“Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain!”
— The Wizard of Oz
A beloved book and film for a reason – it is a beautiful story of a journey to self.
Of a girl trying to get ‘home’ (the archetype of the Hero’s Journey), meeting up with a scarecrow who wants a brain, a lion who believes he’s cowardly – and a Tin Man who would like to have a heart.
… and off they go to the Wizard to find the answers.
In my sobriety, I think about this journey I’m on to find my true self, and find my heart, my brain and my courage ….
And The Great and Powerful Oz told each of these travellers the truth they needed to hear – that each of us already has what we are seeking!
He told the Scarecrow: “We all have brains. A baby has brains, but it doesn’t know much. Experience is the only thing that brings knowledge, and the longer you are on earth the more experience you are sure to get.”
to the Tin Man: “Hearts will never be practical until they can be made unbreakable. You have a heart, but remember my sentimental friend that a heart is not judged by how much you love, but by how much you are loved by others.”
and the Lion: “You have plenty of courage, I am sure. All you need is confidence in yourself. There is no living thing that is not afraid when it faces danger. The true courage is in facing danger when you are afraid, and that kind of courage you have in plenty.”
And as for Dorothy getting back home…
“Home is a place we all must find, child. It’s not just a place where you eat or sleep. Home is knowing. Knowing your mind, knowing your heart, knowing your courage. If we know ourselves, we’re always home, anywhere.”
The truth is we have everything in us that we need to meet the challenge.