With the Oscars upon us, I am looking forward to watching the 75th anniversary tribute to The Wizard of Oz. You see, for me, The Wizard of Oz isn’t just a film. It’s a constant, personal reminder of our immense power and ability to create our own reality.
Thoughts of Dorothy, her ruby red slippers and colorful collection of friends bring back vivid memories of when I was 12 years old. My family was building a new house and as my parents worked busily away with hammers and nails, my sister and I would stay quietly out of their way, perched in front of the TV with a ham sandwich, watching The Wizard of Oz – over and over again.
Each and every time, I became deeply immersed in the story, exotic lands and adventures. I loved the characters, shared their experiences, their emotions, their triumphs and their tribulations – all the way along that yellow brick road.
There really is something profoundly powerful about that time when we’re kids, with that wide-open mind, innocent trust and belief in magic and possibilities.
And, if movie characters can have magical powers and believe anything is possible,
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More than twenty years later, I would realize how watching The Wizard of Oz over and over again as a kid would profoundly change my life. You see, I believe the more deeply connected we become to a thought or idea, the more we watch, read or listen to something, the more deeply those key messages are embedded in our minds and belief systems.
Inevitably our house was finished, I grew up, finished school, got a job and began my adult life. So, like Dorothy, I followed the Yellow Brick Road we call life on my journey toward the Emerald City – aka my own dream and personal nirvana, creating my own business. Did I mention my love of red shoes?
Fast forward to 2005. I launched my company Nibbana (meaning “heaven on earth”) in Australia – an event company and spiritual brand that promoted personal development and spirituality. I had no industry connections when I began, I just “knew” deep inside that I needed to follow this path. With no idea where the road would lead, I just kept trusting, putting one foot in front of the other to see where it would eventually take me.
Six weeks later I attended a movie premiere for the independent docu-drama What the Bleep Do We Know!?, a hit film about the spiritual connection between quantum physics and consciousness. It weaves interviews with various scientists and experts in with the story of a photographer whose entire concept of reality is challenged, before coming to discover how individual and group consciousness can influence the material world.
As the movie credits rolled among cheers and a standing ovation, I declared out loud to my friend Nicole: “I’m going to bring those guys out to Australia for an event with Nibbana!” – ‘those guys’ being a couple of the scientists from the film I’d enjoyed the most.
It’s funny what can happen when you follow your heart and that yellow brick road.
The next day, I clicked my little red heels three times and put that thought, desire and determination into action. After much online research, many emails and phone calls, infinite persistence, endless patience and a few inevitable bumps on the road, my thoughts became my reality, and led to a starring role in my own personal Wizard of Oz movie.
Remember that crazy, white haired guy behind the curtain creating a show for Dorothy and her friends?
Enter Dr Fred Alan Wolf, an author and lecturer on the relationship between quantum physics and consciousness – and scientist featured What the Bleep Do We Know!? Fred was the first speaker to be hosted by Nibbana where he headlined a two week, 4 city seminar tour of Australia with 1,700 guests. A little known fact about Fred is that he is also an expert in close-up Magic, which he learned at the world famous Magic Castle in Hollywood. Fred’s quite the showman who loves to perform. He even looks like a Wizard!
The real trick to life is not to be in the know, but to be in the mystery. – Fred Alan Wolf.
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Who could forget the lovable tinman in search of a heart?
Fred’s tour led to a new opportunity in 2006 for me to promote and tour with Neale Donald Walsch, author of the international bestselling book Conversations with God. The book became a movie by the same name and I had the honor of traveling with Neale during the 3 city tour, hosting movie screenings and a Q&A session with Neale with a combined audience of 2,500.
Neale communicated his powerful messages, direct from his heart to ours.
Go into the heart of love and come from that place in all your choices and decisions… and you will find peace. – Neale Donald Walsch [ Tweet this ]
Believing he had no brain, the scarecrow joined Dorothy on a valiant search to find one.
After two years patiently trying to track down another What the Bleep!? scientist, I finally connected with Dr Joe Dispenza – a neuroscientist and author who lectures on how we can literally rewire our brain to create a new reality for ourselves. In September 2007, Nibbana hosted Dr Joe on a 4 city tour presenting “Evolve Your Brain” seminars and workshops to 1,600 people.
I remember standing on stage as I introduced Dr Joe and shared my personal story of how that experience had come about in my life – it was a powerful, humbling and grateful moment.
We’re in completely new territory…rewiring the brain, reconnecting to a new concept
and ultimately it changes us from the inside out. – Dr Joe Dispenza
Don’t you just want to give that lovable, cowardly lion in search of courage a great big hug?
In 2008, Dan Millman, world champion athlete, lecturer and author of Way of the Peaceful Warrior (the 2006 Peaceful Warrior film starred Nick Nolte) showed up. The next two weeks saw me traveling with Dan on a 4 city tour around Australia and New Zealand, as he shared his wisdom and messages on courage and love with over 1,500 people. I knew by now that the people I had attracted to work with me was no coincidence!
Do you have the courage for it? Do you have the love? If you have enough of one, you will develop the other. – Dan Millman [ Tweet this ]
As I stood on the stage in April 2008 wrapping up that final event of the tour with Dan, I had the realization that, for the past 4 years, I had been living out my powerful and unconscious lifelong connection with the movie, The Wizard of Oz!
I’d met, traveled and shared amazing experiences with these great teachers – each representing the Scarecrow, the Tinman, the Lion and the Wizard. I’d had ups and downs, made new friends and I’d grown immeasurably along the way.
Incredibly, the seeds of these adventures had been firmly planted in my pre-teen subconscious mind. Each time I watched The Wizard of Oz over and over again, I remained blissfully unaware of how that movie would inevitably have an impact on my life, my future and who I would become.
If the incredible power of such child-like innocence can open our minds, allow us to dream and manifest magical experiences like these, just imagine the kind of life can we create when we consciously put our thoughts, desires and plans into action!
What if the dreams that you dare to dream really do come true? [ Tweet this ]
In that moment, as I realized I’d come full circle, I heard my inner voice whisper:
“It’s time for a new movie.”
Seven months later, I closed my business Nibbana and moved from Sydney, Australia to Boulder, Colorado. It’s right next to Kansas. And, I truly feel like I’ve come “home”.
I’m excited to watch the Oscars on Sunday, and especially the Wizard of Oz 75th anniversary tribute – aren’t you?
I’d love to hear about which movies have impacted your life and how. Please feel free to share your experiences in the comments below!
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