Courage and the Cowardly Lion

December 6, 2009 by  
Filed under Heart Centered Living, New Posts


The Wizard of Oz Truly Was a Fraud


In “The Wizard of Oz” the Lion character is filled with fear and has accepted the label of “coward.”  He sets off down the Yellow Brick Road with Dorothy and the others to find his courage.

Of course, he’s looking for Courage in the wrong place – outside of himself.  Courage resides within us and is available in unlimited quantities if you seek it within.  No amount of medals, as given by the Wizard of Oz to the lion, can possibly provide us with Courage.

In his 1994 Inaugural Speech, Nelson Mandela spoke about fear and courage in these now-famous words:

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our Light, not our darkness, that most frightens us.
We ask ourselves,
“Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous?”
Actually, who are you “not” to be?
You are a child of God.
Your playing small doesn’t serve the world.
There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking  so that others won’t feel insecure around you.
We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us.
It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone.
And as we let our own Light shine,
we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.
As we are liberated from our fear,  our presence automatically liberates others.

So I en-courage you to be the Light.  Be the change you want to see.  Go deep inside and connect with the Courage that lives in your own Heart.  The Courage is who you really are!

If you are choosing to have more Courage in your life, begin by answering these questions. 

  1. If I had tremendous courage, what changes would I make in my life?
  2. Would the changes I listed help me fulfill my soul’s purpose for this lifetime?
  3. Would the changes I listed have effects for the next 50 years and beyond?
  4. If not, what is holding me back from making a change that would have that effect?
  5. What are 3 situations in which I have already acted courageously.
  6. On a scale of 1-10, with 10 being the MOST courage, how much more courage would it take than I have demonstrated in the past to achieve the changes my Soul is asking me to make?
  7. Could I find or create this much more courage if I knew how important it is to my life purpose?  (To answer this, you don’t need to know how you might build the courage just yet.  You just need to know that it is possible to do so!)
  8. What would make it possible for me to find or create this much Courage inside myself?
  9. Who are some of the people who inspire me by their expressions of Courage?
  10. What is the first step I could take today to would help me connect with more of my inner Courage?

If this process has intrigued you or given you some insights, please comment on this blog.

If you would like some assistance in connecting withyour own inner Courage, please email me at or call me at 860-651-5771.