Is there any place like home?
The Wizard of Oz - is profoundly psychological. It's talked about a lot in therapy groups and self help books. I liked it way before I 'learned' about it. It says to me, that if you are always looking on the outside for happiness you won't find it. It's not there. You already own happiness - it's on the inside us. You just (?) have to find it and tap into it. Harder than it sounds. I know this, one has to like themselves first, before you can like others. Love others like you love yourself.
I believe this one of the important purposes in life. You're born knowing nothing. That means you learn everything else. So the first years of your life, your parents tell you who and what you're going to be in life - how to fit into society - their society. You follow their rules and try hard to be like what they taught you. Then as life goes by you get glimpses into your own reality and see that what they told you isn't right for you or right at all. Sometimes it's so beaten into you and your mind it's almost impossible to let go of those tapes. They are ingrained and imprinted in your mind and it's a real struggle to let go and learn your own way.
It's about the rite of passage (growing up). In the Wizard of Oz Dorothy complains about her life, she starts to see her truth and wants more out of her life. She wants people to listen and hear her. She runs away frustrated. Then the tornado comes (a big change in her life). She lands in a new land - she is separated from her past, she's excited and scared at the same time. She tries to get help to go home, but she has to find her way home by herself. She's told to follow the yellow brick road, that it will get her to the Wizard (God maybe) and he'll tell her how to get her home. She runs into three characters - one who want wisdom, one who wants a heart, and the other wants courage. The only way for her to get home is too confront the witch who is a powerful and evil force (life). What no one knew was that they all already had the qualities they were looking for - they had it all along!
I went back to a book I just finished reading and here's a quote, "For the Scarecrow it was not a problem of lacking brains, but avoiding the experiences that would yield knowledge. Now that he could risk being wrong, he could act wisely. The Tin Woodsman; it was not the heart he lacked, but a willingness to bear unhappiness. The Cowardly lion did not need courage, he needed confidence to know that he could face danger even when he was terribly afraid. Dorothy learned that she already had the power to go home." It was in her (slippers) the whole time. I call it the power to be herself and not what others wanted her to be.
I think she learns that she brings herself with her where ever she goes and she has the power to be okay where ever she is. She found her own soul/self within herself. A rite of passage - a call to a adventure. Dorothy has seen the truth, she has had a taste of living....
Isn't that what we all want?