Goldilocks as archetype for soul in the human experience

Bruce Dickson
4 min readMar 12, 2018


First chapter of Balance on All Levels, PACME+Soul book.

The Three Bears fairy tale, how Goldilocks navigates the Bears home, is an archetype for souls her in the human experience.
Aren’t we always looking for the middle ground between extremes?

For her self, Goldilocks, the human character, needs food not too hot, not too cold, porridge which is “just right.”

Goldilocks’ dilemma is finding the “just right” balance between extremes. Isn’t this what we are charged to do over and over again, day after day., in the human experience? A search for Balance on All Levels characterizes soul in the human experience.

Notice Goldilocks consciously and deliberately experiments with her choices. After her experiments, she chooses the best, most compatible choice for her.

What if our human experience was intended as no more nor less than a playful balancing act between all the extremes Life offers us? All we can do is choose healthy middle ground again and again, as best we can.

She simply makes a new experiment. She conducts her own experiments, as any three year would do, using her senses, in real time. No inner critic here; no penalty for her “failures.” The tale does judge or punish Goldilocks for making two “wrong” choices and a final “good” choice. The Bears do not eat her; they simply watch.

This is why The Three Bears is so comforting to young children. It tells them, “Even tho you are too young to know how to make good choices between the complex extremes life offers adults, slow down, take your time, use your senses, experiment, trust your senses; makes choices based on your own experience. If you do, you will be as safe, happy and contented as Goldilocks.

Goldilocks is a good metaphor for our immortal-eternal soul. As soul we are constantly invited to find our way between the extremes life presents to us:
— Between endless hyper-vigilance and sloth-sleep, the “sleep of reason,”
— Between anger and apathy,
— Between over- and under participation at the heart level.

Q: What do the Bears signify?

A: If you look up the “meaning of Bears in fairy tales,” at least some scholars believe bears represent instinctual behavior, a capacity to behave only instinctually. More broadly animals connote replaying only pre-programmed, conditioned behaviors (instincts). Choice is 98% absent in animals. Without conscious choice, a single animal cannot evolve. Goldilocks can evolve because she embodies choice.

Goldilocks as Buddha

Goldilocks choices echo the Buddha’s “way of moderation” translated into imagery a three-year old can love and take to heart.
All parents have a “Buddhist” wish for their children to grow up and walk a middle path of wellness and prevention, not too materialistic nor too dissociated-abstracted from the 3D sense world.

What nourishes us most as souls cannot be too hot, cannot be too cold, it must be just right, in a middle zone between all extremes. In more modern language, the middle ground we aim for is the realm of heart-felt feeling, living whole-heartedly.

Why are peace and health always towards the middle, away from extremes? Because contentment-wellness comes UP from our unconscious (needs met) into our feelings and then up to conscious-waking-self.

Contentment is a side-effect of many choices made to function in balance with your self, other people, the world, and God.

This suggest the practicality of reducing choices and behavior taking us OUT of balance. The less stress, drama and disturbance interfering with our cell-level intelligence, the more our cells are able to produce health. They know how to do that. Health is their programming. If not blocked somewhere on the way towards conscious self, we cognize our contentment and wellness.

Except for deliberate entertainment, drama in life is the enemy of peace. More on this later when we discuss whole-brainedness.
Middle ground as more colorful

One of my mentors in Health Intuition, Sally Anne Ostler, added a perception about seesaws and polarities.

She reports at each end of a see-saw polarity, the images are black and white, more stark. Healthy, colorful images, with a feeling of abundance and life, are located only in the center between the two stark polarities.

Consider: Poles, each extreme, represented in black and white. Middle ground of greater feeling represented in color images.
This echoes Rudolf Steiner’s 1919 idea of the space between two polarities as the missing middle ground of feeling and life. The missing middle ground between two dysfunctional polarities will always be a place of more balance and less drama.

More modernly, the middle ground between two stressed poles is less polarized, less fragmented, less disturbed, more peaceful, more whole-brained.

We are all playing the Goldilocks game.

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