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Award-winning director, writer, and producer David Lynch celebrates birthday

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22 January 2006

Press Release from: David Lynch Foundation

David Lynch, founder and chairman of the Board of Trustees of the David Lynch Foundation for Consciousness-Based Education and World Peace celebrates his 60th birthday. David Lynch is an award-winning director, writer, and producer. His work includes Eraserhead, Elephant Man, Wild at Heart, Twin Peaks, Blue Velvet, Lost Highway, Straight Story, and Mulholland Drive.

It is a great joy to congratulate Dr. Lynch on his birthday and wish him all success in establishing Consciousness-Based Education everywhere in the world and to document his message to the parents, students, and children of our world.

Message from David Lynch:

'In today's world of fear and uncertainty, every child should have one class period a day to dive within himself and experience the field of silence—bliss—the enormous reservoir of energy and intelligence that is deep within all of us. This is the way to save the coming generation.'

These words from the great educator and scientist of consciousness, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, simply and beautifully describe the urgent need in education today.

I have been 'diving within' through the Transcendental Meditation Technique for over 30 years. It has changed my life, my world. I am not alone. Millions of other people of all ages, religions, and walks of life practice the technique and enjoy incredible benefits.

Someday, hopefully very soon, 'diving within' as a preparation for learning and as a tool for developing the creative potential of the mind will be a standard part of every school's curriculum. The stresses of today's world are taking an enormous toll on our children right now. There are hundreds of schools, with thousands of students, which are eager to relieve this stress and bring out the full potential of every student by providing this Consciousness-Based Education today.

Our Foundation was established to ensure that any child in America who wants to learn and practice the Transcendental Meditation Program can do so. The TM Program is the most thoroughly researched and widely practiced program in the world for developing the full creative potential of the brain and mind, improving health, reducing stress, and improving academic outcomes. We provide scholarships for students to learn the technique and to receive the complete follow-up program of instruction throughout their student years to ensure they receive the maximum benefits. We also provide scholarships for students who want to attend the growing number of highly successful schools, colleges, and universities founded on this Consciousness-Based approach to education.

I have had the pleasure of meeting many students who are 'diving within' and experiencing Consciousness-Based Education. These students are all unique individuals, very much themselves. They are amazing, self-sufficient, wide-awake, energetic, blissful, creative, powerfully intelligent and peaceful human beings. Meeting these students, for me, was the proof that Consciousness-Based Education is a profoundly good thing for our schools and for our world.

Research and experience document the profound benefits to society as a whole when our children dive within. Individual peace is the unit of world peace. By offering Consciousness-Based Education to the coming generation, we can promote a strong foundation for a healthy, harmonious, and peaceful world. For this, the Foundation also supports the establishment of Universities of World Peace that will train the coming generation in a new profession: that of professional peacemaker.

Thank you very much for your interest. And please remember that Consciousness-Based Education is not a luxury. For our children who are growing up in a stressful, often frightening, crisis-ridden world, it is a necessity.'



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