David Lynch Has Deep Thoughts

I was catching up on some of my non-virtual reading and came across an article in the June Utne about the new book, Catching the Big Fish: Meditation, Consciousness, and Creativity, by David Lynch. Yes, that David Lynch… Blue Velvet, Twin Peaks.

I found it interesting because I would not have expected such deep thoughts from someone with such a seemingly bizarre perspective on life. Once again, a good reminder of the importance of remaining open.

Here are a few of David’s thoughts that I found especially deep:

On Meditation:

Transcendental Meditation takes you to an ocean of pure consciousness, pure knowingness. But it’s familiar; it’s you. And right away a sense of happiness emerges–not a goofball happiness, but a thick beauty.

On Depression and Creativity:

Anger and depression and sorrow are beautiful things in a story, but they’re like poison to the filmmaker or artist. They’re like a vise grip on creativity. If you’re in that grip, you can hardly get out of bed, much less experience the flow of creativity and ideas. You must have clarity to create.

On Ideas:

An idea is a thought. It’s a thought that holds more than your think it does when you receive it. But in that first moment there is a spark. In a comic strip, if someone gets an idea a lightbulb goes on. It happens in an instant, just as in life.

On Truth:

Stay true to yourself. Let your voice ring out, and don’t let anybody fiddle with it. Never turn down a good idea, but never take a bad idea. And meditate…Start diving within, enlivening that bliss consciousness. Grow in happiness and intuition. Experience the joy of doing. And you’ll glow in this peaceful way. Your friends will be very, very happy with you. Everyone will want to sit next to you. And people will give you money!

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      4 Responses to “David Lynch Has Deep Thoughts”

      1. John M. Knapp, LMSW on July 29th, 2007 7:24 pm

        Many critics consider Transcendental Meditation a cult led by the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. For an alternative view of the TM Movement, readers may be interested in checking out TM-Free Blog.

        John M. Knapp, LMSW

      2. Edward Mills on July 31st, 2007 9:51 pm

        Hi John

        I don’t use TM myself. But I’ve heard from many people that it is quite effective. And I haven’t seen any evidence of cult-like behavior in any of the folks I know.

      3. Ben on August 7th, 2007 4:08 pm

        I too heard about this book recently, I think from a short article in WIRED on the same upcoming book.

        The first time I heard he was a accomplished meditator – something in the range of regular practice for 20 years! – I said to myself, “Wow – this guy is even cooler than I thought!”

        He also gave a long presentation with assistance from one of the guys from the What The Bleep film. It’s mainly on meditation, I think? I’ve seen it floating around the net but it’s like 2 hours long, and I only have that kind of attention span a few times a month. 🙂

      4. Edward Mills on August 7th, 2007 9:26 pm

        Ben. I’d be interested in finding out more about his presentation. If you happen to come across it again, let me know. Thanks!

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