Long before Dorothy came to Oz, Glinda and the Wizard changed everything.

Dreamers in Oz

How did Dorothy get to Oz? How did Oscar Diggs (aka The Wizard) get to Oz?

The simple answer is that they flew. With all of the satellite technology that we have available to us now, you would think that Oz would show up on Google Maps, but it doesn’t. The reason is simple – there is only one way to get to Oz.

Or, put another way, only dreamers enter Oz. Proof after the break.

Walking in the Air

Two dreamers traveled through the air to arrive in Oz. These same dreamers also traveled through the air to get back home. As you will see, for at least one of them, dreams opened the way out of Oz.

Dorothy Gale

Dorothy fell asleep as her house was whirling in the cyclone. From The Wonderful Wizard of Oz:

At last she crawled over the swaying floor to her bed, and lay down upon it; and Toto followed and lay down beside her.

In spite of the swaying of the house and the wailing of the wind, Dorothy soon closed her eyes and fell fast asleep.

– Chapter 1, “The Cyclone” (emphasis added)

She was awakened by a shock, so sudden and severe that if Dorothy had not been lying on the soft bed she might have been hurt.

As it was, the jar made her catch her breath and wonder what had happened …

The little girl gave a cry of amazement and looked about her, her eyes growing bigger and bigger at the wonderful sights she saw.

The cyclone had set the house down very gently–for a cyclone–in the midst of a country of marvelous beauty.

– Chapter 2, “The Council with the Munchkins” (emphasis added)

She awoke after the house landed on top of the Wicked Witch of the East – known by the name Kalinya in the Hidden History saga. Being asleep, Dorothy was unaware of how she traveled to the magical Land of Oz.

Oscar Diggs

Oscar Diggs fell asleep in his balloon. He awoke descending into the lands of the Winkies. He related his experience to Dorothy, after his humbug activities were discovered and his true identity revealed.

“[I] became a balloonist.”

“What is that?” asked Dorothy.

“A man who goes up in a balloon on circus day, so as to draw a crowd of people together and get them to pay to see the circus,” he explained.

“Oh,” she said, “I know.”

“Well, one day I went up in a balloon and the ropes got twisted, so that I couldn’t come down again. It went way up above the clouds, so far that a current of air struck it and carried it many, many miles away. For a day and a night I traveled through the air, and on the morning of the second day I awoke and found the balloon floating over a strange and beautiful country.”

– Chapter 15 “The Discovery of Oz, the Terrible” (emphasis added)

Home To Aunt Em

Dorothy dreams when she is in the Emerald City. She dreams of going home to Aunt Em.

The four travelers passed a sleepless night, each thinking of the gift Oz had promised to bestow on him. Dorothy fell asleep only once, and then she dreamed she was in Kansas, where Aunt Em was telling her how glad she was to have her little girl at home again.

– Chapter 15, “The Discovery of Oz, the Terrible” (emphasis added)

As we have noted, no one in Oz dreams. Could Dorothy’s dreams have opened the gate through which the Silver Slippers conducted her home? It is the opinion of this writer that this is exactly what happened. Dorothy’s dream opened the way for her to go back to Kansas.

The Gate of Dreams

How is it possible that an average human can go up in the sky, fall asleep, and wake up in a magical land? It’s not possible – for an average human. But these humans were dreamers. That is a significant difference. For these powerful dreamers, the Gate of Dreams was opened, and they passed through to Oz.

Dreaming in Crayon

The artist Pablo Picasso said:

“All children are artists. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.”

I would argue that the same is true for dreaming. All children dream. Their dreams are of a simpler but more fantastic world than adults know. In our world of cares, most adults have forgotten how to dream.

Pity. Oz is powered by dreams. Each dream makes Oz a richer place. Each dream makes the dreamer richer, too. Average people live a single life in the waking world. Dreamers live at least two lives, but only one is in the waking world.

Perhaps the simple, broad strokes of a crayon illustrate the child’s dream most appropriately. Pick a color and make a mark. Grab another color. Make more marks. Pretty soon the dream takes shape. It forms itself through your observation. Did you create the dream and it manifested itself to your observing mind? Or did your observation create the dream? Talk about a quantum conundrum.

Either way, the dream has been observed. Now you have a responsibility. Don’t forget it. That’s it. When you dream, observe it, remember it, and, by all means, share it. Dreams are power. Once you get past the petty garbage, dreams can be pretty amazing in their detail. Give your dreams a little bit of power and see how your mind opens up. You’ll be surprised very quickly how much more you see in the world.

Dream in Emerald Strokes

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