The Goldilocks Principle - Chapter 1

Introduction

The Story of the Three Bears

Once upon a time, a curly haired blonde girl named Goldilocks, happened across a cottage in the woods. The cottage belonged to three bears who prided themselves on creating a homey and loving environment. As they were good and responsible bears, they left their porridge to cool on the table while they went for their morning walk to enjoy the sunshine and fresh air of the beautiful day.

Goldilocks, on the other hand, was having a rough morning. She had not slept well the night before because her mother and father were up arguing all night long. When Goldilocks asked her mother for breakfast, her mother told her she was a very bad girl for always needing things that she didn’t have to give and kicked her out of the house for the day. Hungry and tired, Goldilocks went wandering in the woods, feeling rather defeated.


The three bears were rather trusting creatures and had left their door unlocked and their windows open. The smell of porridge coaxed Goldilocks into the kitchen where she found three bowls. She first tried the porridge in the largest bowl, which belonged to Papa Bear. It tasted nice, but she spit it out quickly as it was too hot. Then, she tried the porridge in the medium bowl, which belonged to Mama Bear. She swallowed that porridge with a grimace as it was too cold. The porridge in the smallest bowl, which belonged to Baby Bear, was just right, making her feel warm inside with every bite, so she ate it all.


Goldilocks ventured into the living room where she found three chairs. She first sat in the largest chair, and imagined herself as the king of the household. Although the chair made her feel bigger and stronger, she quickly got up because it was too hard. Then she tried the medium sized chair which made her feel gentle, but climbed out because it was too soft. Finally, she sat in the third and smallest chair, which was just right because it felt like the perfect balance between strong and gentle.


Goldilocks felt much better than she had when she left her own home that morning, and she ventured upstairs to the bedroom where she found three beds. Having had so little sleep the night before, the beds called to her. She first tried the largest bed. It was so large that it made her feel like she was important, but she found it too hard. Then she tried the medium bed, which was so cozy that it made her feel special, but it was too soft. Finally, she curled up in the smallest bed, which was just right. She quickly fell into a deep sleep of happy dreams.


When the bears returned from their walk, Papa Bear and Mama Bear sat down to their porridge and discovered it had been tasted while Baby Bear said, “Someone’s eaten my porridge all up! That’s okay, because I’m full from the berries I had on the walk anyway.” They retreated to their living room, and Papa and Mama Bear discovered their chairs had been moved. Baby Bear discovered his chair to have cracked slightly under the weight of Goldilocks and said, “Someone’s been rocking in my chair and broke it! That’s okay, I am about to outgrow this one anyway.”


Curious as to what else had been disturbed in their cottage, they went up to the bedroom. Papa and Mama Bear discovered their bedsheets to be disheveled as if someone had slept in them, and Baby Bear found Goldilocks still asleep in his bed. “Someone’s been sleeping in my bed, and she’s still there! That’s okay because I’m not tired right now anyway.” So, the three bears tiptoed downstairs to finish their breakfast and go about their day.

The Goldilocks Principle Definition

The Goldilocks Principle describes a situation that is “just right” rather than too much or not enough. This ideology is derived from the popular children’s story and has been applied to many disciplines, including astronomy, biology, psychology, economics, and more. In astronomy, a Goldilocks Planet, such as Earth, is one that is just the right distance from a star to be able to sustain life on the planet. In ecomonics, a Goldilocks Economy sustains moderate growth and low inflation. In education the Goldilocks Principle is observed when a task is neither too simple nor too complex for the learner to grasp. In medicine, the Goldilocks Prescription is the ideal dosage of a particular drug that perfectly addresses a patient’s physiological needs. In each of these examples, optimal balance “just right” is attained.


The adapted version of “The Story of the Three Bears” depicted above is a perfect case study of the Goldilocks Principle as it applies to overall health and wellness, both physiologically and energetically. Each item in the cottage symbolizes a situation in Goldilocks’s life that is operating within an extreme. The porridge provides physical nourishment when she is hungry, and energetic nurturing that she misses from her own parents. The chairs provide a sense of self-confidence as she “takes her seat.” The beds provide both physical rest as well as a sense of peace which is lacking in her own home. As she finds “just right” with the item, she discovers a state of “just right” within herself. Symbolically, the item serves as the medicine for a particular physical or energetic ailment in her life. Just as a doctor is considered on some levels a healer, the food, home, and energy of the bears in the cottage of this adaptation of the story is what heals Goldilocks of her ailments by bringing her to a state of equilibrium akin to The Goldilocks Principle.


Energy is Contagious Goldilocks learned that energy is contagious. Goldilocks left home that morning having contracted the energetic dis-ease of scarcity. She was hungry, tired, and defeated. The bear’s cottage held the energy of peace. The nurturing and loving environment left Goldilocks feeling safe, nourished, and supported.

The adage “misery loves company” supports the concept that energy is contagious. For example, if you are in a good mood and you walk into a room of people who have just received some very bad news, it doesn’t take long for you to feel the misery of the room without them even telling you the news. Or the opposite may occur, you may be in a really bad mood and walk into a room of happy people, and pretty soon, they are cheering you up and you are feeling better. Their energy is contagious to you, and you walk away feeling better and your mood may calm their giddiness.


Thus, through her ventures in the cottage in the woods, Goldilocks learned the valuable spiritual lesson of “be careful the company you keep” because the people and energies of the people with whom you engage is contagious to your own life. At this particular time of her life, the energy of her parents was causing dis-ease for Goldilocks, whereas the energy of the three bears provided necessary medicine to treat her dis-ease and bring her to a more optimal experience of life.


Everything is Connected

The reason energy is contagious is because everything is connected, constantly sharing the same energy. Perhaps on an unconscious level, all the characters in the story instinctively knew that all living beings are sharing energy all the time and thus made the circumstances available to share with each other. Goldilocks felt compelled to enter the cottage in the woods that housed all the things she needed. At the same time, the bears were trusting enough to leave their doors and windows open and available for her to enter. Goldilocks made herself at home in the bears’ cottage as if the items in the cottage weren’t owned or possessed by anyone, but were there for anyone who may need them. Just as many indigenous tribes do not believe in ownership or possessing of land or items, this story emphasizes the power of sharing and supporting each other because everything is connected. If you notice, in each case, Baby Bear isn’t upset by what Goldilocks has done. In fact, he is happy to share what he doesn’t need with her. On one level, all living beings share energy as a means of mutually supporting one another, symbolic of the ultimate balance of the universe. For example, when a predator kills its prey, the energy contained in its body is not destroyed, but rather it is transmitted to the predator and scavengers and serves as fuel for the living. Then, the carcass that remains decomposes into the ground and is fed on by various insects, worms, grubs and maggots. The excrement of all the creatures that eat of the corpse then gets absorbed by the soil and se