Somewhere over the rainbow
Way up high
There's a land that I heard of
Once in a lullaby
Somewhere over the rainbow
Skies are blue
And the dreams that you dare to dream
Really do come true
Do you suppose there is such a place, Toto? says Dorothy. There must be. It's not a place you can get to by a boat, or a train. It's far, far away. Behind the moon, beyond the rain."
Wizard of Oz
It's always best to start at the beginning – Glinda tells her - and all you do is follow the Yellow Brick Road.
And the beauty and power of a good story - one that draws upon the deep well of archetypal imagery and theme - is that it is good to go - as it were - whenever the need arises - like right now in spring 2020!
The Rainbow has universal symbolic appeal - representing as it does - the individuation of the self - as Carl Jung might say - the ultimate goal of the mauration process.
Children of the world have been keen to bring this symbol to our attention just now - with their own colourful paintings and drawings. They have stuck them in their windows the world over - for all to see and to be uplifted by.
Be safe - they say - stay home - support the NHS. In Italy they have added the reassuring,
"Andrà tutto bene" Everything will be Ok.
It may have taken a Tornado- or a virus!!! It may have ripped the house from under our feet - carried it through a swirling storm to another land - just so we might discover what we already had , the Courage of the Lion - the Straw Man’s Brain and the Tin Man’s beating heart, strong and full of love.
The song is an invocation - says Shunyamurtu in his talk about the esoteric meaning of Wizard of Oz and the overriding message of the story he says is,
To dare to dream the highest possible dream - because whatever you dream will become your reality.
Glinda: You've always had the power to go back to Kansas.
Dorothy: I have?
Scarecrow: Then why didn't you tell her before?
Glinda: She wouldn't have believed me. She had to learn it for herself.
Scarecrow: What have you learned, Dorothy?
Dorothy: Well, I—I think that it, that — if I ever go looking for my heart's desire again, I won't look any further than my own backyard. Because if it isn't there, I never really lost it to begin with! Is that right?
Glinda: That's all it is!
Scarecrow: But that's so easy! I should've thought of it for you -
Tin Man: I should have felt it in my heart -
Glinda: No, she had to find it out for herself. Now those magic slippers will take you home in two seconds!
just close your eyes and tap your heels together three times. And think to yourself,
'There's no place like home, there's no place like home...'
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