“It’s always best to start at the beginning and all you do is follow the yellow brick road” -Glinda, the Good Witch of the North, The Wizard of Oz (1939 film)
I seem to be one of those individuals where people can easily open up to me about what it is their thinking or feeling or experiencing in life. To me this is an uplifting feeling. I’ve always said I wanted to spend my life helping people and I feel this is a good indication that I’m on the right path.
Suffering. It can be found in many different aspects of our lives: relationships, friendships, careers, school, family, lost in life purpose, empty feelings of the meaning in life, hindrance in finding spiritual growth, global warming, terrorism, natural disasters, political reforms, human rights, division of equality or lack there of, substance abuse, consumerism, aging, sickness, death, ect… I could go on forever because suffering is all around us in various forms.
How do we find the golden path (or for pop culture reference, the yellow brick road) to peace within this suffering. I always shake my head and giggle a bit when I hear/see the reference to the beauty pageants contestants that say that “world peace” is one of their greatest wishes. World peace is such a broad term that needs to be narrowed down. My believe is find peace within yourself. If everyone can find peace within themselves, through all the suffering, then that my friend, is world peace.
So how do we find peace within ourselves. You need to find what it is that makes your soul shine. I’ve comprised a short list of questions to ask yourself to put you on the yellow brick road. Just like Dorothy met and greeted various characters that brought meaning on her journey, you need to meet and greet these questions honestly in order to make your way successfully to Emerald City (inner peace).
What makes my soul shine?
Question 1 – The Scarecrow
What thoughts run through your brain on a consistent basis that cause a fear response?
Acknowledge those thoughts and then let them go
Question 2 – The Tin Man
What is it in your heart that you truly want?
Love yourself for you can only manifest love in the world as much as you have manifested it in yourself
Question 3 – Cowardly Lion
Are you willing to be vulnerable in order to give yourself the courage to follow your heart?
Being vulnerable is key in self growth and spiritual connection
Question 4 – The Wizard of Oz
“There’s no place like home” – Dorothy, The Wizard of Oz (1939 film)
What does ‘home’ look like for you?
Humans have a natural need of belonging whether that means family, friends, communities or a place in nature
Your soul will shine bright when you can learn to acknowledge your fears, find love within yourself, allow yourself to be vulnerable and find your personal need of belonging.