You’ve probably seen the trailer by now. George Clooney, Ewan McGregor, Kevin Spacey and that comedic maestro of odd-ball characters, Jeff Bridges.
The Men Who Stare At Goats is a movie about, of all things – Remote Viewing. It’s a funny, hilarious tale of a journalist (played by McGregor) who heads to Iraq to investigate a Pentagon funded project to harness New Age ideas to create Jedi-Monk-Like super soldiers.
What can these soldiers do? How about bursting clouds with their gazes, walking through walls, advanced yoga poses, remote viewing AND killing goats by staring at them.
But while the movie is a farce (but a brilliant, funny one that I encourage you to see), there is some truth to it. In fact the movie opens with the line “some of this is based on reality”.
And the reality is that the CIA did fund experiments in Remote Viewing at the Stanford Research Institute in the 1970s. The experiments were successful and remote viewers had some well publicized victories – like finding the hide-out of the Italian terrorist organization, the Red Brigade (a point mentioned in the movie).
My favorite part of the movie? When Clooney’s character, held hostage by terrorists in Iraq turns to his freaked out fellow-prisoner McGregor and says “Have you heard of Optimal Trajectory?”.
He then goes on to explain the concept. Essentially it’s the idea that in our lives we have a certain mission or life purpose to fulfill. Or as Deepak Chopra calls it – Dharma. We selected these at a soul level and the point of our lives is to find and fulfill this purpose. But too many of us set the wrong goals, or take the wrong fork in the road and go “off-purpose”. This is how we end up working jobs we hate, stuck in relationships that suck us dry or living that unfulfilled life in search of meaning.
Optimal Path is simply a way to guide you back on track so you stop swimming upstream and start moving rapidly towards your “Dharma”. I’m fascinated by this idea because I found that my life started accelerating in weird and wonderful ways when I found my purpose – starting a personal development company and spreading enlightened ideas.
I won’t spoil the rest of the movie for you, but Clooney and Ewan then go forward to fulfill their purposes in weird and funny ways.
Anyways, if you’re interested in Optimal Trajectory, do check out the new product from the Silva Method we’re launching in Jan 2010. You can access it here. It’s about how to use your intuition to find your optimal path through life. Amazing stuff. I attended the seminar in 2001 and had some major breakthroughs – one of which lead to the creation of this company and blog. I never would have guessed I’d be in this position. But I’m loving it. So if this idea appeals to you, check out the site here.
And here’s the trailer for the movie. Enjoy.