In The Wisdom of Oz, psychotherapist Dorothy Gita Morena expands upon the metaphors of America’s most beloved fairy tale, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Morena, great-granddaughter of L. Frank Baum, offers unique insight into Oz as she describes the story’s influence on her life and her work as a Jungian Sandplay therapist.
Morena presents case histories in her work with Sandplay, a non-verbal therapy in which clients recreate their own worlds in the sand. They often reach for the familiar characters of Oz to represent their emotions. Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tin Woodman, the Cowardly Lion, the Wicked Witch, and the story of Oz continue to guide people through feelings of fear, inferiority, and helplessness.
In this publication, timed to commemorate the 100-year anniversary of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, Morena celebrates her great-grandfather’s literary gift to the world and explores passageways to psychological healing through the archetypes of Oz.