Beliefs – We have the power within us already
From the pacific Institute…
Have you ever thought of the Wizard of Oz as a story about the power of beliefs? I taught a “live” seminar several weeks ago, and one thing I like to use is the story of “The Wizard of Oz” to illustrate some of the concepts we teach at The Pacific Institute.
You see, Dorothy and her pals all wanted something. As is often the case, they looked for someone else to give it to them, someone in authority who had “the power.” They teamed up because they figured their efficacy was greater together than it was separately, and they were right. They were a real team with a common vision and not just a collection of separate individuals. They were able to overcome life-threatening danger to finally come face to face with the Wizard.
When they met the Wizard, they discovered several very important things. Perhaps the most important thing they discovered was that each already had whatever it was he or she felt was lacking; it was the belief that needed changing.
The Lion wasn’t really a coward – he proved that on the journey to Oz – but he believed he was, so most of the time he acted like it. When the Wizard gave him a medal and reminded him of his bravery, he affirmed the truth of a new belief, and that was all it took. Same thing for the Tin Man and the Scarecrow. Dorothy could have gone home any time she wanted, she just didn’t know it. For her, the journey was a risky rite of passage into her own strength and her own heart. Each of them had “the power” all along.