Dr. Yukari’s Listening Lounge #10-1, The Wizard in us

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Consultations will be available to discuss your challenges and worries faced in daily life involving family, relationships, anxiety, stress, grief & loss.

The first 2 sessions are free of charge.  Contact us at the address below for any questions or to reserve your 60-minute zoom session.

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Guided by the hope of St. Nichiren, we continue to work towards a peaceful society.  Honolulu Myohoji Mission collaborates with Psychologist Dr. Yukari Kunisue, a trained and experienced therapeutic life coach, to offer a safe online space: Dr. Yukari’s Listening Lounge



The famous story of Dorothy and her adventures towards the land of Oz was published more than a 100 years ago. To summarize the story, a tornado rips through Kansas and Dorothy and her dog Toto are swept away to the land of Oz. Both Dorothy and Toto work to find a way of returning to Kansas beginning a journey on the Yellow Brick Road towards Emerald City. Her travel companions individually had their own needs: with the Scarecrow needing a brain, the Tin Man needing a warm heart, and the cowardly Lion needing courage. The group traveled in hopes of meeting the Wizard of Oz, who could make their wishes come true.

This renowned story has been translated into more than 50 languages and is loved by children all over the world. It wasn’t until 1939 when Hollywood cinematized the story into the famous film starring Judy Garland. The theme song sung by Garland “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” became an all-time hit song.

Going back to the story, the Good Witch of the North tells Dorothy to follow the Yellow Brick Road to Emerald City where the Wizard of Oz resides. After a series of adventures, the group finally arrives at Emerald City. To their surprise, the Wizard did not possess any special powers. In fact, he was an ordinary showman from a circus who came from Kansas in a hot air balloon. While he did not possess any special powers, he had the ability to help others realize that they already had the quality they were seeking. In the end, Dorothy realized her silver slippers held the ability to take her back to Kansas.

This story teaches us that by looking within ourselves, we can find what we are looking for. Sometimes all we need is a magical suggestion from the Wizard along with the power to believe.

(To be continued…)