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The wonderful wisdom of Oz, Part 5: Going home

Dorothy gives the golden cap to Glinda
Dorothy gives the golden cap to Glinda
William Denslow

The Real Parts of the Shadow Self

Last month, we saw how both wicked witches were different expressions of Dorothy's ego or shadow self. So Dorothy kills both witches, both aspects of her egoic self. We require the ego to survive. And Jungian psychologists say that in order to achieve wholeness, we must integrate the dark qualities of our shadow self. So, how do we reconcile this? Well, what melts is the unreal part of the ego. Both witches leave behind something real that adds to Dorothy's attainment and the powers of her chakras and what she requires for wholeness.

From the Wicked Witch of the East, she inherits the ability to be a parent to herself, along with the silver slippers (They became ruby slippers in the movie). These slippers represent what Theosophists call the silver or crystal cord that connects the soul to the physical body when the soul leaves the body at night or during a near-death experience. Baum wrote that they “fit Dorothy perfectly as though they were made for her.” They also represent our direct connection to the white fire of Mother Earth through the base chakra, which is the seat of the Kundalini energy. Dorothy doesn’t know that the slippers have power, and that they can take her back to her physical body. In the same way, most people are unaware of the kundalini power asleep within them. Mitch Hancock wrote in The Wizard of Oz Code that the “slippers represent our Powerful Foundation..., our foundational first chakra... When we have a well balanced first chakra, we are unshakable; we feel safe and confident.”

From the Wicked Witch of the West, she inherits assertiveness, ingenuity, and leadership, as well as the golden cap. The golden cap equates to our crown chakra, our direct connection with God. The golden cap originally belonged to Quelala, who, as the king of the winged monkeys told Dorothy, was "the best and wisest man in the land." He used it for good. However, it fell into the hands of the Wicked Witch of the West, who, as a black magician, used it for her own selfish purposes.

Dorothy finds the golden cap in the witch's castle, tries it on and it “fit her exactly,” just like the slippers, “as if it had been made for her.” This confirms that both witches were aspects of Dorothy's ego, one conscious, the other unconscious. On a spiritual level, the monkeys are imprisoned elementals under the control of whomever has the golden cap. When Dorothy puts the gold cap on, she now has control of the flying monkeys instead of them having control of her. If on a psychophysical level, the flying monkeys represent an addiction to drugs, what does Dorothy's newfound control mean? It means that her pineal gland, the gland associated with the crown chakra, may now produce a psychoactive chemical within her brain, producing a natural high and psychic powers. The yogis have a name for this chemical – Amrita – the nectar of immortality. It can be stimulated to flow from the third ventricle of the brain through sungazing, and other yogic techniques.

After Dorothy kills the Wicked Witch of the West, the Winkies look up to her and help her. When you overcome the dweller, people will sense it and desire to help you. She has the Winkies rescue her friends, and uses the power of the golden cap, her crown chakra, to command the flying monkeys to take her and her friends back to the Emerald City.

Exposing the False Wizard

When they enter the Wizard's throne room to request what they desire, the Wizard tries to put them off. However, Toto, Dorothy's intuition, exposes him by knocking down the curtain, the veil of lies that some people in positions of power hide behind. The wizard is shown to be an ordinary human, just like those authority figures in religion, medicine, technology, the legal system, and government, whom people eagerly put their faith in. They rely on them to fix things rather than going within to find their own solutions and answers.

Wizard means “wise man,” and even though he is exposed as a fraud, he demonstrates wisdom in his comments to Dorothy’s friends when he intimates that wisdom, compassion, and courage are gained through experience when inner resources are activated to overcome life’s challenges. He acknowledges their attainment and bestows on them tokens, or symbols, of their attainment: a potion for courage for the Lion, a silk heart stuffed with sawdust for the Tin Man, and a head stuffed with bran and sharp pins for the Scarecrow.

The tokens are talismans -- objects that are imbued with virtues. The silver slippers and gold cap are talismans for Dorothy. Also, the circle of protection on her forehead from the Good Witch of the North is a talisman associated with the third eye chakra. Thus all three of Dorothy’s talismans are connected to chakras. Omraam Mikhael Aivanhov in The Book of Divine Magic says that talismans maintain their power as long as you continue to work on yourself. So if you buy a talisman for protection, yet don’t maintain your aura through prayers and meditation, you may be wasting your money. He also said that ideally you should make yourself into a talisman.

