The Wizard of Us: Transformational Lessons from Oz [NOOK Book]

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THE WIZARD IS US

In The Wizard of Us, discover the powerful, unique skills and qualities of Dorothy, the Wizard, and the other archetypes of mind, heart, and courage that live within each of us. With specific, easy-to-follow exercises and incredible “aha” insights, you’ll begin to expand your thinking, open your heart, and build the courage to truly connect with your own Hero’s Journey. This thoughtful, layered guide offers new understanding ...
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Overview

THE WIZARD IS US

In The Wizard of Us, discover the powerful, unique skills and qualities of Dorothy, the Wizard, and the other archetypes of mind, heart, and courage that live within each of us. With specific, easy-to-follow exercises and incredible “aha” insights, you’ll begin to expand your thinking, open your heart, and build the courage to truly connect with your own Hero’s Journey. This thoughtful, layered guide offers new understanding of the human condition, the importance of myth, and the critical nature of our role and how we can participate in the creation of a better world. The Wizard not only calls us forth but he has called forth the journey itself. It’s time to uncover your inner hero and become the essential human you were always meant to be.

MORE THAN MAGIC CAN BE FOUND IN OZ .

Answer the call to transform yourself and your world. The beloved story The Wizard of Oz has the power to reveal the Hero’s Journey that awaits each of us. Through a mythic lens, discover how Dorothy’s adventure in a magical land inspires our lives today, offering valuable tools to guide us through our challenging times. Where you will learn to thrive rather than merely to survive. Through interpreting the deeper messages within The Wizard of Oz, visionary leader and teacher Jean Houston leads you along the Hero’s Journey that awaits each of us. On this profound adventure of self-discovery and awakened potential, Houston’s lessons propel you into greater self-understanding and a connection to the larger world story as you explore Oz like never before.
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Editorial Reviews

—Marianne Williamsonm spiritual activist and author
"Jean Houston plays midwife to the next phase of our evolutionary journey...We are literally drawn from the smaller, personal self to the larger, universal possibility."
—Deepak Chopra
"With elegant simplicity, Jean Houston shows you how to unleash the genius that lies in the depths of your being."
—Buckminster Fuller
"Jean Houston's mind should be considered a national treasure."
— Margaret Mead
"Jean Houston is the great producer of events and new possibilities as she orchestrates the voices of the new consciousness."
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"Jean Houston plays midwife to the next phase of our evolutionary journey...We are literally drawn from the smaller, personal self to the larger, universal possibility."

"With elegant simplicity, Jean Houston shows you how to unleash the genius that lies in the depths of your being."

"Jean Houston's mind should be considered a national treasure."

"Jean Houston is the great producer of events and new possibilities as she orchestrates the voices of the new consciousness."

—Marianne Williamsonm spiritual activist and author
"Jean Houston plays midwife to the next phase of our evolutionary journey...We are literally drawn from the smaller, personal self to the larger, universal possibility."
—Deepak Chopra
"With elegant simplicity, Jean Houston shows you how to unleash the genius that lies in the depths of your being."
—Buckminster Fuller
"Jean Houston's mind should be considered a national treasure."
— Margaret Mead
"Jean Houston is the great producer of events and new possibilities as she orchestrates the voices of the new consciousness."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781476728407
  • Publisher: Atria Books/Beyond Words
  • Publication date: 11/20/2012
  • Sold by: SIMON & SCHUSTER
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 93,258
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Jean Houston is a visionary thinker, teacher, and philosopher who pioneered the Human Potential Movement and established the Social Artistry leadership model that she used in her work with the United Nations Development Programme. Over the course of her life’s work, Houston has developed a worldwide network of social leaders, educators, and philosophers, including Joseph Campbell, Margaret Mead, Buckminster Fuller, Jonas Salk, United States Presidents Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton, as well as United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, giving her unique insight into the human potential. Houston has worked with agencies of the United Nations, NASA, and many others. She is the author of nearly thirty books. Learn more at JeanHouston.org.
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Table of Contents

Foreword Deepak Chopra ix

Introduction xv

1 We're Off to See the Wizard 1

2 Journey of the Compassionate Hero 15

Seeing Yourself as the Hero of Your Own Journey 22

3 Follow the Yellow Brick Road 31

Meeting Your Entelechy 33

Entering into a Relationship with a Quantum Partner 38

Sharpening the Senses 39

4 If I Only Had a Brain 51

The Roads Not Taken 52

Relaxing the Brain 62

5 The Heart of the Matter 69

Forgiveness and Heart Expansion 76

6 The Courage to Be 91

Gathering Courage 97

7 Falling Asleep in Fields of Poppies 111

Filling the Heart with Gratitude 125

8 A Horse of a Different Color 129

The Emerald City/One World Over 137

A Three-Minute Vacation 146

9 When Flying Monkeys Swoop In 149

Your Yellow Brick Road 152

The Action Box 157

Remembering Joy 160

10 The Wizard of Us 173

Manifestation Plan 188

Acknowledgments 195

Notes 197

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2013

    A roadmap for you to take on your journey of life

    This is a book that will show up for you when you are yearning for guidance on how to live life purposefully, creatively, passionately, and connectedness.

