When I looked at each of the main characters I found that they each had something to teach me. One wanted courage, one wanted a brain, one wanted a heart, and one wanted to go home. Wow… how interesting. In order to BE at home, you must have each of these (courage, heart and brain).
Courage – It takes courage to be vulnerable enough to drop our ego and fears and realize that we need change in order to grow. It also takes courage to be true to you and who you REALLY are. Courage is also necessary to let go of the fear that comes with doing things for you and not for the approval of others.
In my journey, I have had to have courage to break self-destructive cycles and do things differently (for example, with food and relationships). I am not always accepted or well-liked when I make these decisions, but realizing that I am doing it for my well being (or for my family) takes courage and brings me through.
Brain – One must have a brain to think through all of the dogma and programming we receive on a daily basis, including that of our upbringing. When making true life changes, it is especially necessary to think through our beliefs and determine if they are limiting or serving us in the way they are intended. Many times we cling to beliefs because we were raised with them, yet when we look at where our lives are not fruitful, sometimes the underlying cause is limiting beliefs or restricting thought patterns.
This has been especially true for me. When working on self-esteem issues, I had to realize and release the beliefs of being unworthy, ugly and inept (among MANY other non-serving thoughts). As I used my brain to determine if these beliefs were true, I began to discover they were all lies, and I was able to begin the un-doing of those thought processes.
Heart- One loves through the heart. Who are we without love? God created each of us to be an expression of His love. Yet, understanding this and learning to love everyone (including one self) unconditionally requires a willing heart.
When I became open to the idea of loving myself- no matter what, things started to change. I became more aware of my health, my finances, and it was no longer okay to be in an emotionally abusive marriage (which also required courage and the brain :) ). Things began to change!
Home- when all of this comes together, it plays like the great symphony that we are each intended to be. We find home within ourselves, and like Dorothy, we find that home was there all along.