The famous and dearly loved Wizard of Oz tells the story of our spiritual journey. Cindy Ceelen, a mural artist in Boulder, Colorado, painted the murals below illustrating Dorothy’s story. Read on for an entirely new perspective of the Wizard of Oz.
Down the Yellow Brick Road
The pictures below paint the story of the hidden aspects of the self through the tale of the Wizard of Oz.
The Rainbow of Hope
“Hope runs eternal.” William Shakespeare. If we have no hope, we are barren in the desert of despair. But, with hope, all things are possible.
The Journey — the Yellow Brick Road
If I only had a Home!
Dorothy represents a person on her spiritual path. A person seeking to “go home.” Home is the realization of the true self. It is unity with the divine self or God. To find herself, she must get acquainted with the hidden aspects of herself. Until they are acknowledged,honored, and healed, she must continue to search for the Emerald City.
The Wicked Witch of the West, represents our shadow side; the aspects of ourselves that we have not yet brought to love. As you see in the picture, the witch tries to get Dorothy’s shoes, but cannot. The Ruby slippers represent our direct connection to Spirit – walking the sacred path. The first lessons in walking the path are related to our survival skills in the physical and meta-physical realms. Red is the color of the first chakra, the chakra that holds the information about our family or tribe. It is our direct connection to Earth and therefore the self. Red is the fire or Kundalini of life. The first chakra is about how we care for ourselves, others, and the Earth. Buried in the first chakra are many shadows from childhood and past lives. Though at this point in the story, Dorothy does not know that the shoes (the sacred path) are her ticket home. She is terrified that the witch (the shadow) can destroy her. But of course, nothing can destroy the true divine self – the Godseed.
If I only had the nerve!
Lion is the aspect of our fears. The Course of Miracles teaches that there are two things in life, fear and love. Fear is the voice of ego, or the voice of separation from God. Our fears keep us imprisoned in an illusion of separateness. Our fears stop us from pursuing our dreams, from taking a stand for what is right. If we listen to the voice of fear, our lives become small and uninspired. The lion really wants to roar, to be courageous and do what needs to be done. And the lion in Wizard of Oz, is of course the most courageous of all. For it is when we feel the fear and do it anyway, that we begin to embark on the path of the courageous self.
If I only had a Heart!
Tin Man is the hidden aspect of our heart issues. Don’t we so often shield our hearts beneath an armor of metal? What are our issues with love and relationship? How do we express our love? Our heart issues are the feminine aspect of the self alive in all of us. The Tin Man is the one who cries the most, so moved by his love. Your love may be hidden or expressed, but it is always present within you.
If I only had a Brain!
Scarecrow is the hidden aspect of our beliefs and intellectual accomplishments. This is the masculine aspect of the self. What do you know? What do you believe? It is your beliefs that create your reality, for they expand or diminish your ability to take action. Scarecrow, like all the hidden aspects, believes that he is devoid of brains – the aspect he most desires. But, once again, when we think a quality is missing, it is usually our greatest gift. Scarecrow always came up with the best ideas!
Toto! Where’s Toto?
Truly the canine is our best friend. Toto loves Dorothy unconditionally, as Dorothy loves Toto. Toto brings out the courage and brilliance in each of our characters as they save each other from peril. Toto is the love and loyalty within us. Toto is the innocent self and is truly the mirror of God. Where’s Toto? Right inside of you.
The Poppy Field
As they journey along the yellow brick road, they come upon a poppy field, which puts them to sleep. Now, not just any ole poppy field, but one conjured up by the wicked witch of the west. There’s that shadow again, trying to put the blinders on you. So, as much as they try to resist it, they fall sleep. During our journey down the yellow brick road, we will fall asleep, then wake up, then fall asleep.. But, always on the journey we are watched over and guided by a higher, loving force, depicted here as the Good Witch Glinda. Glinda brings the snow, so our friends wake up again to continue their journey to the Emerald City.
The Emerald City
The Emerald City is bright and shiny, full of hope and potential. Dorothy, Lion, Toto, Tin Man, and Scarecrow have fought the terrors of the shadow, have learned to love each other and themselves, and now seek the one with the power and the way to get them home. But, the all powerful Oz sends them back to get the broomstick of the evil witch.
Often, we believe our journey is over; we have traveled far enough, seen and hurt and cried enough, only to be sent deeper into ourselves. The deepest wounds and secrets now must be lifted. So, off they go to get the witch’s broomstick, knowing they must kill her. Risking life and limb, climbing the metaphorical mountain, they challenge the witch (their greatest fears) and emerge victorious.
Now, Dorothy and friends are ready for the biggest lesson and most often the hardest one.
They deliver the broomstick to Oz to receive the reward of going home, only to discover, through the innocent wanderings of Toto, that the Great Oz, is a little man from Kansas trying to get home himself.
Hopes dashed, anger flares until the Oz, now truly a wizard, gives each of them what they longed for the most – acknowledgement. Lion receives a badge of courage to recognize his journey into fear. He has passed his initiation. Scarecrow receives a diploma, signifying his successful journey in searching through his intellectual prowess. Tin Man receives a heart and a testimonial of esteem. “A Heart is not judged by how much you love,” says the Wizard, “but by how much you are loved.”
Now, all aspects of the self are recognized and affirmed. But, when Oz tries to give Dorothy a ride back to Kansas in the hot air balloon (pun intended) he cannot.
Of course not, because, no one can take you home but you. The good witch (our higher self) arrives promptly on the scene to guide Dorothy once again. “You had the power to go home all along,” she tells her. “Just tap your ruby slippers three times and say, I want to go home. I want to go home. I want to go home.”
Dorothy wakes up at home with all her loving selves gathered around her bed. She has come home to herself… and so can you.