IT is Not in OZ
by Leslie Sann
“Instead of searching for what you do not have, find out what it is that you have never lost.”
~ Nisargadatta Maharaj
Have you ever seen a headline inviting you to make a purchase that looked like this:
HOW TO CREATE GREATER ABUNDANCE, SUCCESS AND PROSPERITY. [Click Here]
What do you really imagine you are going to find on the other side of that link? For me, I have found there is nothing there but blah blah blah inviting me to increase the financial abundance, success and prosperity of the author.
What if we don’t have to create any of those things? What if they already exist as the natural state of our BEingness? What if all we have to do is take a breath and shift our attention to where those qualities already live inside? What if you already are abundance?
Out There is always trying to lure us into leaving home in order to find something we already have. Facebook, for example, is genius at this. All those posts from Other People doing/having what perhaps we imagine we want. Those “catered to us” ads that are statistically designed to grab our attention while they grab the money.
I do my best to bypass my Facebook home page on the way to one of the groups I run, and every now and again I’ll trip and fall into the never ending feed of posts. However long later I shake myself out of the stupor I’m in. Then I get back on track to where I was going.
On my way to where I was going. Hmmm, where might that be? Am I really going anywhere? Perhaps I’m already where I want to be. I just have forgotten.
Do you remember what Glinda told Dorothy at the end of the Wizard of Oz movie?
Dorothy: Oh, will you help me? Can you help me?
Glinda: You don’t need to be helped any longer. You’ve always had the power to go back to Kansas.
Dorothy: I have?
Scarecrow: Then why didn’t you tell her before?
Glinda: She wouldn’t have believed me. She had to learn it for herself.
Scarecrow: What have you learned, Dorothy?
Dorothy: Well, I—I think that it, that it wasn’t enough just to want to see Uncle Henry and Auntie Em — and it’s that — if I ever go looking for my heart’s desire again, I won’t look any further than my own backyard. Because if it isn’t there, I never really lost it to begin with! Is that right?
Glinda: That’s all it is!
Scarecrow: But that’s so easy! I should’ve thought of it for you.
Tin Man: I should have felt it in my heart.
Glinda: No, she had to find it out for herself. Now those magic slippers will take you home in two seconds!
Dorothy: Oh! Toto too?
Glinda: Toto too.
Glinda: Whenever you wish.
Glinda: Then close your eyes and tap your heels together three times. And think to yourself, ‘There’s no place like home’.
The Great and Powerful Oz is not real and, therefore, cannot take us where we want to go. The journey to something isn’t about getting anywhere at all. Out There is just a distraction from what is already present. Yet the journey down the yellow brick road in an attempt to discover what we are looking for Out There is part of the process of discovering that we have everything we need already In Here.
You, too, never left home. You are already where you want to be. You don’t need to be, do or have anything to live in abundance. You don’t have to [Click Here]. You are, in this moment, everything you are looking for. Perhaps you are merely looking in the wrong direction.
So — close your eyes — take a breath — and remember — you are already home.