I remember as a child watching The Wizard of Oz and feeling really sorry for Dorothy (Judy Garland) Gale – does anybody remember her surname!!? She was living on this not very nice farm in Kansas, didn’t have any friends apart from her dog Toto, she didn’t have a mum and dad but instead had gone to live with a much older looking Auntie and Uncle and there was no one to play with or talk to apart from some farm hands.

It wasn’t until I was much older and a therapist that I realised the whole film was a metaphor for what was actually going on in Dorothy’s life at the time. She had obviously undergone some trauma or tragedy that had resulted in her having to be uprooted away from everything that she knew and loved. Is it any wonder that when she went to sleep in a strange bed that her mind went into overdrive and the house that she now lived in was caught up in a tornado as her world was torn apart. Eventually she landed in a different land full of scary, wonderful, different, amazing things.

The first people she met were the Munchkin Men and Glinda the Good Witch of the South who come to welcome her for having killed, albeit accidentally, the Wicked Witch of the East. So straight away good is overcoming evil. Then she has to go on a quest to get back home. On the way she has to overcome many obstacles and meets up with the Scarecrow, the Tin Man and the Lion at various stages of the journey. Together they help each other find something that they all need. The Scarecrow wanted a brain, the Tin Man a heart and the Lion courage. I understand this to mean that Dorothy herself was feeling stupid, unloved and scared, so in her subconscious she went in search of finding the qualities that she needed to survive in her new life.

Ultimately when they meet the Wizard of Oz he’s not the powerful person that they thought he would be, so Dorothy had to sort it out herself. She was taking responsibility for her life.

They did eventually all get what they wanted and when Dorothy went back to Glinda the Good Witch of the South asking her to help her get back home, we all know what she said after giving her the magical red slippers “click your heels together three times and wish”. After doing this Dorothy starts chanting “there’s no place like home, there’s no place like home, there’s no place like home”.

Dorothy awakens back in her bedroom in Kansas with Toto. With her Auntie and Uncle and the three farm hands who look remarkably like the Scarecrow, the Tin Man and the Lion all looking on with love and concern for her.

Dorothy went on an adventure in her mind and overcame all of her fears. As Glinda said “you’ve always had the power Dorothy, you just had to learn it for yourself”!

We’ve all been on similar adventures in our lives and the ending is always down to us.

You too have the power – you can be, do and go wherever your imagination takes you – all it needs is for you to believe in yourself, trust in yourself and have faith in yourself. smiley


Some lovely quotes to think about:

Dorothy asks Scarecrow how he can talk if he had no brain, to which he replies: “I don’t know, but some people without brains do an awful lot of talking, don’t they?”

The cowardly lion: What makes a King out of a slave? Courage!

Dorothy Gale: Oh, you’re the best friends anybody ever had. And it’s funny, but I feel as if I’d know you all the time, but I couldn’t have, could I?
The Scarecrow: I don’t see how. You weren’t around when I was stuffed and sewn together, were you?
The Tin Man: And I was standing over there, rusting for the longest time.
Dorothy Gale: Still I wish I could remember, but I guess it doesn’t manner anyway. We know each other now don’t we?

Dorothy is now complete – as are you. Never doubt it! smiley