Releasing false beliefs can be difficult, for sure, and the path is rarely easy. Especially when it requires telling the truth over and over, louder and louder in order to be heard over the cacophony of lies.
I’m interested in your metaphor of lions, tigers, and bears, too. Dorothy makes friends with her lion, tiger, and bear, and finds in them the exact soul qualities that she needed to have accompany her. It’s an image of teaming up with what seems to be the opposition, making friends with antagonists, releasing all the energy that would have been wasted on conflict and making the energy available for collaboration and cooperation. Not always possible, but sometimes it is.
I salute you on your journey, @bishopme, and wish you every blessing.