We see the immortal characters of Scarecrow, Lion and Tin Man being given their rewards by the Wizard of Oz.
The timeless fact in this story is what the Wizard of Oz tries explaining to these three characters and the message to us:
No one gives us a reward. We claim what has been ours all along.
It is a defining moment, a paradigm shift, if only we will reach beyond the role of comic relief and listen.
We must grasp who we truly are.
The journey is a means of forging our outer Self while the inner Self rids the dross of pretense.
The glory of our existence is being the only creature able to consciously evolve. We human beings have the choice to take being human as far as we can.
Only through the journey do we acquire this Epiphany … again and again and again.
Like young Merlin we must seize the sword …
Bringing us to the paradox of the proverb:
“The reward is the journey.”