The Wizard of Us: Transformational Lessons from Oz

The Wizard of Us: Transformational Lessons from Oz

by Jean Houston
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The Wizard of Us: Transformational Lessons from Oz 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
dreemstar1 More than 1 year ago
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….
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Coffeyb More than 1 year ago
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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DoctorSeeker More than 1 year ago
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!
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