In preparation for ministry, Jesus told his disciples if they entered a house and were welcomed there to stay and bless that house. And, if they entered a house that did not welcome them, they should leave that place and shake the dust from their feet. This is practical advice. Who has not tried to influence the mindset of another who does not welcome your ideas? And how successful has that been? How much energy was expended?
A house is more than a building in which we live. It is a mindset or consciousness. If we enter a mindset that is unwelcoming or discordant, we are advised to leave that place too. Leave that mindset. Leave that consciousness behind and shake off the cosmic dust. Yes. I said cosmic dust; the energy and thought patterns that cause our Light and energy to feel dull, clouded and heavy.
In the film, The Wizard of Oz, Dorothy shakes off the dust of the black and white house, and steps into a world of Living Color. This is a very different place. It’s not the dust bowl of Kansas anymore. In the center of this strange new land lies a golden path, an expanding spiral that leads Dorothy on a journey of self discovery.
When we are willing to let go of black and white thinking; the idea that something is either/or, right/wrong, better/worse, my way/the highway, we expand. We create a space in mind for a new idea. In the midst of obstacles or the cyclones of life we may feel an urge to run away. But being willing to step into new ideas or greater thoughts we open ourselves to, infinite possibilities.
Dorothy grows on her journey and discovers her own inner power. Each of us have a Dorothy within us. We have a desire to grow and expand, to reach beyond limitation and feelings of powerlessness. We have a desire to find our true home, a place in consciousness where trouble melts like lemon drops. We can learn from Dorothy’s adventures and the steps she takes along the yellow brick road.
When Dorothy races the cyclone back to the farm, she finds the cellar door locked. Seeking shelter she goes to her room where she sees her challenges and attachments passing by through the window. She sees them from a new perspective. They are a bit smaller in the window. We open a window in our minds when we go to our room to pray. When we go to our inner sanctuary to pray we reconnect with the Power of God within us which is greater than the obstacles before us.
When Dorothy opens the door to a strange new land she leaves behind the dust and enters a new and colorful land of possibility. We enter a place of infinite possibility when we release what is not in harmony with our true selves. We step into a path of expanding consciousness when we say yes to new ideas and spiritual stirrings. We expand when we let go of what we’ve always done, thought, and said to embrace a new way of being. We expand when we shake off the dust of judgment, shame and blame. We expand when we release the belief we are powerless and step into authentic power.
In this house we are welcome and empowered. In this consciousness there is peace and harmony. Here we discover that troubles melt like lemon drops. Clouds dissolve revealing the Light of God shining through us and whatever we dare to dream we have the power to make come true.
© 2015 Eileen Patra