    Ms Houston describes this book as ".. a primer for training the mind to see the world in its diverse and simultaneous truths." It's purpose is to "connect to the universal myth within" by living "deliberate lives that actively connect the codes and symbols of our shared mythic story to our increased understanding of our connection to, and within."

    Ms Houston uses the story of Dorothy from L. Frank Baum's story The Wonderful Wizard of Oz to illustrate the Hero's Journey as examples of the life's journey. The Hero's Journey comes from the late Joseph Campbell's life long work on identifying and analyzing mythic patterns in stories from across time and place.

    This book serves to awaken each and everyone of us to recognize our own life's journey of our heroic soul. When we have had enough of our no longer working existence, this book shows us how to find the yellow brick road to an expanded life that matters to us and the world.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 3, 2013

    Dr. Jean Houston¿s new book, The Wizard of Us: Transformational


    Dr. Jean Houston’s new book, The Wizard of Us: Transformational Lessons From Oz, is a masterful work on every level. It not only serves as a testament to the very deep spiritual work in which the author has been steeped for the past several decades of her life, but speaks to the profound nature within each of us that is yearning to break free of the confines of the physical world. Within each of us resides the limitless potential that comprises the cosmic consciousness of the Universe itself, and through the lens of the familiar tale of the The Wizard of Oz, Dr. Houston (a leader and one of the founders of the Human Potential Movement) brilliantly illustrates the possibilities of the very real relationship that can exist between the domain of the ego and the Archetypal Realms characterized by the cast of characters in that work.
    For this reason, each of the individuals we encounter—and accompany—along the Yellow Brick Road, becomes a mirror, or a reflection of sorts of our own wounded selves, longing to find wholeness on this journey we call life…. As we sing and dance with Dorothy and her friends—and sometimes face unforeseen obstacles, we are reminded to release our self-contained, ego-directed, smaller selves so that we might progress on our own heroic journeys living our lives “writ large,” as it were, so that, we, too, can define ourselves by these higher qualities, or archetypal selves, especially when our own well-being, or that of others is at stake…. In this way, we are encouraged by Dr. Houston to become co-creators of a brave new world—as stewards of our planet—all the while exhibiting that which is right and good about our humanity…, and, like the alchemist of old, transforming base metals into gold, through the interconnectedness of body, mind and soul….
    Inspiring stories from Dr. Houston’s own mythic life and those of others with whom she has worked are seamlessly interspersed throughout to exemplify the lessons she teaches, as well…. In addition, readers are graciously provided with an interweaving of a new repertoire of processes involving meditations and visualizations created by Dr. Houston to perfectly reflect the archetypes within this work—of heart, mind, courage, home and the journey itself. Prior versions of these exercises have proved to be exceedingly helpful for those who participated in them—and who are interested in expanding into their own Greater Selves to more fully embrace their own stories.
    Very rarely is a book written that holds within its pages a message for everyone, or rather, Every One, who reads it. This is just such a book. To give it five stars is a disservice, as it speaks directly to that which is infinite in each of us. Its nature is profound, as within it, there is greatness and grace, humor and humility, intention and inspiration, magic and magnificence, spirit and soul…. Dr. Jean Houston is truly a “midwife of souls” who evokes the Wizard in all of Us….

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2012

    Laslie

    Got it.

    1 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 7, 2014

    Something Different!

    I had never read this type of book before, so I thought starting with something familiar would be a help...and it was. It brought some insight to things that I never saw before. It forced me to look at a old story in a different way. Where you look at something...nod your head...and say "oh yeah" I caught my self incorporating some things I had read without even realizing it. It is a great read which will change your thoughts and actions in subtle ways that you don't even realize till later...

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  • Posted January 14, 2013

    Ironically, you must be an exceptional person to begin with to b

    Ironically, you must be an exceptional person to begin with to be the "person" in this book; notwithstanding, if you are that type of person, then this book is for you!

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2012

    Sylvia

    Kk.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2012

    Will

    Hey fu€ker get a girlfriend you desperate bltch

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2012

    Trainer to leslie and sylvia

    Leslie go to the result vefore this. Sylvia: go to the next result.

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