The Yellow Brick Road
A Road of Caution, Anxiety and Hopelessness
The Journey Home – Part 1
The Yellow Brick Road and the Human Brain
The Yellow brick road, as seen in the Wizard of Oz, was a road filled with caution, anxiety and hopelessness. Similar to driving on the freeways of my town, one would inevitably encounter an construction detour or crash or maybe both! To avoid all of that, I drive with my GPS. Praying I show up at my destination on time without the feeling of discombobulation and stress.
This is how I re-calibrate my mind to a place of peace and serenity.
The mind is the seat of our emotional well-being:
Full of complexity in comparison. Professor Partha Mitra in her blog “The Brain’s Mapping, the Last Frontier” say this about it:
…one largely unmapped continent, perhaps the most intriguing of them all, because it is the instrument of discovery itself: the human brain. It is the presumptive seat of our thoughts, and feelings, and consciousness.
Consciousness or free will completes our humanity. This is what separated us from the animal kingdom, robots or machines. We were created with the ability to choose:
- Good or Evil?
- Life or Death?
One of those choices, is the ability to choose our thoughts. Every thought can be evaluated, accepted or denied. When negative thoughts are denied we create new pathways. We can choose:
- Hope or despair
- Love or Hate
- Courage or Fear
- Hope or Hopelessness
Moreover, our primary discussion is about the primary choice we all have; to worry or to seek peace.
The Road that leads to Worry or Peace
As a child, my siblings and I loved both versions of the Wizard of Oz. The 1939 version with Judy Garland and the contemporary adaptation with Diana Ross in 1978. We wanted to see the entire show from start to finish.
“As they sang, skipping and hopping down the road that leads to hope. They found themselves consumed with thoughts of “If I had:
- relationship (home) or was not “lonely”, I..
- love or “validation”, I…
- bravery or have “panic attacks”, I…
If I had insight and wit or really “anxiety” free I…what “if” the need was not a cry for help? What if the cry was for “Peace”?
What is Peace:
According to the Bible, the peace of God, “which transcends all understanding,” is the harmony and calmness of body, mind, and spirit that supersedes earthly circumstances. https://www.christianity.com/
Regrettably, the harsh reality was…The Emerald city was a mirage. And to their unfortunate demise, the “Great Oz” was not who he claimed to be.