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Secrets of the Yellow Brick Road: The Spirituality of Oz

2017
Author(s):
Lockrem, Marlin
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Publisher(s):
Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
Genre(s):
Religious & Spiritual

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The Wizard of Oz is an allegorical tale of the soul's journey along the spiritual path, which in the story is called “the yellow brick road” …which leads to a luminous magical world. Unbeknownst to most everyone, Frank Baum’s inspiration came from esoteric eastern mysticism. As editor of a South Dakota newspaper, in 1890, he wrote courageously of Buddha, Mohammed, Confucius, and Jesus, acknowledging them ‘masters, true prophets, each in his own generation, and well versed in the secrets of nature,’ and he introduced his readers to Theosophy…the Theosophical Society, that so inspired Baum in his life - and in his children’s tales. Thus, The Wizard of Oz can be read as a metaphysical allegory, recognizing the hidden symbolism of Truth – from beginning to end. Dorothy and her three traveling companions represent the evolving soul: she is the soul wanting to get back home. On her 'inward' journey, she first meets the Scarecrow, in search of a brain, representing the mental or causal body. Then, second, she meets the Tin Man, in search of a heart, representing the emotional or astral body. And, third - and in that order - the Cowardly Lion, in search of courage – here representing the hopefully-courageous physical body. Dorothy’s higher self shows her that all she had to do was click her ruby slippers three times while saying her new mantra: “There's no place like home."

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