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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Atria Books/Beyond Words; No Edition Stated edition (November 20, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1582703795
  • ISBN-13: 978-1582703794
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (90 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #68,997 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Jean Houston plays midwife to the next phase of our evolutionary journey...We are literally drawn from the smaller, personal self to the larger, universal possibility." (—Marianne Williamsonm spiritual activist and author)

"With elegant simplicity, Jean Houston shows you how to unleash the genius that lies in the depths of your being." (—Deepak Chopra, MD, bestselling author)

"Jean Houston's mind should be considered a national treasure." (—Buckminster Fuller, renowned inventor and philosopher)

"Jean Houston is the great producer of events and new possibilities as she orchestrates the voices of the new consciousness." (— Margaret Mead, American icon and anthropologist)

About the Author

Jean Houston is a visionary thinker, teacher, and philosopher who pioneered the Human Potential Movement and established the Social Artistry leadership model that she used in her work with the United Nations Development Programme. Over the course of her life’s work, Houston has developed a worldwide network of social leaders, educators, and philosophers, including Joseph Campbell, Margaret Mead, Buckminster Fuller, Jonas Salk, United States Presidents Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton, as well as United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, giving her unique insight into the human potential. Houston has worked with agencies of the United Nations, NASA, and many others. She is the author of nearly thirty books. Learn more at JeanHouston.org.

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I hope She reads the whole book!!
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Dr. Jean Houston's new book, The Wizard of Us: Transformational Lessons From Oz, is a masterful work on every level.
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This little, easy to read book, is a delight to savor.
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55 of 57 people found the following review helpful By R. Doss on November 29, 2012
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Earlier this year when I told a friend I am trying to understand the American consciousness better she recommended I watch the movie "Wizard of Oz". I had a vague idea of the story but had never actually read the book or watched the movie. Once I watched it I saw how it could capture the imagination and open new worlds.

Now with this amazing book being published it takes the story to a whole new level! Here laid out brilliantly is Dorothy's magical journey in mythological terms relevant to our times with the added practical exercises to help one along one's own yellow brick road. Thank you Jean Houston for the insights, wisdom, humor and practical guidance. I had a wonderful experience with this book - it is so timely and inspiring. Highly recommend it to anyone who wants a deeper perspective on the "Wizard of US" (love the title!)
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45 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Adriana Tomasino on December 14, 2012
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Dr. Jean Houston's new book, The Wizard of Us: Transformational Lessons From Oz, is a masterful work on every level. It not only serves as a testament to the very deep spiritual work in which the author has been steeped for the past several decades of her life, but speaks to the profound nature within each of us that is yearning to break free of the confines of the physical world. Within each of us resides the limitless potential that comprises the cosmic consciousness of the Universe itself, and through the lens of the familiar tale of the The Wizard of Oz, Dr. Houston (a leader and one of the founders of the Human Potential Movement) brilliantly illustrates the possibilities of the very real relationship that can exist between the domain of the ego and the Archetypal Realms characterized by the cast of characters in that work.

For this reason, each of the individuals we encounter--and accompany--along the Yellow Brick Road, becomes a mirror, or a reflection of sorts of our own wounded selves, longing to find wholeness on this journey we call life.... As we sing and dance with Dorothy and her friends--and sometimes face unforeseen obstacles, we are reminded to release our self-contained, ego-directed, smaller selves so that we might progress on our own heroic journeys living our lives "writ large," as it were, so that, we, too, can define ourselves by these higher qualities, or archetypal selves, especially when our own well-being, or that of others is at stake.... In this way, we are encouraged by Dr. Houston to become co-creators of a brave new world--as stewards of our planet--all the while exhibiting that which is right and good about our humanity..., and, like the alchemist of old, transforming base metals into gold, through the interconnectedness of body, mind and soul....
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By gloria tossi menedes on December 16, 2012
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THe WIZARD OF US is the 2012 gifting/compilation of five plus decades of Jean Houston's work rewoven through the story we all love. We all love Dorothy and her iconic journey. Jean Houston' new book took this reader into the story in a whole new way and succeeds in taking esoteric ideas and making them approachable and readable for this moment in time. Jean Houston has been deemed a 'Pilgrim of the Future' and here in The Wizard of Us there is a passionate call for all of us to find our 'ruby slippers'. I felt the call.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer E. on December 19, 2012
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Oprah, being a big fan of the Wizard of Oz, had Jean Houston on her show back in November to talk about her new book The Wizard of Us. I found the interview wonderful and was fascinated with Jean. As Oprah said, she is "a quote a minute". One of my favorite quotes from Jean on the show ... "The soul is the essence of who we are, the lure of our becoming". After listening to the show and enjoying the online comments from both Jean and Oprah, I ordered my copy of The Wizard of Us.

Written in a way that captures the reader with her experiences, insights and humor, Jean Houston goes on to reveal a deeper story not just within the American classic `The Wizard of Oz', but also within ourselves. Empowering us with tools to enliven a personal mythic life, to see and experience our own `heroes journey'. Exploring the archetypes and symbols within this story and then reflecting on how they are at play in our own lives, Jean gives us practical exercises that can widen our perspective and understanding of past, present and future events. Giving us keys to make a shift to a conscious journey and enlivening a greater potential that exists in each of us. In the introduction Jean asks us to "explore the ultimate questions of origin: Who are we? Where are we going? Where do we belong? Who are we in relation to other beings? How are we being called to become our best possible selves--creators of a new way of living at this critical time?"

Applause for such a wonderful book. I would highly recommend it for anyone who wishes to deepen, grow and to feel empowered to make a difference.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By J. Kemp on December 13, 2012
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The first Jean Houston workshop I attended was in Chicago in 1985. The theme was the Wizard of Oz! I was thrilled to see it in book form - finally! I would recommend it for anyone interested in a story that embodies an American myth. It also is a way to work with one's own potential to develop courage as opposed to timidity, a vibrant mind, and
a a heart that connects to others lovingly.I came home from the workshop wanting more, and I have been going to Jean's workshops since. I think they number more than 50. I am not the person I was when I began, and hope to have 20 more years to keep on growing. Sister Joyce Kemp, r.c.
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