You've landed here by some means. What on earth is this? you might be asking. Well, you're certainly not in Kansas anymore! This website is a repository for a magical and unfolding story about healing, grace and finding my way. I've had some big huge changes go down in my life in recent years and this is the place where I sort through those changes and chronicle the narrative for myself and anyone else interested in following along. The name Unified Field Theory of Oz is the title of a paper I wrote as I was wrapping up my master's degree in the Spring of 2016. It articulates the experience of re-reading the fourteen Oz books from beginning-to-end, in order of publication at my family's ancestral home.
Most people have seen, or at least heard of, the movie The Wizard of Oz starring Judy Garland. And many know the famous 1939 MGM film was originally a children's book. But in fact, there are fourteen magical books by L. Frank Baum, penned between 1900 and 1920, that go on to tell a much larger story of magic. I read these books over and over throughout the course of my childhood and later to my own children when they were young. Revisiting them as an adult made me realize I have been working with these books, their themes and their characters for most of my life.
During the time I was re-reading the original Oz books for my master's thesis, I was called to creatively re-birth and embody a deep sub-plot character with a very minimal backstory named Aurah from the fourteenth and final book in the series, Glinda of Oz. I traveled to India "as her" to verify a suspected connection between the philosophy and energy of a swami named Vivekananda and the Oz material's telescopic cultural impact. And so, quite simply, Aurah became my pen name. (And much more, as I would soon discover!)
The header called "About UFToO" is the formal description of this paper.
The section called "Oz Episodes" is me reading the chapters of that paper out loud over the course of thirteen recordings. (You can listen to these from beginning-to-end or end-to-beginning, as this is truly an inter-dimensional project.)
The section called "Dispatches from The Field" is all about the adventures that continue to unfold in this living, breathing story I am writing - the story of continuing to live, explore and write as Aurah in the Default World.
And finally "About Aurah" which describes my relationship with the creative-art-project-persona-pen-name of Aurah. I figure that if I'm going to consciously work with a cool nom de plume, this one feels particularly inviting to align with.
I can answer any questions you might have, especially if you know me in the Default World by another name. Which, by the way, you are welcome to call me whatever name feels right to you. In some circles I'm completely known as Aurah and that's that. In others, I go by my birth name. All of that is fine and good. Call me what you will. I know who I AM. Thank you in advance for respecting my desire for artistic exploration and unbridled imagination. May it be so!