Create the Life You Imagine~July 2018

The Emerald City - Entering the Heart Center

“Awe is What Moves Us Forward.”

~ Joseph Campbell

Dorothy emerges from the early stages of her journey with the Emerald City, home of the Great and Powerful Oz, in full view. Dorothy has joined arms with her three companions – symbolically bringing her physical (Lion), emotional (Tin Man) and mental (Scarecrow) parts with her as she follows her intuition (Toto) to the city of Oz. As Dorothy and her friends near the Emerald City, the awe they feel at the sight of the city draws them forward with renewed excitement and enthusiasm. The city is a glorious, radiant green, and the excitement of nearing what she thinks is the goal of her journey takes hold. She and Toto and her three new companions, the Lion, the Tin Man and the Scarecrow, become so excited that they begin to run toward the Emerald City.

The Emerald City represents the entrance to our spiritual energy, and we are intuitively drawn toward its power. Campbell tells us it is awe that moves us forward on our path, and we feel its power as our Oz friends energetically approach the Emerald City. The early vision of the Emerald City in all its brilliance is a symbol of the early transcendent experiences we all have in life. When we break out of our lower natures and get a glimpse of our higher self and the possibilities that life holds for us, we are pulled by that excitement with great enthusiasm along our soul’s path.

Upon entering the gates of the Emerald City, our Oz travelers first notice the song of joy and laughter ringing throughout the city. The song rings out:

You’re out of the woods, you’re out of the dark, you’re out of the night.

Step into the light, march into your heart, hold onto your hope.

People who walk the spiritual path often speak of walking through the “dark night of the soul.” For many, the dark night of the soul is the culmination of the inner work of the first three stages of the spiritual journey where we are called to face our fears, illusions and inner demons in what feels like a life-and-death struggle. We can get battle worn struggling against the physical, emotional and mental challenges of life, and it gets hard to find the light of our higher spiritual energy.

But after a period of struggle, it is here in the heart center that we are called to receive all of our weary and wounded parts with great compassion for the hardships of the first stages of the journey. Just as our Oz friends were received in the Emerald City and treated as honored guests, in our heart center we receive all the parts of ourselves that have been wandering around through the difficulties of life, and simply listen quietly to the hardships of the path.

The pathway through the heart center leads us through compassion and forgiveness, to inspiration, and then to gratitude and joy. Next time you are struggling with a difficult life situation, imagine having this conversation with yourself in your heart center:

Compassion: Welcome all the parts of yourself that are struggling, confused, hurt, disappointed, scared, angry or grieving, and just listen to the stories with complete acceptance and compassion. Listen like the most loving and compassionate person you can imagine with no judgement and no need to change the feelings.