I Saw The “Pot Of Gold” At The End Of A Rainbow

I actually saw the end of a rainbow! Or was it the beginning of a rainbow? Regardless, it was certainly one of the two. Blog #25 of “40 Blogs in 40 Days about 40 Podcasts” remembers and share the moment told in podcast episode OHS006. I now realize why people say there is a “pot of gold at the end of a rainbow.” As common as a belief it is to see a leprechaun sitting on a pot of gold that is not what I saw. Nor did I see the Old European Tale, as told by the Irish, that “fairies put a pot of gold at the end of each rainbow with leprechauns to guard it.” I did not see fairies or leprechauns. It is also believed the gold at the end of the rainbow is the realization and attainment of all one’s hopes and dreams; ultimate success, fulfillment, or happiness. The lore and myth of a “pot of gold” at the rainbow’s end is historically present throughout cultures and civilizations. Despite the beliefs of what lies at the end of a rainbow, I think the leprechaun and the pot of gold make great logos and branding themes for any slot machine, casino, or lottery.

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The pot of gold at the end of a rainbow.

For me it was a completely different experience from the lore and myths of times gone by. Even the more acceptable understanding that expresses the “pot of gold” is the attainment of all of one’s hopes, wishes, desires and fulfillments. All my life’s dreams did not all of a sudden materialize before my feet. My experience at first sight was utter astonishment at what I was seeing. I knew in an instant what it was. I just though I would never see something like this in this life.

All this happened when I went to pick up my Buddhist Teacher, Dzogchen Khenpo Choga Rinpoche from the Boise, Idaho airport. So much of life, and seeing that rainbow, was timing. I had to work late that day and therefore was the last student in our group in to be in Boise. It was up to me to pick up my Buddhist Teacher and drive him to the retreat. He was here to teach the Dharma in New Meadows, Idaho just past the city of McCall. After his plane landed I greeted him in a sincere and traditional manner. I offered him a gift and I grabbed his bag while carrying one of my own. As we turned the corner to walk out the front doors of the airport we both were stopped in our tracks at the sight we were seeing. I almost could not breathe it was so absolutely stunning. There we were standing right in from of the “end of a rainbow”  in all its majestic splendor.

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Rainbows come is all shapes and sizes.

The sight was beyond anything I have ever seen in Nature. To this day I have not witnessed any rainbow of any type that was that beautifully profound and rare. I would have to intently search my memory to recall ever seeing this kind of natural beauty. It was Mother Nature in her true essence. In that moment I realized what is meant by, “the pot of gold at the end of a rainbow.” What I saw was priceless.

To listen to what I saw and why I think people say there is a “pot of gold” at the end of a rainbow I invite you to click on the link and enjoy my One Hand Speaks Storytelling Podcast Episode OHS006. Please feel free to share this blog or my podcast and I ask you to offer a comment with your opinion and feedback! Thanks!

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