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.

Trailer Below

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Vishen Lakhiani

Vishen Lakhiani

Vishen Lakhiani is the founder and CEO of Mindvalley — a ground-breaking company comprised of innovators, artists, technologist and dreamers from over 30 countries around the world. Vishen also created the transformational program, Consciousness Engineering.

13 Comments

  • Avatar Lane says:

    Bruce,

    It is the "intent" with which we use anything that is vitally important. When our intent is to simply serve our own selfish interests (i.e. gambling) then you will not necessarily see the results.

    When your intent is directed with love for the good of all and the love of the One/God/Universel Creator/etc… then you will see amazing results.

    If your energy is continually negatively focused then you will not be seeing results either. Having a positive attitude towards others and their beliefs (whether you agree with them or not) will serve you better in finding your own path.

    Skepticism does not feed your soul – love feeds your soul. This does not mean that we should blindly believe everything we read or hear. Every individual has the ability to know what 'feels' right and 'is' right for them.

    The value in ESP is the realisation that we are connected on a very deep soul level to each other and to the One. There is more to life than what we can see with the eye. Even electricity was frightening to people at first because they couldn't see it. They could not conceive it.

  • Avatar Bruce says:

    There is no value to ESP or Remote Viewing if it can't ask the simplest questions of horses, like "Who looks good in the seventh?"

    http://www.skepdic.com/remotevw.html

  • Avatar Bruce says:

    There is no value to ESP or Remote Viewing if it can't ask the simplest questions of horses, like “Who looks good in the seventh?”

    http://www.skepdic.com/remotevw.html

  • Avatar Arie says:

    Awesome! I like the trailer, will definitely watch it! Thanks for sharing it, Vishen!

  • Avatar Lane says:

    Bruce,

    It is the “intent” with which we use anything that is vitally important. When our intent is to simply serve our own selfish interests (i.e. gambling) then you will not necessarily see the results.

    When your intent is directed with love for the good of all and the love of the One/God/Universel Creator/etc… then you will see amazing results.

    If your energy is continually negatively focused then you will not be seeing results either. Having a positive attitude towards others and their beliefs (whether you agree with them or not) will serve you better in finding your own path.

    Skepticism does not feed your soul – love feeds your soul. This does not mean that we should blindly believe everything we read or hear. Every individual has the ability to know what 'feels' right and 'is' right for them.

    The value in ESP is the realisation that we are connected on a very deep soul level to each other and to the One. There is more to life than what we can see with the eye. Even electricity was frightening to people at first because they couldn't see it. They could not conceive it.

  • Avatar Chris says:

    I can't wait to see it! Thanks for sharing Vishen!

  • Avatar NZENWA CHIKWENDU says:

    THIS IS TERRIFIC!

  • Avatar Pamela says:

    fasanating i think, it was great, and very interesting,

  • Thanks finerminds.com
    This is really quite an interesting subject to tap. I watched the movie trailer and it puts a humorous tag on a serious subject….yet humor has its advantages as well.
    blessings and Namaste!
    Tonie Wallace
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  • Thanks finerminds.com
    This is really quite an interesting subject to tap. I watched the movie trailer and it puts a humorous tag on a serious subject….yet humor has its advantages as well.
    blessings and Namaste!
    Tonie Wallace
    ” target=”_blank”> ” target=”_blank”>http://www.toniewallacekangenwater.com
    ” target=”_blank”> ” target=”_blank”>http://www.onlinetoniewallace.com

  • Avatar @kilobugs says:

    Most of the time the fiction can never be too far away from the truth, and i think the Hollywood movies usually exaggerate the truth, like in the movie unbreakable,
    It's somehow Sad that we all have unlimited potential within ourselves but very few people use it

    P.S If you wanna learn more about Remote Viewing Feel Free to visit
    http://www.scientificremoteviewing.com/
    Thanks

  • Avatar @kilobugs says:

    Most of the time the fiction can never be too far away from the truth, and i think the Hollywood movies usually exaggerate the truth, like in the movie unbreakable,
    It's somehow Sad that we all have unlimited potential within ourselves but very few people use it

    P.S If you wanna learn more about Remote Viewing Feel Free to visit
    http://www.scientificremoteviewing.com/
    Thanks

  • Avatar sanzbunny says:

    I think I m going to watch this movie and see what happens . Really people think this stuff is a joke so what better way to put it into a comic way and at the same time tap into the most important points of remote viewing. Thanks for the great feedback on this movie, and letting us know.

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