There’s a beautiful movie, that’s very archetypal in nature. It teaches us metaphysically, everything we need to know. It’s the Wizard of Oz. And it’s a story that’s archetypal, that each of us can relate, in all of our lives – those of us that have said, ‘I want spiritual enlightenment.’
Dorothy, here with Toto, is at a place in her life that she’s going, ‘Can anybody relate to me? Can anyone understand me? Is there someplace that I can go? Is there someplace over the rainbow where there’s no troubles and no issues? Where is that place for spiritual enlightenment?
And because she makes that declaration, William Bosh a former priest who wrote the book and has written many books on spiritual enlightenment, said that in that moment when she declared that, she brought into her life this tornado of events. That everything around her as she knew it, had to change and shift. Has that ever happened to you?
You may be there now. It could be!
So in that, in that consciousness of ‘I want to be more enlightened, I want to know more about God, I want that inner awareness and that Spirit to work through me’ comes the things that must change. Everything around you as you know it begins changing.
And so in that, she draws forth, the things that she needs. She draws forth the high consciousness. In you it might be the teachings of Unity, it might be a spiritual leader or a teacher, it might be a friend, it might be an author that teaches feng shui, it could be a group, it could be a study group, but it’s something that reminds you of the high consciousness of who you are.
And true teaching is not a person that’s going to tell you they know the way. Ever. And you do what I tell you to do. True teaching is someone that says, “I see your true colors, you know what you need to do, and I’m here on the sidelines cheering you on, there you go!”
And that’s exactly what good witch Glenda did as she said ‘you’ve got what you need. You’ve got what you need, right inside of you, walk your path. You can do this.’ But she didn’t tell her how. She did say, ‘but here’s a gift for you.’ There are these red slippers, and you need them, and don’t ever take them off. When you’re walking on your spiritual path, you want to remember to always keep your red slippers on.
Metaphysically speaking your red slippers represent the red passion that is inside you. It’s the thing that when you think about it, you cringe with excitement and enthusiasm because it is the delicious spiritual side of you. It is ‘the what you know’ to be true, it’s what you hold onto that brings you to that waking hour that says, “I can do this.” Your slippers must be present all the time and right there on your feet.
The interesting part about life for all of us, when we’re into the joy and our spiritual enlightenment, and we’re into people liking us and it just feels really wonderful and we’re singing kumbaya by the campfire, I mean it’s just a wonderful place and all of a sudden something comes into our lives this shadow part of ourselves, that looks very interesting, almost like this green witch.
That looks at you, at your job, in your family, or at your class reunion, or they’re part of your staff and they go ‘I’m going to get you my pretty. I’m going to get you no matter what.”
And don’t you feel that sometimes? In your enlightenment, in your spiritual awareness, you feel like you’re just flying so high and all of a sudden something will just catch you off guard, and you go ‘oh my, where did you come from? Where did you come from?’
And it’s the shadow part that we recognize, and we’re aware that it is there. And sometimes we get very unsure about that about which we know, when we’re in that place. Do you relate?
And so when we are in these places in our lives, just as Dorothy did – she drew in a spiritual family that could support her. Each reflecting what we need in our lives.
Scarecrow, representing the Mind, the Intellect. We need our thoughts, we need our thoughts to stay in alignment with where we’re going on this path on that yellow brick road.
We need our Heart, as tin man would prove, because you cannot lose your heart in the things that you are about and the things that you do.
And always through the valley of walking through life there is the need for the Courage. You can think all day long, I can think all day long, I can have feeling around something, but it’s the ability to have the courage to let go, to let go, to surrender as Elizabeth said earlier. So that Thy Will through me can be done, and that’s the toughest part.
You might see it as you’re walking through life, and the good witch told Dorothy, just follow the yellow brick road. Come up with the mantra, follow the yellow brick road, follow the yellow brick road. And though I might walk through tigers and bears oh my, whatever I walk through, I will keep remembering that I am on God’s path.
And you take with you whatever you need. I love that song from the Wiz that Diana Ross sang so beautifully, “If you believe within your heart, you’ll know that no one can change the path of life that you must go.” Believe what you feel and know you’re right. Because the time will come around when you’ll say it’s yours, you will recognize everything because your self awareness has allowed you to become ‘in it’ you see.
Because you’ve recognized that there’s not a place that you’re going, it’s the acceptance of the place that’s already within you.
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