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  • Michael Read
    #1151 - Tuesday, July 30, 2002 - Editor: Michael Home: http://nonduality.com/hlhome.htm hahaha and hohoho! - michael ... I do find the modern fable, The
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      #1151  -  Tuesday, July 30, 2002  -  Editor: Michael 
      Home: http://nonduality.com/hlhome.htm


      hahaha and hohoho! - michael


      --- In Yearning freya wrote:

       I do find the modern fable, The Wizard of Oz to be quite a lovely
      story of spiritual transformation and the hero's journey.   It has been
      very special to me since the first time i saw it one Thanksgiving
      night years ago.   That was the only time you could see it back then,
      once a year it was bradcast on T.V. on Thanksgiving night.   
      Oh, how i couldnt wait for the Wizard of Oz to come on!

      For now,...let us fast forward up to the part where Dorothy has just
      killed the Wicked Witch of the West, her most challenging adversary,  her shadow-

      - the part of herself not known to her at first (who has also
      proved to be the one who did the most to expand her soul.)

      This is excerpted from the book "Sacred Contracts" by Caroline Myss.

      Enjoy....love  freyja

      Dorothy and her companions return to Oz feeling totally successful.
      They bring the broom to the Wizard, only to be told that it's not
      Toto, (the Latin word for "everything"), the guardian, her intuition,
      will not accept their rejection and says, in effect,

      "This is wrong.  You have to see that it's fraudulent.  I'm going to
      show you."

      The guardian goes over and pulls the curtain hiding the role-playing
      Wizard, showing Dorothy that she does not need to rely on a shadow Guru to do her spiritual work for her.  In fact, if one projects their own needs
      and fantasies onto a guru, they may end up getting burned.

      Exposed, the Wizard is forced to make good on his promises and help
      Dorothy find her way home from Oz.  Although Oz represents the achievement of spiritual power and independence, it's essentially meaningless unless
      she can bring back home what she has learned and apply it to her everyday life.

      Spiritual insight is not an end in itself, but a means to transform
      our life on earth from mere survival and dominance into compassion and service to others.

      Dorothy is now confronted with yet another test, this one regarding
      false power.
      Even though the Wizard has been less than forthcoming on his promises,
      Dorothy is planning to accept his guidance and accompany him in his
      hot air balloon (note the ironic choice of vehicle), but Toto - following his
      nature by pursuing a squirrel-jumps out of the basket as if to say,
      "Let's get out of here."

      Dorothy has the good sense not to want to be separated from her
      guardian and runs out after Toto, allowing the Wizard to leave without her.
      Having made ond good choice, Dorothy is rewarded by the appearance of
      her other guardian, Glinda, the good witch of the north.

      Glinda reminds Dorothey that she has had the power to return home all
      along, only she didnt know it.  The ruby slippers, (symbolizing grace) which
      have not left her feet since she first put them on, are all she needs.   Her words
      are reminiscent of the Buddhist teaching that we are already perfect buddhas, we just dont realize it, and so we act like unenlightened children.

      If we truly knew we possessed Buddha nature, or Christ consciousness
      or God-realization, we would be home free. 

      Dorothy clicks her heels together as instructed and chants the mantra
      her angel guardian gave her "There's no place like home.  There's no place like home."

      from "Sacred Contracts" by Caroline Myss

      (the whole fable, from the start, is looked at symbolically, in the

      --- In PerceptionsOfLife  "algini" wrote:

      magic is this moment
      this tip of the iceberg
      where we think we live
      but it is in what is not
      that we truly have
      our life

      magic is me
      expressing my heart
      in this world
      created just
      for us to do
      that simple task





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