Fairy tales have many common themes, most often at the subconscious and spiritual level.  The Wonderful Wizard of Oz is one of the best known fairy tales and serves as a good example.  If there is a “moral” it is that we must rely on ourselves – for we alone have the power to save ourselves.  This lesson also extends to Dorothy’s three companions.  Like Dorothy herself, the Scarecrow, Woodman and Lion have within themselves the qualities they are seeking.  We each have everything we need, we lack only the intuition of Glinda the Good in the South to tell us so.  Other underlying messages include:  the Yellow Brick Road suggests the Path, the mystic way, that leads to enlightenment; yellow is the color of gold; at the end of the Road is the Emerald City, the color of harmony and balance; Wizard is the hoped for Teacher; she crushes the wicked Witch of the East, the place of sunrise, thus overcoming the desire for further birth; she slays the wicked Witch of the West, the place of sunset, the fear of death –  and she dissolves the witch with water, the symbol of life;  she then travels South, the natural direction of the ocean of unity, to have Glinda tell her she needs no guru, she has always had the power to go back home; Glinda represents intuition, the light of Truth, the only true source of guidance; home is where you’re always drawn back to, it’s the heaven that’s all about you, waiting only for you to recognized.

Look to the Lord of the Rings, Brothers Grimm, and other tales where the pilgrim’s return and they re-enter the structure of life, but thereafter (like the Muslim hajji) are somehow a little different, changed forever in some imperceptible way.  As we dissolve our ties to the material world and simultaneously connect to the Divine realm, we have the opportunity to receive guidance from beyond ourselves.  It’s never about ego.  Lao-tzu knew this truth 2,500 years ago and Jesus reminded us 500 years later.  Yet to be able to enter a life of Spirit one has to give up our life as we know it.  This is a concept that ego will ridicule and work to convince us that it will have disastrous consequences.

If you want your children to be brilliant, tell them fairy tales.   Albert Einstein

The one possible way of giving meaning to (human) existence is that of raising their natural relation to the world to a spiritual one.   Albert Schweitzer

I didn’t arrive at my understanding of the fundamental laws of the Universe through my rational mind.   Albert Einstein

When you succeed in connecting your energy with the divine realm through high awareness and the practice of undiscriminating virtue, the transmission of the ultimate subtle truths will follow.  Lao-tzu

The ancient theosophists were called analogists because of their custom of interpreting all scriptures and sacred symbols as metaphors for an inner reality.  When we have comprehended their hidden meaning we have seen into ourselves and recognized our own powers and potentials.    H.P. Blavatsky