So Dorothy’s companions get the qualities they desired. They attained these qualities through their own efforts in the process of reaching the Emerald City and in defeating the Wicked Witch of the West. Yet Dorothy and Toto are still stuck in Oz.

The Wizard offers to take them home in his balloon. The colorful balloon represents the causal body with its seven rainbow rays. Dorothy is not able to enter the balloon at the end of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz; her causal body is beyond the reach of her consciousness. By the beginning of the sequel Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz, she travels in the balloon; she is standing in the center of it, having purified the lower strata of her consciousness.

She is now tethered to her inner divine blueprint and her balanced, rapidly spinning, expanding threefold flame is activating her chakras and expanding the seven rays of her aura. So the balloon is also a symbol of the human aura. Djwal Kul said in his book, The Human Aura, “The aura of man is like a giant balloon and this balloon is filled with... the flow of energy that is released from the seven chakras. The greater the energy that is released, the greater the size of the balloon. The greater the size of the balloon, the more God can release his consciousness into the planes of mater. For the balloon is the coordinate in time and space of the great causal body of the Father/Mother God.”

Glinda, the Good Witch of the South

When Dorothy's catalyst, Toto, causes her to miss her ride, she despairs until she is told that Glinda, the Good Witch of the South, can help her. So she and her friends go on another adventure, and overcome several challenges, including fighting trees, a giant spider, and the Hammer-Heads, to reach Glinda’s castle. Dorothy gives the golden cap to Glinda who summons the flying monkeys to transport the Tin Man to the Winkies, becoming their king; the Lion to the forest, resuming his status as the king of the beasts; and the Scarecrow to the Emerald City, replacing the Wizard. Then she gives the golden cap to the king of the monkeys, freeing them from their servitude.

Glinda shows Dorothy that she had power all along. Now that she had balanced her threefold flame, overcome her dweller, and was free of her dependence on the false Wizard, all she had to do was click the heels of her silver slippers three times while reciting, “Take me home to Aunt Em!” In the movie, the mantra is, “There's no place like home.” The key word in both statements is “home.” The book has another key word -- the name Em or Emma, meaning whole or universal.

The ultimate goal of the spiritual path is the integration of the physical with the etheric to achieve wholeness and oneness with the universal Spirit.

Finding Our True Home

In later sequels, Dorothy becomes a princess of Oz and is able to travel back and forth at will. She is at home in both her inner and outer worlds. Her Aunt Em and Uncle Henry eventually retire to a farm in Oz. Ultimately, Oz, not Kansas becomes Dorothy's true home.

In today's materialistic world, people are out of touch with their inner world and have lost sight of their true home; however, if they gaze at the sun, they'll find it. The Essenes were renunciates who believed that our permanent home was in heaven and that heaven was in the sun. They practiced sungazing at every dawn and worshiped God in the spiritual sun behind the sun. And they believed that when they died after living a life of righteousness, their soul would return home to the sun in the ascension.

Many have ascended to heaven from planet Earth, and many are preparing for the ascension even now. It requires expanding and balancing the threefold flame, gaining mastery in the seven rainbow rays, attaining union with your Higher Self, balancing your karma, getting the victory over the dweller-on-the-threshold, and fulfilling your mission in life.

Master Omraam said that when you sungaze or meditate, you can travel in your consciousness to the sun. He and other mystics like Phoebe Marie Holmes have described etheric cities on the sun. Omraam also said in The Splendour of Tiphareth that when you sungaze, you can ask for one of the virtues, or qualities, that are contained in the rays of the sun. And you will receive some particles of that light of virtue.

Each of Dorothy's companions desires a virtue or quality. In the movie, Dorothy asks them what they would do if they had it, and they sing their response with the lyrics -- if I “only had a brain,” or “a heart,” or “the nerve.”

Home is also like the mantra “Om” that raises our consciousness so that we travel in our finer bodies to the etheric plane. There's no place like Home because Home is not a physical place; it is a spiritual place of freedom that is beyond the limitations of time and space. It's a state of consciousness that we can reach through mantra, meditation, prayer, sungazing, and other spiritual practices.

Dorothy's journey along the yellow brick road is the same journey each of us must take. In writing her story, L. Frank Baum provided a roadmap to guide us all the way home to the heart of God.

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