HOLD TIGHT TO THOSE RUBY SLIPPERS
This month, we are exploring the metaphysical teachings found in the classic movie, The Wizard of Oz. And because there are so many spiritual lessons provided by the Ruby Slippers - in fact FOUR BIG SPIRITUAL LESSONS - we are going to jump right in.
BIG SPIRITUAL LESSON #1
We first learn of the slippers when Dorothy's house comes crashing down in Munchkinland, and lands on and kills the Wicked Witch of the East. The Munchkins are thrilled that this has happened and even more thrilled when they learn that Dorothy isn't a witch.
But, their joy is quickly cut off when the deceased witch's sister, the even more Wicked Witch of the West, shows up and threatens to drop a house on Dorothy.
Glinda the Good Witch of the North, who had previously arrived in the coolest vehicle of all time -- a pink bubble -- diverts her attention by pointing out the ruby slippers. When the Wicked Witch of the West tries to take the slippers off, what happens? They disappear and all we see are striped socked feet that roll up and pull under the house.
And then where do the slippers appear? Of course, on Dorothy's feet. Glinda quickly points out where they are and says to the Wicked Witch of the West "And there they'll stay."
The Wicked Witch, of course, is irate and says, 'I'm the only one who knows how to use them. They're of no use to you."
"Keep tight inside them," says Glinda, "Their magic must be very powerful, or she wouldn't want them so badly." When Glinda said this to Dorothy, metaphysically, she is actually telling her never to forget the idea that she has within her a Divine Spark and that she has a Divine Right to express her Greatness!
All the while Dorothy stands dumfounded over the entire scene -- not even beginning to comprehend what is going on and oblivious to the power IN (not ON!) which she is now standing. Um? Sounds like us! We sometimes stand dumfounded, without a clue, oblivious to the power IN which we stand!
In Finding The Christ in Ourselves, H Emilie Cady writes:
"In Jesus, the Christ, or the Central Spark which was God, the same as lives in each of us today, was drawn forth to show itself perfectly over and above the body, or fleshly man."a
That's our BIG Spiritual Lesson No. 1 -- we are filled with a DIVINE SPARK and we are immersed in/we STAND IN a Power of Good; a power of Greatness! We are often like a fish swimming in the great ocean not comprehending what water is! But oblivious to it or not -- it's the Truth!
We each have a Divine Spark with which we are each born and which no one can take away. Dorothy's ruby slippers -- made out of rare and precious gemstones -- are a radiant symbol of the inner spark of our infinite potential for greatness that is within us all.
I want to say that again because it's the crux of today -- the slippers are a radiant symbol (even down to the material they are made of) of our DIVINE SPARK and of our INFINITE POTENTIAL FOR GREATNESS.
You are -- we are -- each endowed with infinite potential for greatness. And, you have -- we have -- the free will to discover our DIVINE SPARK, to activate and express that greatness or the free will to extinguish it. Well, not extinguish it completely but to do a pretty good job of obliterating it.
So . . . that's BIG SPIRITUAL LESSON NO. 1.
BIG SPIRITUAL LESSON #2
What happens next? Glinda soon disappears in her pink bubble, leaving Dorothy on her own to figure things out.
And that's BIG Spiritual Lesson No. 2 --
LET alone, but not LEFT alone! A Higher Intelligence and Power and an INFINITE LAW stand ready and waiting to respond to us. "We take one step to God; God comes running to us."
Charles Fillmore wrote in The Pure Reason and Honest Logic of Practical Christianity:
"It is your privilege to know how to come into harmony with universal Mind and thereby discover to yourself your real inheritance as a child of Spirit."b
We are not LEFT alone because we cannot be separated from the Divine Spark that we are nor from the Power of Good; a power of Greatness in which we are immersed and IN which we STAND -- Going back to BIG Spiritual Lesson No. 1!
Let's look at the Wicked Witch of the West for a moment. She has certainly doused / defaced her inner spark long before Dorothy arrived in Oz. She wants the slippers not so she can rekindle her own inner spark, but so that her "power will be the greatest in Oz!"
When we have lost touch with our truth, our dreams, our greatness -- when we have not kept our ruby slippers tight on our feet -- then we go for other ways to make us complete. One of them is certainly power. Not the spiritual kind ("The energy by which everything lives) -- but the kind that controls, manipulates others.
BIG SPIRITUAL LESSON #3
But when the Wicked Witch of the West reaches for the ruby slippers, sparks fly from the shoes, giving the green-skinned witch quite a shock! "Fool that I am," she roars, "I should have remembered! Those slippers will never come off . . as long as you're alive - my pretty!"
BIG Spiritual Lesson No. 3: There may be people who want to extinguish your spark or keep you from expressing your greatness -- Teachers, politicians, bosses, even partners and friends -- or the committee that resides in your head -- but they can never get those ruby slippers off your feet -- unless you let them.
How many times have you let someone else -- or yourself -- talk you out of a dream you had; a way that your inner spark was calling you to express? E.g., the woman who said to me when I told her I was going to become a minister, "That's great, but don't quit your day job!"
BIG SPIRITUAL LESSON #4
Finally -- spiritual lesson No. 4 -- after Dorothy throws a bucket of water at the Wicked Witch, accidentally liquidating her, everyone forgets about the ruby slippers until the Wizard takes off in his hot-air balloon without Dorothy. Glinda floats in -- again just at the right time -- and says "You've always had the power to go back to Kansas."
"Then why didn't you tell her before?" demands the Scarecrow -- failing to use his Divine Intelligence at the moment.
"Because she wouldn't have believed me," explains Glinda. And Glinda knew one of the biggest spiritual lessons of all -- one that the Buddha taught, one that Jesus taught -- one that all spiritual paths, philosophical paths and now scientific paths teach:
and it is our BIG Spiritual Lesson No. 4 this morning:
IT IS DONE UNTO AS YOU BELIEVE!
Because your beliefs activate the Universal Law that acts upon them to bring them into manifestation.
If you believe the ruby slippers will take you home; they will. If you don't; they won't.
- BIG Spiritual Lesson No. 1 -- we are filled with a Divine Spark and STANDING IN a Power of Good; a power for Greatness!
- BIG Spiritual Lesson No. 2 -- We are let alone (not left alone) to discover this for ourselves.
- BIG Spiritual Lesson No. 3: There may be people -- including the ones inside your head -- who want to extinguish your spark, who tell you "it can't be done," but they can never do that unless you let them.
- BIG Spiritual Lesson No. 4:
IT IS DONE UNTO AS YOU BELIEVE!
aFinding The Christ in Ourselves H Emilie Cady
bCharles Fillmore The Pure Reason and Honest Logic of Practical Christianity