person, place or thing, we give our power over to them. When we try to avoid whatever it is we fear, we give fear our power.

 

Home is where the heart is. Our heart is the people we love. Often we take for granted the very people that anchor us at home. What we search for is often right in front of us.

So many powerful lessons in this work of art that I may have to revisit it again and again to find more.

A recent search of the internet found some others with similar messages from this movie. Some align with mine, others have turned me onto an even greater perspective of its symbology and meaning. I would love to hear from you! What do you think of this movie and its symbology?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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