When we stop playing the Wizard and come to terms with our humanity, we often have to rebuild our worlds. A large part of restructuring means that we leave behind old ways of thinking and believing. I can relate to the pre-unmasked Wizard who bellowed out life’s answers, but I can relate now more strongly to the post-unmasked Wizard who, in humility and grace, helped the scarecrow discover his brain, the tin man discover his heart, and the cowardly lion discover his courage. He even had a new and better plan to help Dorothy make her way home. What the wizard hadn’t yet discovered was that his path and her path were not the same. Only Dorothy could find her way home.
His way into Oz and her entrance there came about by different means. Their exit from the Land of Oz also took different paths. The wizard left in the balloon that had carried him there. Dorothy left by realizing the truth in her heart that there was no place like home, and upon waking she discovered she had never left. Yet, the dream felt like more than a dream to her. It felt like a real life adventure — and the actors and parts were shared in both worlds.
Perhaps one day we will awaken from our dream of separation from The Divine to discover we have, like Dorothy, simply been on a wonderful adventure, and home was always with us in our hearts.
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