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Who is your favorite character in The Wizard of Oz?
The Wizard of Oz is a favored movie of many child-hoods.
In fact, it was a must-watch in my family until just recently, when we discovered that we were sick to death of it!!
"Harrrr, rrufffff"-- Cowardly Lion.
But, did we really get the meaning of it?
I'm sure we all knew of sweet, innocent Dorothy, and the mean, wicked witch...but what exactly was this about?:"It's always best to start at the beginning -- and all you do is follow the Yellow Brick Road."--Glinda the Good Witch
Yellow Brick Road, and Ruby Red Slippers...magic slippers, at that. IF Dorothy could remember the magic formula--she was on her way home...
And IF she could over-come the obstacles in her way: she would conquer her fears.
Joy in Life!
Age Old Enemy
The main obstacles in her way are the Trained Monkeys; those awful, deranged, smirking, gibbering employees of the Wicked Witch.
Chattering all the time, snickering at Dorothy and her growing circle of friends: Whose human qualities have been lost, somehow to be regained.....
THIS is the point of trying to stop them.
The goal of the Trained Monkeys is to prevent Dorothy and her friends from finding their former glory.
For, once they find it, they will realize that the Wicked Witch-- with all her powers of magic and delusion, is no match for an honest, open heart.
Now, here is where the subterfuge comes in.
The job of the monkeys, then and now, is to prevent humans from reclaiming their wonderously awesome heritage of Love, Home and Family.
Wicked Witch, it seems, has to BUY her family, and her love.
>>> Her home, by the way, is quite awsome<<<
Castle of Doom
Beauty Can Deceive
Don't Be Fooled
The tricks of the Wicked Witch are to send fear and confusion; to make Dorothy--and us, forget our unique human Divinity and place in the Universe.
The ultimate destination: Emerald City, is where we find the true meaning of life, by cutting through the illusion.
See My Power?
Sympathy For the Devil
I try and envision it from the point of view of the Monkeys....getting paid to do someone else's dirty work....
Now where is the pride and dignity in that?
Think of all the time and energy spent, simply following the instructons of a mad woman, doing as they are told.
Perhaps driven by the fear of loss of income, or even worse....death.
On a certain level, I can feel sorry for them: The brainless stooges who work for the Dark Side.
But on another level, I want to slap them silly--tell them to wake up!
Their destiny is being led by another: their hopes and dreams constrained by the lure of easy money.
Step Right Up!
Modern Day Barkers
Lest one think the Trained Monkeys exist only in the Wizard of Oz....no, my friends, we are saturated with them here, in the political spheres of these United States of America.
It's not necessarily only politics where the monkeys thrive: It's religion and social issues as well.
But--their main thrust of illusion is in the political realm.
They work for those who seduce with platitudes and promises.....Follow their Yellow Brick Road, and you will reach nirvana: freedom and independence and riches beyond your wildest dreams.
The problem with this road, however, is that the bricks are tarnished and slippery; tread upon by those who seek to denigrate, not uplift.
Passengered by salesmen and carnival barkers, hawking their phony goods, which in their case, is the envisioned future of this great country we call home.
Trust in Yourself
We Create Our Own Destiny
They'll tell you all kinds of things to distract you from what you really need: a Heart, some Courage and a Brain.
They'll tell you your home is going to be attacked: To strike fear.
They'll tell you you're house is dirty: To make you ashamed.
And they'll tell you your freedom is worth selling out for Gold.
Now, here is where Glinda's words come in......Go back to the beginning:
Remember who you are: A kind, caring person, living in a kind, caring nation.
Your treasures were built with the courage and intelligence it took to make it here.
The only way you can hold on to them is through love.
Don't listen to the Flying Monkeys.
Follow your own way home.